Pumpkin spice season is officially here! Starbuck’s released its polarizing Pumpkin Spice Latte on August 30, 2022. Dunkin’ beat them by 2 weeks, bringing back their pumpkin treats (including donuts, muffins and scones) in mid-August. Clearly, the world is hungry for all things pumpkin spice! There are hundreds of pumpkin spice foods, beverages, sweets and more. But which pumpkin spice products actually taste good? We’re sharing our roundup of the best gourmet pumpkin spice treats you need to try this fall – in addition to Starbucks PSL – including foods, drinks, desserts and treats.
pumpkin pie spice season has arrived!
It’s OK, you can call us basic. We accept that pumpkin spice has lost whatever chic and elegant connotations it may have once had back in the day. Nevertheless, we want the world to know: we love pumpkin spice, and we are not ashamed.
Yep, we are among those people who anxiously await The Day When the PSL Arrives at Starbucks. Even better, the day the pumpkin donuts arrive at Dunkin. It’s A Moment for us. Please don’t judge.
Are you one of us? Then you understand. Have you ever purchased a Pumpkin Spice Twinkie? ‘Cause we have. More than once.
In fact, we’re letting our flag fly by sharing our favorite limited-edition pumpkin spice products that you need to try this fall.
How can you not? There are so many options out there right now, who is capable of resisting them all? Pumpkin Spice breakfast cereal, yogurt, and M&Ms — pumpkin-flavored Peeps, Pop-Tarts, Twinkies, Oreos, English muffins, bagels, sandwich bread, cream cheese, potato chips, popcorn, peanut butter, almonds, snack bars, ice cream and Triscuits.
Oh, and dog biscuits. And pizza. You’re really not gonna bite on any of these?
Some of them are actually quite tasty (we’re looking at you, Chobani pumpkin & spice yogurt) – and some are just, well, unfortunate. We read a couple of great articles written by reporters who sampled 50 of these or more, and we don’t advise trying that at home.
the best luxury pumpkin spice treats you need to try this fall
Instead, in the spirit of luxury research, we decided to try to kick it up a notch this year and investigate this pressing question: Is it possible to experience the joy of pumpkin spice in an artisanal, refined, tech-mogul manner? Can one do it like a boss?
Dear reader, the answer is yes. You just have to know where to look.
1. Magnolia Bakery Pumpkin Spice Treats
Whether you visit one of their retail locations or order by mail, if you love pumpkin pie spice treats. head to Magnolia Bakery. They just announced their fall limited edition menu items, and we pretty much want one of everything. Puddings, cupcakes, and cheesecakes . . . so much pumpkin, so little time.
2. Cheesecake Royale Pumpkin Cheesecake.
What could be better this time of year than pumpkin cheesecake? This one has a graham cracker crust and caramel and walnuts as a garnish.
3. Five-Layer Pumpkin-Shaped Spice Cake.
How perfect is this cake for an impromptu autumn dessert party? It features four tiers of pumpkin spice cake layered with cream cheese frosting and covered in orange and green fondant. It serves 15 – so there’ll be plenty enough for the whole gang.
4. Pecan Pumpkin Butter from Williams-Sonoma
Williams-Sonoma Pecan Pumpkin Butter. We have to issue an alert on this one. If you love pumpkin spice, this condiment might function in your system the way certain addictive substances do. Basically, it’s like crack for people who love pumpkin spice. Yep, it’s really that good. Put it on toast, or ice cream, or apple slices. Or do what we do, and just eat it right out of the jar. Spoon optional. $12.95 per jar.
5. Stan’s Donuts Old Fashioned Pumpkin Spice Donuts.
The original Stan’s Donuts was founded in Los Angeles in 1963, and it became a mecca for handmade, old-fashioned doughnuts. After the original closed in 2020, Chicago became the sole outpost for these luscious sweets. Thankfully, for the rest of us, we order a 12-pack of their pumpkin spice donuts online just in time for the start of the season.
6. Eleni’s Cookies.
This charming gift box contains 10 hand-iced fall themed cookies: squirrels, acorns and autumn leaves. Just ’cause its a gift box doesn’t actually mean you have to give it away, does it?
7. Harvest Moon Pumpkin Bundt Cake from We Take the Cake.
This moist Bundt cake is from one of our favorite bakeries, We Take the Cake. Pumpkin puree, allspice, and cinnamon flavor the cake, and its topped with a creamy caramel glaze. The bakery says it serves up to 8 people – but in our house, we’re pretty sure 3 or 4 of us would make it disappear.
8. L.A. Burdick Chocolate Ghosts
In addition to this luxury chocolatier’s adorable Chocolate Ghost, there’s a new autumn flavor this year: Pumpkin spice cider dark chocolate ganache. Made by hand with organic pumpkin, five different spices, and local New Hampshire apple cider, each little ghost is filled with this new ganache, and covered in white chocolate. We are totally not frightened by these tiny spirits from beyond – in fact, we’ll feel haunted if we don’t grab at least a couple of boxes of these in the coming weeks. $3.75 per ghost, or $18 for a box of 5.
9. Chobani Pumpkin and Spice Greek Yogurt.
Of all the pumpkin spice flavored foods, drinks and treats that pop up this time of year, this is actually the one we most look forward to. Chobani’s pumpkin spice yogurt is the perfect autumn dessert – and we should just note that it’s totally addictive, so you might want to stock up on it. It’s limited edition, and when they’re gone, they’re gone.
10. Pumpkin Spice Maple Syrup
On an autumn weekend morning, its wonderful to have pumpkin spice flavors and fragrance as part of a drizzle of maple syrup. Pancakes, waffles, perhaps a slice of bacon or two . . . life is good.
the best pumpkin spice treats you need to try this fall
That’s our take on the best most delicious pumpkin spice foods, drinks, sweets and treats you have to try this fall.
Once you’ve indulged in all of these high-class pumpkin experiences, you may find yourself in the need of some exercise. Fear not! The Pumpkin Spice 5, 10 and 15K Run in Fort Worth, Texas is November 19. Have fun out there.
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Pamela Thomas-Graham is the Founder & CEO of Dandelion Chandelier. A Detroit native, she has 3 Harvard degrees and has written 3 mystery novels published by Simon & Schuster. After serving as a senior corporate executive, CEO of CNBC and partner at McKinsey, she now serves on the boards of several tech companies. She loves fashion, Paris, New York, books, contemporary art, running, skiing, coffee, Corgis and violets.