Mission Code: All Pumpkin Everything
My fellow State College Pumpkinheads, I have traveled far and wide in State College to complete my pumpkin quest. With Halloween only two weeks away, I compiled a list of everything that looks, smells, or tastes like pumpkin in the area.
Enjoy our list, and let us know in the comment for anything we missed!
Bath & Body Works
Bath & Body Works’ pumpkin candle selection is just glorious. I spent a good half hour in the beginning of the season just sticking my nose in every single candle in its fall selection. Pumpkin Blueberry Patch, Pumpkin Apple, Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin, Roasted Pumpkin Butter, Pumpkin Caramel Latte…you have options people, and at two for $15, you won’t feel too bad when you buy EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. Also, all pumpkin scents come in hand soaps as well.
Bed Bath & Beyond
Bed Bath & Beyond is the Yankee Candle megastore, and these three contenders came out to play this year. Yankee Candle’s slogan is that they are “America’s Favorite Candle,” but we’ll see how that plays out for them with Bath & Body Works right across the street selling candles at lower prices. There is a 30 percent off sale on all three of these bad boys, here’s what they’ll cost you:
They also carry WoodWick candles, which if you aren’t familiar with, have a wooden wick. It crackles and that is pretty fun. This candle’s scent is that of the head of a newborn baby angel, which oddly enough smells like pumpkin butter. That is also pretty fun.
Non-Alcoholic Beverages and Treats:
In addition to the most famous pumpkin spice latte of all time, Starbucks carries a pumpkin scone, slices of pumpkin bread, and a pumpkin cream cheese muffin. The idea to put pumpkin and cream cheese into a muffin was a concept that I can only imagine was told to someone by a burning bush somewhere.
Dunkin’s pumpkin game is on point as well, however I cannot speak as to whether or not their pumpkin latte can hold a candle to Starbucks. That being said, not only do they have glazed pumpkin doughnuts (and little munchkin versions) but also the pumpkin pie doughnut which is topped with pie crust topping and filled with pie filling.
Sheetz has a doughnut case with “seasonal” doughnuts which are obviously pumpkin, as well as bags of pumpkin spice doughnut holes and a pumpkin latte. Seeing a button that says “extra pumpkin” made me smile because I never knew a button could be rhetorical.
Fair warning: if you are a pumpkin fanatic, a fan of Trader Joe’s, and fiscally irresponsible like myself, do not step foot into this place for the next three months.
They have pumpkin: waffles, ice cream, croissants, butter, biscotti, pancake mix, pie, mini pie, chai tea mix, soup, bagels, cream cheese muffins, macaroons, eggnog, cheese cake, and tons of actual pumpkins and gourds. In addition, pumpkin butter hand creme. Oh and PUMPKIN FLAVORED DOG TREATS. Yeah, thats a real life thing that you can buy.
Also, it’s Trader Joe’s, which is supermarket-heaven on Earth.
The Farmer’s Market
This is where the serious pumpkin pastry game can be found. Pumpkin whoopie pies, pumpkin custard pie, pumpkin rolls, oh my goodness. There was a lady there last week who was selling pumpkin macaroons, but I couldn’t find her on the day these were taken. However, she is out there somewhere, doing the Lord’s work.
I found this Fasta & Raviolli Co. representative at the market as well. He said he made this pumpkin ravioli using honey as the only topping.
Alright, lets get down to the pumpkin booze. Either you have been waiting for this moment, or you just scrolled down because this is the main event. Either way, pumpkin beer can be found at all the bars and at every beer distributor. There is even pumpkin liquor out there that I can’t vouch for, but sounds intriguing.
Wine and Spirits
Every bar is going to have a pumpkin beer at this point. I compiled a list of all the pumpkin beers you’ll find in town by visiting The Hopshop, Zeno’s, and Z-Bar to put together a reference guide. I used Beeradvocate.com to get a rating and description for each.
The Great Pumpkin 96 – Outstanding. No description.
Night Owl 87 – Very Good. “Brewed with 150 lbs. of pumpkin in each batch. Made with Munich, pale, and crystal malts, green and roasted pumpkin seeds, pumpkin in the mash, boil and fermenter. Bittered with Horizon hops. Spiced in conditioning with nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, ginger and allspice.”
Dark O’The Moon 87 – Very Good. “Stout brewed with pumpkin and pumpkin seeds with cinnamon added. Spookily smooth and chocolatey with a hint of cinnamon – brewed annually for Elysian’s Great Pumpkin Beer Festival.”
Hansel and Gretel 74 – OK. No description.
Southern Tier Brewery
Pumking 91 – Outstanding. No description.
Spring House Brewing Company
Braaaiins! 88 – Very Good. No description.
Pumpkin Patch Ale 86 – Very Good. No description.
Imperial Pumpkin Ale 88 – Very Good. No description.
Smuttynose Brewing Co.
Pumpkin Ale 93 – Outstanding. “Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale is our homage to the craft and heritage of America’s brewers. Recipes calling for the use of pumpkins in beer date back to early colonial times, when brewers sought to extend their supply of costly imported malt with locally grown ingredients, such as squash and “pompions.” In that spirit, we brew our ale with the addition of pumpkin to the mash, along with traditional spices, to create a delicious American original.”
Lancaster Brewing Co.
Baked Pumpkin Ale 85 – Very Good. No description.
Post Road Pumpkin Ale 87 – Very Good. “Early American colonialists, seeking natural ingredients for brewing ales, turned to pumpkins, which were plentiful, flavorful, and nutritious. Blended with barley malt, pumpkins became a commonly used beer ingredient. Post Road Pumpkin Ale brings back this tasty tradition. Hundreds of pounds of pumpkins are blended into the mash of each batch, creating a beer with an orange amber color, warm pumpkin aroma, biscuity malt center, and crisp finish.”
Coors Brewing Company
Blue Moon Harvest Pumpkin Ale 74 – OK. No description.
Starr Hill Brewery
Boxcarr Pumpkin Porter 75 – OK. No description.
Punk’n Harvest Pumpkin Ale 76 – OK. “This seasonable pumpkin ale is brewed with fresh pumpkin and seasonal spices.”
There are obviously hundreds of Pumpkin-filled beer, but you can’t go wrong with the above.
There you have it: The most complete guide that exists to everything pumpkin in State College. Enjoy it while it lasts, Pumpkinheads. This wonderful squash is only around for a limited time.