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24 Pumpkin Spice Things We Really Don’t Need This Fall

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11. Glade plug-ins

Pumpkin spice in your coffee? In your pasta? On your bumper? Amateurs! If you were really committed to pumpkin spice, you’d make sure that your whole house smelled like it, all the time. That’s what this Glade plug-in is for. Imagine constantly breathing in that fresh, bracing scent of cardamom, nutmeg, ginger extract, crystallized caramel, pumpkin spice latte, and molasses. Imagine pumpkin spice becoming part of you every time you inhale. Sounds wonderful, no?

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12. Hand sanitizer

Hand sanitizers have sometimes been criticized for being less effective at fighting bacteria than plain soap and hot water, but they remain popular and are certainly convenient. Of course you want to rid your hands of any germs you might have picked up in the course of your day — but do you really want to walk around smelling like a bakery at Thanksgiving time afterwards?

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13. Hookah tobacco

The atmosphere in a hookah bar is cloying enough, especially to the non-partaker. The dense mingled aromas of various flavors of shisha, as hookah tobacco is known, add up to an airborne fruit cocktail that might include the mingled scents of everything from apples to watermelon. Starbuzz and several other shisha producers make a pumpkin-spiced tobacco, which can only make things worse. What have they been smoking?

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14. Hummus

Cedar’s had the idea of combining certain features of an all-American holiday dessert made with a kind of New World winter squash with an ancient Middle Eastern spread involving chickpeas and olive oil. The ecumenical spirit is admirable; the results, not really. Several other brands have followed suit, one producing a pumpkin spice hummus made with white beans instead of the traditional chickpeas and topped with apricots, cranberries, and sunflower seeds.

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15. Martini

Serious cocktail-lovers have long become inured to so-called “martinis” flavored with chocolate, watermelon, coconut, and the like, but the pumpkin spice martini goes just a bit too far. A typical example, like the one served seasonally at Bacaro Italian Tavern on Long Island, includes vanilla vodka, pumpkin liqueur, and RumChata (a blend of rum and cream with cinnamon and vanilla), garnished with a cinnamon stick. Sounds more like a milkshake than a cocktail.

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