Kate Landry- Contributing Writer
As the summer approaches a bittersweet end, we all can agree upon one thing: Anything containing the word “spiced” is an all-around cliche craze of this nation. Once this savory flavor’s got you hooked, there is no escaping the autumn spirit. Aside from the infamous Starbucks Pumpkin Spiced Latte we all adore, there are several other creative utilizations of either the average pumpkin or it’s spiced companion.
1. Pumpkin Pie Protein Shake:
Imagine yourself trekking back from Alumni Hall, covered in sweat on a Mid-
October afternoon. Put a pumpkin to good use and add some of that protein
supplement into the mix. Problem solved, instant muscle and instant deliciousness.
2. Pumpkin Pie Spice Pringles:
No, this is no joke. Pringles stepped up its game in 2012 by creating this new flavor. One thing college kids adore more than pumpkin flavored items is junk food, of course. Share if you’re in the giving spirit.
3. Pumpkin Bowling:
The strategy of this game is simple: Roll one large pumpkin into a cluster of smaller ones, or pins if you’re in possession of some. However, be sure to play this game off campus, and preferably in your own yards, because things could get messy. Maintenance and Oneonta citizens should not be responsible for the orange massacre that could take place.
4. Pumpkin & Bean Burritos:
Stumbled across this gem on the Internet the other day and was awestruck. So in light of the Moe’s Mexican Grill that is slowly-but-surely coming to Oneonta, why not throw some pumpkin into one of the greatest gifts given to this planet?
5. Pumpkin Flavored “Beverages”:
For those of the student body over 21, check out Oneonta’s local breweries/bev-marts for any brand of seasonal pumpkin beer (“Pumpking” beer being a personal favorite). Yes, surprisingly some brilliant person was capable of incorporating a brew with pumpkin, and we should really thank him/her for it.
6. Roast Pumpkin Soup:
We are all aware that Oneonta temperatures often drop faster than leaves on the trees. Therefore, it is only natural to whip this baby up and eat it on one’s nearly frostbitten lap after walking through campus!
7. Pumpkin Hair Mask:
All good foods make hair “masks” these days to make our hair look almost like Beyonce’s. Almost. If we rub avocado on our head for a little extra shine, ladies, we should substitute for pumpkin instead. Don’t knock it ‘til ya try!
8. A Good Olde Fashioned Carvin’:
This fall, give your pumpkin a face only a mother could love. Give it some personality. If you’re one of the artsier folk, show off your artistic capabilities by using your pumpkin as your canvas. Do what you want with your pumpkin, people.
9. The “Alleged” Pumpkin Spice Condom:
Rumor has it that Durex Condom Company has created a product that can really add some spice to the fall (pun intended)! Always gotta keep things seasonal, and safe!
Many of us will be in a near-Pumpkin coma by the time winter arrives in Oneonta. So get yourself some pumpkin and start getting prepared for this fall!