Des Moines Area Pumpkin Spice Everything


pumpkin spiceIt’s September, leaves are subtly starting to change color, and the evenings are starting to cool down. You know what that means: It’s Pumpkin Spice time! I know it’s not everyone’s cup of coffee, but it is one of my favorite things about fall! 

In case you’ve been living under a rock, the pumpkin spice craze has expanded far beyond flavored coffees and lattes, and you can now find some version of pumpkin spice on almost any local menu. 

We rounded up some pumpkin-flavored eats and drinks that Des Moines moms (and families) can enjoy while savoring the crisp, colorful days of fall. And while you’re at it, don’t forget to check out our Fall Bucket List in Des Moines! 


Pumpkin Spice Coffee Drinks

Starbucks Home of the pumpkin spice latte that started it all (in 2003)! This year you can also sip the new pumpkin cream cold brew. You can also find pumpkin bread and pumpkin cream cheese muffins on the menu. 

Friedrichs This local coffee roaster keeps pumpkin spice syrup in stock year-round, so you can order up a pumpkin spice latte anytime. 

Java Joes This local favorite is already serving up their delicious fall drinks, including the pumpkin spice latte (available year-round), and a pumpkin chai. You can also sip on a caramel pecan flavored latte at the Douglas Avenue location. 

Scooters You can enjoy pumpkin flavors in a variety of ways at Scooters Coffee! The pumpkin spice and pumpkin caramelicious lattes come either hot or iced, or you can mix it up with the blended version. If you’re in the mood for something different, try the pumpkin pie shake. 

Dunkin Donuts Dunkin’ Donuts pumpkin menu debuted in August, including a new cinnamon sugar pumpkin signature latte (available hot or iced). This drink joins their lineup of pumpkin-flavored coffees, which feature a pumpkin swirl that’s available hot, iced, cold brew, espresso, or frozen. You can also sink your teeth into their pumpkin donut and muffin. 

Caribou Coffee Caribou Coffee is ready for fall! Their fall menu includes a pumpkin white mocha, a pumpkin pie latte, and a cold press infused with spiced pumpkin and salted caramel. Yum! 

Smokey Row There are plenty of ways to fulfill your pumpkin fix at Smokey Row Coffee Co. You can sip on a pumpkin latte or pumpkin chai, in addition to other fall drinks like their campfire mocha (mocha with marshmallow), apple cider, and caramel apple cider. If you’re in the mood for a sweet treat, give the pumpkin muffins or pumpkin bread a try. And if you want to get your pumpkin fix at home, check out their fall-flavored coffee beans including autumn crisp, candy cashew, and the harvest moon blend. 

Mars Cafe They’ve got a pumpkin spice latte on the menu and love to get creative, so if you’re in the mood to try something new, they’ll season up a tasty fall drink to warm your soul. 

Sweet Pumpkin Treats

Molly’s Cupcakes Don’t miss these tasty from-scratch cupcakes baked in small batches throughout the day. This fall you can enjoy one of their famous center-filled cupcakes with pumpkin spice flavor! 

Creme Cupcake Stop in during October to enjoy a Perfect Pumpkin cupcake, one of their two seasonal flavors (the other is caramel apple). And be sure to check their dessert lounge in the evenings for another taste of fall flavors. 

Scratch Cupcake No matter what day of the week you stop in, Scratch Cupcake will be able to satisfy your pumpkin cravings. Their autumn menu includes the following flavors: pumpkin spice latte, maple pumpkin donut, pumpkin pecan, salted caramel pumpkin, pumpkin cheesecake, pumpkin white chocolate cookie, and pumpkin chai.

Thelma’s Treats This local cookie and ice cream sandwich bakery has pumpkin spice cookies available for purchase instore, at retailers, or by delivery!

Zombie Burger Pair one of their unique, delicious burger combinations with the sweet Pumpkin Pie Shake, which is available year-round! Spike your shake for a little extra kick!

Chocolaterie Stam This local chocolatier’s pumpkin spice bon-bon out will debut at the end of September. With its adorable pumpkin shape and pumpkin spice filling, it’s bound to satisfy your sweet tooth. 

Main Street Cafe & Bakery This local cafe is ready for fall, from morning to night! Finish off your meal with a slice of their pumpkin cake! Or stop by in the morning for pumpkin french toast. You can also find a pumpkin salad dressing for lunch or dinner, and a pumpkin spice latte any time of day! 

Scenic Route Bakery Stop by to find pumpkin bars in their pastry case right now and keep an eye out for other fall pastries in rotation over the next month! Their pumpkin spice latte will be on the menu starting the last week of September. Pair it with a hearty soup for a perfect fall combo! 

Nothing Bundt Cakes With its home-kitchen roots, the pumpkin spice bundt cake from Nothing Bundt Cakes (available starting Sept. 16) is sure to make any gathering more delicious! 

Picket Fence Creamery This hand-packed pumpkin ice cream is creamy and delicious! It’s the perfect combination of pumpkin flavor and spice. Look for pints at local Hy-Vee and Fareway stores.

Pumpkin for Breakfast

Drake Diner Touted as “better than pie,” dig into a stack of pumpkin pancakes at the Drake Diner, which is served up with real butter and warm maple syrup. Choose from a tall stack (3) or a short stack (2). 

Donut Hut Don’t miss the limited release pumpkin spice donuts from this local bakery. They’re out of this world!

 Hurts Donut Stop by and sink your teeth into one of four pumpkin donut varieties, including Pumpkin Streusel, Pumpkin Streusel with Caramel, Pumpkin S’Mores, and Pumpkin Cheesecake! Yum!

 Krispy Kreme Enjoy their original glazed cake donut with a pumpkin spice flavor! Wash it down with a pumpkin spice latte, available hot, iced, or blended. 

 Bruegger’s Bagels Start your day off with a pumpkin bagel topped with pumpkin cream cheese for a double dose of fall flavor!

Savory Pumpkin Dishes

Cool Basil Their savory Pumpkin Curry dish is available year-round. Once you taste the slurpable curry (the spicier, the better!) with chunks of pumpkin, you’ll want to order it every time!

Pumpkin Beer

BeerStyles Taproom & Gastropub Their current list of beers on tap includes the Jolly Pumpkin from La Roja in Dexter, Mich. It’s a sour amber beer aged in an oak barrel.

Let us know if we missed any pumpkin spice treats! What’s your favorite? 

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Kimberly is a Northwest Iowa native, a Drake University graduate, and a fan of all things Des Moines. She is a girly girl who grew up and became a boy mom, and is now an expert on all types of construction equipment and big machines. She shares her Des Moines home with hubby Sam (2006) and sons Jack (March 2014) and Henry (December 2016). Kimberly studied magazine journalism in college, spent 10 years working for a newspaper, and recently became a postpartum doula. In her abundant (and almost nonexistent) free time she enjoys writing about mom life, drinking coffee, documenting time with family and friends, starting Shutterfly projects she rarely finishes, doing Crossfit, and daydreaming about future decorating and crafting projects.


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