25 Fall Snacks That Have Nothing to Do With Pumpkin Spice
As the calendar flips from July to August and then September, stores and restaurants begin lining up their fall selections and revealing them to an eager public. Pumpkin spice is almost guaranteed to pop up on menus from coffee shops and bakeries, to brunch spots and even steakhouses.
But after a few weeks, I'd be lying if I said I wasn't pumpkin spice burnt. The hint of squash and perfume-y nature of nutmeg and allspice quickly overrun my tastebuds. I begin to crave maple, cinnamon, even toasted nuts. If you're past pumpkin spice on your fall flavor spectrum, this round-up of our favorite fall snacks may come in handy the next time you're walking the store aisles looking for a great bite.
Good & Gather Organic Whole Grain Apple Cinnamon Fruit & Grain Bars
This soft grain bar is precisely what you look for in fall snacks — warm spices, a hint of sweet, and the forward flavor of one of fall's best fruits, apples. A hint of nuttiness comes through from the whole oat flour (one bar does have eight grams of whole grains). The Apple Cinnamon Fruit & Grain Bar ($2.59) would be great for a quick breakfast on the go or a speedy snack to help you reset for the day.
Loacker Quadratini Hazelnut Cube Wafers
Toasted nuts bring a warmth and savory quality to snacks. In the case of these bite-size wafer cookies ($3.79), freshly roasted Italian hazelnuts are partnered with a classic friend — chocolate. The just-sweet creamy spread is sandwiched between crispy wafers for a not-too-sweet, not-too-savory poppable treat for parties, desserts, or your desk drawer.
Maple Glazed Pecan & Sea Salt Kind Bars
Before pumpkin spice was the "it" fall flavor, there was maple, the original autumnal ingredient. As maple trees let loose their reserves of amber syrup, hints of the sap find their way into breakfast cereals, coffees, even snack bars. We like the Kind Maple Glazed Pecan & Sea Salt Bars ($28/24 bars) for the pitch-perfect fall flavors: delicately sweet maple, toasted nuts, and a hint of salt. Maple's flavor is so pronounced you don't need a lot of it; one bar has just 5 grams of sugar, but it won't leave you disappointed, even if you're craving something sugary.
Welch's Apple Orchard Medley Piece Fruit Snack
Crisp autumn days draw us to apple orchards for picking and cider sipping, but if you can't get there (or you just want to daydream about your last rendezvous with a Red Delicious tree), these playful snacks are a delight. Sure, they may be made for kids, but try and resist these fruit snacks ($6) with their apple flavor and chewy bite. Even if you stock up on them for the young ones, we suspect you'll find a reason to snag a pouch or two.
Gold Emblem Abound Organic Pomegranate Ginger Fruit & Nut Trail Mix
Pomegranate may be an overlooked fall fruit. These ruby jewels pop up about the same time as cranberry, but their confusing shell and delicate nature keep many curious cooks away. That's why we look for them in delightful snacks like this fruit and nut trail mix ($4.99). With clusters of dried fruit (raisins, cranberries, apples, dates, and, yes, pomegranate seeds), whole toasted nuts (cashews, almonds, and walnuts), and a few seeds (pumpkin and sunflower), this mix packs a serious good-for-you punch — and still a whole lot of flavor. This is the kind of mix you could keep in your purse or work bag and grab when that bit of pre-dinner hunger pains you.
G.T.'s Enlightened Gingerade Organic Vegan Raw Kombucha
If you're looking for a seasonal sip but can't stomach another PSL, this refreshing kombucha ($2.99) delivers everything you'd expect from a fall beverage — warming flavors and a refreshing bite. Ginger comes back en vogue in the autumn when spiced ciders and hot toddies return. But you can enjoy that biting ingredient in cool drinks, too. Bonus: kombucha is a great source of probiotics, those good-for-you bacteria that help keep your gut vibrant and healthy.
34 Degrees Cinnamon Sweet Crisps
As we near prime cookie season (you know, the holidays), it's a safe bet you've got your fair share of sweets around. But sometimes, I find myself craving something that's a bit more balanced and warming. These cinnamon-spiced sweet crisps ($4) are delicate but still have bold flavor. They are more wafer than chocolate chip cookie, which makes them great as a post-dinner treat or even a quick grab when you're fighting off mid-afternoon sweets cravings. We also wouldn't be opposed to serving these at a dinner or holiday gathering. A dollop of crème fraîche and a drizzle of honey would seem quite sophisticated.
Alter Eco Deep Dark Salted Brown Butter Organic Chocolate Bar
The warm and tangy notes of browned butter belong in fall. When average butter is cooked over low heat, it will begin to transform into a nutty, rich fat that enhances everything it touches, from banana bread to vegetables. In this organic chocolate bar ($39.49/12 bars), browned butter provides a hint of richness you might not typically find in a 70 percent cocoa bar. For a bar so dark, the browned butter enhances the natural sweetness but lends a hint of toasty flavor that makes me want to gather 'round a campfire and warm a few marshmallows.
Kettle Brand Apple Cider Vinegar Potato Chips
Attention, fans of salt and vinegar chips: This fall favorite returns to shelves this fall. The tart kick of these limited-edition Apple Cider Vinegar Potato Chips ($2.99) is blunted by a delicate sweetness. You'll catch a hint of apple on the finish. While ACV may not have the pucker power of distilled white vinegar, there's a lot for your tastebuds to enjoy. Find them at select stores.
Bare Snacks Cinnamon Apple Chips
Don't Go Nuts Mini Chewy Granola Bars
Whether you're accomodating food allergies or picky eaters, you'll find a safe solution in these kid-sized granola bars from Don't Go Nuts. Available in apple cinnamon and strawberry, these sweet, chewy snacks achieve their yumminess without tree nuts, peanuts, gluten, dairy, or a ton of sugar. Just save some for your kids, OK?
Don't Go Nuts Roasted Soybean Spread
With plenty of cinnamony stirred in, this roasted soybean spread ($14/two jars) stands out as a spiced-up alternative to nut butter. Spoon it over rice crackers, dunk pretzels in it, or spread it over apple slices to bring standard snacks a flavor that's perfect for fall.
Chloe’s Salted Caramel Oatmilk Pops
Whether it's caramel apples or some of our favorite Halloween candies, something about caramel reminds us of fall. Chloe’s Salted Caramel Oatmilk Pops ($4) happen to be vegan, but they taste as rich and buttery as you'd hope. These cold, creamy dessert pops will taste satisfying even as temperatures drop.
Mom's Best Crispy Cinnamon Rice
Oats To Go
Don't limit oatmeal to breakfast! Grab a convenient cup of Del Monte's new Oats To Go when you want a ready-to-eat, no-prep snack. We like the Maple & Brown Sugar Crunch version ($20/pack of six), which combines oatmeal with apples, granola, almonds, and pumpkin seeds to keep you fueled on fall flavor.
Oui by Yoplait Apple Pie
CLIF Coffee Collection Energy Bars
Before the PSL came the latte. And before the latte came the espresso. Ergo, espresso predates pumpkin spice as a comforting fall flavor. But you don't need our latte logic to convince you to snack on CLIF's espresso mini energy bars ($11/20 bars). Each of these plant-based bars contains 65mg of caffeine from real coffee, the equivalent of an espresso shot, plus 4g of protein.
Member's Mark Apple Pie Trail Mix
If you crave the satisfying crunch of trail mix, one bite of this indulgent, apple pie-inspired take may leave your willpower in the dust. The mix combines dried cinnamon apples, pie crust cookies, cream cheese-flavored pretzel clusters, walnut pieces, and roasted almonds. Snag a bag ($9) at Sam's Club.
Elmhurst Apple Pie Spice Oat Creamer
There's a reason this list keeps coming back to coffee. Curling up with a hot cup of java ranks among the coziest fall experiences. Cap your cup with a splash of Elmhurst's Apple Pie Spice Oat Creamer ($12/pack of two) for a hint of apple, cinnamon, and nutmeg, without added gums or fillers.
Breyers' Caramel Apple Pie Layered Dessert
What's better than apple pie and ice cream? Apple pie in ice cream. Each scoop of limited-edition Caramel Apple Pie Layered Dessert ($4) combines caramel Breyers (complete with chunks of shortbread pie crust) with a mix of vanilla Breyers and real apple pieces. Find it at major retailers.
Sheila G’s Limited Edition Caramel Apple Blondie
Sheila G's Brownie Brittle is beloved for the crispy, chocolaty bite that encompasses everything special about the corner piece of the brownie pan. For the fall, the bakery company takes that same texture and turns it into a blondie with bits of caramel and apple ($12.99/3 bags). (There's also a pumpkin spice one, if you really want it.)
Icelandic Provisions Fruit & Nuts Apple Cinnamon With Almonds
Available exclusively at Whole Foods, Icelandic Provisions' Skyr is rich and thick like Greek yogurt but with a milder flavor and less tang. That makes it the perfect pair for warm, comforting apple pieces with cinnamon spice. For a little texture, chopped almonds are mixed in.
Food & Gather Everything Seasoned Cashews
Angelic Bakehouse Tarragon Vinaigrette Fig Snack Crisps
As summer's hot days give way to fall's cooler ones, watermelon season gives way to figs, making these Angelic Bakehouse Snack Crisps ($5.99) the perfect fall snack or charcuterie broad cracker. Serve with a tangy cheddar cheese or a mild brie to enjoy the hint of sweetness and delicate herbaceous the tarragon.
Kodiak Cakes S'mores Flapjack Cup
Toasty s'mores are made around fall's best and biggest campfires, but you don't have to collect wood and build a fire to enjoy this flavor of fall. Kodiak Cakes Flapjack Power Cup ($1.99), a great breakfast or snack, features semisweet chocolate and marshmallow bits for a flavor of autumn when you can't get outside.