Recipe: A Happy Food Dance
Say what you will about Halloween or Christmas, the best part about the end of the year is everything’s coming up pumpkin. In season from September through March, the ocherous gourd consummates beautifully with cinnamon and buttercream and graham cracker, enough so that most folks might even consider themselves addicted. Luckily, there is no shortage of restaurants and retailers proffering the autumnal treat, and, even luckier, most of them have it available for you right this second. So in case you haven’t already, feel free to stop by any of these fine establishments to get your pumpkin fix. Goodness knows you probably need it.
Yes, not content to nab only the St. Paddy’s drink cultists, McDonald’s has introduced a new McCafé Pumpkin Spice Latte to tide everyone over until the return of the Shamrock Shake. Freshly brewed 100% Rainforest Alliance Certified espresso, steamed milk and pumpkin pie flavors make for a seasonal coffee possibly even more deliciously corporate than Starbucks.
Speaking of, you know it. You love it. You may have even used that awful “secret” code PSL10 to get yours a couple days early. Regardless, you know Starbucks will never let you down when it comes to the pumpkin latte department. Those flies in the pastry case? Entirely different story.
Minnesota-based Caribou is bringing back its slightly dressier takes on liquid squash this year. In addition to its traditional Pumpkin Latte, it also has a Pumpkin White Chocolate Mocha, a Pumpkin Chai and Pumpkin Bread. Punkin’.
New to the chain’s fall/Oktoberfest themed menu this year is Red Robin’s Spiced Pumpkin Pie Shake, made with real Libby’s pumpkin pie filling, vanilla soft serve, nutmeg and graham cracker crumbs. For whenever you feel like sucking down that giant vegetable through a straw.
Dunkin’ Donuts/Krispy Kreme
Both alliterative donut chains are rolling out the pumpkin-flavored pastries, Dunkin’ with a Pumpkin Pie-flavored yeast donut frosted with white icing and sprinkled with graham crackers and Krispy with a Pumpkin Spice cake and new Pumpkin Cheesecake yeast donut. Dunkin’ also has a new Frozen Pumpkin Coffee in addition to its regular Pumpkin Muffin, Pumpkin White Chocolate and assorted Pumpkin coffees.
Einstein Bros./Noah’s New York Bagels
Lastly, the most extensive retail pumpkin line on this list. From Pumpkin Walnut Crunch bagels to pull-apart, pumpkin syrup, cinnamon streusel and cream-cheese icing-covered Pumpkin Bagel Clusters, to a Pumpkin White Chocolate Chip Cookie, to a Pumpkin Cream Cheese Shmear, Einstein’s got practically every oral-pumpkin-delivery vehicle you’d need. There’s also a Pumpkin Latte and a new Frozen Pumpkin Pie Drink and a Pumpkin Muffin, all available until mid-November, so you have a decent amount of time to try them.
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