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The Last of the Local Pumpkin Treats

Get them before they’re gone

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November 17, 2020
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Courtesy of Cafe 222

Move aside Pumpkin Spice Lattes, these San Diego businesses created delicious pumpkin-flavored treats for the season (a few are even served all year long). Whether you want hot or cold, savory or sweet, your pumpkin cravings are sure to be met. Here’s a list of the pumpkin treats we don’t want to miss this season.


Note: Seasonal specials may have limited availability and business hours and service options may be subject to change due to Covid-19. Contact businesses directly with any questions. 


1. Pumpkin Spice Conchas

Hija de Maiz is the artisan behind these dreamy conchas. With the array of unique flavors available, we recommend trying more than one.


Courtesy of Hija de Maiz
2. Pumpkin Mini Loaf 

This fully vegan loaf topped with pepitas from Split Bakehouse is perfect for one. 


3. Pumpkin Gelato

Where else can you enjoy gelato in November? Esco Gelato

4. Pumpkin Waffle

Cafe 222 serves their famous pumpkin waffle all year long, and has been doing so for 30 years. 


5. Pumpkin Curry

Prefer savory dishes? The pumpkin curry from Plumeria is served in a red curry sauce along with eggplant, bell peppers, and bamboo shoots, and it’s all vegan. 

6. Pumpkin Spice Caramel

Nancy Flint of Sugar Mamma Caramels whipped up a special hand-crafted batch this year. A perfect gift for the Thanksgiving host.

Courtesy of Split Bakehouse
Courtesy of Sugar Mamma Caramels
7. Pumpkin Cider 

Bivouac Ciderworks’ Cats Paw captures the very essence of pumpkin spice.

8. Pumpkin Sushi

The most unique find on the list, The Yasai serves this kabocha squash roll regularly on their menu. 

theyasai.com/menu

9. Pumpkin Pie Milkshake

Plant Power Fast Food debuted their fall milkshake flavors and we can’t think of a better pairing for our plant-based bacon cheeseburger. 


Courtesy of Jackie’s Jams
Courtesy of Tastea
10. Pumpkin Butter

The unique array of flavors from Jackie’s Jams line up never disappoints. Their seasonal pumpkin pie in a jar is a must-have for the holiday season.

11. Pumpkin Pie Milk Tea

A trip to Convoy Street in Kearny Mesa will not be complete this season without the seasonal pumpkin milk tea from Tastea, which they top with a cheese foam.


12. Pumpkin Pie Pithivier

You can expect a few pumpkin delights from Extraordinary Desserts this season but the pumpkin pie pithiviers in particular (say that 5 times) caught our eye. If you have not tried one before, pithiviers are a traditional French dish. Think puff pastry pies.


13. Pumpkin Spice Donut

Topped with a pumpkin glaze, whipped mascarpone pumpkin mousse, gingersnap crumble, pepitas, and Vermont Maple Syrup. Say no more Sidecar Doughnuts.

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Courtesy of Le Parfait

14. Pumpkin Spice Crumble: 

Le Parfait at Liberty Station Market is known for their drool worthy macaron flavors but they also create fantastic desserts. Their Pumpkin Spice Crumble Tart is almost too cute to eat. 

Courtesy of Sidecar Donuts
Courtesy of Le Parfait
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