Pumpkin spice soda
OK, we missed National Pumpkin Spice Day (Oct. 1), a relatively recent addition to fall holidays, but we’re in time for National Pumpkin Day on Oct. 26. If you eagerly anticipate the arrival of pumpkin spice everything each year, we’ve got one more variation that you need to try: pumpkin spice soda from Philadelphia-based Hank’s Gourmet Beverages. Newly available in the Atlanta area (along with its seasonal sidekick, caramel apple cream soda), this is no shy beverage. If you think pumpkin spice is as much about the spice as it is the pumpkin, this is the soda for you. It’s a clear pumpkin orange, with the flavors of cinnamon and nutmeg at the forefront. The pumpkin spice is a nice complement to Hank’s range of old-fashioned flavors, such as birch beer, vanilla cream and a rich, rich root beer.
$5.99-$6.99 per pack of four 12-ounce bottles. Pumpkin spice is available at Rocket Fizz in Woodstock and Cracker Barrel, and at hanksbeverages.net.
Advent begins Nov. 28 this year, and there will be plenty of chocolate-filled Advent calendars offering sweet treats for each day of the season. However, we will be enjoying an Advent calendar filled with adorable little jars of Bonne Maman fruit spreads and honey. Imagine popping open a numbered door and finding a tiny jar of apricot and mango spread, or sweet orange and passion fruit. There’s a different spread or honey behind each of the 24 doors, and each jar contains just enough for that day’s morning toast or bagel. The jars themselves, with their classic gingham tops, are keepsakes, treasured as much for their charm as for the spread inside. Empty and cleaned, those jars will make cute homes for a pair of earrings, a tiny sewing kit or a few whole nutmegs.
$34.99 per 24-jar calendar. Available at bonnemaman.us.
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