Pumpkin is one of the favorite flavors of autumn. Columbus makers incorporate pumpkin into everything from donuts to muffins to coffee to beer. Looking to celebrate a taste of fall? We found 10 delicious pumpkin delicacies to try. What’s your favorite bite this time of year?
Columbus coffee shops are here for you when you want your pumpkin-flavor coffee drinks. Many shops have their own local takes on popular pumpkin-flavored beverages, like Roosevelt Coffeehouse’s pumpkin spice latte or Kittie’s Cakes‘s pumpkin pie latte. You can even buy pumpkin spice coffee beans from Stauf’s Coffee Roasters!
With a retail bakery in Short North and a cafe in Upper Arlington, Happy Little Treats creates all sorts of vegan goodies. This time of year, seek out their pumpkin oat cream pies and pumpkin pop tarts. Linger a while and sip on a pumpkin chai latte, too.
Sassafras Bakery is known for its selection of pumpkin treats, from pumpkin whoopie pies with mascarpone buttercream, classic pumpkin pies and a delightful bourbon pumpkin tart.
The long-running Eagle Family Candy creates pumpkin peanut brittle made with organic puréed pumpkin and pumpkin pie seasonings.
Kolache Republic, the city’s only kolache bakery, creates a pumpkin sweet cheese kolache for the season, mixing the pillowy soft dough with a sweet-but-not-too-sweet mixture that tastes like fall.
The popular Fox in the Snow gets into the season with maple cream cheese pumpkin muffins.
And pumpkin donuts abound! Many of the city’s donut-makers craft pumpkin donuts, like Buckeye Donuts’ pumpkin cake donut and the pumpkin roll, filled with cream cheese, topped with pumpkin icing and crumbled pumpkin spiced donuts. Resch’s Bakery and DK Diner offer pumpkin donuts, too. Donna’s Delicious Dozen makes a pumpkin pie donut and Dragon Donuts makes an iced pumpkin donut.
Pumpkin ales proliferate this time of year, as most breweries offer their own take on it. Lineage Brewing creates Peter’s Propensity, using locally grown pumpkins, cinnamon, ginger and vanilla. Commonhouse Ales brews and bottles Punkt, an imperial pumpkin porter. Buckeye Lake Brewery crafts the Freaky Tree pumpkin chocolate stout and Ill Mannered Brewing makes the Greg-O-Lantern pumpkin ale, named after one of the owners. They even doubled down with Greg-O-Lantern's Revenge Pumpkin Spiced Latte Ale, the pumpkin beer made with vanilla, coffee and lactose.
Uprising Meadworks creates a pumpkin-spiced mead called Ugh Boots, available by the glass or by the bottle at their tasting room.