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Sandwich Monday: Pumpkin Spice Eggo Waffles

by Ian Chillag
Nov 4, 2013

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Something about Pumpkin Spice flavor just says "Fall." Often, "Fall (into despair)." We found Pac-Man like this, but don't worry, we got him help. This is officially called Pumpkin Spice Rictus.

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If you sell food, this is the time of year you have no choice but to sell something with pumpkin spice flavoring. This has been especially hard on Taco Bell, which — nationwide — has sold only one Pumpkin Spice Dorito Loco Taco. Today, we try the Pumpkin Spice Eggo Waffle, washed down with the classic Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte.

Eva: In the Fall, never ask a woman if she's pregnant. She might just have Pumpkin Spice Latte Belly.

Peter: I think these are a great fall treat, redolent as they are of death and decay.

Miles: I just don't understand why the waffle needed to be stuffed with dead leaves.

Ian: The Pumpkin Spice Latte tastes like reaching into a pumpkin feels.

Robert: Wait, everybody. I haven't tried the pumpkin spice waffle yet. I'm still carving a face on it.

Miles: The little squares in the waffle are perfect for catching your tears.

Ian: Speaking of which, wouldn't it be great if NPR made Will Shortz Sudoku waffles?

Eva: Walking down the street carrying a pumpkin spice latte is the city dweller's version of camo.

Miles: Pumpkin spice lattes are what Halloween Santa gives naughty girls and boys.

Ian: What's with all these foods named after the least sexy Spice Girl?

[The verdict: I was alone in finding the pumpkin spice waffle tasty, so in a democracy, it was gross. The pumpkin spice latte mystifies us. We don't like it as a beverage, but as a cult leader it seems to be doing quite well.]

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