Each fall seems to bring even more pumpkin spice products to shelves—and we’re not complaining. From the ubiquitous Starbucks PSL to pumpkin spice donuts and pumpkin cream cheese for your bagels, there are fall-flavored treats practically everywhere you go.
Of course, you can make your own pumpkin spice goodies at home, but it’s hard not to be tempted by the scores of ready-made treats beckoning from grocery store shelves, ice cream cases, and coffee shop menus. After all, there’s only a limited window during which you can enjoy them! (Even though it seems like pumpkin spice season starts sooner and sooner every year and eventually we may be grumbling about PSLs in July.)
Despite the name, “pumpkin spice” doesn’t necessarily denote the inclusion of any pumpkin in the given food or drink. Rather, it refers to a combo of fragrant, warm spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, ginger, and cloves that we’ve come to associate with flickr/Roadsidepictures[/caption]
These days, there’s really almost nothing people won’t put pumpkin spice into. See: pumpkin spice pasta and pumpkin spice salsa, even pumpkin spice morsels to replace or augment chocolate chips in baked goods. Pumpkin beer has become a big autumn tradition too, and though some brews actually do contain squash, plenty don’t. (Heads-up: you can brew your own pumpkin spice ale or porter at home!) And then of course, there are always pumpkin spice candles and body lotion to torment you with their delicious, non-edible scents.
If you’re not a fan of pumpkin spice, that’s cool. You can leave the sweet treats to the rest of us (and no need to act all superior about it, either). For those who can’t get enough of the evocative fall flavor, feast your eyes—and maybe your stomach—on all these edible pumpkin spice tidbits you can buy.
Start the day off right with pumpkin spice cereal, whether you like frosted Mini Wheats or Special K. If you’re more on-the-go, grab some pumpkin spice cereal bars, granola bars or Larabars. But Cheerios are classic, pretty healthy, and unadorned, so the pumpkin spice flavor really comes through. Bonus points for using real pumpkin puree! Buy them here.
Pop Tarts are technically a breakfast item too, though whether they should be is up for debate. The frosting makes them best suited to those with a sweet tooth. Buy them here.
The list of flavored fillings Oreo hasn’t tried is getting shorter every day, but these pumpkin spice beauties are clear winners. They do swap out the usual chocolate cookies for vanilla, which may taste better but deprives us of a Halloween-appropriate orange-and-black color combo. Buy them here.
Okay, this one is an add-on item, but if you’re buying a bunch of other pumpkin spice delicacies (or, like, anything else), that’s not an issue. You can also get pumpkin spice peanut butter. Spread these on basically anything stationary—if you can stop eating them by the spoonful. Buy it here.
You may have heard that Hostess is making candy corn flavored snack cakes, but if you’re a pumpkin spice die-hard, you’ll want these Tastykake creations instead. Buy them here. (Or if you don’t do snack cakes but you’re still craving a little fall treat, try these healthy pumpkin dark chocolate muffins that literally only take a minute to cook!)
Remember a time before everything was pumpkin spice flavored? Pepperidge Farm remembers. But they’re not living in the past, and neither should you! They make pumpkin cheesecake cookies in addition to this seasonal Milano variation. Buy them here.
The sweet, cream-filled sponge cakes you know and love, but with an autumnal twist. Get ’em before they’re gone. Buy them here.
Here’s one for the health food nuts. You can also buy pumpkin spice flavored protein powder to add to your smoothies and such, but if you want a portable snack with some crunch and fall flavor, try these rice cakes. Buy them here.
Looking for Halloween candy to hand out to trick-or-treaters? Pumpkin spice Hershey’s kisses or pumpkin M&Ms would obviously both be worthy choices, if you could resist eating them all yourself. Buy them here.
For a more sophisticated yet still fall-ish chocolate choice, look no further. If you prefer chewy caramels, try these, but Ghirardelli has mastered the art of ooey gooey caramel in thin, snappy chocolate shells. Buy them here.
These might seem a little weird, but they might also make amazing autumn s’mores. Peeps peeps have a pumpkin spice option too, though their white fudge coating might get in the way of the pumpkin spice flavors of these plain marshmallows. Buy them here.
Calling all lovers of chocolate and yogurt covered pretzels: here’s your favorite sweet and salty treat with the added bonus of warm pumpkin pie spices. Buy them here.
Coffee’s not the only hot pumpkin spice beverage out there (but you can brew that at home too, and take it with you in a mug that proclaims your allegiance to the pumpkin spice season)! There’s also pumpkin spice tea, which is especially great with a little milk. Buy it here.