Where to find pumpkin treats in Las Vegas

It’s almost fall, and you know what that means – pumpkin spice season.

This time of year, you can’t walk through a store, a coffee establishment, or a fast food place without seeing something pumpkin. But why are we so addicted to it this day and age, like we never were before? 

The Pumpkin Spice Craze:

Starbucks PSL (code for Pumpkin Spice Latte) started selling again last week. It’s the PDL’s 20th anniversary this year! 

Even in Las Vegas, where temperatures are still in the 100’s, we are feeling the spicey vibe. I mean, who isn’t thinking of that warm pumpkin smell and taste, when they’re at the pool, or out on the boat – right?

I love pumpkin pie. Especially the pumpkin chiffon pies my mom used to make for Thanksgiving, and I miss them a lot. “Make them yourself, Carla!” No – I don’t want to make them myself, because they are just not my Moms.

But the smell of pumpkin sure does bring back memories of a wonderful, and innocent time.

The Cause And Effect Theory:

I remember learning about cause and effect in my college philosophy class. This is where a specific event will cause another event.

Eating mom’s pie on the holidays caused so much fun with family and friends, and ultimately left me with memories that I enjoy, and miss terribly, every year.

And that is precisely what I think the attraction – or maybe, addiction – to pumpkin spice is. Pure nostalgia. 

Pumpkin Spice Ingredients:

Cinnamon, Ginger, clove, and nutmeg are generally the spices you smell and taste in pumpkin spice – but not pumpkin. Most PS items don’t actually have any pumpkin in them. But who really cares? It tasted good!

Pumpkin spice has become so popular. I don’t doubt one day in the near future it will just be a regular offering on most menus.

Besides the usual Starbucks, here’s where you can find all sorts of pumpkin spice goodies in Las Vegas.

  • Dairy Queen

    Dairy Queen has brought back their fall favorite, The Pumpkin Pie Blizzard. Made with real pumpkin pie pieces, vanilla soft serve, whipped cream and a touch of nutmeg.

    A Dairy Queen S'mores Blizzard

  • Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf

    The Pumpkin Spice latte, Pumpkin Spice iced latte, and Pumpkin Spice Ice Blended – all back on the menu for fall. Along with this writers favorite: The Winter Dream Latte.

    Drinks at Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf

  • Human Bean

    The Pumpkin Snowy is quite decadent: A sweet blend of creamy white chocolate, espresso, and pumpkin sauce. Yum! Not a lot of Human Beans in Las Vegas, but more will be opening soon. Try them out if you get a chance. Well worth it!

    Coffee bean on white background

  • Dutch Bros

    Available September 1: The Caramel Pumpkin Brulee. Made with pumpkin and salted caramel, topped with pumpkin drizzle, raw sugar sprinkles and Dutch Bros signature Soft Top. It will be featured through the end of October.

    A windmill on river in the Netherlands

  • Dunkin'

    Dunkin definitely hit early with their pumpkin drinks, just like Starbucks. Pumpkin lattes – hot, cold, and blended. Dunkin’s is an east coast favorite, that has certainly made its mark on Las Vegas in a big way.

    Dunkin Donuts coffee and snack

  • Pumpkin Spice Cheerios

    Pumpkin Spice Cheerios are made with real pumpkin puree, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. A large box sells for about $4.50. In stores for a limited time.

    Lots of Cheerios

  • Sam's Club

    Sam’s Club is now selling Pumpkin Spice Empanadas. The empanadas are made with real pumpkin and cream cheese. A package of twenty sells for $12.68. Seriously – these sound like heaven on earth.

    Fresh empanadas on tray

  • Philadelphia Cream Cheese

    Philadelphia Cream Cheese is bringing back its Pumpkin Spice Cream Cheese – in stores for a limited time. Philly cream cheese is the grandaddy of retail cream cheeses, and they do a great job with their pumpkin spice cream cheese. Try it on a nice wheat bagel.

    Cream Cheese on a bagel

  • Pumpkin Spice Oreos

    Pumpkin Spice Oreos are back in grocery stores for a limited time. Keep in mind – nothing healthy about these cookies. But they taste great dunked in coffee, tea, or milk – and they are just plain seasonal fun!

    Pumpkin cookies on white background


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