Game over. The most offensive-sounding pumpkin spice product has officially arrived.
Here to add some fright to your fall is the Pumpkin Spice Hummus Shake. Grab it — or avoid it — at The Hummus & Pita Co., where it’s available for $5 at all three of the chickpea chain’s Manhattan locations and its Danbury, Connecticut outpost.
A regular hummus shake launched at the company in May as a blend of chickpeas, tahini, banana, dates, and almond milk. This seasonal upgrade is made with all-natural pumpkin puree, chickpeas, tahini, almond butter, quick oats, sugar-free applesauce and vanilla, and is topped with The Hummus & Pita Co.’s own pumpkin spice mix. Order it with or without whipped cream.
Some might be scared off at the idea of a sweet shake laden with hummus — the savory snack dip normally made with chickpeas mashed with oil, lemon juice, tahini and gasp, garlic. But this shake, available through Thanksgiving weekend, skips the garlic and subs in the more mild and sweet flavors of almond butter, oats and applesauce.
The company is also selling Pumpkin Pie Dessert Hummus, made with similar ingredients, until the new year. It’ll cost you $4.55 for a small, $5.45 for a medium or $6.45 for a large.
“We do make our dessert hummus with chickpeas, and it’s healthy like traditional hummus,” The Hummus & Pita Co. founder Dave Pesso told the Daily News. “But that’s where the similarities end. I originally crafted the recipe as a healthy dessert for my daughter. It’s a guilt-free and delicious treat you can have every day, as it’s packed with protein from chickpeas while being vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free.”
Pesso suggests dipping into the dessert hummus with cinnamon pita chips, pretzels, apples, or just scooping it up with a spoon.
Each fall, pumpkin spice-flavored products invade grocery store shelves and coffee chain latte lineups, pitting those who go gaga for them against those who gag over them. Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte is a longtime fan favorite, and Trader Joe’s is known for its seemingly unlimited amount of pumpkin spice goods, ranging from Pumpkin Rolls with Pumpkin Spice Icing to Petite Pumpkin Spice Cookies.