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Seasonal Foods

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It’s that time of year again! Fall and winter seasonal foods are slowly making their way back onto their respective franchise menus.

One of the coffee shops that largely takes place in this practice of having some products during only a part of the year is Starbucks with their pumpkin spice Latte. This sweet drink is made from pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove topped with whipped cream and pumpkin pie spice. The pumpkin spice latte has brought in about 500 million dollars since its release this year, and it is expected to make another 100 million this fall alone. These limited time drinks have even sparked a twitter page with 120,000 followers and The Orange Sleeve Society fan club.

IHOP’s fan favorite, the red velvet pancakes. They are now in IHOP restaurants due to popular demand and are available stand alone or with combos. Alone they come with powdered sugar, cream cheese icing, and whip cream topping. Along with this widely known item on the menu, there are pumpkin spice pancakes with real pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg.

As pumpkin spice is slowly taken off the menu for this year, peppermint takes over, in Chick-fil-a and Starbucks locations and Bluebell ice cream. Chick-fil-a’s peppermint Chocolate Chip Milkshake will started making its rounds for the winter season on November 10 this year. It is created with vanilla ice cream, peppermint syrup, and dark chocolate pieces mixed in. Starbucks has two major peppermint drinks, the peppermint Mocha and the Peppermint Hot Chocolate. The mocha made with steamed milk, mocha sauce, and peppermint syrup with whipped cream and dark chocolate shavings, the hot chocolate made like a normal hot chocolate but with peppermint syrup and chocolate shavings added. Blue Bell is slowly releasing their peppermint ice cream, which consists of peppermint flavored ice cream and small peppermint candies mixed in. This flavor will only be in select locations after the listeria outbreak earlier this year. Louisiana and Missouri have not gotten Blue Bell back yet and most of Texas and parts of Alabama is going to be receiving the ice cream on December 14. The peppermint ice cream should be in stores where Blue Bell has already been distributed soon and should last through January when this seasonal treat leaves shelves until next year.

These seasonal foods are only there for a limited time before the spring ones take to the menus. Try these before they’re gone!

 

 

http://www.starbucks.com/menu/drinks/espresso/pumpkin-spice-latte

http://www.starbucks.com/menu/drinks/espresso/peppermint-mocha

http://www.chick-fil-a.com/Story/Detail/1853

http://www.forbes.com/sites/clareoconnor/2015/11/10/the-pumpkin-spice-economy-how-starbucks-lattes-fueled-a-500-million-craze/#5022745d6bcc

http://www.brandeating.com/2012/05/review-ihop-red-velvet-pancakes.html

http://www.ihop.com/Menus/Main-Menu/Pancakes/Red-Velvet-Pancakes

http://www.ihop.com/Menus/Main-Menu/Whats-New

http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/Blue-Bell-announces-return-of-Peppermint-Ice-6689096.php

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