From frightful Halloween fun in our world-famous theme parks to delicious Thanksgiving Day celebrations, there's so much to love about fall in Orlando. But even more exciting is our embrace of everything pumpkin. From wizarding pumpkin drinks to caramelized pumpkin soup to a fluffy pumpkin sponge cake filled with a whipped mascarpone, our list of 20 pumpkin treats will have you falling in love with Orlando this fall.
#1. Pumpkin Cheesecake at Cask & Larder
Orlando's "southern public house" is serving up more than their traditional fried chicken and funnel cake this Halloween. New to Cask & Larder's menu for fall is their unique spin on pumpkin cheesecake which incorporates graham crumble, caramelized pumpkin and pepita brittle.
#2. Pumpkin Soup at Hamilton's Kitchen
Caramelized pumpkin, almond foam and pumpkin seed oil topped with a sprinkle of pumpkin seeds for an added crunch... Need we say more? This soup from Hamilton's Kitchen at The Alfond Inn in Winter Park is the ultimate fall comfort food and the perfect combination of savory and sweet flavors.
#3. Pumpkin Fizz at Universal Orlando Resort
If you've been to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando, chances are you've tried Pumpkin Juice, and maybe even kept the bottle. But according to J.K. Rowling, Pumpkin Fizz is much tastier! This carbonated version of Pumpkin Juice tastes a lot like pumpkin pie soda with hints of cinnamon, nutmeg and a dash of apple cider. This fall refreshment, straight from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, is available exclusively at the Three Broomsticks restaurant in Hogsmeade.
#4. Pumpkin Spice Macaroon Ice Cream Sandwich at Epcot's France
New this year to Epcot's France pavilion is the Pumpkin Spice Macaroon Ice Cream Sandwich at L'Artisan des Glaces! The chef's fresh, housemade pumpkin spice icecream can be enjoyed as a part of this dreamy macaroon sandwich, by itself, or with a special caramel sauce inside a famous brioche bun.
#5. Pumpkin Vanilla Waffles at Tesoro Cove
Start your day off with a dose of pumpkin deliciousness at Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek's Tesoro Cove restaurant with this limited-time only breakfast special. These pumpkin vanilla waffles are topped with candied pecans and dried cranberries... Yum!
#6. Pumpkin Whoopie Pies at Blue Bird Bake Shop
The award-winning Blue Bird Bake Shop, near downtown Orlando, is serving up all sorts of Halloween treats. One of the most popular is the Pumpkin Whoopie Pie, which consists of classic pumpkin sweet cakes sandwiching a delicious, rich creamy filling. Other tasty treats include pumpkin scones, mini pumpkin pies, caramel apples, pumpkin pecan & white chocolate muffins, and pumpkin lattes & cappuccinos.
#7. Pumpkin Harvest Stack at 4 Rivers Smokehouse
There's a reason the line is always out the door at 4 Rivers Smokehouse: Not only is the barbeque out-of-this-world good, but so are the seasonal desserts! The pumpkin harvest stack consists of fluffy pumpkin sponge cake filled with a whipped mascarpone, toasted pecans and topped with whipped cream and caramel.
#8. Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cinnamon Buttercream Icing at SeaWorld Orlando
While you're making a splash at SeaWorld's Halloween Spooktacular, don't forget to stop by Cypress Bakery, where these delectable pumpkin cupcakes will be served along with seasonally flavored Starbucks coffee.
#9. Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake at deep blu seafood grille
This festive dessert is the perfect finale after a bowl of butternut squash soup and plate fresh seafood at Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort's deep blu seafood grille.
#10. Pumpkin Butter at Trader Joe's
Get your taste buds into the fall spirit with this pumpkin butter that tastes good slathered on... well, just about everything! Scoop yours up at the new Trader Joe's in Winter Park after enjoying the fall weather on Park Ave.
#11. Grateful Pumpkin Ale at Orlando Brewing
Orlando Brewing's organic pumpkin spice ale is brewed with the perfect blend of roasted, caramel and chocolate barley. Organic cinnamon, ginger, allspice, pumpkin pie spice and a touch of pumpkin makes it taste "just like your momma's pumpkin pie."
#12. Pumpkin CroisBun at Au Bon Pain
This croissant hybrid filled with sweet pumpkin filling is the definition of fall scrumptiousness. Share the pumpkin love and get two pumpkin bakery items for just $4 at Au Bon Pain.
#13. Pumpkin Spice Bubble Tea at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party
While attending Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World, sip on some Pumpkin Spice Bubble Tea at The Lunching Pad in Tomorrowland. Not in the mood for tea? Try the Wormy Apple Slush from Gaston's Tavern, complete with gummy worms.
#14. Pumpkin Seed Trail Mix at Grande Lakes Resort's Whisper Creek Farm
Munch on tasty pumpkin seed trail mix and sip warm apple cider at Whisper Creek Farm. Families can even pick and carve pumpkins from the farm's very own pumpkin patch at their annual event on Saturday, October 25 from 2-5 p.m., $30 per child 12 and under, adults free (All children must be accompanied by an adult).
#15. Pumpkin Cupcakes at the Yum Yum Cupcake Truck
Delivering Halloween delights to a neighborhood near you, Orlando's Yum Yum Cupcake Truck is serving up seasonal cupcakes like their Pumpkin Gingy and the Drunkin' Pumpkin. Mmm... Yum! Yum!
#16. Spiced Pumpkin Waffle at Disney's Magic Kingdom Park
Home of the Haunted Mansion, Liberty Square inside the Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort is in the Halloween spirit all year long. So it's no surprise that Sleepy Hollow is serving up festive treats. The warm Spiced Pumpkin Waffle comes with a generous helping of vanilla soft serve and is topped with powdered cinnamon sugar and spooky sprinkles.
#17. Pumpkin Pie Ice at Jeremiah's Italian Ice
Jeremiah's seasonal pumpkin pie ice paired with vanilla ice cream is the perfect treat for a warm (yes, warm) fall day in Orlando. It's a local favorite!
#18. Pumpkin Seed Pesto Penne Pasta at Ethos Vegan Kitchen
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Don't have much of a sweet tooth? In Winter Park, Ethos' penne pasta sautéed in a creamy pesto sauce and tossed with tomatoes, squash and zucchini and roasted pumpkin seeds is the ideal fall dish.
#19. Pumpkin Pie Martini at Bar 1521
The pumpkin pie and classic martini are joining forces to create this delicious seasonal drink. This is just one of many specialty beverages for fall offered at Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek's Bar 1521.
#20. Peter Peter Pumpkin Truffle at Farris and Foster's Chocolate Factory
Upgrade from traditional Halloween candy with a Peter Peter Pumpkin Truffle at Farris and Foster's Chocolate Factory, near downtown Orlando, made with decadent milk chocolate. Or, throw on a chef hat and create your own chocolate treats in the factory!
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