KANSAS CITY — Apple is the fruity fall flavor of choice in menu item innovation.

IHOP is introducing Caramel Apple a la Mode Pancakes, featuring two buttermilk pancakes topped with warm, cinnamon-spiced apples, drizzled with caramel sauce and topped with one scoop of vanilla ice cream.

New from Baskin-Robbins for fall is Inside Out Apple Pie Ice Cream. The treat features vanilla flavored ice cream swirled with apple pie ice cream that is filled with apple pieces and pie crust pieces. The ice cream is finished with a ribbon of cinnamon brown sugar.

Del Taco is debuting the Caramel Apple Shake, a vanilla milkshake with caramel and Granny Smith apple puree.

The new apple menu items follow a string of recent restaurant innovation featuring the flavor. Earlier this month, Krispy Kreme introduced Apple Cider Glazed Doughnuts, Cold Stone Creamery launched the Apple of my Pumpkin Pie Creation, BJ’s Restaurants debuted the Sweet Cinnamon Apple Pizookie, and Pilot Flying J began pouring the Apple Cider Cappuccino and Apple Pie Cold Brew.

View slideshow of new menu items.