If fall had a flavor, it would taste like pumpkin spice.
Over the past several years, more and more restaurants have jumped on the trend of welcoming fall with food and drink designed to taste like pumpkin pie. Caramel and apple also sneak in here and there.
Starting sometimes as early as September (ahem, Starbucks), fans of nutmeg and cloves can begin getting their fixes at coffee shops, ice cream stores, breakfast places and more.
Following is a guide to some of the places where Wichitans can indulge in the official flavors of fall.
Wichita’s IHOP locations have brought back their pumpkin-flavored pancakes. And Panera has re-introduced its pumpkin pie bagels, which are topped with cinnamon crunch and powdered sugar.
Paradise Donuts at 3107 W. Central has not only Halloween-frosted glazed doughnuts but also pumpkin sticks and pumpkin cake doughnuts. Krispy Kreme at 7777 E. Central has several fall flavors, including a new pumpkin cheesecake doughnut – a shell doughnut stuffed with pumpkin cheesecake filling and topped with cream cheese frosting and crumbled gingersnaps. The shop also is offering pumpkin spice cake doughnuts and stuffed doughnuts decorated with spider webs or jack-o’-lantern faces.
The Donut Whole at 1720 E. Douglas also does pumpkin spice doughnuts on an occasional special throughout the fall. And QuikTrip is offering its “hole bunches,” which are clusters of doughnut holes stuck together, in a pumpkin spice flavor.
Most coffee shops are offering some version of pumpkin-flavored coffee. Starbucks , which pioneered the pumpkin spice latte, began selling its most famous drink in early September.
McDonald’s joined the pumpkin spice party this year and has just introduced the McCafe pumpkin latte. Paradise Donuts and Espresso to Go Go at 102 N. St. Francis also serve pumpkin lattes, and Mead’s Corner at 430 E. Douglas is offering pumpkin mochas and a drink called chumpkin pie, which is a mixture of a pumpkin spice latte and a chai latte.
Reverie Coffee Roasters at 2611 E. Douglas not only is selling a caramel apple latte, it also sells pumpkin spice syrup for people to flavor their own coffee at home.
Freddy’s Frozen Custard recently reintroduced its seasonally popular pumpkin pie concrete, which features a piece of pumpkin pie mixed into vanilla frozen custard and topped with whipped cream and cinnamon.
Various Orange Leaf frozen yogurt stores are serving flavors such as pumpkin pie, caramel apple and oatmeal cookie. Cherry Berry has pumpkin pie, and so does Peachwave. Cold Stone Creamery has pumpkin ice cream.
Panera has a butternut squash soup topped with pumpkin seeds. And Watermark Books & Cafe at 4701 E. Douglas is serving an Arizona pumpkin soup on Wednesdays during October.