Nothing says it’s the beginning of Fall like the spicy scent and taste of Pumpkin Spice. In fact, it’s hard to escape Pumpkin-flavored anything this time of year…but, admittedly, we are total suckers for it! We’ve seen everything from pumpkin-spice gum to pumpkin-spice colored hair dye. Yes, hair dye.
So, in the true spirit of “pumpkin everything,” we bring to you our favorite seasonal picks…
You can’t get any more classic than the traditional pumpkin pie. It can even be argued that it started the pumpkin spice “craze” before we even knew it was something to talk about…The buttery, flaky crust and the moist pumpkin-y center filled with cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves makes you want to run outside, rake up a pile of leaves and jump right in! Our current favorite; the Pumpkin Pie from Mia’s Bakery.
Pumpkin Spice Coffee Beans
What better way to savor the flavors of the season than with a hot cup of joe! But not any cup of coffee will do…Skip the lattes! Leave the sugary, artificial syrups behind and indulge in a freshly ground cup of Pumpkin Spice Coffee instead. You’ll be happy you did! Try these specialty beans, found at Sahadi’s.
Pumpkin Spice Cashew Butter
Plain old nut butters are sooo last season. Try this pumpkin spread on your muffins, toast, pretzels or even right out of the jar on your favorite spoon! Bonus; it’s organic, vegan and gluten-free. Try the Pumpkin Spice Cashew Butter found at Harry & Ida’s.
Who doesn’t love a cannoli? The richy creamy center and crisp outer shell is hard to resist…but now marry it with the beloved flavors of a pumpkin pie and you have a match made in Autumnal heaven! Your tastebuds will love this seasonal twist on a classic Italian pastry – so don’t miss out! The Pumpkin Cannoli can only be found during this time of year, exclusively at Pasticceria Rocco.
As self-proclaimed pumpkin fanatics, we admit, most of our favorite pumpkin-spice finds are sweet and dessert-like…until we discovered Raffetto’s Pasta. With Pumpkin Ravioli on the menu, you can now incorporate Pumpkin even into your dinner routine (woo hoo!). Paired perfectly with a browned butter sauce, Pumpkin Ravioli is an unexpected and delicious savory meal. (P.S. Try the Pumpkin Gnocchi from Raffetto’s too!)
Have a sudden craving for pumpkin-spice? Stay out of the hair dye aisle, and get yourselves to Mercato instead – where you can find all of the above seasonal finds. Enjoy!