Pumpkin Shortage??

Have you all heard this craziness?  If you search “pumpkin shortage” on Twitter, you will find all kinds of people freaking out about The Great Pumpkin Shortage of 2009.  I stopped by 3 stores today and sure enough, no canned pumpkin on the shelves.  I have 2 small cans that I bought earlier this year because I use them for oats as well.  What are we going to do?  What about pumpkin pies, pumpkin cookies, all the things I posted about on Sunday that I love??   Will I have to resort to using butternut squash?  Not a bad idea.  I know you can buy that frozen.  Wonder if you can buy it canned?  Not at the stores I shopped today, or at least I didn’t see any.  Sigh. 

Speaking of pumpkin, I not only have gotten my hands on my beloved Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Butter, Hershey’s Pumpkin Spice Kisses, a few Pumpkin Spice Lattes, but today I found:


There was exactly 1 of these left on the shelf.  I was prepared to buy several, especially since it may be the only pumpkin pie that I will be eating this year.  I knew that I had to have this right away for my snack this afternoon.  I emptied it into a bowl with some super-crunchy corn flakes and then mixed up.  I first took a spoonful out of the yogurt container to get a true taste.  To be honest I wasn’t “wowed” like I thought I was going to be.  There was definitely a pumpkin flavor there, but I can’t really describe what it was that was holding me back from loving this.  In theory I should love it, but I don’t.  I am actually kind of glad that there was only 1 on the shelf.  Anyone else out there try this?  What do you think?


2 Responses

  1. Roasted beets are the bomb and if you mix them with anything else, that other thing will turn purple. So they are fun too! :p

    I saw Pumpkin, a pack of three huge containers at Sam’s on Hilliard-Rome. I didn’t buy any because I was unaware of the shortage! Meijer had none and neither did Whole Foods. Drat! Seriously though, what’s the deal?

    • Run back to Sam’s!!! LOL!

      I did find sweet potato puree & butternut squash puree at Trader Joe’s today, but no pumpkin. I did get an email from Libby’s that it should be back on the shelves in a few weeks.

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