By Charlotte Wasserman
Fall is finally here! Even though Cleveland’s weather hates following the seasons, it has been officially Fall since September 23rd.
Now, I am going to share a story with you all. A long time ago, I used to LOVE pumpkin spice lattes from Starbucks. Then, I had a really weird experience. I found a piece of plastic in my mouth after taking a sip of my PSL. It was disgusting. That was when I decided Starbucks is a definite NO, and thought maybe I should stick to local coffee shops.
For about three years, I gave up on Pumpkin Spice and just drank lattes and Chai teas. This fall, I decided it was time to give Pumpkin Spice a second chance. Now, here we are, I tried a few Pumpkin Spice flavored foods around Cleveland. Here are what I tried and my thoughts.
- Pumpkin cheesecake cupcakes from White Flower Cupcake shoppe
I felt very strongly about these. They were so delicious. The right amount of cream cheese frosting with caramel drizzle was placed nicely on top of the pumpkin-flavored cupcakes. As I took my first bite, I knew fall was here!
- Pumpkin Chai from Nervous Dog
I am a big Nervous Dog customer. Every Friday morning, I usually get a cup before school starts to treat myself on my hard work on the week’s past. Sadly, I wasn’t a big fan of the Pumpkin and chai mixed. I really love the regular chai, and I drank the whole thing, but I don’t know if I really enjoyed the chai and pumpkin flavors together.
- Pumpkin Cinnamon granola from Purely Elizabeth
I totally suggest it! Add this granola to yogurt bowls in the morning or an after school energy snack. It’s definitely a yummy seasonal treat. Purely Elizabeth is one of my newest favorite granola places. For the past few weeks, I have been enjoying the Chocolate Salted Peanut Butter granola and thought I would try a seasonal version. The good thing about granola is even if you are rushing to school, you can grab a handful of this and take it on the go with you!
- Pumpkin spice ice cream from Mitchell’s
Ah, this was delicious! I went to the Van Aken Mitchell’s last Thursday and wanted to try this for fun. I ended up loving it! Not sure what happened to my cone in this photo, but it was delicious too. If you need a pick me up after school, head over to Van Aken Mitchells for a sweet fall treat, you will feel the coziness of fall flavors all in one scoop.
- Pumpkin spice scone from Sugar Me
First of all, shout out to Sugar Me Desserterie in Chagrin Falls. My family and I always stop there for all birthday cakes. Their treats are even better than ones I make myself! So, back to the fall scone. It was quite a decadent treat. Very yummy, but I split it throughout a weekend.
- Pumpkin Spice tea, optional add honey and cinnamon
What is a better way to end the night with a fall tea. The flavors are super prominent in this drink, which is why I think its a 5/5. Check it out at your local grocery store. It tastes a lot like Pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg mix. Each sip reminded me of the leaves changing colors and falling even if they were not actually changing outside.
- Pumpkin bread with maple frosting *recipe*
Last but not least, my prized fall possession. Ever since I was little and would have Halloween parties with friends, my mom would make this pumpkin bread, it is delicious! You can either make it as a bread or as cupcakes, both same recipe just put the batter into cupcake wrappers if you choose to. Have nothing to do or need a break after the PSAT or over the long weekend? Invite some friends over and bake this!! You won’t regret it- unless you can’t keep yourself away from it 🙂
Pumpkin bread or cupcake with maple frosting recipe
That’s all! Happy fall!
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