October 16, 2015

Satisfy your pumpkin cravings with these four Philly treats

Pumpkin-Spice Autumn
Pumpkin Donut Federal Donuts/Twitter

The pumpkin spice donut from Federal Donuts.

Pumpkin spice has gotten a bit of a bad rap.

It's often associated with being "basic" and has even drawn the ire of one of this website's writers, who has compared the craze to a "cultural abomination."

The problem with that reasoning is that it dismisses one simple fact: Pumpkin spice tastes really, really good.

So ignore the haters. There are plenty of places in Philly to enjoy the Autumn-inspired flavor in a variety of treats, and here are a few you have to sample immediately.

Great Pumpkin Sundae - Franklin Fountain 

116 Market St.

Pumpkin Ice Cream
The great pumpkin sundae from Franklin Fountain. (Franklin Fountain/Contributed Art)

It's the great sundae, Charlie Brown! Treat yourself to some brain freeze with this combination of pumpkin ice cream, caramel and cinnamon. 

Kenz o' Lantern Ale - Philadelphia Brewing Company

2440 Frankford Ave.

Pumpkin Beer
The Kenz o' Lantern Ale from Philadelphia Brewing Company. (Lauren sw/Twitter)

Get your pumpkin fix and a buzz going at the same time. These are the same people responsible for a number of Philadelphia staples, including the Kenzinger and the Philadelphia Pale Ale, and this ale is just as good. This brew is available at several local bars and beer distributors. 

Pumpkin Spice Donut - Federal Donuts 

Multiple Locations

Pumpkin Donut
The pumpkin spice donut from Federal Donuts. (Federal Donuts/Twitter)

Don't call it a comeback: Federal Donuts' pumpkin spice concoction returns Monday, Oct. 19. For $20, you can snag a dozen of them to make the entire family or office (or just yourself, realistically) happy. 

Pumpkin Loaf - Black & Brew

1523 E Passyunk Ave.

Pumpkin Bread
The pumpkin loaf from Black & Brew. (Black & Brew/Facebook)

Black & Brew's pumpkin bread is as good as your mom makes it. Plus, you can couple it with their pumpkin puree smoothie, which is packed with protein to make you feel healthy.