6 Ways to Pumpkin Spice your Life Up on National Pumpkin Day

Caroline at EatDrinkLA

Are you as obsessed with pumpkin spice as I am? Turns out there's not really much pumpkin involved. The "spice" is actually a combination of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves. Either way, anytime I see pumpkin spice anything on a menu, I just have to order it. Here are a few ways you can pumpkin spice your life up even more - and some of them actually include real pumpkin :). It's perfect for National Pumpkin Day on October 26th.

6. Pumpkin Pie Waffles (Sweet Chick)

Do waffles with chunks of pumpkin pie inside make your mouth water? Well, how about at a price of just $10? From now until November 30th, head to Sweet Chick for a taste of fall with Fried Chicken and Pumpkin Waffles.

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Pumpkin Pie WafflesPhoto Credit: Sweet Chick

5. Pumpkin Spice Shake (HÄAGEN-DAZS)

The Pumpkin Spice Shake from the HÄAGEN-DAZS® Shop at the Grove and The Americana at Brand is like drinking a Pumpkin Pie. What's the secret? Well, they use real Pumpkin Puree and 10 ounces of Dulce De Leche ice cream.

Get it while you can! You can only taste the season until November 14th. And just for National Pumpkin Day, you can get HALF OFF on Wednesday, October 26th. Claim your deal using their app.

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4. Healthy Pumpkin Muffins (Breadblok)

Breadblok in Santa Monica specializes in gluten-free baking, and their seasonal Pumpkin Muffins ($7.50) are so good that you'll swear they can't be paleo! They are dairy-free, gluten-free, paleo-friendly, super moist, and actually taste like pumpkin! The maple streusel crumble on top is a game-changer if you're looking for a seasonal treat that fits a healthy lifestyle.

Everything from this European-style cafe can be shipped nationwide and delivered locally with your favorite delivery apps.

The Pumpkin Muffins will be available indefinitely.

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3. Pumpkin Pie Cocktails (Your Home)

This recipe comes courtesy of the directors of the L.A. Spirits Awards, Nicolette Teo and Joel Blum; but you don't need to be a boozy expert to get this recipe right. Feel free to change the suggested spirits, but be sure to include the pumpkin butter which gives the cocktail a creamy finish. 2 oz. rye whiskey (or bourbon, aged rum, or even mezcal) 3/4 oz. freshly squeezed lemon juice 1/2 oz. spiced honey syrup (see recipe below) 1 tsp. pumpkin butter (found at most major grocery stores) 1 egg white Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and dry shake (without ice) to combine. Add ice and shake again until well-chilled and frothy. Strain into a coupe or martini glass and garnish with freshly grated nutmeg. To make spiced honey syrup: Combine 3 oz. water and 3 oz. honey in a saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Add two cinnamon sticks, one whole clove, and 1-star anise and simmer for 10-15 minutes. Strain. Syrup may be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

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Pumpkin CocktailPhoto Credit: L.A. Spirit Awards

2. Pumpkin Lattes (Various)

Give Starbucks a rest with these alternatives instead. Enjoy your Pumpkin Latte hot, iced, or frozen from Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. My favorite is the hot version which offers a burst of nutmeg and cinnamon that seems to come through best when warmed. Prices begin at $4.95 for a small.

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If you're looking to save a little money, consider McDonald's, with featured drinks like their hot Pumpkin Latte ($2.99) and Iced Pumpkin Coffee ($2.29). The price is almost half as much as the competitors, and the taste is actually slightly milder. My only complaint is that you can't get it in decaf.

Interesting fact, since 2021, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf has raised their prices by 50 cents for a small hot Pumpkin Latte, while McDonald's hasn't raised their price on that beverage at all.

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Iced Pumpkin LattePhoto Credit: EatDrinkLA

Lastly, you've gotta try the Pumpkin Pie Latte from Verve Coffee Roasters. It's an espresso-based drink with pumpkin puree, a mix of warm-based spices, and a garnish of graham cracker crumble ($6).

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1. Pumpkin Spice Sugar Printing (Sugar Lab)

Second, only to a Pumpkin Spice Latte is a miniature white chocolate ganache version printed with a 3D Sugar Printer. The chocolates come in the shape of little paper coffee cups with flavors of white chocolate, pumpkin spice, and espresso ganache ($24.99 for 6).

Sugar Lab is a "digital bakery" that produces 3D-printed treats using a patented technology invented by founder Kyle von Hasseln. Right now, they have two new collections for Fall and Halloween, but you can actually request any design you'd like to be printed with granulated sugar.

Sugar Lab offers nationwide shipping and is based out of East Los Angeles. Order your Pumpkin Spice Latte Chocolates here.

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Pumpkin Spice Latte ChocolatesPhoto Credit: Sugar Lab

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