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Phillips Candy House Pumpkin Pie FudgePhillips Candy House is Boston’s oldest chocolatier and this Fall they’ve concocted a decadent dessert of epic proportions. Trust me when I say that their brilliant combination of a hearty melt-in-your mouth slice of pumpkin fudge nestled on a bed of dark chocolate crust is to-die-for. It’s certainly a unique experience to dig into an enormous wedge of spiced fudge with a knife and fork. If I were you I’d order these treats for the Thanksgiving table in lieu of all those more traditional (aka ho-hum) fruit pies. Like all of the other lovely pumpkin products that come out each Fall this fabulous fudge will only be available for a limited time so don’t dawdle or you’ll miss your chance for a killer sugar high.

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Edy's / Dreyer's Pumpkin Ice CreamI’m not much for pie, unless it’s pumpkin. And then I’m a total freak about it. So when I tell you Edy’s/Dreyer’s Slow Churned Pumpkin ice cream (with 50% less fat and 30% fewer calories than regular ice cream ) might be better than the real thing, it’s serious. Love at first bite, the flavor of this beautiful, orange-hued ice cream was exactly as I imagined; it was like some test kitchen genius mashed up a creamy, richly-spiced slice of pumpkin pie, threw in a generous dollop of whipped cream for good measure, and then transformed it all into a scrumptious, cool concoction. I scream, you scream. This fall, we can all scream for pumpkin pie ice cream … but only for a limited time. When the falling leaves disappear, so does this flavor. Available through November, look for Edy’s/Dreyer’s Slow Churned Pumpkin in your grocer’s frozen dairy case. Note: This ice cream is branded as “Dreyer’s” west of The Rockies and as “Edy’s” east of The Rockies.

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Illuminated Pumpkin Ice CubesThis Halloween chill down while you party it up. These illuminated pumpkin ice cubes would make a cool complement to a glass of putrid punch or gangrenous ghoulaid. Food safe and durable, the battery-powered jack-o-lanterns are sold in sets of three and are easy to operate with a simple on/off button and options for both solid and strobe light illuminations. The ultimate in novelty Halloween entertaining (and currently on sale!), we think these pumpkin cubes are, simply, smashing.

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Pillsbury Pumpkin CookiesI don’t usually advocate things of the “slice and bake” nature but all bets are off when said cookies are stamped with adorable grinning pumpkins. Admittedly, they don’t taste as good as homemade, but kids will absolutely gobble up a plate of these treats without any questions asked. Plus there’s very little clean-up and you’ll feel comfortable allowing them to help you bake this quick dessert. Besides, everyone knows that ready-to-bake cookies are the gateway to a life long love of baking at home. First you unwrap and slice and before you know it you’re obsessed with the idea of making puff pastry from scratch.

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Cast Iron Pumpkin BakerThis Cast Iron Pumpkin Baker might cause your dinner companions to burst into spontaneous applause as you bring whatever steaming and hearty concoction you whip up into their hungry midsts. Staub has created the ultimate accessory in Fall appropriate baking-ware. Soups, stews, and cheese topped casseroles will all look that much more appealing when spooned out from this brightly colored pot. PS: If you purchase this product from Stonewall Kitchen they’ll even throw in a free Butternut Squash Risotto Mix to get you started.

Stonyfield Farms Pumpkin Pie YogurtI found the new special edition Stonyfield Farm Pumpkin Pie Yogurt in my Whole Foods a few weeks ago, bought four cups, and savored each one thoroughly. Well…except for the one that Chris took to work with him and then forgot in his bag all day and had to throw away. I wouldn’t make such a big deal out of his momentary lapse in memory except now I can’t find it anywhere. This makes me so sad because this new yogurt is amazing! It really does taste just like pumpkin pie. In fact, I don’t even really like pumpkin pie but I was all over this. It’s spicy, creamy, and only has 170 calories and 1.5 grams of fat per cup. I think that’s probably equal to one bite of traditional pie. Please let me know in the comments if you’ve been able to find this product in your local store. It’s scheduled to be out in the world until December 2009 and then it will go back into the Stonyfield vault to make way for a new seasonal flavor.

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Libby's PumpkinDid you know that there’s a canned pumpkin shortage this year? Pretty freaky, right? I bought four cans of pumpkin last week and this week the Libby’s Pumpkin is no where to be found. There’s a big supply of canned squash instead. Obviously canned squash isn’t really going to cut it in all of those pumpkin bread, muffin, and cookie recipes. Not to even mention the disaster Thanksgiving would be if we didn’t have at least one pumpkin pie on the table. So what are you waiting for? Go forth and pillage some pumpkin before it’s too late!

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