Tasty pumpkin spice treats to kick off the fall food season

KIND Bars, photo provided by KIND
KIND Bars, photo provided by KIND /

With that latte in your hand and the warm aromas filling the air, a multitude of tasty pumpkin spice treats are taking over store shelves. Although a few savory options, like that Pumpkin Spice Cup Noodles has people talking, the reality is that many of the fall favorite flavored foods take a sweeter turn. Have you started plucking some of these treats off the pumpkin vine yet?

Even though opinions vary, pumpkin flavors continue to be popular. While that latte might come earlier and earlier each year, the reality is that people crave those warm, comforting flavors. Even if the temperatures don’t have a chill in the air, there is something craveable about those spices.

Luckily a variety of brands have announced their fall flavors. Although there might not be a whole aisle of just pumpkin offerings, the plethora of options seem like that there could be.

Which pumpkin spice treats will you try first?

Since snack time often adopts seasonal flavors, many of those favorite foods are getting a seasonal makeover. KIND’s limited-edition Caramel Almond Pumpkin Spice bar is back again.

KIND’s seasonal offering is a little sweet, but never brings up that pesky negative “g” word when it comes to food. Food is meant to be enjoyed, not served with a side of negativity.

Packed with nuts, clean flavors and satisfying crunch, the Caramel Almond Pumpkin Spice bar is a great choice for a quick breakfast, mid-afternoon snack or even a dessert. It is a family favorite, too.

Given that families can get busy as fall starts, grab and go food is a top priority. RXBAR is always a good choice because families trust that healthier option. With the ingredients front and center on the label, there is no hiding what is inside.

For the fall, RXBAR is offering Pumpkin Spice and Pumpkin Spice Peanut Butter. The Pumpkin Spice Peanut Butter is a must try. That combination of a little salty with the sweet is far from basic. It might make you rethink other fall flavor combinations.

Sometimes it is ok to indulge a little. Luckily, Entenmann’s has brought back many of its fall favorites. From the Little Bites Pumpkin Muffins to those Pumpkin Pop’ems, the bakery shelf has that orange hue.

Since Entenmann’s is a family favorite, why not turn these seasonal treats into some semi-homemade desserts. Those leftover donuts can become a parfait for Sunday dessert. Or, even layer some of the muffins with yogurt, fruit and nuts for a hearty breakfast. The options are many.

To keep that pumpkin flavors going, consider combining those treats with the siggi’s Pumpkin & Spice seasonal offering. That tart yogurt is perfect with those warm fall spices.

And, that yogurt can be used as an ingredient in a Latte Smoothie or even some Pumpkin Spice Tiramisu. Basically, there is an excuse to stock up on multiple containers.

If you prefer to bake your own treats, Miss Jones Baking Co has a variety of seasonal flavored baking mixes. On a weekend morning why not make your own donuts with the Mini Pumpkin Donut Muffing Mix. It can be a fun way to start the day.

Continuing the baking theme, why not add some Cocomel’s Limited Edition Pumpkin Spice Caramels to the list. The coconut milk caramel is luscious and with the addition of clove and allspice the flavors really pop. And, with a lot less sugar than that latte, you could even have a second one in the afternoon.

Of course, Target has a variety of pumpkin spice offerings that are joining those Halloween Hyde & EEK offerings. Favorite Day Pumpkin White Chocolate Crisp Cookies are a must.

For the plant-based food followers, Kite Hill just revealed its Pumpkin Pie Cream Cheese offering. The Dairy-free cream cheese can be a topping for that bagel, a dip for fruit or even transformed into a tasty dessert.

Lastly, if you want to go over the top for premium treats consider Café Valley’s Gourmet Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins. If you haven’t combined chocolate chips and pumpkins, it is a flavor to savor.

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These pumpkin spice treats are just a small sample of the many, many options available as fall ushers into the conversation. Are you ready to kiss summer goodbye and put some gourd-tastic treats on the table?