I’ll admit it: I’m basic. If you look in my closet, you’ll find a Barbour, a Longchamp bag, and those Uggs that were popular in 2008 and are now only acceptable to wear as house slippers. I like avocados. I think Lifetime Christmas films are underrated, and I find myself defending Taylor Swift more than is socially acceptable. I live for hummus. And, most worryingly of all, I’ve become the type of girl that says the phrase “PSL” without irony.
For those of you that are new to the pumpkin trend, let me fill you in; Starbucks first released the Pumpkin Spice Latte in 2003, and it’s basically autumn in a cup. I’m talking pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, espresso, steamed milk, and a dollop of whipped cream. Since then, pumpkin products have been blowing up across the world, and I’m here for it. Fancy trying some pumpkin for yourself? You’re in luck. Here are 8 pumpkin food items that you can find in St Andrews this October.
The OG PSL (Starbucks)
Recognised as the Beyoncé of Pumpkin Spice Lattes, the Starbucks’ version is an absolute must-do. The combination of cinnamon, cloves, and pumpkin syrup will have your taste buds singing (disclaimer: taste buds don’t actually sing, but you get the idea). Starbucks was here first, and it’s here to stay.
Maple and Pumpkin Cake (Starbucks)
If pumpkin sponge cake topped with maple-flavoured cream cheese, toffee sauce, and pecans doesn’t have your mouth watering, then you need to rethink your life choices. This cake is prettier than the outfit that you wore to Opening Ball, and it tastes just as good. Best enjoyed with an episode of the Great British Bake Off.
The Cheap PSL (Gregg’s)
Let’s be honest; buying a daily pumpkin spice latte isn’t exactly friendly for the student budget. Luckily, Gregg’s has created a version that will cost you only £2.20 – 65p less than you’ll spend at Starbucks. Sadly, the latte isn’t vegan-friendly, but it does come with a shortbread crumb on top of the cream that will blow your mind.
Pumpkin Scone (Gorgeous)
Move over, Prince of Cambridge; there’s a new scone in town. This October, ditch the blueberry, white chocolate, and raspberry for a delicious spiced pumpkin scone with dark chocolate. The pumpkin scones are only available on certain days, so you’ll have to put your Facebook stalking skills to work and check the café’s page on the regular.
The Healthy PSL (Pret)
Okay, okay, so “healthy” is a relative term, but I kind of feel like everything from Pret tastes just a little bit more nutritious. This PSL is made with Pret’s trademark pumpkin spice syrup, and you can swap out regular dairy for coconut milk if you want to add a fun twist to your latte.
Pumpkin Burgers (Tesco)
Barbecue season may be over, but burgers taste good year-round. Hit up Tesco and treat yourself to a Vivera Pumpkin & Sweet Potato burger, a chewy, dense patty made with flavourful veg, paprika, and garlic. The burgers come in packs of two, so you can either share with a friend or save the second one for later. Or you can eat both in one sitting. No judgement.
The Hipster PSL (Northpoint)
Northpoint’s PSL is basically a hug in a mug. With a tower of whipped cream, plentiful cinnamon, and a gingerbread biscuit, it’s like a dessert, but better. Still not sold? Northpoint also offers a Ginger Nut Mocha, so your pumpkin-hating friends can enjoy an autumnal beverage too. Win-win.
Cranberry, Dark Chocolate, and Pumpkin Seed Bars (Tesco)
If you’re looking for autumn in bar form, this is it. Something about the combination of rich dark chocolate, crunchy pumpkin seeds, and cranberries tastes a little like Thanksgiving. Minus the turkey, of course.