Get a taste of fall… without pumpkin spice
We love pumpkin spice as much as the next person, but we also have to acknowledge that there is a world full of flavor out there! This fall, enjoy pumpkin spice (which is easy to do because you can find it literally everywhere), but don’t overlook these other incredible seasonal tastes.
Cinnamon is reminiscent of pumpkin spice, but definitely different. Sprinkle a dash of cinnamon-sugar on your toast in the morning, stir some into your morning coffee and go all out with a pan of snickerdoodles or sweet and decadent cinnamon rolls (or, just order cinnamon rolls for delivery)!
Discover all the delectable chai-flavored goodies out there! Chai is awesome in coffee and tea drinks, sweet treats like cupcakes and ice cream, and also savory dishes like bisques, pork chops, spiced nuts and even salad dressing.
Maple syrup has always been a breakfast staple for pancakes, french toast and waffles (with chicken, too!). But people have been realizing that maple tastes good on most anything. Ice cream, cotton candy, peanut butter and even tortilla chips, bacon and whiskey have been flavored with the sticky syrup.
We can credit Caramel Apple Pops, those bright green suckers covered in a caramel coating that came out in 1995, for starting the caramel apple craze. Now you can get caramel apple-flavored popcorn, pretzels, donuts, barbecue sauce, Pop-Tarts, Oreos and more! And you should.
Pecans are crunchy, nutty and buttery – the perfect accompaniment to fall’s cool weather, crisp leaves and shades of brown and orange. Honestly, you can add pecans to almost any baked dessert, so we won’t even bother listing them!
Nothing smells better than cherry almond – NOTHING. And the taste is even better! Seriously, whoever put these two flavors together is pure genius. We just can’t understand why it’s so underrated, or why it’s not more mainstream. But if you’re lucky, you can stumble upon some cherry almond cookies, muffins and jam.
Sugar and spice and everything nice! We figure carrot cake has to be healthy, so it’s on our list of diet foods for fall. Carrot cake flavor extends far beyond a frosted cake, though. Energy bars, Hershey’s Kisses, coffee, and even preserves come flavored like this sweetened root vegetable.
Dried cranberries are a chewy, tart addition to many salads, poultry and pork dishes and even Mexican fare. Fresh cranberries are used in baking all the time, and even add a great tanginess to barbecue sauce and cocktail meatballs.
Salted caramel-flavored foods have skyrocketed in popularity in recent years. From yogurt to pita chips, granola bars to almonds, and every dessert under the sun, salted caramel is a fall comfort flavor to look for.
Move over pumpkin spice, you have some serious competition!