18 Fall Sweets That Go Way Beyond Pumpkin Spice

Fall: It’s the most wonderful time of the year. But, unfortunately for pumpkin spice haters, it’s also the time when that particular blend of nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, and clove gets shoved down our throats repeatedly in everything from coffee to Oreos to cream cheese.

I’m a pumpkin spice lover myself, but even I can admit we’ve taken our worship a little too far when stores are selling things like pumpkin spice chicken sausage and encouraging our cats to poop in pumpkin pie-scented litter. That’s why I’ve moved on to some of those long forgotten fall flavors, like apple, pecan, caramel, and pear.

There’s more to fall than swigging endless PSLs and gorging on pumpkin cheesecake muffins. So, whether you’re ready to kick pumpkin to the curb for good or you just need a little break, these fall flavor alternatives are sure to make 2016 your most delicious, adventurous autumn yet.

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1. The new Chile Mocha at Starbucks

Have you tried the new @starbucks Chile Mocha? The mocha flavor is very subtle, not sweet, and the chiles have a kick to them.

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Get the fuck out of here, pumpkin spice. This mocha has actual ancho chile and cayenne, and it could totally beat a Jack ‘O Lantern in a fight.

2. Dunkin’ Donuts Caramel Apple Croissant

#caramelapplecroissantdonut #cronut for the win! #dunkindonuts I know #blaineanderson pain #glee

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Caramel? Check. Apple? Check. Not even remotely pumpkin-like? Check.

3. Butterscotch M&Ms

Melts in your mouth, not in your hands—oh, and they also don’t taste like any seasonal gourds.

4. Talenti Caramel Apple Gelato

If you’re going to cheat on pumpkin spice, it should definitely be with this tasty little bit of sex in a container.

5. Buttered Rum Popcorn

BRB, stockpiling this so I can sneak it into every movie theater from now until I die.

6. The Salted Caramel “Freakshake” from Black Milk Cereal Dive

Shake and bake with our #saltedcaramel #freakshake 🍰

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Sweet, salty, and way the hell sexier than pumpkin spice.

7. Smoky Maple Rice Chips

One of our favorite chips in a new tasty flavor – Smoky Maple! #lundberg #ricechips #smokymaple

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Who says your fall treats have to be sweet? Everyone needs a solid snack food to munch while bingeing on Hocus Pocus, and these smoky, flavorful chips will most definitely put a spell on you.

8. Homemade butterscotch pudding

Simple and so, so delicious. Pair with some non-pumpkin spice coffee for a gourd-free dessert course.

9. Snyder’s Sweet and Salty S’mores Pretzels

In case you were wondering, yes we do use magic to pack the flavor of s'mores into our S'mores Pretzel Pieces.

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OK, yes s’mores are usually thought of as a summer thing, but this looks sweet and salty and perfect as a portable take-a-long on your next hay ride.

10. Little Bites Cinnamon French Toast Muffins

Not exactly gourmet, but sometimes a childhood favorite in a seasonal flavor is all you need to get yourself in the autumnal spirit.

11. Pecan Pie Almond Butter

Can you marry butter? Is that a thing? Because I’mma put a ring on this.

12. Apple Pie Marshmallows

Delicious, handmade, and not even remotely close to tasting like a pumpkin.

13. Hot Buttered Rum Coffee

#coffeetime #archerfarms hot buttered rum #arabicacoffee ~ thanks @keltskross

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The perfect thing to keep your hands warm while walking around your town’s Oktoberfest.

14. Maple bacon Poptarts

#bacon #poptarts #jumptheshark ?

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Jumping the shark or best idea ever? I’ll have to eat an entire box before I decide.

15. Vegan Pecan Chocolate and Caramel Tarts

Pecan + Chocolate & Caramel Coconut Shortbread Tarts are new on the blog tonight! They're GF, DF, RSF, Paleo, and vegan friendly! On another note, someone should probably confiscate these @farmhousepottery cutting boards from me…I have a SERIOUS obsession 😳 . http://thekitchenmccabe.com/2016/09/06/pecan-chocolate-caramel-coconut-shortbread-tarts/ . #coconut #chocolate #vegan #vegansofig #whatveganseat #tart #bakersofinstagram #wsbakeclub #foodphotographer #f52grams #foodphotography #foodstyling #vscofood #vscofashionfood #refinedsugarfree #sugarfree #wholefoodplantbased #onmytable #thatsdarling #feedfeed @thefeedfeed #yahoofood #buzzfeast #huffposttaste #foodwinewomen #grainfree #pecan #marthabakes #fromscratch

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No pumpkin spice, and they’re vegan? It’s a gift from the Autumn Gods.

16. Caramel Apple Oatmeal Cream Pies

My fall flavor obsession. #notpumpkinspice #caramelapple #forgottenfallflavor

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Caramel apple in cream pie form? I’m pretty sure that’s considered a balanced meal in heaven.

17. Pear and Cashew Butter Toast

Whole Wheat Toast w/ Cashew Butter, Sliced #Pear, #Cinnamon, Raisins, Honey & Pinch Of Salt to bring it all together by @dishingouthealth. Consider making a batch of homemade cashew butter for #BackToSchool #lunches & #snacks! 👉Get our favorite recipe for homemade Cashew Butter & 50+ more Nut Butter #recipes from the Feed on our Website link in profile or thefeedfeed.com/instagram.(Feed edited by @yesshecann_.) 🌟Remember to share your cooking, baking, and drink making pics and videos by tagging "#feedfeed @thefeedfeed" for a chance to be featured here and on our site! 💻Explore our website <thefeedfeed.com> for more inspiration/recipes on what to #cook #bake and #drink from the feedfeed community. #toasttuesday

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Avocado toast is so last season. Instead, go for this whole wheat toast with pears, cashew butter, cinnamon, and raisins. It’s basically fall on a plate.

18. Apple Cider Scones

Because, why wait for the local coffee shop to get those apple cider scones when you can just make them yourself and eat the entire batch?

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