You aren’t my favorite season. That would be summer, and you kind of mean the end of summer. Plus, directly after you comes winter. And winter is the worst.
That said, there are parts of you that I like. I love early fall clothes, when it’s cool enough to wear layers, but not so cold yet that I need a thick jacket. Fall aesthetic is also beautiful – thick scarves, hot chocolate, and orange leaves. And pumpkins. Ah, pumpkins. I don’t know when the world became obsessed with pumpkin spice, but now the true start of fall is signaled with the return of pumpkin spice everything. I like pumpkins fine. Thanksgiving isn’t complete without pumpkin pie, but beyond that I like looking at pumpkins more than eating them. Last weekend, that all changed.
It was a purchase on a whim. They had them on sale at the checkout line. I had just sorted through the $1 bins at Target to find fall themed prizes for my classroom prize basket. The Halloween skeleton decorations had been cackling every time someone set off their motion sensors. That’s when I first saw them: Pumpkin Spice Oreos.
“Those look good,” I said to myself. Then I shrugged and tossed one into my cart. Little did I know that everything was about to change.
Because these are basically the best cookies I have ever had.
Don’t get me wrong, normal oreos are fine, but I rarely crave them, and despite selling Girl Scout cookies for years, cookies aren’t my go to snack.
But biting into a pumpkin spice oreo is like someone managed to take the best parts of fall and turn them into a cookie. It feels like I am sitting on a rustic porch somewhere (probably New England) while the wind blows through the orange and red leaves. I’m wearing my favorite boots and comfy sweater. In my hands is a warm mug of hot chocolate (probably the new mug I bought while at Target that says “get cozy”, because my Target impulse purchase control is basically nil). Somewhere nearby an apple pie is cooling and I can already smell how sweet it will be with a side of vanilla ice cream. A candle glows in a mason jar I have gussied up thanks to a Pinterest tutorial. There’s probably also a horse, because if this is my fall fantasy it can have a majestic horse in the front yard. And it might even be wearing a sweater with a pun on it.
The bad news is that Pumpkin Spice Oreos are limited edition. The good news is that I may have bought 10. The other good news is that I have a gym membership, because I’m probably going to need it.