We snacked and sipped on more than 30 sweet and savory treats to find the best spiced-spiked foods worth savoring this season.
Kashi Crunchy Granola Bars Pumpkin Spice Flax
The most highly rated item of the entire taste test, these whole grain bars have a natural pumpkin flavor that isn’t overpowering or too sweet. Toss them in backpacks for school or a hike, keep them in the car for emergency snacks, or crumble over yogurt for instant granola.
To buy: $7 for 6 2-bar pouches, amazon.com.
Nestlé Toll House Pumpkin Spice Refrigerated Cookie Dough
Tasters raved about these soft and chewy cookies, made with pure pumpkin puree and studded with white chocolate chips. Surprise the kids and bake them for an after-school snack or serve them as a seasonal (and easy!) party treat. Bonus: they perfume the kitchen with an irresistible pumpkin spice aroma as they bake.
To buy: $3, supermarkets nationwide.
Pumpkin & Spice Triscuits
These savory whole-grain crackers were a welcome salty break amidst the dozens of sweet snacks we tried. Top them with cheese for an effortless afternoon nosh, or dollop with ricotta and drizzle with honey for a casual crowd-pleasing appetizer.
To buy: $3.69, retailers nationwide starting Oct. 3.
Thomas’ Pumpkin Spice English Muffins
Toasted until golden and spread generously with butter, these subtly spiced muffins make for a flavorful fall-inspired breakfast. Because they’re only available in autumn, we suggest freezing a sleeve or two—they’ll be a welcomed surprise come February.
To buy: $4.50, supermarkets nationwide.
Archer Farms Pumpkin Spice Caramel Corn
This buttery caramel corn was a huge hit with sweet and salty lovers, and unlike many varieties, it doesn’t stick in your teeth. With a superior crunch and the addition of toasted pumpkin seeds, it was the clear winner in the caramel corn department. Eat it by the handful, or toss it into trail mix.
To buy: $3, target.com.
California Fruit Co. Pumpkin Spice Wine
Fermented with pumpkins and spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and ginger, this festive seasonal wine would make an excellent hostess gift. Tasters found it surprisingly refreshing, and enjoyed the hint of spice. Try it over ice with a splash of seltzer for an unexpected spritzer.
To buy: $15, amazon.com.