The crisp feel of fall is starting to make its way into the air, and all things pumpkin are starting to appear at beloved eateries.
The pumpkin flavor has picked up in popularity over the past few years, and local retailers love to satisfy their customers’ tastebuds with pumpkin-flavored goodies. Restaurants, grocery stores and coffee houses are starting to sell pumpkin-flavored treats this fall.
What is your favorite?
Chris Zenger is the franchise owner for the Great Harvest Bread Co. on 272 Historic 25th St. in Ogden and just started selling his well-loved pumpkin chocolate chip bread last week.
“I would have started selling it earlier, but there was no pumpkin,” Zenger said. He was just able to get his hands on some last week. He thinks that many retailers hold on to it at the end of the season so they won’t run up, creating a shortage for those whose don’t. At any rate, he has it now, and the break and muffins are flying off the shelves.
He figures he sells about 100-plus loaves per week. In the next couple of weeks he will add his popular pumpkin o’s loaf, which has cream cheese frosting swirled in with the bread loaf.
“Now those are good,” Zenger said.
He will also start selling the pumpkin chocolate chip cake that comes by the slice with cream cheese frosting. “That is more of a dessert. You need a fork for that,” he said with a laugh.
He thinks people love the Great Harvest Pumpkin breads because the classic, simple taste. “It’s interesting and desirable,” he said.
Logan resident Dana Durney said on Facebook that the Great Harvest pumpkin chocolate chip bread is a family favorite. Zenger thinks that’s true for many, and lots of people order it as a gift. The recipe is not one they share or make available for purchase as a dry mix.
Kneaders has also started selling a wide variety of pumpkin classics. Riley Booth, who manages the Kneaders at 480 W. Antelope Drive in Layton, said their most popular is their pumpkin bread. They also serve a pumpkin chocolate chip cookie, pumpkin chocolate chip cake, pumpkin cheesecake and, of course, pumpkin pie.
Right now they serve pumpkin bread every day, and the other items will become every day items on October 1, Booth said.
“We have a huge increase in our pumpkin sales when the weather starts to turn,” he said.
“Fall is just a fun time, and people are in the mood for that kind of stuff,” he said.
As October gets in full swing Great Harvest sells pumpkin bread bowls. They use their regular white bread, but die it orange to make it look like a pumpkin.
“It’s just fun,” Zenger said.
Booth has noticed that everyone seems to have their favorite go-to pumpkin item, and his is the pumpkin chocolate chip cake. It has cream cheese icing atop the pumpkin-flavored bread that is loaded with chocolate chips.
“It’s pretty sweet, but I have a sweet tooth,” Booth said.
Clearfield resident Megan Craig said her favorite pumpkin find has been the pumpkin empanadas at Taco Time. Kelly Zaugg, owner of the North Ogden Taco Time at 2311 North Washington Blvd. in North Ogden, said the pumpkin empanadas are a real crowd pleaser.
“We will start selling them the first part of October, but people always ask about them,” Zaugg said. They are made with a rolled flour tortilla and pumpkin-pie type filling.
“It’s like pumpkin pie filling, but it’s really not,” Zaugg said. It is then deep-fried and rolled in cinnamon and sugar.
“We then serve it with whip cream and yes, it is really good,” Zaugg said. Sometimes they hold onto it through the holidays —maybe even until Christmas because it’s so popular.
“We don’t want to keep it for too long, because we want to entice people,” Zaugg said.
Michele Thompson endulges herself with the Starbuck’s pumpkin spice latte. The Hooper resident has to eat gluten free, so that’s how she gets her pumpkin hankering satisfied because most other pumpkin-flavored products have gluten.
According to the company’s website, the latte is made with their signature espresso and milk with pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg and clove seasonings. They also offer a pumpkin spice frappacino and a full line of pumpkin sweets.
Other favorite pumpkin treats shared by some Facebook commenters include pumpkin white chocolate pretzels at Costco, pumpkin-flavored bagels and schmear at Einstein’s, caramel pecan pumpkin mousse pie from Marie Callendars and pumpkin squares from Old Grist Mill.
Tamara Steiner said she looks forward to the pumpkin bagel every year at Einstein’s.
“I went in today thinking they would (have it) and the lady told me it comes out tomorrow, so I will probably go back in tomorrow,” she said.