This fall, maple aims to carve out the pump­kin

Fla­vor fa­vorites vie for your taste buds

USA TODAY International Edition - - FRONT PAGE - Kel­lie Ell and Zlati Meyer

The fall fla­vor fight is on. Pump­kin still reigns, but maple look­ing to steal the crown.

Star­bucks in­tro­duced a Maple Pecan Latte for au­tumn. As sales of pump­kin-fla­vored items slow, mer­chants are turn­ing over a new leaf with maple-fla­vored con­coc­tions. The fla­vor every­one as­so­ciates with au­tumn jumped to the fore with Star­bucks’ Pump­kin Spice Latte, or PSL. Short­ages of the drink have caused morn­ing melt­downs across the coun­try.

The ques­tion is, can maple knock the or­ange fruit off its stoop?

Pump­kin isn’t back­ing down. Just in time for Na­tional Pump­kin Day on Oct. 26, busi­nesses are rolling out a va­ri­ety of prod­ucts. Here are a few: Dunkin’ Donuts added pump­kin cream cheese to its lineup of pump­kin donuts. The com­pany has a hand in the maple game, too, of­fer­ing Maple Pecan Iced Cof­fee and the Maple Sugar Ba­con Break­fast Sand­wich. Bai­leys says “cheers” by bring­ing back its Pump­kin Spice Liqueur. Krispy Kreme reprised its Pump­kin Spice Orig­i­nal Glazed dough­nut.

Tim Hor­tons will of­fer pump­kin-spice-fla­vored iced cap­puc­cino.

M&M’s col­or­ful can­dies spice up the sea­son with a new pump­kin pie fla­vor. It comes in white choco­late with a pump­kin­fla­vored coat­ing.

Pump­kin spice but­ter can be spread over ev­ery last crumb of your muf­fin or dough­nut. For the sec­ond year, Land O’Lakes rolled out the but­ter.


Dunkin’ Donuts is spic­ing up the sea­son with its new pump­kin spice cream cheese.

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