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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 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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Dairy Queen Pecan Pie Blizzard Via DairyqueenCourtesy Dairy Queen

Dairy Queen Pecan Pie Blizzard

As much as we love all things pumpkin spice, nothing tastes quite as sweet as the first spoonful from Dairy Queen’s Pecan Pie Blizzard. Every bite brings together that classic, vanilla soft-serve and real bits of brown sugar pie and of course, pecans! The best treat fall has to offer is finished with whipped cream and caramel. Trust us when we say you’ll be craving this all season long. Don’t forget to check out the rest of DQ’s fall lineup.

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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 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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Dairy Queen Pumpkin Pie BlizzardCourtesy Dairy Queen

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 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!

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Del Taco Caramel Apple Shake

Sure, we all love pumpkin, but it’s nice to shake things up once in a while. Del Taco has gone to another fall favorite for this drink: caramel! This vanilla shake blends caramel with pureed Granny Smith apples to create an apple-pie-in-a-cup. There’s also a Caramel Dulce De Leche Shake on the menu.

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, Apartment Therapy, FeedFeed and more. She is always in search of the perfect macaron or working on a new marshmallow recipe.