Who doesn’t love fall? The leaves are changing color, there’s a crisp breeze in the air, and all of our favorite fall snacks are BACK!
These days, when you walk into the grocery store a wave of orange labels smack you in the face, emphasizing that all of your favorite cereal, candy, and toothpaste is now ‘pumpkin spice flavored.’ Now, I love pumpkin-flavored products as much as the next basic white girl, however, fall snacks go so much farther than pumpkin infused gum.
Here are our top 10 fall snacks to get you through sweater weather:
1. Caramel Popcorn
Popcorn is already amazing but, drizzled (doused) in caramel? So. Much. Yum. Next time you’re watching a movie and you’re looking for something to munch on, reconsider your go-to’s and make this tasty treat! All you need is popcorn and caramel. Easy peasy and SO addictive.
2. Fresh Apples
There’s nothing quite like a fresh apple straight from the tree. Did you know there is an apple orchard on the BYU-Idaho campus? Go snag ‘em while you can! It’s called the BYU-Idaho Apple Orchard Museum.
Fresh apples are incredibly versatile. You can eat them with peanut butter, chocolate, or cinnamon sugar. Go the extra mile and make applesauce or apple crisp. There are so many different directions you can go, but they’ll each take you to the same destination: fruity bliss.
Some people might say pie is not a dessert, but those people are wrong. You don’t need that kind of negativity in your life. But, you know what you do need? More pie.
Pie rocks because there are so many options to choose from. Are you feeling sweet or savory? Is chocolate calling your name, or is pumpkin vying for your attention? It’ll probably be the hardest decision of your day but the payoff makes it totally worth it.
4. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
A pumpkin twist on America’s favorite cookie! If you’ve never had a pumpkin chocolate chip cookie, what are you even doing with your life? Adding pumpkin to cookies essentially makes them healthy, right? I like to think so.
You can make these bad boys with only 3 ingredients! I’m not even kidding. Pick up a box of spice cake mix, pumpkin puree, and semi-sweet chocolate chips. Boom! The perfect fall cookie.
5. Hot chocolate
Hot chocolate is the nectar of the autumn gods. Seriously though, who first thought to make chocolate work as a liquid? I’d like to go back in time and give them a hug. As the weather in Rexburg gets colder, dust off your kettle and mugs because it’s officially hot chocolate season again!
Hot chocolate is the perfect base for a variety of flavors. Try adding peppermint extract or cinnamon for an extra kick! And of course, a cup of hot chocolate isn’t complete without a dose of whipped cream and chocolate shavings if you’re fancy like that. Mmm!
S’mores are bomb any time of year, but they’re particularly delish in the fall. Something about a nice, warm fire when the weather is just beginning to get cold sounds so good. Adding chocolatey, gooey, graham cracker goodness only makes it better. Get a group of friends together, gather ‘round the fire, tell spooky stories, and roast marshmallows. This combination is basically the key to a happy time and a happy tummy.
7. Caramel Apples
Please give us all the caramel! Caramel apples deserve their own category because they’re so freakin’ delicious.
The toppings are where it’s at. Yes, you can keep it simple with straight up caramel but why do that when you can add sprinkles, nuts, fudge, cereal, marshmallows, or chocolate chips? I’m drooling just thinking about it. Have you ever made your own? Throw a fall party with a caramel apple bar. Food and friends? I think yes.
8. Pumpkin Spice Granola
Granola is a vastly underrated snack. Oats, nuts, fruit; you’ve got all the ingredients for a bowl of healthy, yummy goodness!
Pumpkin spice granola is particularly scrumptious. Whether pre-packaged or homemade, pumpkin granola cannot go wrong! Try this crunchy snack on its own, as a topping on yogurt, or with milk. It fills you up, satisfies your taste buds, and is good for you. Win, win, win.
9. Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
Not only are pumpkin seeds wicked healthy, they’re good for you too! When you pick up a pumpkin for carving, make sure to save the seeds. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Wash the pumpkin gook off, boil them for 10 minutes, then toss them with olive oil and salt. If you want to get fancy, add spices like cinnamon sugar, red pepper flakes, or garlic salt! Spread the seeds out on a cookie sheet and bake for 25 minutes. Easy and delicious!
10. Candy Corn
Candy corn is a must during the fall season. There’s a heavy debate whether candy corn is good or not, but let’s face it, candy corn is pure sugar. Who doesn’t love sugar? If you’re feeling festive grab a bag of this seasonal candy. Put a bowl out to share or just hoard the bag for yourself. Hey, you’re an adult! If you want to binge on candy corn, do it! Oh, but get the bag with the tiny pumpkins. They are the best part. Hands down!