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The Best New and Returning Fast-Food Menu Items This Fall

We all crave autumnal flavor, and these fast-food places are serving up the best new and returning treats fall has to offer.

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McDonald's Pumpkin Creme piesCourtesy @snackgator/instagram

McDonald’s Pumpkin and Creme Pie

For a limited time only, you can get your hands on McDonald’s best hand pie—the Pumpkin and Creme Pie. The outside is buttery, flaky and oh, so perfect for fall, while the inside is packed to the brim with smooth pumpkin and creme. One bite is bound to transport you to the pumpkin patch, but move quickly—rumor has it these pies will disappear sometime after Thanksgiving. (That means it’s okay to eat one every day until then…right?)

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Shake Shack’s Pumpkin ShakeCourtesy Shake Shack

Shake Shack Pumpkin Shake

What sets this Shake Shack’s Pumpkin Shake apart from that of a PSL Frappuccino—besides the coffee—is that it’s made with 100% real Libby’s pumpkin, so you’re not missing out on any autumnal flavor. Mixed in with all that pumpkin-y goodness is nutmeg, cinnamon and marshmallow and vanilla custard. Top all that off with a dollop of whipped cream and some toasted pumpkin seeds, and you have a shake that could rival anything on the Starbucks fall menu.

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Dairy Queen's Caramel Apple Pie BlizzardCourtesy Dairy Queen

Dairy Queen Caramel Apple Pie Blizzard

As much as we love all things pumpkin spice, nothing tastes quite as sweet as the first spoonful from Dairy Queen’s Caramel Apple Pie Blizzard. Every bite brings together that classic, vanilla soft-serve and real bits of apple pie—crust included! The best treat fall has to offer is finished with whipped cream and a dash of nutmeg. Trust us when we say you’ll be craving this all season long.

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starbucks pumpkin cold brewCourtesy @foodwithfornia/instagram

Starbucks Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew

Now cold brew fanatics get to enjoy a pumpkin coffee during the holidays, too. The Starbucks Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew is one of the best fast-food items we’ve seen, and it has returned for the second year in a row, much to the approval of Starbucks lovers everywhere. Each beverage is sweetened with vanilla syrup and then topped with a pumpkin cream cold foam and a dusting of pumpkin spice.

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panera butternut squash soupCourtesy @mthompson42/instagram

Panera Autumn Squash Soup

Nothing pleases your taste buds on a cold day quite like a hot soup. This vegetarian soup from Panera is a dreamy blend of butternut squash and pumpkin with hints of honey, apple juice, cinnamon and curry. It’s topped with sweet cream along with roasted and salted pumpkin seeds. And don’t worry if you don’t have a Panera nearby for delivery—you can always copycat this indulgence with our butternut squash soup recipes.

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pumpkin pie blizzard dairy queenCourtesy @ktkendall09/instagram

Dairy Queen Pumpkin Pie Blizzard

This cold treat is like your favorite pumpkin pie in Blizzard form. Each bite of Dairy Queen’s Pumpkin Pie Blizzard is packed with a combination of real pumpkin pieces, including the crust, and then topped with whipped cream and sprinkled with nutmeg. So, hurry and go get yourself a slice—oh, wait—well, you know what we mean.

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caribou coffee pumpkin white mochaCourtesy @jennakayerickson/instagram

Caribou Coffee Pumpkin White Mocha

If you’re the type of person who’s feeling like a blended treat one day, and a hot one the next, this seasonal beverage from Caribou Coffee can bend to your cravings. Creamy white chocolate meets the pumpkin-y flavor of fall and winter, to create this rich, decadent sipper. Get it hot, iced or blended from your nearest Caribou Coffee!

Mackenzie Schieck
Mackenzie Schieck is a Seattle-based writer and photographer focused on food and lifestyle editorial, as well as digital marketing. Her work has appeared on sites like Allrecipes.com, Apartment Therapy, FeedFeed and more. She is always in search of the perfect macaron or working on a new marshmallow recipe.

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