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5 Not So Basic Pumpkin Spice Finds in the Coastal Bend

How to enjoy this quintessential element of the season in five different ways

By: Kylie Cooper  Photo By: Rachel Benavides

There is a certain flavor that seems to have become the staple essence of the fall season: pumpkin spice. With it, one key beverage has climbed its way to the top and become the pinnacle of seasonal coffee drinks. You know it, you love it, it’s the pumpkin spice latte. While local coffee shops have their own delicious versions of this popular drink, you might find yourself a little PSL’d out. If that’s the case, have no fear! This enticing ingredient can create more than just a tasty coffee, fueling an array of goodies ready to help you enjoy this quintessential element of the season.

1. Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake Macaron

If your idea of pumpkin spice starts and ends with things that taste good, then the pumpkin spice cheesecake macaron from Cookie + Crumb Bake Shop has your name written all over it. This is the perfect way to incorporate the undeniably delicious flavor without going straight to the popular caffeinated beverage. Made fresh daily, this macaron combines the beloved spiced and pumpkin flavors to create the base, with a creamy cheesecake ganache to tie it all together. 1220 Airline Rd #140

2. Vegan Pumpkin Spice Pastry Board

The only thing better than a beautiful charcuterie board is an all-vegan pastry board! Trendy Eats and Vegan Treats is baking up a whole lot of pumpkin spiced goodies this season, and you can try them all with just one order. This month, you can order a Pumpkin Spice Pastry Board and choose among scones, conchas, empanadas, and cupcakes—all with a pumpkin spice twist! Head to Trendy Eats and Vegan Treats’ website for more information on how to order. @trendyeats_vegantreats

3. The Basic Witch Candle

The enveloping scent of pumpkin spice is undeniable. It’s familiar and cozy and immediately takes you to a place where the weather is cooler and orange leaves actually exist. If you love the smell but not the taste, a candle is the way to go. Arcane Moon Apothecaria released its Basic Witch candle this season, and its flawless blend of creamy pumpkin souffle, tonka bean, vanilla, and coconut buttercream creates a perfectly autumnal aroma. arcanemoonapothecaria.com

4. Pumpkin Spice Lip Balm

Pumpkin Spice, but make it makeup! Lemonade Stand Cosmetics’ Pumpkin Spice Lip Balm not only offers a different method for incorporating the flavor into your life, but gives you a moisturizing way to do it. This seasonal product helps to soothe, moisturize, and prevent dry lips. Pumpkin spiced protection from the impending cold weather drying out our lips? Yes, please! 1316 S. Staples St

5. A Skin Rehab Seasonal Facial

Did you know pumpkin is actually a wonderful ingredient when it comes to skincare? Pumpkin contains vitamin A, zinc, and antioxidants that help brighten and hydrate the skin. Skincare Butik offers a seasonal facial packed with all the helpful and naturally occurring nutrients pumpkins offer. Its use of products from Rhonda Allison’s Pumpkin Vitality Series in the facial makes this a fun way to incorporate pumpkin into your life this season, even if you don’t like the taste of it. 5830 McArdle Rd #3