We Can Almost Smell the Cinnamon in the Air
Something about the cool breeze and frosty mornings just triggers an insatiable craving for apple goodies, Halloween candy and pumpkin-flavored… well… everything. Here in NEPA, our fall food traditions are worth the craze. Iconic treats like cider donuts and pumpkin ice cream go hand-in-hand with memories of apple picking, hayrides and nights around the bonfire.
Bundle up in your coziest sweater and enjoy the flavors of fall at these local shops. But beware: this post will definitely make you hungry.
Every Season Is Ice Cream Season Around Here
Summer’s gone, but ice cream is here to stay.
Even on these chilly autumn nights, NEPA will never give up scoops from our local creameries. Our ice cream parlors have already rolled out their seasonal flavors, like cinnamon, apple pie and pumpkin. Each thick, creamy spoonful has the perfect blend of autumn spice.
And the frozen treats go beyond classic ice cream cones. We’re talking warm apple dumplings a la mode and—dare we even say it—apple cider donut sundaes (you’ll find ‘em at Blue Ribbon). But you better get them fast, because these flavors are usually available for just a few months out of the year.
Pumpkin Ice Cream & Seasonal Sundaes:
Blue Ribbon Farm Dairy
West Pittston, PA
Jitty Joe's Ice Cream
Manning Farm Dairy
Chill Out Ice Cream Parlor
Picc's Ice Cream
Old Forge, PA
Ballyhoo Ice Cream and Candy
West Pittston, PA
Giff’s Ice Cream Shoppe – Blakely
Jessee’s Place Ice Cream
The Lands at Hillside Farms
Josie's Frozen Custard & Italian Ice
Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream
It’s So, So Worth the Sticky Fingers
NEPA’s apple cider donuts are warm, sugary and oh-so delish.
When fall rolls around, our local orchards are hard at work picking apples, pressing cider and baking their famous apple cider donuts. They’re fried to golden perfection, rolled in crispy cinnamon sugar and bursting with fresh apple flavor. Drive out to NEPA’s apple country and pick up a dozen. Or two. For real. It’s easy to go through, like, six of these things in one sitting.
Apple Cider Donuts:
Let the Pumpkin Spice Mania Begin
Warm up at your neighborhood coffee shop.
Love it or hate it, pumpkin spice season is upon us in full force. NEPA’s local coffee shops are brewing PSLs that are sooo beyond “basic.” Handcrafted drinks, locally roasted beans and a warm blend of spices make these drinks cozier than a flannel on a crisp fall day. And don’t forget about other seasonal drinks like toasty chai, steaming apple ciders and rich hot cocoa.
Fall Lattes & More:
Pour Coffee House
Jim Thorpe, PA
Northern Light Espresso Bar & Café
Black & Brass Coffee Roasting Co.
Abide Coffee House
Kay’s Daily Grind
Covington Twp., PA
Pressed Coffee & Books
Fog and Flame
Halloween Candy Isn’t Just for the Kids
Treat yourself to some festive fall chocolates.
Don’t go raiding the kids’ plastic pumpkin buckets just yet. NEPA’s candy shops are whipping up decadent chocolates and Halloween treats that will satisfy your sweet tooth. Pick up some pumpkin fudge, gourmet candy apples, chocolate-dipped treats and fall-themed candies.
Fall Chocolates & Candy:
Nibbles & Bits
Michael Mootz Candies & Creamery
Hanover Twp., PA
Callie's Candy Kitchen
Dunmore Candy Kitchen
Chocolates by Leopold
Old Forge, PA
Jenny’s Sweets and More
Alle's Chocolate Shoppe
Forty Fort, PA
Candy and Gift Cottage of Milford
Originally published on September 28, 2020