This time America might have gone too far. Counting on a seasonal rise in squash-related sociopathy, Hormel Foods released pumpkin spice Spam on September 23. It’s time for a pumpkervention.
Far be it from us to malign the nostalgia of nutmeg, but there is a better way. San Antonio is full of places that are greeting the season with sugar and spice and everything nice — and not a trace of canned meat.
The Art of Donut
This St. Mary’s Strip shop is going gaga for gourds, offering pumpkin glazed yeast and cake doughnuts. Get cozy by pairing it with an iced pumpkin pie latte or chai, available both hot and cold. Balance a doughnut on the lid for an extra cute selfie.
It’s a no-brainer that San Antonio’s macaron maestro would offer pumpkin spice cookies for fall, but that’s not the only way it is celebrating the changing of the season. Those who haven’t fallen to pumpkin mania can choose from a variety of treats, including speckled Zinfandel macarons and stunning fig or pear tarts.
Boozy’s Creamery + Craft
Since the South Texas weather rarely coincides with the changing of the seasons, locals must improvise. Instead of braving a steamy latte on an even steamier day, invite in the chill with an affogato made with Drunken Pumpkin ice cream spiked with spiced rum and served with a slice of dreamy pie.
Busted Sandal Brewing Company
Busted Sandal’s seasonal the El Gourdo pumpkin porter has a creamy mouthfeel and a hint of sweetness, making it an uncommonly versatile beer. Pair it with caramelized savory dishes like French onion soup, sweet treats like spice cakes and gingerbread, or enjoy alone.
This local fast-food fave’s newest milkshake offers all of the cool weather vibes with none of the dairy. The vegan Pumpkin Spice Earth Shake starts with a coconut milk base, then adds spices, brown sugar, and real pumpkin. A sprinkling of vegan graham crackers gets it ready for its Instagram close-up.
With a dollop of pumpkin whipped cream and an infusion of caramel, this Alta Vista coffee shop’s fall latte is far from basic. Enjoy it alone for a mid-afternoon treat or pair it with a smashed sweet potato and caramelized onion toast for a leisurely weekend breakfast.
This familiar farmers market vendor is prepping for sweater weather with the return of its popular pumpkin pie bars. Each gooey square is loaded with harvest flavors but is plant-based and gluten-free so everyone can enjoy. Find it at Juice Joint in the Dominion Springs Plaza.