We know fall is near when pumpkin spice items start lining our grocery store shelves. Within the last few years, we have seen an explosion of pumpkin spice delicacies like doughnuts, bagels, chips, and even beer hitting the market with eager pumpkin spice fans welcoming them. Since 2011 the craze has grown 79% totaling over $361 million in sales.
Starbucks is mainly credited for starting the trend with their famous pumpkin spice latte that began in 2003. This delicious blend is usually comprised of cinnamon, cloves, dried ginger, and sometimes nutmeg; not even real pumpkin is in the mixture. Today companies are taking the trend to the next level and introducing a variety of different options that you can get in a pumpkin spice flavor.
Here are ten unique pumpkin spice items you should try this fall.
1. Larabar Pumpkin Pie Bar
If you want to stay healthy but still get into the pumpkin pie spirit, this Larabar is for you. It has only eight ingredients and no added sugar, perfect for hikes or a snack on the go. The pumbar is filled with dried pumpkin, cinnamon, and other autumn spices, plus it has not extra fat or sugar.
2. Chobani Pumpkin Spice Greek Yogurt
Let’s say you really want that PSL from Starbucks, but the added calories and sugar isn’t worth it to you. Try the Chobani Pumpkin Spice Greek Yogurt. It is sweet, smooth, and creamy but also not too horrible for you. This delicious yogurt has active cultures, which are good for your gut, and has 12 grams of protein which is ideal for breakfast, an after-gym snack, or even a delightful dessert.
3. BOOMCHICKAPOP Pumpkin Spice Kettle Corn
We all love kettle corn, don’t deny it, it’s true. Angie’s has taken our love for this delicious flavored popcorn and upped the ante a little more with it by introducing the BOOMCHICKAPOP Pumpkin Spice Kettle Corn. It’s our favorite kettle corn with the added pumpkin-spice flavor. The best thing about this is the fact that it’s only 110 calories and 11g of sugar per serving, which is pretty good when it comes to a pumpkin spice flavored treat. Next time you’re invited to a fall party, grab a bag of this to bring with you, your friends will love you for it.
4. Pumpkin Spice Cheerios
Start your morning off right with a bowl of Pumpkin Spice Cheerios. The entire family will be overjoyed to get a bowl of this delicious cereal with ingredients in it like cloves, nutmeg, and real pumpkin puree. The cereal is also gluten-free since it is made with oats, but the item is only on the shelves until December, so stock up while you still can.
5. La Colombe Pumpkin Spice Draft Latte
Instead of waiting in line for your PSL, why not have it at your house or work ready to go? LA Colombe has come out with a tasty Pumpkin Spice Draft Latte that is subtly sweet and creamy. This coffee is served cold and comes in cans that make them easy to drink, store, and transport when you’re on the go. Each can have seven grams of protein, and they can be purchased at Whole Foods or online.
6. Talenti Pumpkin Pie Gelato
It’s okay to indulge a little when the pumpkin spice trend is booming. Dip into a container of Talenti Pumpkin Pie Gelato and let your taste buds go to heaven. The gelato is creamy, decadent and has a blend of brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin, and real piecrust pieces inside the ice cream. Pair it with your favorite coffee or just go super extra and eat it with a piece of pumpkin pie.
7. Natural Bliss Pumpkin Spice Creamer
Save yourself some money and time by making your own PSL at home. Natural Bliss Pumpkin Spice Creamer will instantly turn your morning cup of coffee from boring to festive. The creamer only has four ingredients, so you know everything you’re drinking, plus you don’t have to wait in that long drive-thru line to get your fix. You can find this amazing coffee creamer at any major retail store.
8. Tazo Chai Pumpkin Spice Black Tea
So maybe coffee isn’t your thing, but that doesn’t mean you have to skip the pumpkin spice drink train. Instead, grab a cup of Tazo’s Chai Pumpkin Spice Black Tea. This beverage is perfect for fall, and since there is no added sugar or ingredients, it’s healthy for you. Black tea can also help improve your blood vessel dilation and blood flow, so drink as much as you want.
9. Pumpkin Spice Quaker Instant Oatmeal
Get a full and satisfying breakfast first thing in the morning with a delicious bowl of pumpkin spice oatmeal. This fall classic is portable and easy to make, plus the oatmeal is low in fat, sodium, and calories. The instant oatmeal is only available during the fall season, so make sure to stock up on your favorite.
10. Daiya Pumpkin Spice Cheezecake
Yes, even vegans can pop onto the trend without having to sacrifice their diet. Daiya has come out with a vegan pumpkin spice “cheesecake,” and it’s pretty dang tasty. Let it be known that just because it is vegan, doesn’t mean you can eat the whole thing in one sitting. The sugar and calorie count are high but indulging in a slice won’t kill you if you’re mindful. The cheesecake has a velvety texture just like regular cheesecake due to the creamed coconut that is used to make it. Other ingredients also include real pumpkin to give it that extra pumpkin taste.
These are just a few items you can try from the pumpkin spice trend that is taking America by storm. Some of them may be winners in your book, and others might not be exactly what you expected, but it never hurts to try something new.