Review: Limited Edition G.H. Cretors Pumpkin Spice Caramel Corn & Awkward Admissions: My Clothes Calendar
JFG Nation, I need to get a HUGE EMBARRASSING ADMISSION off my chest. But first, let’s talk about first days. First days of school; first days of work. Right now, because it is Fall, first days are everywhere! And new environments and new opportunities to meet people means new ways to feel insecure all over again….FUN! And you thought social pressures ended after high school. NOPE!
Back when I was in high school, my classmates were ruthless. When I look back on grade school, there is no group of people more highly skilled at destroying other people’s confidence like teenagers. Holy moly. People in my class would make fun of each other for ANYTHING. You wearing a Vikings jacket instead of Bills jacket? PFFFFT. Are your jeans just regularly cuffed and not folded over and rolled? LAAAAAAME. There were moments when I would be decked head to toe in Adidas gear, and I wasn’t on the soccer team. YOU MUST WEAR UMBROS TO BE COOL. NICE SWEATER, LOSER. *wanking motion*
And GOD FORBID you wear the same thing twice. Like, the same jeans with a different top? People would notice and make your life a LIVING HELL FOR THAT WHOLE DAY. You’d come up with crazy stories in a meager attempt to avoid being noticed. “Oh, these jeans? I …uh…washed them last night. They’re clean, I swear! Er…I WON TWO PAIRS. BELIEVE ME! ACCEPT ME!”
SO what would I do to ENSURE that I avoided this social pitfall? ADMISSION: I would actually keep a calendar where I would write down what I wore that day. EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. Year after year I’d have these calendars filled out with clothing descriptions. Something like, “Monday, 10-10-1996: Brown sweater, Jeans, Brown Shoes, Braided Belt.” God, no wonder I didn’t date often. Anyways, this method would ensure that all outfits were EVENLY SPACED to minimize social damage. “Dude, didn’t you wear that shirt two days ago?” “NO YOU ARE INCORRECT IT WAS PRECISELY ELEVEN DAYS AGO WHICH MAKES IT OK.”
And let me tell ya, old habits die hard. I was still following this stupid practice all the way through college into my law school days when a laptop with iCal made it super easy to track my neurosis. In fact, as I flip back in my calendar RIGHT NOW, I am embarrassed to admit that I still wrote this BS down, with varying frequency levels, all the way up until….2013. Seriously. This is what high school did to me.
Anyways, it feels good to admit that – I’m over 30 and can finally let go of a practice that was created out of social fear in high school. But the question is: Did any of YOU do this too? I KNOW people out there had crazy practices and did crazy things to avoid getting made fun of for their clothes. Let me know what YOU did in the comments below. I swear this is a safe space. Let’s share.
Today’s junk food: Limited Edition G.H. Cretors Pumpkin Spice Caramel Corn!!
I was walking through Wegmans the other day when I stopped, turned, and bee-lined for the display with this Limited Edition G.H. Cretors Pumpkin Spice Caramel Corn. Great googly moogly. I first learned about G.H. Cretors waaaaay back in 2012. It is an AWESOME brand of popcorn.
I had a choice between choosing to review this or the Boom Chicka Pop Holidrizzle Pumpkin Spice Kettle Corn, seen above. Then I remembered: I reviewed the Holidrizzle Pumpkin Spice popcorn LAST year. It was aight. But Pumpkin Spice CARAMEL Corn?? Now you’re talking.
Limited Edition G.H. Cretors Pumpkin Spice Caramel Corn contains pumpkin seeds and walnuts too! Which is nice – like a high end Fiddle Faddle or CrackerJack. I, for one, LOVE roasted pumpkin seeds. It may be squirrel food but I can eat bags of that ish.
Limited Edition G.H. Cretors Pumpkin Spice Caramel Corn is not the ONLY new limited edition put out by G.H. Cretors this season – they also have Orchard Apple Caramel Corn and Double Chocolate Caramel Corn. But Wegmans wasn’t carrying these other two flavors. COME ON, WEGMANS, GET WITH IT.
Limited Edition G.H. Cretors Pumpkin Spice Caramel Corn has some great ingredients. Non-GMO everything, AND “pumpkin powder”? Sign me up.
When I opened this bag of Limited Edition G.H. Cretors Pumpkin Spice Caramel Corn and sniffed, BOOM – the pumpkin spice aroma was THERE. And seemingly well balanced – I didn’t get too much punch of ginger or clove…this just had a normal, sweet, pumpkin plus caramel aroma. As I sniffed more, I got the familiar smell of fresh popcorn too. These smelled great. I needed to shove a big handful into my mouth immediately.
I munched a bunch of this Limited Edition G.H. Cretors Pumpkin Spice Caramel Corn, and smiled in delight. This stuff was AWESOME. First, at its core, this was just a solid caramel corn. Super fresh popcorn and the perfect amount of caramel – it covered every surface and crevice with a thin glass-like layer of sugary confection that shattered when I bit into it. No HUGE gobs of caramel that got stuck in my teeth.
But add on top of that a subtle but noticeable pumpkin spice flavor, and this is a winner. I say the spice was subtle but that’s not a bad thing – I think it was just the right amount of pumpkin spice. This was pumpkin spice CARAMEL CORN – not popcorn that was trying to taste like something else. Not Pumpkin Pie Oreos or Pumpkin Pie Toaster Strudel. This was caramel corn with pumpkin spice added. It’s not supposed to taste like pumpkin pie.
So, with that in mind, this popcorn was AWESOME. Good notes of pumpkin flavor, noticeable cinnamon spice and I definitely caught the clove and ginger flavors in there too. While much of the spice IS neutralized by the caramel, there is enough to stand this apart from normal caramel corn, which has a tendency to be cloyingly sweet sometimes. Not this.
The pumpkin seeds and walnuts added more texture than flavor, but they helped flesh out the bag and make it more substantial. All in all, probably one of my favorite new pumpkin items on the market now. Go find this, fast.
PURCHASED AT: Wegmans, Germantown, MD
Alright, I’m out. Sorry for the delays – WordPress was being annoying earlier. I’m off to nurse my fantasy football loss for the next few days. I HATE YOU CARLOS HYDE YOU RUIN EVERYTHING.
Junk Food Guy