It may not feel like it, but fall has officially arrived in Los Angeles. Here in the land of perpetual summer, the simple luxury of layering is almost non-existent, but that doesn’t stop us from celebrating the subtle change of seasons the only way we know how—with pumpkin everything. Before you go rushing off to Starbucks to quench your PSL addiction, consider your other options. We’ve tasted and compiled some of the best treats in town for your seasonal pumpkin fix—and no, we’re still not sick of pumpkin.
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8 pumpkin desserts to celebrate the season
Special to the season, Blockhead’s pumpkin spice snow cream—a sort of shaved ice made with condensed milk—is a delicious alternative to your standard pumpkin ice cream. You can get creative with a range of unique toppings, including their new homemade pumpkin cornbread. $3.75
Those foil-wrapped, artificially-flavored Pop Tarts from your childhood may have a special place in your heart, but it’s time to grow up. Never fear—Nickel Diner’s homemade pumpkin pop tart is a flaky pie crust filled with rich, spiced pumpkin puree and topped with a drizzle of chocolate sauce, allowing you to indulge both your sweet tooth and your inner child. $4
These dainty little cloud cakes are almost too pretty to eat. Of course, that didn’t stop us from chomping our way through the outer layer of meringue to discover the sumptuous pumpkin ginger cream filling inside. A stylish storefront and posh packaging also make this feel like the classiest sugar rush you’ve ever had. $6
The Oinkster packs this shake with not only Fosselman’s pumpkin ice cream, but actual pumpkin pie filling and crust. The result is a creamy, hearty frozen delight that could easily replace your entire Thanksgiving meal. Whipped cream? Oh, why not. $6.50
The only thing better than Sushi Roku’s pumpkin mousse—a light blend of pumpkin, mascarpone and spice topped with cinnamon shortbread and sautéed pumpkin—is the fact that it’s served in a tiny pumpkin. Poached in cinnamon and sugar, this dessert receptacle is both edible and adorable. $12
Homemade pumpkin spice ice cream and chocolate chips sandwiched by a crisp, chewy chocolate macaron—what’s not to love? If macarons aren’t your thing, you can also make your own creation with a cookie option of your choice. Psst—the spiced molasses cookies work wonders with the pumpkin. $5
Warm, dense and comforting, Crème Caramel’s seasonal bread pudding ($5.85) marries subtle pumpkin and spice with just the right amount of white chocolate and is finished with a discerning drizzle of caramel. Combined with a Kabocha pumpkin spiced latte ($5.85), made with the real deal, it’s perfect for the cold autumn days we wish we were having.
P.S. It would be sacrilege not to mention Crème Caramel’s pumpkin streusel ($5.35), a rich spiced custard topped with a brown butter crumble that will make you question your allegiance to pumpkin pie.
The beauty of Donut Friend’s seasonal pumpkin donut is that you can customize it to your pumpkin-loving heart’s content. It starts with a pumpkin spice cake donut with pumpkin spice glaze, to which you can add fillings like local artisan Laura Ann’s maple pumpkin butter, cream cheese, nuts and graham cracker crumbs. Or, if you want to go really wild, make it a donut sundae by adding ice cream. The possibilities are endless. Starts at $2.50, cost varies with toppings