It’s movie night at the Snack Cellar household! Mrs. Snack Cellar and I are watching one of our favorites, the indie rom-com “(500) Days of Summer.” You know, the one where the guy (Joseph Gordon-Levitt, aka JGL) falls in love with a girl (Zooey Deschanel), they date for 500 days full of highs and lows, and then she suddenly dumps him. Womp womp. But it’s actually great, because JGL’s character finds his true passions in life and the movie ends with him meeting a new fling named Autumn (get it?).
If I learned one thing from “(500) Days of Summer,” it’s that you should never be afraid to love, because sometimes it can take you out of your comfort zone and you grow as a result. Take my love of food, for example. A lot of my reviews have required me to leave my comfort zone (the couch), and my waistline has grown as a result of all the eating I’ve been doing. JGL would be so proud.
Today, I officially declare my love for pumpkin. If you follow Snack Cellar on Instagram, you know that it’s impossible to go to the grocery store these days without running into pumpkin-flavored foods in practically every aisle. I’m actually not much of a pumpkin lover by nature, but having bumped into all of these foods as many times as I have recently, I’ve developed a sort of infatuation with it. So, I’m going to give this whole relationship thing a shot. Inspired by “(500) Days of Summer,” I’m going to call it “(50) Days of Pumpkin.” For 50 days, I’ll share the story of my new romance with pumpkin. Here we go…
(50) Days of Pumpkin: Day 1
Look at her. She’s gorgeous.
She’s mature, refined, and there’s nothing fake about her. Seriously, she’s natural and gluten-free, which is all the rage these days. My kind of woman–err, cereal.
She’s brand new around here–never seen her before in my life. Fall is her favorite season, so she’s got that whole “pumpkin puree” vibe going on. But that’s not all. She’s got a certain…spice to her. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove, to be exact. In other words, she’s pretty complex. Oh, and she smells lovely. Is that weird? Whatever. You guys, I think I’m in love.
When I finally got up the courage to introduce myself, I didn’t really know what to think. On the one hand, she was pleasant, but kind of plain. “Oaty,” if I had to put it in words. But on the other hand, she really let that spiciness come through. Lots of cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves, all going on at the same time. Honestly, I was a little overwhelmed.
But then, a magical thing happened. Everything faded away and her softer side shined. That pure, pumpkin vibe came through and was really enjoyable. She’s simple yet complex, sweet yet spicy. Basically, everything a fall cereal should be.
All in all, it was a wonderful first date. It turns out pumpkin is actually pretty great! I think this is the beginning of a beautiful relationship. ☺️
|Item:||General Mills Limited Edition Pumpkin Spice Cheerios|
|Price and Place of Purchase:||$2.99 at Target|
|Nutrition Facts (serving size-3/4 cup):||110 calories, 15 calories from fat, 2 grams of fat, .5 grams of polyunsaturated fat, 1 gram of monounsaturated fat, 120 milligrams of sodium, 75 milligrams of potassium, 22 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of dietary fiber, 8 grams of sugar, 12 grams of other carbohydrates, 2 grams of protein.|
|In a Nutshell:||Natural pumpkin flavor shines, and combines perfectly with cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove. “Oaty” Cheerio taste is still dominant, though. End-milk tastes like a Pumpkin Spice Latte. Falling in love with cereal. Mrs. Snack Cellar is now giving me the silent treatment.|
|Overall Score:||9 out of 10|
Junk Banter also reviewed General Mills Limited Edition Pumpkin Spice Cheerios. Check it out here!
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