Sorry to break the news, but that pumpkin pie you’ve been looking forward to this fall? It’s really a squash pie. Take a close look at that canned pumpkin and you’ll see that the tasty orange puree consists of one or more types of winter squash, including butternut, Hubbard, and golden delicious. (Libby’s by Nestle is an exception: It’s made of Cucurbita moschata, a Central American vegetable that looks like a squash but is deemed a pumpkin.) The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) lets all this slide, citing the lack of a clear scientific divide between squash and pumpkins.
This may be little comfort for pumpkin purists—but thankfully, you can pay homage with our list of eight pumpkin-related gifts for anyone who needs to forget the pain.
Pumpkin-scented home bundle
Channel the powers of the pumpkin to fight bacteria with the ultimate cleaning set, consisting of dish soap, hand soap, multi-surface solution, and a soy candle. If your household smells like pie, you can continue to live in ignorance?
Pumpkin spice toilet paper
Use this on-theme toilet paper to wipe away the tears. The cardboard roll (not the absorbent itself) is coated in essential oils that are approved for general skincare products.
Pumpkin eye gel patch
Try an eye mask that’s formulated with pumpkin-ferment extract to help de-puff the bags from all the sleep you’ve lost over the squash conspiracy. The two-step treatment starts with a cream and ends with an easy gel-patch application.
Pumpkin-shaped pie plate
Split the difference by serving your squash pie on a pumpkin-shaped dish. The stoneware is a little under 11 inches across, which measures out to about eight slices for you, yourself, and maybe two other loved ones.
Pumpkin pie Kit Kats
They only come around once a year, so stock up for your home and the trick-or-treaters. Pumpkin-flavored Kit Kats are the perfect blend between everyone’s wafer-y, crunchy chocolate and seasonal flavor.
Pumpkin spice cocktail mix
Learning the truth about canned pumpkin is a tough pill to swallow, but this alcoholic accessory might help wash it down. The cinnamon, clove, and cardamom mix goes well with tequila or citrus-flavored liquors.
Pumpkin and squash print
A handmade chart that displays the Cucurbita family’s variety is the next best thing to a full-on field guide. Get some help sifting through the varieties at your local farmers’ market—or making your own puree at home.