I love fall – the burnt-orange and yellow leaves, Halloween, and cool temperatures that make way for comfy sweaters and boots that are seasonal fashion staples for everyone this time of year. But something that truly sets fall apart from all of the other seasons, besides the dramatic change in aesthetic from summer, is the food! Luckily, Louisville and southern Indiana have no shortage of pumpkin–spiced treats and eats available for your indulging pleasure.
Heine Brothers’ Coffee is one of the many area businesses that really lean into their seasonal menu. Towards the end of September, customers started noticing the spook-tacular list of treats inside the store and added to the drive-thru display. For something cold, you could opt for the Pumpkin Spice Iceberg — a blended vanilla drink with added pumpkin spice. The Pumpkin Caramella, a caramel and pumpkin spice latte, is available hot or iced. A favorite of a few of my co-workers is the Pumpkin Pie Latte. It’s a little on the sweeter side and rivals even the spiciest of pumpkin spice lattes from any Starbucks location in the city. For those non-coffee drinkers, Heine Brothers’ locations are offering apple cider – straight from Huber’s Orchard and Winery in Starlight, Indiana. Find your closest location here.
Quills Coffee and Sunergos have a few things in common — they both have multiple locations around the metro and they’re both brewing up pumpkin spice lattes this fall. Quills has a specialty beverage, appropriately named The Lantern. It’s a vegan-friendly latte, packed with pumpkin and spice. Sunergos makes their PSL with handground spices, but if pumpkin isn’t your pick for the season, try a Ginger Mocha latte.
Speaking of brews, you can spice up for night life this season, as well. Grab a giant slice of pizza at The Post on Goss Avenue and wash it down with a DogFish Head Punkin Ale. While they don’t have anything just yet, Holy Grale said they’ll start pouring pumpkin beers mid-October.
Nothing Bundt Cakes has locations across the nation – including one on Shelbyville Road in Louisville. You can find pumpkin spice bundt cakes in-store until November 30. To make sure your order doesn’t sell out, place your order online ahead of time here.
When it comes to sweet treats this season, Plehn’s Bakery has so many it’s scary! It’s all pumpkin, all the time at the St. Matthews location. Right now, customers can find pumpkin rolls, pumpkin cake donuts, pumpkin pecan ice cream, and pumpkin-shaped cookies. The staff said pumpkin pies will be on the way soon – just in time for the holidays! Pumpkin can be kind of a controversial taste for some, so for those who want the taste of fall, sans-gourd, opt for one of the bakery’s many spice cakes or a yellow cake with caramel. All of the treats will be available through Thanksgiving.
Sweet Surrender Dessert Cafe on Frankfort Avenue is offering most of the same fare – with the addition of caramel and apple chai pound cake (Yum!) Sweet Stuff in New Albany will be baking up pumpkin rolls, muffins and cakes for the remainder of the season.
Are you drooling yet? There are too many seasonal treats in Louisville and southern Indiana to count! What are some of your favorites? Send them our way!