When the leaves start turning what’s better than a nice warm pumpkin spice drink from your local coffee shop? Gabrielle shares a few of her non-pumpkin spice faves for fall. Give them a try!
Five Fall Flavors Better than Pumpkin Spice
Everybody waits for that first bit of chill in the air, so they can run to their favorite coffee shop and order that first pumpkin spice latte of the year. I had my first one last week, and it was delicious, as always. People go nuts over pumpkin spice. You can get it in pie form, or donuts, and of course, in coffee. Starbucks has a whole marketing campaign advertising the arrival of this seasonal favorite. But, there are other fall flavors I enjoy more than pumpkin. Here are my top 5:
Autumn is pique apple-picking season. Apples of almost every variety are available in your local grocery store. Take your pick. My favorite variety has always been the honeycrisp apple. They are the perfect combination of sweet and tart. They are delicious as a stand-alone snack, but they also are great dipped in peanut butter or caramel. If raw apples are not your thing, bake them up in a pie, or if you are like me, you can saute’ them up in butter, and use them to top a sundae.
If you love pumpkin spice, I implore you to try a chai latte. The cinnamon and cardamom of chai are as comforting as your favorite winter blanket. You can usually order a cup of chai at your local barista, or you can buy a box of tea at the grocery store as well. You will not be disappointed.
I know what you are thinking. Eggnog is a winter flavor. But grocery stores start stocking the shelves with this delicious holiday staple just before Halloween. Eggnog by itself is delicious, but there are recipes out there for eggnog french toast, or you can use it as a creamer in your coffee.
When I was a kid, I couldn’t wait for those Little Debbie’s spice cakes to come out. They are rare now, but if I find them, I always buy (and hide) a couple boxes for myself. This delicious dessert takes all the warmest, most comforting spices, and bakes them into cake form. What is there not to love? And to kick it up a notch, some people throw in rum and make it a spiced rum cake. Never had it? Think carrot cake without the carrots.
Nothing signifies the start of fall to me more than a big bowl of steaming hot chili. Sure, you can top chili with whatever you like. I like cheese and guacamole. The kids like theirs covered in corn chips and served with a cinnamon roll. But there is no better way to enjoy the flavors of chili, than atop a hotdog, covered with cheese and mustard. (The chili replaces the ketchup. No need to double up on the tomato flavor…unless of course, that’s your thing.)
So, there you have it. The best flavors of fall, and the most magnificent thing about this list is that almost all of them can be paired with a slice of pumpkin pie, if you just have to have your pumpkin spice fix.
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