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Pumpkin butter and Krusteaz pumpkin spice pancakes.

It is officially pumpkin spice season and this year looks to be bigger and spicier than ever. Last year, Americans spent more than $236 million on pumpkin-spice-flavored items, a 47% increase over the previous five years. It seems we just can’t get enough of the official flavor of fall.

Pumpkin spice is a relatively simple blend of flavors—cinnamon with clove, ginger, nutmeg and sometimes allspice—so why do we love it so much?

“For the average American, it triggers nostalgia and evokes holiday seasons where people get together and connect with loved ones,” Marie Wright, the chief global flavorist at ADM, told Forbes. “These flavors and aromas trigger memories of family events and being around people, something we have all been missing even more during the pandemic. From a scientific perspective, this happens in the same part of the brain where emotions and memories are provoked.”

Now the big question is: Have you stocked up on your pumpkin spice for this season? Here are 11 items you can get next-day from Amazon that’ll give you all the fall feels.


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Starbucks Iced Espresso, Pumpkin Spice Latte, Limited Edition, $29.29

(Available for next-day delivery through Prime)

When pumpkin spice comes to mind, most people immediately think of Starbucks. Right now, you can avoid the line and the car ride by stocking up your fridge with an eight-pack of iced espresso pumpkin spice latte drinks you can enjoy whenever you like.

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Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Pumpkin Spice, Single-Serve Keurig K-Cup Pods (72 count) $41.76

(Available for next-day delivery through Prime)

The pumpkin spice season runs from mid-September-ish through at least the end of November, so this batch of 72 K-cups will help you enjoy the official flavor of fall each morning for the entire season.

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Swiss Miss Pumpkin Spice Hot Cocoa Mix Bundle $14.50

(Available for next-day delivery through Prime)

No cozy fall evening is complete without a mug full of hot cocoa. Now, you can add a little pumpkin spice to your traditional Swiss Miss to it to make it extra inviting.

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RXBAR, Pumpkin Spice, Protein Bar (Pack of 12) $26.99

(Available for next-day delivery through Prime)

The RXBAR folks got it right in the product description. “Imagine a pumpkin pie. Now imagine it packed with protein. I think you get the picture.” The pumpkin spice adds some flavor to this simple, protein-packed mix of egg whites, dates and nuts.

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Pumpkin Spice Milano Cookie Bundle $19.74

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Every fall, the classic chocolate-infused butter cookie sandwich switches things up by adopting a seasonal pumpkin-spice flavoring and we’re here for it. Imagine dunking these into your pumpkin spice hot cocoa!

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OREO Pumpkin Spice Sandwich Cookies $4.79

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Grab a big glass of milk and go to town with these golden sandwich cookies filled with rich pumpkin-spice-flavored creme.

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Werther's Original Limited Edition Harvest Soft Caramels $23.40

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Now you can take the flavors of fall with you in your pocket or purse with this three-pack of Werther’s Original Harvest Edition candies. You’ll get one pack of each of Werther’s fall flavors: pumpkin spice, caramel apple and cinnamon creme.

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Pumpkin Spice Candles $19.95

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OK, you can’t eat this one but it will definitely put you in the pumpkin spice spirit as you smell the flavor emanating from every room of your house. “It's a wonderful, fragrant candle, it easily spreads across the whole house in a few minutes. Got me into the autumn atmosphere immediately,” R Kahn wrote in the reviews.

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Green Jay Gourmet Pumpkin Butter $14.69

(Available for next-day delivery through Prime)

Why not trade your peanut butter for something more seasonal? Green Jay’s pumpkin butter promises “the best of pumpkins cooked to buttery perfection” with “subtle hints of our secret spices.” Imagine that on some warm rolls during Thanksgiving. Yum!

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3 Pack of Krusteaz Pumpkin Spice Pancake Mix $20.72

(Available for next-day delivery through Prime)

How about surprising the family with an amazing pumpkin-spice breakfast? The great thing is that Krusteaz pancakes are easy to make, just add a little bit of water.

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Goldfish Crackers Dunkin' Limited Edition Pumpkin Spice $12.50

(Available for next-day delivery through Prime)

This reviewer put it best: “Brings back so many memories of the fall season from my childhood. Walking around pumpkin patches and apple orchards. Carving pumpkins or just sitting out on the porch on a crisp fall morning,” Michelle.

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The last thing children should have to worry about is where their next meal will come from. But the unfortunate reality is food insecurity is all too common in this country.

In an effort to help combat this pressing issue, KFC is teaming up with Blessings in a Backpack to provide nearly 70,000 meals to families in need and spread holiday cheer along the way.

The KFC Sharemobile, a holiday-edition charitable food truck, will be making stops at schools in Chicago, Orlando, and Houston in December to share KFC family meals and special gifts for a few select families to address specific needs identified by their respective schools.

These cities were chosen based on the high level of food insecurity present in their communities and hardships they’ve faced, such as a devastating hurricane season in Florida and an unprecedented winter storm in Houston. In 2021, five million children across the US lived in food-insecure households, according to the USDA.

“Sharing a meal with family or friends is a special part of the holidays,” said Nick Chavez, CMO of KFC U.S. “Alongside our franchisees, we wanted to make that possible for even more families this holiday season.”

KFC will also be making a donation to Blessings in a Backpack, a nonprofit that works to provide weekend meals to school-aged children across America who might otherwise go hungry.

“The generous donations from KFC could not have come at a better time, as these communities have been particularly hard-hit this year with rising food costs, inflation and various natural disasters,” Erin Kerr, the CEO of Blessings in a Backpack, told Upworthy. “Because of KFC’s support, we’re able to spread holiday cheer by donating meals for hunger-free weekends and meet each community’s needs,” Kerr said.

This isn’t the first time KFC has worked with Blessings in a Backpack. The fried chicken chain has partnered with the nonprofit for the last six years, donating nearly $1 million dollars. KFC employees also volunteer weekly to package and provide meals to students in Louisville, Kentucky who need food over the weekend.

KFC franchisees are also bringing the Sharemobile concept to life in markets across the country through local food donations and other holiday giveback moments. Ampex Brands, a KFC franchisee based in Dallas, recently held its annual Day of Giving event and donated 11,000 meals to school children in economically disadvantaged neighborhoods.

If you’d like to get involved, you can make a donation to help feed students in need at kfc.com/kfcsharemobile. Every bit helps, but a donation of $150 helps feed a student on the weekends for an entire 38-week school year, and a donation as low as $4 will feed a child for a whole weekend.

Celine Dion spoke directly to her fans on social media.

Celine Dion has shared the devastating news that she has been diagnosed with a rare neurological disorder called stiff person syndrome.

In an emotional video to her fans, the 54-year-old French-Canadian singer apologized for taking so long to reach out and explained that her health struggles have been difficult to talk about.

"As you know, I have always been an open book, and I wasn't ready to say anything before. But I'm ready now."

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Adam Sandler and Brendan Fraser for Variety's "Actors on Actors."

There are few actors in this world as universally loved as Brendan Fraser and Adam Sandler. So when the two sign on to interview one another, you can bet that people are going to be thrilled.

During one of Variety's “Actors on Actors” segments, the two swapped stories of being in the entertainment business—from the movie “Airheads," which they both starred in, to more recent projects like Sandler’s “Hustle” and Fraser’s “The Whale.”

It’s clear that these two respect and admire each other’s work. Sandler applauded Fraser’s career-long stride of making bold and interesting choices, and especially commended him for his starring role in Darren Aronofsky’s “The Whale,” which has been hailed as a major comeback for the “Mummy” franchise star.
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Tenacious D performs at the Rock in Pott festival.

The medley that closes out the second side of the Beatles’ “Abbey Road” album is one of the most impressive displays of musicianship in the band’s storied career. It also provided the perfect send-off before the band’s official breakup months later, ending with the lyrics, “And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make.”

In 1969, “Abbey Road” was the last record the group made together, although “Let it Be,” recorded earlier that year, was released in 1970.

At first, the medley was just a clever way for the band to use a handful of half-finished tunes, but when it came together it was a rousing, grandiose affair.

Arranged by Paul McCartney and producer George Martin, the medley weaves together five songs written by McCartney, "You Never Give Me Your Money," "She Came in Through the Bathroom Window," "Golden Slumbers," "Carry That Weight” and "The End," and three by John Lennon, “Sun King," "Mean Mr. Mustard" and "Polythene Pam."

Fifteen seconds after the medley and the album’s conclusion, there is a surprise treat, McCartney’s 22-second “Her Majesty,” which wound up on the record as an accident.

Jack Black and Kyle Gass, collectively known as Tenacious D, recently reimagined two of the songs in the medley, "You Never Give Me Your Money" and "The End," for acoustic guitars for a performance on SiriusXM's Octane Channel. Like everything with Tenacious D, it showed off the duo’s impressive musical chops as well as their fantastic sense of humor.

The truncated version of the medley was also a wonderful tribute to the incredible work the Beatles did 53 years ago.

Warning: This video contains NSFW language.

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13 strangers became stranded at an airport, so they set off on a road trip together

The unlikely friends went viral online after documenting their 10+ hour journey.

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From strangers to friends in one night.

Sometimes the greatest friendships are born out of the most unlikely circumstances.

Thanks to a canceled flight, 13 complete strangers found themselves stuck at Orlando International Airport on their way to Knoxville, Tennessee, with no way to get to their destination.

What started off as a disaster quickly turned around into an impromptu adventure, as the determined group banded together to rent a minivan and drive more than 500 miles from Orlando to Knoxville. Along the way they documented their travels, and the story was quickly picked up by news outlets like CNN, spreading like wholesome viral wildfire online.


The band of merry travelers hailed from different parts of the U.S. and Mexico, and didn’t all speak the same language. Plus each had their own reason for wanting to get to Knoxville. One college student was trying to make it back in time for her final. Another was hoping to tour her dream college with her mom and dad. A well-known farming influencer was set to deliver a keynote speech at a conference. A mother wanted to go fight for custody of her son, while another woman wanted to meet a friend to help her move. Others were just there to have fun.

Regardless of their differences, their road trip created unexpected community and a memory they won't soon forget.

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