Jamba Juice's Pumpkin Smash


[Photographs: Robyn Lee]

Smash? Something between a smoothie and a shake, this Jamba Juice creation rolls out every fall (until January) and reminds us that everything can be pumpkinified.

Starbucks and Dunkin' Donuts do the lattes, Dairy Queen does Blizzards, and I'm pretty sure I saw pumpkin shampoo at Bath & Body Works. Oversaturating the world with pumpkin products is generally fine with me.

But too often these seasonal pumpkin products are not pumpkiny enough, tasting more like the holiday-scented candles than actual pumpkins. Pumpkin-flavored posers suffer from being too sweet, not spiced enough, or just plain gross.

Jamba Juice's Smash had potential.

The Verdict

Drinking pumpkin pie through a straw? You're onto something, Jamba. It's a blend of pumpkin puree, vanilla frozen yogurt, soy milk, ice, and brown flecks (let's go with nutmeg). While the Smash is definitely pumpkiny, maybe even your grandma's pumpkin pie pumpkiny, it's way too sweet. As in, drinking a whole cup of this might make you feel headachey. And want to smash into walls.

But I jotted down the recipe while spying on the Jamba Juice smoothista. With a couple minor tweaks, it could be an epiphany. DIY Jamba Juice Pumpkin Smash »