Some might consider it “basic,” but it sure is delicious. Pumpkin spice is all the rage this time of year, joining the ranks of seasonal classics like apple cinnamon and salted caramel.
While Starbucks is, and has been for 20 years, the go-to to nab this fall flavor, they aren’t the only spot that has embraced it. From beer to pastries and the beloved latte, here are eight metro Detroit businesses serving or selling pumpkin spice in unique and scrumptious ways.
Apple Fritter Donut Shop
Avalon International Breads
Avalon Rivertown and Avalon Woodard Corner Café are embracing the season by rolling out their plant-based pumpkin streusel muffins. Get them individually or in a four pack; avalonbreads.net.
Need your pumpkin spice latte fix without the caffeine? Browndog Creamery, the Michigan craft ice cream makers, has rolled out their own frozen pumpkin spice treat. Their Pumpkin Spiced Latte ice cream combines cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, coffee, and of course, pumpkin for a chilled twist on the classic warm beverage; browndogcreamery.com or instagram.com.
Detroit Cookie Co.
To celebrate the fall season, Detroit Cookie Co. has baked some limited-edition flavors including Apple Pie x Twix and Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake. The latter features pumpkin pie and cheesecake mixed into the OG dough this spot is known for. Order yours by twos, sixes, a dozen or two dozen; detroitcookieco.com.
Griffin Claw Brewing Company
Looking for pumpkin spice with a kick? This Birmingham-based brewery offers what’s described as “pumpkin pie in a can” with its Screamin’ Pumpkin ale. This seasonal beer has a 5% ABV and is brewed with allspice, cinnamon, clove, ginger, molasses, and nutmeg for a malty, sweet, and pumpkin spiced flavor profile. Sold by the can or at their Birmingham and Rochester Hills locations; gfriffinclawbrewingcompany.com.
This Latin street food and coffee spot is selling the seasonal favorite pumpkin spice latte this fall alongside a pumpkin whoopie pie. Both go on sale on Oct. 1; eathoncho.com.
The Congregation Detroit
This Detroit spot’s fall 2023 seasonal menu features specialty cocktails including the scotch-based Nutty Professor and the ginger liqueur Consecration, along with seasonal coffee and teas. Pumpkin lovers can try their Pumpkin Sage Latte, which is made with housemade pumpkin sage puree with espresso and steamed milk; thecongregationdetroit.com.
The Custard Hut
For a limited time only, you can try pumpkin spice in a flurry or as a macaron at this Dearborn custard and ice cream shop. Get them before they’re gone; facebook.com.
The Proving Grounds Coffee & Ice Cream
During the month of September, this Milford-based coffee and ice cream shop is offering three seasonal lattes including two pumpkin spice specials. Try the standard Pumpkin Spice Latte, which is made from housemade pumpkin syrup, or get a little spicy and order the Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte featuring the same housemade pumpkin syrup with added housemade chai concentrate; provinggroundscoffee.com.
Did we miss your favorite spot for pumpkin spice? Tell us about it in the comments so that we can add it to our list.