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Fall Foods | Favorites + Flops

Thursday, October 24, 2019

If you follow me on anything, you know a ton of my content is food related. Naturally, this fall I've been trying a lot of new fun foods and I thought I would sit down and write a post documenting what I've tried and whether I thought it was a favorite or a flop. As I've mentioned multiple times before, I'm super picky, so never let my review hold you back from trying something — you might love it!


First and foremost, we need to talk about all things fall at Starbucks because you know from Instagram that some of my mega favorites are going to be from here. Of course, Starbucks has the classic Pumpkin Spice Latte and it's exactly as it always is. It probably would be getting more praise in this post BUT, Starbucks introduced the pumpkin cream cold brew this year, and I have to say it's far superior. It's one of my favorites and I recommend trying it if you like pumpkin and you don't mind coffee. {If you do mind coffee, there's always the creme based pumpkin spice frappuccino.} 

One thing I will mention about the pumpkin cream cold brew is I don't recommend getting a trenta and, yes, I did it. It was way too much for my bladder to handle and, because of the size, the ratio of pumpkin to cold brew wasn't the same as a grande. 

Last thing for Starbucks before moving on is the pumpkin scone. I highly recommend this one too! I thought it was so good.

Krispy Kreme

Krispy Kreme has been doing this weird thing where they'll sell pumpkin spice original glazed doughnuts for random, extremely short periods of time. I hate to even include this one on the list because it'll get your hopes up and there's no guarantee that they'll sell them again this season. Last year, they sold them around Thanksgiving though, so I'm including them with fingers crossed for all of us that these will live to see another day. Anyways, they're my all-time favorite doughnuts and if you haven't had them, I seriously recommend them. They're my absolute fall food favorite. I've been trying to keep y'all updated on when they announce that they're selling them so continue following my Instagram stories and/or Facebook posts for updates.

Krispy Kreme also has some monster doughnuts available right now {photo at the end of this post} and you might have seen them on my story. I don't think they're as picture perfect as they appear in promotional photos and I can't review the taste of those because y'all know I don't eat frosting!


Okay y'all, McDonald's has a pumpkin spice latte. They may or may not tell you they don't when it's clearly listed on the menu, but it's okay because this was a total flop and it's well worth paying the extra dollars at Starbucks to just get the real deal. The McDonald's PSL had a very fake taste to me because of whatever syrup they use and I think the flavors weren't mixed well. I couldn't even finish drinking it. Total flop.


This might be the only middle ground on the list because neither fall item I tried from Aldi was enjoyable for me, but I had other people try them for second opinions and several people loved them. First, I'll start with their pumpkin spice bagels. I searched forever for these because I just knew I would love them; pumpkin spice and bagels are two of my favorite things. I was wrong, however, these bagels had way too much spice in some spots and not enough pumpkin overall. But, they aren't super expensive so they'd be worth trying if they sound appealing to you. 

Next, I'll talk about their apple cider donuts. I didn't really enjoy them and, to me, it was both the consistency and the taste. Several other people tried these and all had positive reviews though. Personally, I call these a flop

ColdStone Creamery 

If you use Facebook often, you probably saw the trick or treat cone from ColdStone making the rounds on your newsfeed because it's black ice cream and looked perfectly Instagram-able in the promotional photos. Let me tell y'all something: this is a major flop

First of all, the ice cream isn't sold as advertised with all the fun candies inside. It's sold as a base black ice cream and then each candy is a separate mix-in a.k.a an additional cost. Second, my ice cream didn't turn out pretty and Instagram-able. It was a black blob. Nothing at all like the photos from Facebook. Third, the total cost was crazy expensive for one cone of ice cream. Fourth, it stained everything it touched black - hands, teeth, tongue, lips. Save your money on this one.

Let me know if you've tried any of these fall foods and what you thought about them!