It’s okay. The weather has turned cooler but your sweatshirt can cover up the extra pounds these yummy Fall pumpkin treats in Raleigh will add to your love handles!
It’s worth it!.
Fall is a sensory experience and while our eyes feast on the changing of colors we can’t let our taste buds be neglected.
It’s the season to fall in love with pumpkin. To be honest, us Aussies had no idea pumpkin could be a sweet treat. Yes. We found it bizarre when we first moved over here in 2004 but with one taste of homemade pumpkin pie we were won over.
Pumpkin for Aussies is used in a savory fashion.
You have not experienced food heaven until you’ve had roast pumpkin or pumpkin soup.
But we’re in the USA now, and while we’ll sneak in our savory pumpkin treats at home, we’re all for eating the sweeter kind when out and about in Raleigh.
Here are few of the amazing pumpkin treats we’ve found in Raleigh this Fall.
Pumpkin Creme Brulee: Bittersweet
How could this even be real? My two favorite deserts combined into one, AND gluten free! This was my recent birthday treat at Bittersweet in Raleigh, a downtown coffee, cocktail and dessert bar!
Desserts are baked in-house daily all-natural, local, seasonal menu with a promise of no fake, icky stuff.
The pumpkin spice crème brulee is topped with house-made whipped cream, spiced pecans & dried cranberry mix, making it the most perfect mixture of flavors for the Fall Season. Of all the Fall treats we’ve tried in Raleigh so far, this is my favorite!
My recommendation is to pair it with an Irish coffee and reminisce about your year spent living in Dublin, or maybe an Espresso Martini.
Location: 16 E Martin St, Raleigh
Pumpkin cheesecake MOUSSE: Asali cafe
This chocolate mirror-glazed pumpkin cheesecake mousse over spice cake dessert at Asali Cafe is also exquisite to look at, especially with that cute pumpkin on top.
This is one you may want to share for the richness of it. Fight over who gets the last bite, you will want that flavor to linger longer.
They also have an eye-catching tri-color autumn mouse that has flavors of vanilla bean, pumpkin, and maple.
Location: 107 Edinburgh S Dr Suite 106-A, Cary
Pumpkin Spice Latte: Fount Coffee + kitchen
I’ve typically steered away from flavored coffees, as they’ve rarely had a happy ending. Spoiling a good cup of coffee is a crime in Australia.
I leaped at the chance to try this pumpkin spice latter from Fount Coffee + Kitchen in Morrisville as soon as I heard the pumpkin syrup was made in house with all natural ingredients and only honey or maple syrups as a sweetener, if at all.
I do not like sweet coffee and this pumpkin spice latte over-delivered on this promise. A subtle sprinkling of pumpkin gave a creamy delicious edge to a smooth brew. This has skyrocketed to the top of my favorite coffee in Raleigh list.
I highly recommend pairing your pumpkin spice latter with their popular cinnamon coffee cake. Or – if you’re lucky and they’re not sold out of their Fall tradition – pumpkin spiced doughnuts!
What we love about this community minded, local coffee shop is that it’s 100% gluten free!
Pumpkin Pie Rolls: Raleigh Rolls
Roll on up to Morgan Street Food Hall for this pumpkin treat. Raleigh Rolls is doing a pumpkin pie version of their ice cream rolls.
They are combining their creamy vanilla base with pumpkin pie filling, whipped cream, and graham cracker crust, which they mash up and spread thin over a freezing cold surface, which when hardens they can roll with a spatula.
These delicious rolls are then topped with more whipped cream and graham cracker crust for the perfect bite.
Did you know the concept of ice cream rolls was first started on the streets of Thailand?
We once lived in Bangkok and spent every evening eating off those food carts. If only we knew about this treat – overtaking the banana pancakes to next level.
Location: 411 W Morgan St, Raleigh
Pumpkin Ale: Big Boss Brewing
Ok, time for some pumpkin flavored beer and fall drinks! Big Boss Brewing has their Harvest Time Pumpkin Ale, a fall favorite that is brewed with real pumpkin and their own proprietary blend of spices but still tastes like beer. Not candy. Not syrup. BEER! 5.5% Alc By Vol.
Trophy Maywood has their Oktrophyfest – Marzen (a lager that originated in Bavaria).
Raleigh Beer Garden is now serving Pumpkin Spice Martinis and Shooters at their spirits bar.
There you have it. Go satisfy your pumpkin loving taste buds with these treats.