It’s PSL season. If you’re a stranger to the acronym, that’s code for Pumpkin Spice Latte, the fall treat responsible for the pumpkin spice craze. Ever since Starbucks rolled out the seasonal latte in 2003, it seems everyone has gotten in on the act. For many folks, the first sign of fall is pumpkin spice.
But the combination of cinnamon, dried ginger, cloves, and nutmeg is nothing new. It’s loved the world over. The spices are crucial to India’s garam masala spice mix. They season the broth for Vietnamese pho soup. And, of course, they add zing to good ol’ American pumpkin pie.
Some bakeries roll out pumpkin spice treats beginning in October, whereas others bring the fall vibes as early as September. Some of these specials actually are made with pumpkin. Some are all about the spice. Starbucks’ fall latte, according to Vox, started as spice-only; pumpkin didn’t join the formula until 2015.
Which begs the question: Is it the pumpkin or the spice that makes your fall nice? To help you decide, here are 9 pumpkin spice treats to try from around Alabama.