Consumer Reports: Pumpkin spice mania

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Consumer Reports harvested a load of different foods and put them to the test. (WLS)

Starbucks' Pumpkin Spice Latte made it famous more than ten years ago. Now you'll find pumpkin spice added to all kinds of food. But do these foods actually taste good? Consumer Reports harvested a load of different foods and put them to the test.

If you want a pumpkin fix, how do you pick? Consumer Reports' expert food panel started with 20 products to find the tastiest. Some...are not so great.

Putting "Pumpkin" on the label didn't make Blue Diamond almonds irresistible - the candy-like brown spice coating masked the taste of the nuts.

But there were some standouts. Noosa Finest Yoghurt Pumpkin is full and creamy, with real pumpkin and a hint of pumpkin pie spices. It's made with whole milk and is pretty rich, so watch your portion. Or you can start your day with Pumpkin Spice Cheerios - they taste mostly of clove but also have hints of cinnamon and nutmeg.

Snack on the Pumpkin Spice Flax Crunchy Granola Bar from Kashi with 4 grams of fiber. It has pumpkin and flax seeds, and tastes of honey and brown spice.

The tasters agreed on Imagine Organic Creamy Pumpkin Soup - it is thick, smooth and slightly sweet, with some pumpkin spices.

And finally, have a glass of water ready for Trader Joe's Fall Harvest Salsa.

Testers felt the heat overpowers the flavors of pumpkin, apples and squash, but it is still tasty.

While pumpkin snacks can be yummy, not all are healthy. Take a look at the label and make sure those traditional spices don't also come with a load of added sugars.

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