Taste of the Season: Pumpkin
Now that autumn has arrived, pumpkins are on our palates. It's a delicious flavor that signals the fall season is here — rich, earthy, and sweet. And guess where you can get your pumpkin fix? At The Shops at Columbus Circle, where this seasonal delicacy makes its way into all kinds of food and drink.
There's an entire section dedicated to pumpkins at Williams-Sonoma. Whatever recipe you can dream of, Williams-Sonoma has the ingredients and the tools to make it: pancake and waffle mix, spiced cookies, even parmesan pumpkin pasta sauce. We're particularly in love with the pumpkin brittle, which is absolutely addictive.
Whole Foods Market has also gone wild for pumpkin. Indulge with the new 365 Pumpkin Spice Whipped Topping, which will transform any dessert or drink into a flavor sensation. You’ll also have a hard time putting down a bag of 365 Pumpkin Spice Latte popcorn. Healthier types might prefer the Simple Mills Gluten-Free Pumpkin Muffin & Bread Almond Flour Mix, which turns out the perfect guilt-free, gluten-free muffins.
Got a sweet tooth? Stop by Sugarfina for seasonal treats like the Pumpkin Pie Caramels, which are a bite-sized version of mom’s pumpkin pie, infused with cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, and allspice. And no one can resist a box of bright orange Pun-King Pumpkin Gummies, which are sure to put a smile on your face.
When the crisp weather rolls in, Bouchon Bakery delivers, too. You can add pumpkin flavoring to any of your favorite coffee drinks for a quick, delicious, and soul-warming pick-me-up. While you're there, you might also want to snack on a pumpkin cupcake or savory-sweet seasonal macarons — perfect for dipping in the coffee.
Afterward, pumpkin coffee and cupcake in hand, stroll over to Central Park, which is just steps from The Shops at Columbus Circle. There, you can enjoy the classic orange and red hues of the changing foliage. But sorry: no pumpkin patch here.