While you can buy canned pumpkin year-round, it never tastes as good as it does on a crisp fall day. The Philadelphia area is embracing the season with plenty of pumpkin treats. From pumpkin ice cream and milkshakes to cakes, cookies, doughnuts and more, there’s something for everyone who loves this favorite fall flavor.
2491 Grant Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19114
Nifty Fifty’s is a family favorite in Northeast Philly. The friendly servers, fun décor and fresh, kid-approved food makes it hard to beat. While the hand-breaded chicken nuggets, homemade burgers and fresh-cut fries are standout menu items, it’s hard to visit this 50s-style diner without ordering one of its famous milkshakes. Served in large stainless steel cups straight from the old-fashioned machine, these thick shakes come in flavors that will have everyone saving room for dessert. Most flavors are available year-round, but Nifty Fifty’s always brings out a few just for the fall season. Try the standard pumpkin with just a hint of cinnamon or the pumpkin cheesecake for an autumnal version of the favorite silky cheesecake. And for something really unique, try the pumpkin pie concoction — this milkshake rendition of the classic fall dessert is made from vanilla ice cream, pumpkin, graham crackers and cinnamon.
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700 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
In this 70s-style Stephen Starr restaurant, guests enjoy comfort food that’s even better than Mom could make. Just in time for Thanksgiving, Jones will offer a “Month of Pumpkin” in November. The selection will include tasty treats such as pumpkin whoopie pies filled with cream cheese frosting, pumpkin pound cake with brown sugar frosting and sugared walnuts, cinnamon ice cream over pumpkin bread pudding, pumpkin bundt cake with sautéed apples and more. Come in just for dessert, or pick one of these amazing homemade sweets to end a comforting meal of meatloaf or chicken pot pie. You can also make it a full holiday experience by ordering the “Thanksgiving Dinner” off the menu, complete with roasted turkey, mashed potatoes and stuffing.
Uncle Dave’s Homemade Ice Cream
Shady Brook Farm
931 Stony Hill Road
Yardley, PA 19067
As one of the last working farms in Bucks County, family-owned Shady Brook Farm recently celebrated 100 years of business. While its ice cream division, Uncle Dave’s Homemade Ice Cream, has only been around since 2007, it’s already a favorite in the area. Each flavor is hand dipped the old fashioned way and made with the highest grade milk and other premium ingredients. Flavors rotate seasonally, and the pumpkin ice cream is famous in the fall. Enjoy it in a cup or cone, or try the pumpkin ice cream sandwich with pumpkin ice cream between two rich chocolate cookies. This year, Uncle Dave’s will also be introducing brand new pumpkin products. Visit Shady Brook Farm or keep an eye out for the Uncle Dave’s street vending truck at a local fall event.
Town Crier Bakery at Peddler’s Village
29 Peddler’s Lane
Lahaska, PA 18931
Bucks County’s Peddler’s Village is just a scenic drive from Philadelphia. Among the 70 specialty shops in The Village, Town Crier Bakery is a family must. This old-fashioned bakery is known for its delicious cakes, pastries, cupcakes and cookies. While some items are available year-round, the bakery always has a few seasonal options in addition to the traditional favorites. Just a few of the fall specialties include chocolate chunk pumpkin scones, doughnuts filled with pumpkin, pumpkin cheesecake, pumpkin cannoli, pumpkin bread pudding and pumpkin cupcakes with a cream cheese vanilla frosting.
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1713 South St.
Philadelphia, PA 19146
The newly renovated dining room at the aptly-named Pumpkin makes this intimate farm-to-table BYOB better than ever. While the charming rustic décor is beautiful, it’s the fresh seasonal dishes that keep guests coming back. Pumpkin uses local ingredients as much as possible, and the menu is constantly changing to reflect the seasonal items that are available. As one would expect, pumpkin will appear on the menu this fall. The pumpkin bread, with hints of cloves and cinnamon, is perfect for the season and is served with cranberry and a duo of pumpkin sorbet and coffee ice cream.
Scoop DeVille Ice Cream Parlour
1315 Walnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Scoop DeVille recently moved into a brand new spot in Midtown Village. While this Philly favorite has changed hands, it’s still dishing out some of the most unique soft serve concoctions around. Ingredients are blended with ice cream of frozen yogurt to create your customized frozen mix. Choose from 12 different ice cream flavors, three fat-free frozen yogurt flavors and mix-ins ranging from strawberries to bacon bits. While you can embrace the endless options and go crazy, there are also a number of tried-and-true suggestions that make your decision easier. In the fall, the pumpkin pie blend is a popular pick. Vanilla ice cream or yogurt mixed with pumpkin mash, graham crackers, nutmeg and cinnamon really brings these favorite fall flavors out.
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Michelle Hein is a copy editor for a women’s fashion company in Bucks County by day and a self-proclaimed food and drink fanatic by night and weekend. She enjoys attending wine classes, trying new recipes in the kitchen and going to old favorites and new restaurants alike in the Bucks County and Philadelphia area. If the writing gig doesn’t pan out, she constantly dreams of owning her own bakery…perhaps connected to the restaurant/bar that her lawyer boyfriend would love to open.