KANSAS CITY — Pumpkin spice is typically the star of the seasonal menus each fall, but this year maple has a significant presence in limited-time restaurant offerings.
Seasonal items at Caribou Coffee include the Maple Waffle Sandwich, which includes chicken sausage, gouda and egg between two maple waffles.
A new beverage at Peet’s Coffee is the Maple Spice Cold Brew Oat Latte. The non-dairy beverage joins a lineup of returning drinks that include a pumpkin latte and a maple latte.
“We are always looking for new ways to delight our consumers and love crafting beverages that bring the season to life,” said Patrick Main, senior R&D manager at Peet’s Coffee. “As more consumers look for in-trend cold coffee beverages to enjoy all year round, we have combined the full-bodied flavors of maple, a growing favorite, and pumpkin, a beloved classic, into an invigorating cold beverage. From seasonal offerings served cold to plant-based dairy options, we are excited to offer both new and returning beverages this fall that provides consumers with endless options, all the while showcasing our continued innovation.”
Dunkin’ marked its earliest-ever return of fall flavors in late August, launching a lineup of pumpkin beverages, apple cider and pumpkin donuts, and a maple sugar bacon breakfast sandwich, which has five half-slices of maple sugar seasoned bacon, egg and white cheddar cheese served on a croissant.
“This is one of the most anticipated times of the year for Dunkin’ guests, and we’re excited to make pumpkin favorites available at Dunkin’ restaurants earlier than ever,” said Jill Nelson, vice president of marketing strategy at Dunkin’. “This year, we have an especially robust menu of new products with something for everyone — from craveable bakery items to snacks and sandwiches that pair perfectly with our seasonal lattes and coffees. No one does fall flavor better than Dunkin’.”
Krispy Kreme and Tim Hortons also unveiled new and returning pumpkin spice products. Krispy Kreme is rolling out the Pumpkin Spice Doughnut Collection, including the new Pumpkin Spice Cinnamon Roll Doughnut. Tim Hortons is debuting the Pumpkin Spice Dream Donut, a pumpkin spice ring donut covered with frosting, vanilla buttercream, graham cracker topping and pumpkin spice syrup drizzle.