Thursday, September 26, 2013
9 places in DFW to get pumpkin-flavored drinks and desserts
Pump up the treats.
DALLAS You knew this was coming, Charlie Brown. Don't fight it. We're rounding up pumpkin-flavored drinks, desserts and deals, which are headed your way like an autumn leaf in a lukewarm gale (hey, this is still Texas we're talking about).
It's by no means an exhaustive list, so tell us your favorites in the comments below.
Coolhaus food truck -- This roving restaurant pairs all-natural gourmet ice cream with sumptuous cookie "roofs and slabs" for sweet sandwiches. Pumpkin pie flavored ice cream is available all year, actually. Slap it between cookie flavors like ginger molasses, chocolate chip, snickerdoodle, or, well practically any of the mix-and-match cookie options, and roll with a fall flavor for any season. Follow the 'haus here.
Hypnotic Donuts Pumpkin doughnut -- This East Dallas original has an entire menu of autumnal treats. The pumpkin spice doughnut has been updated with a pecan pie glaze. Hypnotic will also sell a sweet potato fritter with toasted marshmallow icing. (Hey, it isn't pumpkin, but it's damned appetizing.)
Starbucks pumpkin spice latte -- Perhaps the most obvious entry on our list, this is the tried-and-true starting place for most people when it comes to pumpkin-inspired delicacies. In addition to the milky, pungent sipper, the 'Buck is also offering a Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffin, "sweet and savory" Pumpkin Bread and a Pumpkin Scone. Local indie coffee shops like The Pearl Cup and White Rock Coffee also offer pumpkin versions of their signature lattes. WRC's is already in full swing, whereas the Pearl Cup's return is TBA.
Pinkberry pumpkin frozen yogurt -- For those keeping an eye on their waistlines but who don't want to sacrifice full flavor, Pinkberry's seasonal pumpkin froyo will return November 1. With 110 calories per 100 grams, you can do it up with whipped cream (35 calories per 12 grams), caramelized pecans (60 calories per 10 grams), and cinnamon powder, or work out any other combo that fits your happiness-to-responsible-eating ratio. Check out local franchises for more nutritional information.
Bisous Bisous Patisserie's pumpkin tartlet -- Pegasus content partner Confection Confessions turned us on to the pumpkin tartlet from Bisous Bisous. Writer Jayme Campbell describes it as having a "buttery shell, silky pumpkin mousse, house made graham cracker, candied pecans, and just a touch of whipped cream," and she claims that it could replace her regular Thanksgiving pie. Except that she's not willing to share with the whole family.
Deep Ellum Brewing Company's Gourdzilla -- Dallas' original craft brewery has somethin' pumpkin in the mix, set to debut in October. According to Twitter, DEBC's Gourdzilla Pumpkin Ale combines "pumpkins, pecan wood smoked sweet potatoes, and spices," for those who like a little kick in their fall bev.
Society Bakery Pumpkin Empanada -- Society Bakery appeals to the upper crust by encapsulating its creamy pumpkin filling in a flaky shell, served piping hot.
Seasons 52 mini indulgence -- Seasons 52 reminds us that great things come in small packages. The seasonally-inspired menu, which emphasizes freshness above all, includes a pumpkin pie mini with gingersnap crust during the fall. Think of it as a shot of pumpkin pick-me-up.
Einstein Bros. Bagels -- All DFW locations will feature the franchise's Pumpkin 2013 lineup, which includes treats like lattes, white chocolate chip cookies, Bagel Clusters and muffins. But two treats especially stand out: The Pumpkin Walnut Crunch Gourmet Bagel with Pumpkin Shmear packs as much of the tawny fruit into one sweet breakfast as possible (don't forget the buttery Dutch Apple topping), and the milkshake-style Frozen Pumpkin Pie is like sippin' Grandma's handiwork through a straw. Enjoy the seasonal menu through November 12.
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