This article was originally published October 10, 2016 and has been updated for the 2017 season.
Nobody does fall’s pumpkin-flavored trend more enthusiastically (read: excessively) than Trader Joe’s. They’ve got pumpkin salsa, pumpkin ravioli, pumpkin butter, pumpkin bread, pumpkin cornbread, pumpkin cinnamon rolls, pumpkin tea and so on until you puke. They even have pumpkin spice-scented toiletries like pumpkin body butter which is what you’d use to lather yourself up to squeeze into your clothes after consuming all their other pumpkin goods.
The Trader Joe’s pumpkin selection really jumped the shark when they rolled out pumpkin spiced pumpkin seeds. It’s like some kind of mind-bending pumpkin inception that causes a tear in the space-time continuum and sucks you into a world full of girls wearing leggings and Uggs.
Anyway, if you don’t want to tear a hole in the space-time continuum or if you’re just looking for local pumpkin insanity, I found dozens of Charlotte-made options for you.
I even included some savory squash items at the end so you can actually consume some vegetables on this dessert binge.
Inizio Pizza’s crema de zucca pizza
Pumpkin cream base, buffalo mozzarella, ricotta and basil — only available in October
Ninety’s pumpkin spice ice cream macarons
The summer smash hit gets a fall flavor twist
Smelly Cat Coffee’s pumpkin bread and pumpkin roll
A classic combo
Fud at Salud’s pumpkin pie wafflewich
Homemade pumpkin pie cream sandwiched between two waffles and topped with whipped cream, cinnamon and powdered sugar
Central Coffee’s pumpkin pie latte
They use real pumpkin in this seasonal favorite
Cast Iron Waffles’ pumpkin pie deluxe waffle
Liege waffle topped with pumpkin pie cream cheese, whipped cream and caramel sauce
Amelie’s pumpkin pecan praline macarons
Like Halloween candy for fancy grown ups
Sunflour’s triple layer pumpkin cheesecake
Chocolate cake, pumpkin cheesecake and chai-spiced white chocolate mousse
Clean Juice’s seasonal pumpkin toast
A healthy Halloween option with homemade pumpkin butter, apple slices and cacao nibs on toasted sprouted bread
HEX Coffee’s kabocha squash latte
Move over PSL. The KSL is here.
Suarez Bakery’s pumpkin cheesecake
Minis are available in the bakery and 8″ special orders are available with 48 hours notice
Bean Vegan Cuisine’s pumpkin chocolate chip cheesecake
No eggs, no dairy, no problem
Renaissance Patisserie’s pumpkin croissants
Croissants au beurre filled with almond-pumpkin crème and topped with roasted, candied pepitas and a dusting of powdered sugar
Inizio Pizza’s pumpkin cannoli
The perfect dessert to pair with their seasonal crema di zucca pizza
Duck Donuts’ pumpkin pie doughnut
They also have a special Halloween assortment. Just ask for the Spooky Box.
Amelie’s pumpkin cream cheese danish
Flaky danish, creamy pumpkin filling and crunchy pumpkin seeds
Not Just Coffee’s fall spice latte
Whisk + Wood’s vegan chai-spiced pumpkin muffin
They also have new pumpkin goat cheese scones
Cupcrazed’s pumpkin spice latte cupcake
Sweeter and cuter than the coffee original
Amelie’s pumpkin bisque
So you can warm up if the weather ever decides to cool down
Pizzeria Omaggio’s butternut squash pizza
This popular pie is back for its third year as a seasonal feature
Move That Dough Baking Co’s vegan pumpkin doughnuts
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Va Da Vie’s pumpkin spice gelato
Pair it with a creamy vanilla flavor for a frozen latte effect
Header photo of Amelie’s pumpkin pecan praline macarons via Instagram