I’m not ashamed to admit that I have a pumpkin problem. National Pumpkin Spice Day may not be until October 1st, but I start indulging in pumpkin-flavored everything as soon as we hit September, from Pumpkin Spice Cheerios to coffee creamer to bagels and everything in between. I’ve been wearing sweaters for weeks trying to will the weather into turning cool because crisp fall air makes all this pumpkin feel a little more socially acceptable. But the reality is I’m going to keep eating pumpkin spice everything whether I get eye rolls directed my way or not.
Truthfully, though, there are plenty of fall flavors indicative of autumn that are just as delicious and savory as pumpkin spice come this time of year. Here are a few ideas for local pumpkin spice and other fall flavored goodies around town for you to indulge in through the season.
Opportunities to indulge in local pumpkin-flavored goodies are in no shortage in Boulder. From classic pumpkin pies from the likes of Susan’s Bakery to the limited edition seasonal Spiced Pumpkin Pie Dark Chocolate Candies from local company Little Secrets, don’t be afraid to let your pumpkin-loving flag fly.
For those who want to sip on something pumpkin-packed, the Celestial Seasonings Sweet Harvest Pumpkin Black Tea is a seasonal favorite. The Upslope Brewing Company Pumpkin Ale is a quintessential autumn craft brew (try it with a little cinnamon around the rim of the glass!). Fall in Boulder also means that big, bold pumpkin brews will be coming out of Avery Brewing Company, like the Rumpkin. The Vapor Distillery Pumpkin King is also packed with pumpkins from local Munson Farms.
Looking to get a little adventurous? Boulder Canyon offers a seasonal Sweet Pumpkin Pie flavor of their kettle-cooked potato chips (they’ve also created other Thanksgiving-themed seasonal flavors, like Turkey & Gravy, if you want to whet your appetite before November comes around).
Hearty, aromatic, sweet…maple is a flavor I start craving as soon as the leaves on the trees start to turn. Justin’s Nut Butter Maple Almond Butter has a delicious sugary kick, and the Celestial Seasonings Vermont Maple Ginger Herbal Tea goes perfectly in your mug when you’re lounging on a fall night in your fuzzy socks.
You might not crave ice cream when the weather starts to cool, but Heifer and the Hen features a Maple and Smoked Sea Salt flavor that’s mouth-watering. The ever-seasonal Piece, Love & Chocolate shop is also always a sure bet to find amazing seasonal treats, such as the Maple Bacon Truffle.
Fall is all about apples. From fresh apple products at Boulder County orchards, such as Ya Ya Farm & Orchard, to cider galore around town, the apples are ample and the flavor is perfect for autumn. If you’re looking to bring a little apple pie into your everyday, local company Bobo’s Oat Bars has an Apple Pie bar offering that’s just enough to curb your apple pie craving.
More Fall Flavor Fun
Cinnamon, chocolate, chai, salted caramel…all these flavors taste just a little bit better on a cool fall day. Be on the lookout for these savory fall flavors around town, from the seasonal Avery Brewing Company Chai High beer to the trusty Boulder Beer Company Shake Chocolate Porter, 300 Suns Brewing Company Salted Toffee Imperial Brown, Celestial Seasonings Caramel Apple Dream Herbal Tea, Boulder Organic Ice Cream Salted Caramel Crunch, and much more.
What are your favorite local fall treats? Tell us in the comments below!