Pumpkin isn't just about Halloween and holiday pie anymore. From Chattanooga's coffee shops to breweries to restaurants, as the temperature drops, there's nothing that gets people into the season more than the taste (and smell!) of this beloved fall staple.
Here are six ways locals are brewing and baking pumpkin treats this season.
Pumpkinseed Pale Ale
Available at Moccasin Bend Brewing Company
Inspired by Moccasin Bend Brewing Company brewer and co-owner Chris Hunt's childhood memories of his mother roasting pumpkinseeds after making Jack o'lanterns, the Pumpkinseed Pale Ale is a full-bodied brew with a toasty, rich flavor - a perfect "comfort beer" for the cool weather.
Available at Niedlov's Breadworks
For all things breakfast, Niedlov's Breadworks has its customers covered in the pumpkin department. The bakery's scrumptious pumpkin scones and muffins have the richness and creaminess of butternut squash, with just the right amount of spice to pull it all together.
Pumpkin Spice Cocoa
Available at Cadence Coffee Company
Shannon Greer, co-owner and general manager of Cadence Coffee Company, says that any time he mentions the word "pumpkin" to a customer, their whole facial expression - and usually their order - changes. With delicious options like the pumpkin spice latte, pumpkin spice chai and the pumpkin spice cocoa, it's no surprise that these
tasty pumpkin sips have gained quite the fan club.
Available at Whipped Cupcakes
Using all-natural ingredients and forgoing nuts for those with allergies, Whipped Cupcakes has created a pumpkin cupcake that manages to find the perfect balance of spice and sweetness for an all-around amazing taste. This moist pumpkin cupcake is made using spices from Chattanooga's Alchemy Spice Company and is topped with cream cheese frosting and a little pumpkin made out of sugar.
Available at Rembrandt's Coffee House
Rembrandt's Coffee House's pumpkin truffles - the highly anticipated autumn dessert that makes its appearance each year from Oct. 1 to Thanksgiving Day - are made up of a rich pumpkin ganache with a touch of spiced rum and a dark chocolate finish.
Pumpkin Spice Donut
Available at Julie Darling Donuts
Julie Darling is known for its wonderfully rich and flavorful donuts, and the pumpkin spice donut is no exception. This melt-in-your-mouth treat made up of pumpkin spice cake and covered with cream cheese icing is a decadent way to take a bite into fall.