Seasonal offerings feature pumpkin, maple, caramel and honey flavors.
Following in the footsteps of Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte (PSL), the coffee chain’s new Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew is made with cold-brew coffee and vanilla topped with pumpkin cream cold foam and a dusting of pumpkin spice topping. The Starbucks R.&D. team developed 10 variations of the beverage before settling on the final recipe, in which “the cold-brew’s cocoa notes are perfectly complemented by flavors of vanilla and real pumpkin, which results in a smooth, well-rounded beverage that balances the flavors of the season without being overly sweet,” Starbucks said.
“With customer excitement for PSL sweeping the nation each fall, we wanted to create a new beverage that combines two of our customers’ favorite things: pumpkin spices and cold brew,” said Matthew Thornton, member of the Starbucks beverage R.&D. team. “With each sip of Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew, you’ll enjoy the familiar, creamy, flavor of pumpkin spice followed by a refreshing taste of cold brew, for a cool beverage that will have you wishing it was fall all year long.”
Dairy Queen is debuting two new Blizzards as part of its Fall Blizzard Treat Menu. The new varieties join three returning flavors: pumpkin pie, Snickers and snickerdoodle cookie dough.
The new harvest berry pie Blizzard Treat blends vanilla soft-serve ice cream with raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, pie crust pieces and graham.
The Heath caramel brownie Blizzard Treat combines Heath bar pieces, brownie chunks and caramel topping mixed with vanilla soft-serve ice cream.
"The second annual Fall Blizzard Treat Menu reflects the flavors and joy of the season, offering something for every palate," said Maria Hokanson, executive vice-president of marketing at American Dairy Queen.
Baskin-Robbins is scooping a new flavor of the month for September: pumpkin cheesecake ice cream. The seasonal treat features pumpkin- and cheesecake-flavored ice creams with ginger snap cookie pieces and a cinnamon cream cheese flavored ribbon.
"Come September, pumpkin spice is all the rage, and we're excited to introduce our uniquely decadent and delicious take on it with our flavor of the month,” said Carol Austin, vice-president of marketing for Baskin-Robbins. “From scoops to sundaes, and even as an addition in our Cappuccino Blast, we are excited to serve up a new flavor that will bring joy to customers no matter what their favorite ice cream creation is.”
While pumpkin is permeating most seasonal beverage menus, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf is leaning into maple for the fall season. The company is adding two sweet and savory maple drinks to its menu.
The maple latte, which may be served hot, iced or blended, features espresso that is sweetened with maple sauce.
The maple rooibos tea latte is made with rooibos herbal tea sweetened with maple sauce and sprinkled with maple-flavored topping.
Additionally, a pair of new baked foods featuring maple are joining the menu.
The maple pecan scone is filled with chopped pecans and drizzled with maple icing.
The maple vanilla cake pop features crumbled vanilla cake mixed with maple frosting that is dipped in maple icing and garnished with fall leaf-shaped sprinkles.
“We are excited to offer our guests a special curated menu of fall-inspired beverages and treats filled with the rich bold flavors of the season,” said Nurit Raich, senior director of product innovation for The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. “The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf’s sweet and spicy new menu items are the perfect way to get into the fall spirit.”
Two new ice cream flavors are joining the Cold Stone Creamery lineup for fall: honey cornbread and blackberry jam ice cream and milk and honey graham ice cream. The flavors are featured in two new creations.
The Cornbread is My Jam Creation is made with honey cornbread and blackberry jam ice cream, cornbread, honey and blueberries.
The Honey Graham Bowl Creation contains milk and honey graham ice cream, caramel and Golden Grahams cereal.
"We are so eager to share these exciting new flavors and creations as we enter into the fall season," said Sara Schmillen, vice-president of marketing at Cold Stone parent company Kahala Brands. "Our fall flavors are sure to satisfy any craving."
Dunkin’ is dishing out fall flavors in a new espresso beverage and a new donut.
The cinnamon sugar pumpkin signature latte, available hot or iced, is an espresso beverage featuring pumpkin and cinnamon flavors topped with whipped cream, caramel drizzle and cinnamon sugar topping.
The new apple cider donut is an apple cider cake ring tossed in cinnamon sugar and is also available as Munchkins donut hole treats.
Peet’s Coffee is debuting the honey harvest latte, made with espresso, smoky Lapsang Souchong syrup and steamed milk sweetened with a touch of honey.
"Our new honey harvest latte showcases our Peet's handcrafted approach at its best," said Patrick Main, senior R.&D. manager of beverages at Peet's Coffee. "As summer turns to fall, beekeepers harvest honey from their hives, using pine smoke to calm the bees. The Peet's honey harvest latte pays tribute to this practice with a warm honey sweetness and a subtle smokiness achieved by infusing a house-made simple syrup with pine-smoked Mighty Leaf Lapsang Souchong tea."
Pinkberry is launching new Pinkbee’s salted butter caramel reduced-fat milk ice cream. The flavor is featured in a combination topped with sea salt and a caramel drizzle.
"Heat waves continue across the country but here at Pinkberry, we are ready for cooler weather," said Melissa Hubbell, director of marketing at Pinkberry parent Kahala Brands. "So until then, we are just going to cool down and indulge in a classic fall flavor at the same time with our new salted butter caramel!"