It’s that time of year again, when the air gets crisper, the leaves change colors, and pumpkin spice takes over menus everywhere. Whether you’re a die-hard pumpkin spice enthusiast or just looking to try something new, fast food chains have a variety of pumpkin-flavored treats to satisfy your autumn cravings. Let’s explore these seasonal flavors at all the best locations.
If you are craving something sweet and spicy at the same time, Starbucks is the place to go! Celebrating its 20th anniversary with the iconic Pumpkin Spice Latte as well as new delights like the Iced Pumpkin Cream Chai Tea Latte, Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew, and Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffin, Starbucks is making its fans go crazy with pumpkin fever!
Then there’s Dunkin’ Donuts, which offers the Pumpkin Spice Signature Latte and the versatile Pumpkin Swirl that can be added to your favorite coffee or espresso drinks. Caribou Coffee isn’t one to be left behind, either. They have brought back favorites like the Pumpkin Latte, Pumpkin White Mocha Cooler, and Pumpkin Chai. All pumpkin beverages are crafted with real pumpkin purée, and you can grab a Pumpkin Cake Pop or Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffin for a snack.
Fast Food Chains
Wendy’s welcomes the season with a Pumpkin Spice Frosty, a delightful twist on the classic treat. If you need a caffeine kick, try the Pumpkin Spice Frosty Cream Cold Brew. Dairy Queen offers the September Blizzard of the Month, the Pumpkin Pie Blizzard Treat, a creamy blend of real pumpkin pie pieces, whipped topping, and nutmeg.
While not yet officially confirmed, McDonald’s is expected to bring back its Pumpkin Spice Latte and the Pumpkin and Creme Pie for the fourth year in a row. Fingers crossed that that rumor is true!
Pumpkin Extravaganza Beyond Fast Food
7-Eleven rolled out its Pumpkin Spice Latte on August 1, along with Pumpkin Coffee and Pumpkin Syrup available at participating 7-Eleven, Speedway, and Stripes stores. Meanwhile, Smoothie King introduces the new Pumpkin Power Meal Smoothie along with returning pumpkin favorites like the Pumpkin Slim-N-Trim, Pumpkin Vegan, Pumpkin Coffee High Protein, and Pumpkin D-Lite.
Then there’s IHOP to the rescue if you’re a big fan of pancakes. This place lets you double down on pumpkin spice at breakfast with a Pumpkin Spice Cold Foam Cold Brew followed by the Pumpkin Spice Pancake Combo, featuring two pumpkin spice pancakes topped with whipped cream, your choice of bacon or sausage, eggs, and hash browns. Don’t miss out because they’re only available for a limited time!
Well, if there is one outlet in the world that has been consistent in serving the most finger-licking fried chicken, it is KFC. No matter where you go, you cannot compare the amazing umami of every piece that comes out of everybody’s favorite bucket. In fact, many people have tried various spices and herb blends to achieve the same flavor at home. No one could actually get the exact same ratio. Well, if you have also failed numerous times, this is your lucky day. Turns out, the cat is finally out of the bag. The most famous and secret 11 herbs and spices blend of KFC is out!
A Secret Kept Hidden for Decades
The secret blend of spices and herbs was the recipe of the famous Colonel Sanders, the father of fried chicken and it has been kept hidden from customers for many years. However, in 2016, someone from the Sander family decided to release the recipe, and it was none other than Colonel’s own nephew. The internet went crazy as people not only figured out the exact spices that were sitting in their kitchens for all these years, but also the exact measurements.
How Did the Secret Came Out
People always thought that the Colonel must have hidden this mystical recipe under high security. But it was not true. The blend was found in one of the family’s scrapbooks. It was during an interview with the Chicago Tribune that the recipe was written at the backside of Ledington’s aunt’s last will. It was casually handwritten with a blue pen, and the title read “11 Spices – Mix With 2 Cups White Fl.” Under the title was the treasure everyone was waiting for. When you all must have tried every possible spice you could think of, all you really needed were some basic everyday spices, and the secret, key ingredient was White Pepper! Now go ahead and treat your family to crispy, fried chicken from the comfort of your home.