Pumpkin spice treats starting to appear on menus
September 01 2015
It's hard to believe that summer is on its way out, but as the long days and warm weather begin to fade away, one thing that many consumers look forward to is the autumnal flavours of pumpkin spice.
This tasty flavour is a combination of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and allspice. It is traditionally used to spice up pumpkin pie, but in recent years, it has appeared in more and more food items - from coffee drinks to ice cream, pastries and candy.
Last year, PopSugar sampled more than 80 pumpkin spice flavoured products, and they've recently had a taste of some of this year's options. So far, they've sampled popcorn, ice cream sandwiches, cookies, granola bars, breakfast cereal, candy, nuts, tortilla chips, tea, beer and yoghurt, all with the distinctive fall flavour, and with mixed reviews.
Dairy Queen's Pumpkin Pie Blizzard is an autumn favourite and it returned to menus on August 31st. It will be the Blizzard of the Month flavour for both September and October and the company says it offers a smooth and creamy combination of pumpkin pie pieces blended into classic DQ vanilla soft serve. The ice cream treat is finished with whipped topping and a sprinkling of nutmeg and customers can choose for it to be served in a cup or waffle cone.
"Pumpkin is the flavour of the fall season, and we were one of the first who began serving up our Pumpkin Pie Blizzard Treat in 1991 before it became a mainstream cultural phenomenon," boasted Barry Westrum, executive vice president of marketing.
He points out that the popularity of the frozen treat is, in part, thanks to its limited-time-only nature.
"Our Pumpkin Pie Blizzard Treat is probably the most unique, one-of-a-kind seasonal offering that fans will find. It's one of the Blizzard Treats that has become part of our brand DNA," he adds.
Probably the most highly anticipated of the pumpkin spice treats each year is the Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks. Known to many as just a PSL, this coffee drink has gained a dedicated following.
This year, fans of the drink have even more to look forward to. Starbucks has recently announced that it has changed the recipe of its seasonal drink. One major development is that the caramel colouring has been removed.
The PSL will also now be made with real pumpkin puree - as well as espresso, milk, pumpkin spice-flavoured sauce, whipped cream, vanilla syrup and pumpkin spice topping.
Starbucks says the changes reflect the trend towards healthier lifestyles with clean eating and avoiding artificial colours and flavours. The addition of real pumpkin will also add nutritional benefits - including vitamins A and C, as well as some additional fibre. Customers can also reduce the calorie count of the beverage by opting for skim milk, less syrup and no whipped cream.