Flavors of fall and winter in food

The flavors of fall and winter often include apples, hot chocolate, peppermint, maple, nuts and gingerbread and let’s not forget pumpkin. Many popular restaurants cash in on our love of these sweet and savory tastes by adapting their menus to include some seasonal treats.

McDonald’s has offerings from the McCafe and the popular Egg Nog Shakes and there is the pumpkin and salted caramel lineup at Dunkin Donuts, as well as the the infamous Pumpkin Spice Latte at Starbucks, but there are more exciting seasonal treat options out there if you know where to look.

Most of these items are available only through the New Year, but some may be found year round.

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Michelle Tompkins

Michelle Tompkins is an award-winning media, PR and crisis communications professional with more than ten years experience with coverage in virtually every traditional and new media outlet. She is currently a communications and media strategist and writer, as well as the author of College Prowler: Guidebook for Columbia University. She served as the Media Relations Manager for the Girl Scouts of the USA where she managed all media and talking points, created social media strategy, trained executives and donors and served as the organization’s primary spokesperson, participating in daily interviews with local, regional, and national media outlets. She managed the media for the Let Me Know internet safety and Cyberbullying prevention campaign with Microsoft, as well as Girl Scouts’ centennial Year of the Girl To Get Her There celebration in 2012, which yielded more than 800 million earned media impressions. In addition to her extensive media experience, Michelle worked as a talent agent in Los Angeles, California, as well contracting as a digital content developer and her writing has appeared in newspapers and online. She is passionate about television, theater, classic movies, all things food and in-home entertaining. While she has lived and worked in NYC for more than a decade, she is from suburban Sacramento and gets back there often to watch the San Francisco Giants on TV with her family.