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Just Like Starbucks’ PSL, These Weird Pumpkin Spice-Themed Products Are The Official Sign That Fall Is Here

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Now that back to school season is officially over, we can welcome one of our favorite times of year: Fall. However, before the weather can even get chilly, the unofficial flavor of the season has already popped up everywhere. Of course, we’re talking about pumpkin spice.

We’re used to the flavor showing up in our lattes and baked goods, but pumpkin spice is that one ingredient that seems to appear everywhere this time of year. It isn’t just foods that are collaborating with the flavor. It’s showing up in the weirdest places and making some of the strangest products we’ve ever seen.

Here are some of the strangest pumpkin-spiced products that we found.

1. Pumpkin Spice Cheerios

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Cheerios is definitely one of those cereals we associate with our childhoods but they were usually plain or honey flavored. The introduction of pumpkin spice into this classic cereal has us uncertain. It could be pretty good, but it could also be really bad.

2. Pumpkin Spice Peeps

We’re used to seeing Peeps in our Easter baskets, but nowadays the candy makes an appearance for every season. A pumpkin spice addition to these marshmallow treats sounds too tooth-achingly sweet.

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3. Pumpkin Spice Doggie Treats

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In this case, what’s good for man is good for man’s best friend. To be exact, pumpkin spice dog treats are a thing and it seems that dogs are crazy for them. Might as well change this product to “pup”kin spice treats.

4. Pumpkin Spice Protein Powder

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You know what our workouts are missing? Pumpkin spice protein powder. The combo is already leaving a bad taste in our mouths but if it will keep you gym sharks from skipping leg day, it’s worth a try.

5. Pumpkin Spice Salsa

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This is outright sacrilegious. As Latinx folk, we feel pretty protective of our salsa and the addition of pumpkin spice to this on is giving us nothing but bad vibes. We don’t even want to entertain the thought of trying this.

6. Pumpkin Spice Tortilla Chips

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Perfect for the abomination that is your pumpkin spice salsa. Take our advice: DO NOT show up with these as the next BBQ. Your tios and primos WILL roast you and you’ll totally deserve it.

7. Pumpkin Spice Deodorant

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Do you really, really love pumpkin spice? Do you want your pits to smell like a freshly brewed PSL? Luckily, deodorant makers, SmartyPits, had you in mind when they created this fragrance. Be warned: when wearing this, you might smell like a Starbucks.

8. Pumpkin Spice Ale & Beer

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A general fact of life is that all good things will eventually be turned into alcohol. It’s with that rule in mind that we bring you pumpkin spice ale and beer. We imagine drinking this is like sipping a crisp Autumn day and it might actually be one of the few collaborations that work.

9. Pumpkin Spice Chicken Sausage

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Pumpkin spice chicken sausage? We have to object. Just thinking about this product is giving us a serious stomach ache.

10. Pumpkin Spice Beard Products

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Give your beard that good stuff; and by good stuff, we mean pumpkin spice. This beard oil gives a caffeine and pumpkin spice-infused kick to your face.

11. Pumpkin Spice Gouda Cheese

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Cheese is great. We’re big fans. However, we can’t imagine combining the smokey flavor of Gouda with the spices advertised in this cheese. We don’t think our palettes are ready for that.

12. Pumpkin Spice Hummus

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Hummus is creamy perfection but pumpkin spice hummus seems like an unsavory snack. While we appreciate hummus and we appreciate pumpkin spice, these things just don’t go together.

13. Pumpkin Spice Dog Shampoo

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If you can eat and smell like pumpkin spice, so can your pooch. Bathe your four legged baby in this pumpkin spice shampoo and they’ll be in the seasonal spirit as well.

14. Pumpkin Spice Lip Balm

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Pucker up! Make sure every kiss you have this Fall is flavored just right with pumpkin spice lip balm. Hopefully your significant other loves PSL as much as you do.

15. Pumpkin Spice Kombucha

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Kombucha   like pumpkin spice is an acquired taste. Not everyone likes them, but those who, do love them. Combining the two makes for a very specific taste only a few will actually enjoy.

16. Pumpkin Spice Gum

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Are you trying to give up coffee but still crave that pumpkin spice flavor? This gum was made for you.

17. Pumpkin Spice Pasta Sauce

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This goes right with pumpkin spice salsa in that “should never have been attempted” column. Tragically, this looks like it will ruin a perfectly good pasta dinner.

18. Pumpkin Spice Cough Drops

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Pumpkin spice even found its way into our over the counter medication. At least when you inevitably catch a cold, you’ll have this pumpkin spice cough drop to ease your pain.

Someone Made A Scented Candle That Smells Exactly Like Cuban Bread And It’s Taking Me Back To My Abuela’s Kitchen

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Someone Made A Scented Candle That Smells Exactly Like Cuban Bread And It’s Taking Me Back To My Abuela’s Kitchen

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Anyone blessed enough to have ever encountered the sweet and yeasty scent of Cuban bread knows that it is incomparable. Heavenly, really. That’s right, a good whiff of a simple loaf of fresh-baked pan cubano can go a long way in not only uplifting your mood but inspiring the greatest. Need proof? Just go to your local bodega and hit up the man behind the counter for an order of a Cubano or Elena Ruz. Cuban bread outfits them both, and both are classic sandwiches that will dance along your tongue’s memory for a lifetime.

Candlemaker Isabel Alvarez knows the beauty of the bread’s mouthwatering scent, so much so that she has captured it and put into a candle. That’s right folks, you can officially replicate the smell of Cuban bread in your home, without even opening up your oven.

Alvarez’s candle is supposed to smell like the real deal.

“You literally can smell the salty butter, the yeasty dough. It’s literally that savory aroma,” Alvarez said in an interview with the Miami Herald. “You can practically taste the crackling crust, the warm dough inside. It’s a trip.”

Alvarez, 47, has been getting requests from all over America, including Miami since her sister posted a photo of her candle online. She tagged Cuban-culture influencers My Big Fat Cuban Family, with its 59,000 Facebook followers, and Abuela Mami, the Miami online store which ships care packages of Cuban food.

Soon she was fielding inquiries from Miami to Seattle to Minnesota, where one customer told her she couldn’t buy Cuban bread; the least she could do was enjoy the scent.

“The reaction we’ve had from the Cuban community all over the country has been overwhelming,” Alvarez said.

Alvarez says her idea to create the candle came from her sister Elena Moore.

Five years ago, Alvarez started making candles when she realized she wanted one that was vanilla scented but not white. She thought green would do better. Soon enough she began selling her aromatic candles to friends and shows. Then, her sister asked her to create a special candle just for her wedding. Moore called the scent Havana Nights, one Alvarez says “smells like a sexy Cuban man.”

Then, Alvarez decided to create a few more Cuban-inspired candles. She created one inspired by her mother’s hometown Tinguaro. And then, one day while having café con leche with Cuban bread she was inspired to make the bread candle.

“I thought, ‘What else is the essence of Cuba? Cuban bread. It had to be’,” Alvarez explained to Miami Herald. “It could be breakfast, lunch, dinner, a snack. It’s so immersed in our Cuban life.”

Alvarez’s Cuban candles are currently out on her company’s website, AlbisaCandles.com. But they are expected to be back and sold for $28. In the meantime, our memories of Cuban bread and the real food will have to tide us over!

A New Ben & Jerry’s Flavor Takes A Direct Bite At Republicans And Our Government’s Messy Criminal Justice System

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A New Ben & Jerry’s Flavor Takes A Direct Bite At Republicans And Our Government’s Messy Criminal Justice System

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There’s no doubt that the United States criminal justice system is broken. It’s proven to be racist and geared towards punishing rather than reforming. Brown and Black communities more than any other are often victims of this biased institution. Unfair sentencing and the school to prison industrial system keep mariginalized communities at the prison system’s mercy. To put it simply, the criminal justice system needs to be reformed. With this in mind, multiple organizations dedicate themselves to fixing this broken system.

However, the newest company to get involved with criminal justice reform is better known for their tasty treats.

Recently, ice cream giants Ben & Jerry’s announced their newest flavor and it’s inspired by this much-needed call for reform.

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Named “Justice ReMix’d,” the new ice cream is being touted by the company as “a sweet swirl of justice under the lid.” The new flavor features cinnamon and chocolate ice cream with gobs of cinnamon bun dough and spicy fudge brownies in the mix. According to Ben & Jerry’s, the new flavor was created as part of an effort to support social change.

“Our approach to creating social change is to raise up the work non-profits are doing on the ground,” shared Ben & Jerry’s Co-Founder Ben Cohen. “We bring every resource we have to support them—our business voice, our connection with fans, our Scoop Shop community and of course, ice cream.”

Proceeds will go to the Advancement Project National Office, a national, multi-racial civil rights organization working to end systemic racism. The organization also works towards accessible education, immigrant justice, and voting rights.

The new, limited batch flavor was unveiled at a launch party in Washington, DC.

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Founders Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield were there for the unveiling party as were members of Advancement Project National Office and criminal justice activists. Judith Browne Dianis, executive director of Advancement Project, also attended the DC party,

“We work with communities across the country that are trying to change the systems of oppression,” Dianis shared at the new flavor’s unveiling. “We need a remix.”

This isn’t the first time Ben & Jerry’s has used their ice cream to bring light to an important cause.

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Over its long history, the ice cream company has launched other flavors with important activist agendas. 2015’s “Save Our Swirled” was released to bring awareness to the threat of climate change. During the same year, Ben & Jerry’s launched its “I Dough, I Dough” to support the Human Rights Campaign and marriage equality.

In 2016, the company released “Empower Mint” to commemorate the anniversary of the historic Brown vs. Board of Education ruling. “Home Sweet Honeycomb” was launched in 2017 to support the International Rescue Committee to help refugees relocating to Europe. That same year, “One Sweet World” was released to honor the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Poor People’s Campaign.

Fans of Ben & Jerry’s were supportive of the ice cream company’s attempt to take on this important social issue.

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We love a company that prioritizes the social issues that impact our lives. Not many companies prioritize disenfranchised people over their bottom line. When a company supports those impacted by the unfairness of the social and criminal justice systems, we have to take notice. Plus, this ice cream just looks really yummy.

The new flavor is available now at local stores and scoop shops or you can search here for availability near you.