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.)
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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 pumpkin pie—and more broadly, with fall, and holidays like Thanksgiving. You can thank (or curse, depending on your proclivities) McCormick for popularizing the pumpkin spice blend and first marketing it to consumers.
These days, there’s really almost nothing people won’t put pumpkin spice into. See: pumpkin spice pasta and pumpkin spice peanut butter, two among many such examples. 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. Disclaimer: We actually got to taste-test some of these, but most you’ll have to try for yourself to know if they hit (or miss) the mark!
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 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 now.
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 now.
When it comes to regular cookie butter, we’ll spread it on basically anything stationary—when we can stop eating it by the spoonful. Some would say adding pumpkin spice could only make it better. Buy now.
If you wax nostalgic for the way that Tastykake frosting peels off in big pieces, now’s the time to try their seasonal creation flavored with pumpkin spice. Buy now.
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 also make pumpkin cheesecake cookies in addition to this seasonal Milano variation. Buy now.
If you’re more of a soft-baked cookie person, try these soft-baked pumpkin pie biscotti, but for a super crunch that stands up to a dunk in coffee, get these limited edition pumpkin spice cookies. Buy now.
The sweet, cream-filled sponge cakes you know and love, but with an autumnal twist. Get ’em before they’re gone. Buy now.
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 now.
Same goes for these pumpkin spice Kit Kats, so better buy extra. Buy now.
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 now.
If you’re looking for a pumpkin spice syrup designed to flavor drinks, try Torani, but this one is perfect for drizzling on your pumpkin pancakes, waffles, or desserts (honestly, though, you could totally put it in cocktails too). Buy now.
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 now.
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 now.