Starbucks isn’t the only one dabbling in pumpkin spice. We’ve talked to major restaurants, cafes and bakeries to find out what fall-inspired treats will be popping up on their menus this season.
OG’s endless breadsticks may get the glory year-round, but true fans of the Italian chain know its pumpkin cheesecake is not to be missed. The graham cracker crumble-topped dessert is available now.
If you’re not into pumpkin donuts—the horror!—you can play it safe (but still seasonal) with a Caramel Apple Croissant Donut. It’s a lot like the infamous Cronut, only stuffed with an apple filling and drizzled with caramel. The brand’s also bringing back the Reese’s Peanut Butter Square, which isn’t so much a fall flavor as it is Halloween-candy-in-pastry-form, but we’ll give it a pass.
The verdict’s out whether LongHorn’s new Cinnamon Bourbon Bites—essentially Maker’s Mark cinnamon-caramel glazed donuts, served with vanilla bean ice cream—will warm you up from the inside like a straight-up shot of booze, but one thing’s for sure: They won’t burn going down.
While a pumpkin spice sub has a certain so-bad-it-should-be-a-meme appeal to it, Subway’s gone the safe route, offering two autumnal twists on its cookies: apple pie and pumpkin spice. They’ll be available in stores nationwide starting Oct. 7.
In “it’s about time!” news, Steak ‘n Shake debuted its very own PSM—that’s Pumpkin Spice Milkshake, for those of you who don’t live for autumnal spices—and brought back two fall faves: S’mores (shown) and Caramel Apple.
Put on your elastic waistband pants and fire up the treadmill, Britney-style, because Cheesecake has brought back two seasonal treats: Pumpkin Cheesecake—and for those who want to cram every morsel of autumn into each bite, Pumpkin Pecan Cheesecake. The brand will donate 25 cents from each slice to Feeding America.
Everybody’s fussing over pumpkin spice, but hellooooo, it’s also swordfish season! (Somehow, a chunk of fish isn’t as sexy as a latte. Weird.) Bonefish Grill is now selling a combination of grilled swordfish and pumpkin ravioli, the latter topped with feta. If that’s not your thing, the chain’s also added a Jim Beam bourbon-glazed salmon and pumpkin crème brulee to the menu.
Red Robin won’t be bringing back last year’s Pumpkin Pie milkshake (RIP), but the burger chain’s offering up a new dessert item this year: Loaded fries. No, really. These sweet potato fries get the s’mores treatment, with a liberal drizzle of hot fudge and a layer of toasted marshmallows on top.
They’re also adding The Bee’s Knees Finest Chicken to the menu, an Angry Orchard honey-glazed chicken breast that’s topped with spicy jalapeño relish and sandwiched between two Belgian waffles. Because fall is the time to be working on your hibernation layer, not your beach bod.
Ah, the coffee that sparked one man’s cheeky “Stop premature pumpkin spicing” protests. Wawa’s infamous pumpkin brew is—of course—already available at gas stations nationwide.
A latte in donut form?! You better believe it. Krispy Kreme’s merging its two specialties into one glazed treat: the salted caramel latte donut. It’s filled with espresso creme, then topped with salted caramel frosting, a salted sugar blend and an espresso icing drizzle. It may not provide your caffeine fix, but you will get a sugar high—and that’s kind of the same thing.
They’re also selling pumpkin spice cake donuts and a classic pumpkin spice latte.
The rock-and-roll-themed restaurant chain is celebrating Oktoberfest in a big way this year, with a limited-edition Samuel Adams’ Octoberfest Schnitzel Burger. Breaded pork schnitzel is topped with smoked bacon, sauerkraut, mustard, arugula and beer-infused cheese sauce, which is all served on a pretzel bun.
Like Slim Shady, guess who’s back? Back again? The PSL’s back / tell a friend. Or don’t, if you’re not feeling like sharing with anyone. The Starbucks has brought back its most popular seasonal beverage of all time, along with the Salted Caramel Mocha, and introduced a new drink: the Chile Mocha.
October may be pumpkin season, but Baskin-Robbins couldn’t resist jumping on the all-pumpkin-errythang trend early, naming Pumpkin Cheesecake its September Flavor of the Month. It blends pumpkin and cheesecake ice cream with gingersnap cookie bits and a cream cheese swirl—and this year, you can sandwich it between two donut halves, for a dessert that makes the Chipwich look JV.
After Panera cleaned up its PSL last fall—and Americans realized they didn’t miss artificial ingredients all that much—the company decided to bring back its all-natural recipe, which you can order in stores now.
Hiddleswift may be over (at least, according to E! News), but hopefully Taylor Swift’s love of Sullivan’s Sweet Potato Casserole endures. The restaurant’s bringing back the Jack Daniels-spiked dish starting Sept. 21.
Saxbys—not to be confused with the Southern fried chicken chain, Zaxbys—is out to prove iced coffee knows no season with its latest drink: Pumpkin Spice Cold Brew.
Pumpkin Cheesecake Truffles aren’t the only seasonal treat Godiva’s whipping up this year. They’re actually blending the sweets into its Pumpkin Trufflelata, along with other pumpkin pie spices. The whole thing is topped with whipped cream and cinnamon, just to take the truffle milkshake concept totally OTT.
The Pumpkin Spice Latte returns to the Golden Arches for the first time in three years. We wouldn’t judge if you asked them to top yours off with a little soft serve, enjoying it affogato-style.
Au Bon Pain’s going full fall in its bakery, selling pumpkin croissants, pumpkin blondies and apple streusel muffins. Those, along with its Harvest Pumpkin Soup, are available in stores now, and later this year (Nov. 7, not that we’re counting or anything), you’ll also be able to score a bowl of Turkey, Kale and Wild Rice Soup.
Dairy Queen’s Pumpkin Pie Blizzard is kind of a big deal. So much so that it holds the title of Blizzard of the Month for two consecutive months (September and October)—and you can even enjoy the treat as a Blizzard Cake.
If you think three different pumpkin drinks are two too many, you are not the Peet’s person. The brand, which already sells a Pumpkin Latte, Pumpkin Javiva (a frozen, blended drink) and Pumpkin Chai, is branching out with a fourth option: the Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Mocha. It’s tall, dark and gourd-y—and we mean that in a good way.
Harvest Pumpkin Frozen Yogurt sounds like the punchline to a Basic B*tch joke, but don’t knock it ’til you try it. The flavor includes pumpkin puree, cinnamon and ginger, and it’ll hit all 500+ stores starting Oct. 1.
Even pumpkin pie haters (yes, they do exist) won’t be able to resist Coldstone’s take on the classic. Pumpkin ice cream fills this graham cracker crust, and the whole thing is decorated with cinnamon frosting and chocolate leaves.
Rather than focusing on pumpkin spices, Caribou goes straight to dessert with its Pumpkin Pie Latte (because who needs nutmeg when you can have brown sugar in your sweater weather-worthy drink?!). The brand’s also offering its new Crème Brulee Boudino, a caramel-vanilla-espresso number that’s topped with caramel sauce and a salt-sugar topping.
It’s the fall mashup you never knew you needed in your life—until now: This cinnamon-sugar pretzel is stuffed with pumpkin puree and served with a sweet icing you can drizzle on top. It’ll be available at all Cumberland Farms locations this October, along with pumpkin muffins and Pumpkin Spice Flavor Shots you can add to coffee.
When you’re craving that cake, cake, cake, cake, cake—right after a massive steak, steak, steak, steak, steak—these individually portioned apple crumb cakes fit the bill. (And let you hum Rihanna with every bite. You’re welcome.)
Not to be outdone by those other java chains, The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf brought back its Pumpkin Latte. It will be offered as a hot latte or iced, blended drink, so you can get your fall on even if Mother Nature insists on keeping the temperature well above infinity-scarf-wearing-weather.
While this dish may not scream fall, cheeseheads everywhere can get behind this mini-skillet full of ricotta, served with grilled ciabatta and roasted red peppers.
That glorious cylinder of carbs you’re staring at is the Chocolate Chip Croissant Bread Pudding, topped with vanilla ice cream, which hits Tony Roma’s menus on Oct. 12. The brand will also serve up a Cranberry Spice Romarita—kind of like a cranberry sauce marg—as well as boneless braised shortribs and potato croquettes at that time.
The Frappuccino’s Canadian cousin—AKA the Iced Capp—is back in its pumpkin spice-infused finest.