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Where To Get Your Pumpkin Spice Fix In Canada This Fall

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Pumpkin season is upon us, which means it's only a matter of days before the we get hit in the face with the smells and flavours of everything pumpkin spice. Your body washes, airfresheners, alcohol, cookies and creamers. And that's only in Canada -- they take it much further in the States.

The multimillion-dollar coffee chains are getting a head start on showcasing their fall menus. It's no surprise that Starbucks started to advertise their Pumpkin Spice Latte the first week of September, while the smaller coffee chains are still solidifying their changing menus. 

Here's your roundup of who's doling out pumpkin treats and drinks in the Toronto area and beyond:

Smaller Coffee Chains

There are coffee shops that have no interest on jumping on the pumpkin spice latte bandwagon, however they still offer a little something for those that need their pumpkin fix. These coffee chains below skip out on pumpkin drinks but serve up pumpkin eats: 

Jimmy's Coffee

Pumpkin Muffins 
They carry this muffin almost all year round at certain locations.


Pumpkin Soup
This flavour is in their rotation of soups. 

Sam James Coffee Bar

Pumpkin Poptarts


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Proper Bakeries

Bakeries don't miss out on selling what's trending, as baking enthusiasts like myself are willing to make an out-of-the-way visit to see what's on the seasonal menu. 

SanRemo Bakery

Pumpkin Cheese Croissants
Pumpkin Cheese Donuts

(Worth the trek to Mimico, so I've heard.)

Prairie Girl Bakery

Pumpkin Maple Cupcake (September 25-October 1st)
Pumpkin Pie Cupcake (October 2-8)
Pumpkin Maple Cupcake returns (October 23-29)
Vanilla Pumpkin Cupcake (October 30-November 5th)
Pumpkin Pie Cupcake returns (December 11-17) 
Each week Prairie Girls serve up new features and flavours, above is their pumpkin lineup. 

Mabel's Bakery

Pumpkin Pies
Pumpkin Muffins


Pumpkin Tarts 
You won't find any signature macarons with a pumpkin twist, instead you'll see tarts made with traditional pumpkin purée, pumpkin pie spices in a shortbread crust, with or without chantilly cream, calling your name from behind the glass window.

Bake Shoppe 

Classic Pumpkin Filled Pop Tarts


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Serving Pumpkin Cold

Rarely do you hear about cold pumpkin treats. I found a few worth mentioning: 

Ed's Real Scoop
Pumpkin Ice Cream 
They carry over 125 flavours of ice cream, gelato and frozen yogurt and one of them is pumpkin. 

La Carnita
Pumpkin Cheesecake Paleta
This is a mexican popsicle covered in buttered graham crumbs and spiced cinnamon sugar.


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For fall LCBO carries Pumpkin Ales, Porters, Saison, Whisky and even a Kahlua Pumpkin Spice Limited Edition Liquor. The Kahlua sounds gross but I must try it.

Big Coffee Chains

The coffee giants have always been in competition with other coffee giants, it's no surprise that the chains listed below were first to promote their pumpkin spice menu items. 

Pumpkin Spice Latte (hot and cold) 
Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino

What's in it:
Espresso, milk, flavoured with notes of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Topped off with whipped cream and real pumpkin pie spice, for that extra indulgence. A frappuccino is basically the same thing but colder since it's made with ice.

If it's your cheat day (or not), pair your drink with their many pumpkin treats: Pumpkin Bread, Pumpkin Cheesecake Bar, Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffin, Pumpkin Scone and Pumpkin Sugar Cookies.

Mcdonalds McCafé
McCafé's Pumpkin Spice Latte

What's in it:
Espresso, real pumpkin, steamed milk, topped with cinnamon spice.

Second Cup
Pumpkin Spice Latte 
Pumpkin Spice Frappé

What's in it:
Latte: White chocolate, espresso, pumpkin pie syrup, topped with pumpkin pie spice.
Frappé: White chocolate, espresso, pumpkin pie syrup, blended with milk and ice, topped with pumpkin pie spice.

Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte
Pumpkin Ice Chocolate
Pumpkins Spice Latte 
Pumpkin Hot Chocolate
Pumpkin Spiced Brewed Coffee

What's in it:
They're not big on disclosing details, so you'll just have to check it out for yourself.

Harvest Latte

What's in it:
Local pumpkin puree, pumpkin spice mix (cloves, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and allspice) and local maple syrup.

Pumpkin Spice Latte

What's in it:
Espresso, foamed milk and pumpkin spice topped with whipped cream and salted caramel syrup.


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