Opt for apple flavors to enjoy the fall harvest and take a little break pumpkin spice.
We are not here to weigh in on whether pumpkin spice is the greatest part of fall or a downright scourge on the earth. We are simply offering an alternative that is both seasonal and representative of our great state: apples.
Here are five ways to enjoy the fall harvest and take a little break from all (and we mean all) that is pumpkin-spiced.
Cupcake Royale Bourbon Caramel Apple Pie Ice Cream ($8.50 for a pint at Cupcake Royale cafés through mid-November). This seasonal flavor combines rich ice cream with a caramel-apple compote, Lattin’s Country Cider Mill & Farm’s local apple cider, graham cracker crumbs, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and bourbon. The whole thing is finished with house-made salted caramel sauce for a salty, sweet finish.
Dry Fuji Apple Soda ($6 for four 12-ounce bottles at select Bartell Drugs and grocery stores). Subtle, not-too-sweet natural flavor makes this a festive sipper for kids or a great mixer for seasonal whiskey cocktails.
Fat Toad Farm Caramel Apple Kit ($20 at Nordstrom). Pick up four local, deliciously tart Honeycrisp apples to perfectly balance the sweetness of the Cinnamon Goat’s Milk Caramel Sauce in this kit. Four sticks and a recipe card round out the fun, family-friendly set.
San Juan Island Distillery Apple Eau de Vie ($35 at the San Juan Island Distillery tasting room). This award-winning apple brandy, made from locally harvested apple cider, can be sipped as a digestif or used in mixed drinks. And we can’t think of a better fall escape than a trip over to San Juan Island to pick up a couple bottles before Thanksgiving.
Enjoy Life Caramel Apple Baked Chewy Bars ($4.50 for five bars at Rite Aid and shop.enjoylifefoods.com). Free of the most common allergens, including gluten, milk, nuts and soy, these bars are still delicious, with a rich apple flavor.