October 20, 2021

You have to try these 9 pumpkin spice treats in Alabama

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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.

Pumpkin Spice Bread at Big Sky Bread (Vestavia Hills)

Pumpkin Spice Bread season has begun at Big Sky, and the customer favorite will stick around until the year ends. Fans say they enjoy slices with morning coffee, hand out loaves as gifts, and even serve it at the Thanksgiving table. Topped with pumpkin seeds, the moist loaf includes both whole wheat flour and pumpkin, along with cinnamon and other spices.

(Big Sky Bread Company/Facebook)

Pumpkin Snickerdoodles at Ashley Mac’s (Birmingham area)

October marks the return of Ashley Mac’s ever-popular pumpkin snickerdoodles (aka the MAC cookie). The caterer, café, and gourmet to-go shop makes its MACs with pumpkin puree, pie spices, brown sugar, white chocolate chips, and cinnamon chips.

(Ashley Mac’s/Facebook)

Pumpkin Swirl Cupcakes at Gigi’s Cupcakes (Montgomery)

Gigi’s fall menu, which is available through Nov. 30, includes Pumpkin Swirl cupcakes. Gigi’s describes it as a variation on a cream cheese pumpkin roll, with twirls of pumpkin cake and cheesecake comprising the base. Candied pumpkin seeds top the cream cheese icing. It’s also available in a gluten-free version.

(Gigi’s Cupcakes of Montgomery, Alabama/Facebook)

Pumpkin Spice Doughnuts at Shipley Do-Nuts (Hoover)

They start making hand-cut pumpkin spice doughnuts in early October at this Houston-based doughnut chain (that’s when they start serving pumpkin-spice lattes, too), including at Alabama’s sole Shipley location between U.S. 31 and Lorna Road in Hoover. Made daily with pumpkin pie filling, the cake doughnuts are available glazed or un-glazed.

(Shipley Do-Nuts Hoover/Facebook)

Pumpkin Spice Milkshake at Las Piñas Tuscaloosa

Pumpkin spice ice cream is back for the fall at this family-owned business in Tuscaloosa that specializes in Mexican-style frozen treats. Go all out with Las Piñas’ eye-catching pumpkin spice milkshake, which is adorned with chocolate and nuts. Enrich it with a pecan paleta or one of Las Piñas’ other cream-based popsicles.

(Las Piñas/Facebook)

Pumpkin Spice Latte at The Coffee Cat (Auburn)

The Auburn coffee shop, which sources organic and preferably local products, has a fun array of coffees made with steamed milk (Black Bear and Teddy Graham lattes, for example). The Cats make their own special syrup for fall Pumpkin Spice Lattes. Amid supply chain shortages, bringing your own vessel earns a bonus.

(The Coffee Cat/Facebook)

Pumpkin Pancakes at Blue Plate Café, Huntsville

Pancakes are the house specialty at the Blue Plate; the Food Network even has crowned it as the king of Alabama flapjacks. The café, which has two locations in Huntsville, offers seasonal specials like the Harvest Pancakes, pumpkin pie spice pancakes topped with whipped cream, pecans and cinnamon brown sugar.

(Blue Plate Cafe- Governor’s Drive/Facebook)

Pumpkin Pie at The Depot Auburn

It’s a pie, but it’s served in a Mason jar. Spiced pumpkin pie filling is topped with brown butter graham cracker crust, vanilla whipped cream, salted roasted pumpkin seeds, and maple syrup. Chocolate bark studded with dried cranberry, butterscotch nibs, and more pumpkin seed rises above its cloud of whipped cream.

(The Depot/Facebook)

Everything at Liger’s Bakery Montgomery

Fall is in the air at Ligers, where some fall sweets are made with pumpkin, while some are made to look like pumpkins. Savor pumpkin-shaped iced cookies, pumpkin bread, or a fan favorite, pumpkin cheesecake. Cakes decorated with pumpkins and other fall scenes are beautiful. Founded in 1944, Liger’s is Montgomery’s oldest bakery.

(Ligers Bakery/Facebook)

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