Pumpkin-themed treats make an autumnal return


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Karly Ball

Fall is in full swing, and with it comes the return of everything pumpkin.

With Halloween approaching, local stores are stocking up with pumpkins for jack-o-lantern carving, but the only thing than might be better than carving a pumpkin is eating one. We all have different reasons for enjoying pumpkin desserts this time of year.

“I like pumpkin flavored things during the fall season because it reminds me of home. It reminds me of my grandmother because she’s a big baker. She baked a lot of pumpkin things when I was little,”  said junior Suzannah Brown.

Indeed, pumpkin deserts bring about a feeling on tradition and comfort to a lot of people. Classics like pumpkin pie will always be a must,  but several businesses in Winston-Salem have gotten creative with their pumpkin products. Here are some of the ones we recommend checking out this season.

Trader Joe’s: Pumpkin Bagels.

Trader Joe’s is the grocery store to go for all of your pumpkin needs. They feature several store brand pumpkin products — pumpkin biscotti, pumpkin butter and pumpkin spice cookies just to name a few. Start your fall day off right with one of their pumpkin bagels. Pumpkin bagels come in a sleeve of six and make a perfect on the go breakfast food this season. If you’re feeling extra pumpkin enthusiasm, pick up the pumpkin butter to spread on your bagel.

Camino: Pumpkin Bread

Camino’s baked goods are infamous, and their pumpkin bread is no exception. The bread consists of pumpkin puree and several other tasty spices like ginger, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. You can purchase the bread at directly at Camino, or if you don’t feel like driving, swing by Campus Grounds to grab a slice of it.

Campus Grounds: Pumpkin Spice Mocha

This year Campus Grounds is giving the corporate chain a run for its money. Campus Grounds is featuring a special fall menu that includes a Pumpkin Spice Mocha. The drink is a latte with Monin white chocolate and pumpkin spice syrups. The drink will warm your soul on those brisk autumn mornings, plus you support our local coffee shop in the process so it’s an all-around good feeling.

Foothills Cottonwood Pumpkin Ale

For those 21 and over, there’s no better way to welcome fall than with a cold beer. Foothills features this seasonal brew from September to December, so there’s plenty of time to stock up. The Cottonwood Pumpkin Ale is a popular choice among those who enjoy a dry ale. The beer is brewed with organic cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger and pumpkin. Needless to say, it checks all of the boxes for a fun fall day.

Dewey’s Pumpkin Spice Cakes

Dewey’s cake squares never disappoint, and this season they’ve brought back their pumpkin spice ones. The pumpkin spice cake contains all the moisture and decadence of their typical cake squares, but it will also satisfy your fall cravings. The cake is topped with a generous layer of smooth cream cheese icing. Loosen your belt and head to Dewey’s to try some.