Pumpkin Spice vs Apple Cider: Who Wins?


Pumpkin spice takes over from September to November each year, appearing in everything from lattes to toothpaste. It’s beloved by many who stock up on everything pumpkin while supplies last. Some proud pumpkin spice lovers have even come forward in recent years to disclose that they, in fact, drink pumpkin spice all year long.  

Pumpkin Spice Lattes have been the reigning fall beverage for over a decade, but a classic is making a comeback, hoping that its reach amongst children and adults alike will lead to an easy victory. That’s right, apple cider is ready to take back the title as the Flavor of Fall. 

Both are available as a warm latte to enjoy during the chilly morning winds or as a slice of cake following an evening meal, but the two flavors are very different. Where pumpkin spice takes center stage with its sharp, warm flavor, apple cider is supported by fans who prefer to enjoy its subtly sweet flavor. 

Using diced apples, chopped pecans, cinnamon, nutmeg, and maple syrup with oats and milk, the Apple Pie Overnight Oats exemplify why apple cider is a favorite across ages. Simple and full of warmth, the flavors are perfect for fall days spent with the family on a hayride and inching through a corn maze. 

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Meanwhile, Pumpkin Pancakes combined with tangy yogurt and topped with maple syrup create an elaborate blending of fall flavors that brings visions of plaid scarves and leaves turning bright orange and a deep red. 

For those who hate conflict, there is still an option: apple cider with pumpkin spice. Yes, someone decided that rather than choose between the two contenders, a tie was the best option. Pumpkin Spiced Apple Cider, Apple Cider and Pumpkin Pie, Spiced Apple and Pumpkin Latte, and more variations have appeared for the fall enthusiast who will never deem one fall flavor superior to the other.   

This fall, who wins to become the Flavor of Fall? 

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