Flavors to fall over

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By Michaella Lesieur, Staff Writer

It’s that time of year again, when the leaves start changing into various fiery hues and the air is just a little bit nippy, making you reach for your favorite comfort foods and an extra blanket or a sweater.

The aromas of apple-cinnamon, pumpkin spice, and rum-raisin engulf the fresh fall air and warm the souls of the young and old alike.

Apple picking, pumpkin carving, hayrides, bonfires, and corn mazes alike are some of the most beloved traditions that fill the long days.

Nothing beats coming home from a fall-inspired day with some home cooking from mom. All flavors of the season—whether it’s applesauce, pumpkin pie, hot apple cider or creamy coffee flavors—they all hit the spot.

However, some of the best flavors are pumpkin, apple, cinnamon, and rum raisin. But list does not end there. Cranberry, pomegranate, caramel, apple cider, and butternut are also favorites for the season.

We are college students and we all know how hard it is to pry ourselves from underneath warm blankets on a chilly morning for an early class, but the warm and fragrant coffees of fall will be sure to get you up and going in no time.

Whether I am making a pot with my Keurig or stopping to treat myself for a latte, each one brings a spice of warmth. Cinnamon-vanilla-nut is also a great flavor if you want to mix it up from your typical fall flavors.

Our own school has taken flight to the flavors of fall; the Corsair Café has an indulging pumpkin latte, which to me is superb. I recommend stopping in and getting yourself a cup before running to class.

In fact, enjoy it with one of their bagels, breakfast sandwiches, or a muffin to complete the experience.

Many companies are making fall-inspired products in everyday food items like bagels, muffins, breads, and even cereals. The flavors consist of pumpkin, cranberry, caramel, and the whole nine yards. They are best served with some melted cinnamon butter seeping through all the nooks and crannies. For the cereal, a splash of vanilla Silk milk is my favorite. They even make pumpkin butter which is great on a slice of toasted bread.

Homemade pumpkin-waffles or pumpkin-pancakes make the best kind of breakfast with some slivered pecans, then drizzled with sugar-free maple syrup, a dollop of whipped cream, and a sprinkle of cinnamon powder.

Did you know they make pumpkin flavored whipped cream? Don’t call it overboard—instead call it pure indulgence.

If you are a Greek yogurt fan like me, then try Light and Fit’s new Pumpkin Pie and Caramel Apple Pie flavors. To me, they have the best yogurt; it tastes just like the real thing without all the sugar and guilt.

Planning on hitting the gym to work up a sweat? Don’t forget to pack your energy bars! This is another favorite and staple of mine, but I’m looking for some that do not hide sugar.

Lean Bar has a fabulous pumpkin spice bar that is crunchy and is perfect when you’re on-the-go. You can purchase these bars at the GNC store at the Dartmouth Mall or by shopping online.

Kashi Brand and Nature Valley also have yummy flavors that give you the crunch you are looking for. Kashi’s Pumpkin Spice Flax is wholesome and has actual pumpkin seeds and hints of cinnamon, while Nature Valley makes a sweet apple crisp.

Even though it’s chilly, there is nothing like a scoop of homemade ice cream. Gray’s in Little Compton is perfect for a day trip. You can also stop at Young Family Farm for some apple and pumpkin picking along with some fresh apple cider. All flavors are creamy and decadent, I promise it will do the trick for any type of sweet tooth.

Are you in need of a late night munchie? Caramel corn or kettle corn will settle any craving; my favorites are the ones that come chock full of your favorite crunchy nuts blended in.             If you’re not a popcorn person, try pumpkin flavored almonds or my recipe from last week’s Torch called “Pumpkin Gems”, a no-bake cookie dough favorite.

Fall flavors are not just appearing in foods! Bath and Body Works has all their fall season scents out, they will leave your hands and body smelling like “sugar and spice and everything nice.”

Favorites such as Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin, Cider and Vine, Pumpkin Pecan Waffles, and Pumpkin Apple Cider are all great picks, but don’t worry: The list does not end there.Just stop on in and have a peek yourself. The best part is there are no tricks here—just treats.

Now that I have given you my favorites, now it is time to put your taste buds to the test. See what seasonal foods best capture the spirit of autumn and share some of your own personal variations. Feel free to send me all your feedback!

Happy tastings!

Photo Courtesy: Michaella Lesieur


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