The Best Fall Foods to Try this Season
Lidl Pumpkin Spice Almonds
To give you a sense of how much we enjoyed these, half the bag was gone in 10 minutes. The other half was gone by day's end. These almonds hit every flavor profile—warm spice, a dash of sweet and salty, a touch of savory. The perfectly balanced blend made it impossible not to reach back in. $4.89 for 12 oz. Available at Lidl grocery stores.
Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams Sweet Potato with Torched Marshmallows
Whatever you're thinking, pause. We thought this would be gross, too, but it's delicious. It tastes like all the best parts of sweet potatoes, and those hand-torched marshmallows are better than a cherry on top. You've gotta try it to understand. $12.99 per pint
The Fresh Market Nom Nom Pumpkin Salsa
This looks weird. It sounds weird. It is very, very good. It tastes like your typical but salsa with a pleasant spice touch. Tasting comments included: "Wow, this is actually really good" and "Can you pass the chips?" $4.99 for 16 oz. Available at Fresh Market stores.
Dandies Pumpkin Marshmallows
The pumpkin taste in these mallows is minimal, almost imperceptible, but we liked that about them. Marshmallows are already sweet enough, so a touch of spice is all they need. Plus, they're orange, which is cute, and they achieve the difficult task of tasting good while being vegan. $3.99 for 10 oz
Pumpkin Noosa Yoghurt
For anyone who doesn't like a deluge of sweetness first thing in the morning but does want to celebrate the season, this yogurt does the trick. It's got definitive pumpkin flavor, but it's not syrupy sweet or artificial tasting. $2.49 for 8 oz
Fizzy Fox Carrot Ginger Turmeric Sparkling Shrub
Two of our editors felt a sickness coming on the day of our taste test. They had a sip of this shrub and took off with the bottles. Ginger, turmeric, and vinegar are good for the immune system, and root veggies are good on the palate. $4.49 for 8 oz
Archer Farms Rustic Pumpkin Spice Trail Mix
The Target brand has achieved a prime fall blend. Pumpkin spice peanuts give you that now-classic sweet autumnal flavor, cinnamon pretzels counterbalance with warmth, yogurt-covered raisins brighten up the mix, and pumpkin seed kernels add some natural fall taste. You will most definitely consume the whole bag in one sitting. $3.69 for 9 oz
Thomas' Pumpkin Spice English Muffins
One taster described these as "inoffensive—like cinnamon raisin bread without the raisins." They're definitely sweeter than your everyday English muffin, but only by a little, and the spice that comes through (especially once toasted and topped with melty butter) is perfect with your morning brew. $4.49
My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream Apple Pie à la Mode
These apple pie mochi beat out their pumpkin counterparts, which was surprising. At first bite, you'll taste only vanilla ice cream in a pillowy dough. But suddenly, you'll get a hit of that cinnamon apple filling—just the right amount and indeed reminiscent of an apple pie. $5.99 for box of six
Nature's Bakery Pumpkin Spice Fig Bars
If you like fig bars and the "spice" part of pumpkin spice, you'll love these. They retain their natural sweetness from the figs and combine it with warm spices that perfectly complement a crisp fall morning. $6 for box of six
Peanut Delight Pumpkin Peanut Butter Spread
We liked that this spread could fall-ify anything (we recommend slathering some on the pumpkin spice English muffins). It's not in-your-face-pumpkin like a pumpkin butter might be; it's just peanut butter with a touch of autumn. Delicious. $1.99 for 12 oz. On sale October 16 at Aldi.
Specially Selected Pumpkin Brioche
This brioche is one of the sweeter items on the list, but trust us, it's worth it. Eat it as-is, toast it, or even turn it into an indulgent french toast. It'll make your morning feel extra special. $3.99. On sale October 16 at Aldi.
Kind Maple Glazed Pecan & Sea Salt Bar
If you wan't something that's decidedly not artificial or pumpkin spice, give this bar a go. A mix of nuts and spices combine with maple for a seasonal treat that tastes natural—and is great on the go. $1.99 per bar
Benton's Pumpkin Spice Cookie Thins
Don't let the smell fool you. Your nose will pick up a sickly sweet artificial scent as you rip open the bag, but the cookies themselves are tasty—especially crumbled up on a couple scoops of vanilla ice cream. $2.99 for 4 oz. On sale October 2 at Aldi.