With the new school year upon us, the unfortunate end of summer has also arrived. However, when the leaves turn to fall, it means new menus all around. As we dive into the beginning of autumn, there are several foods and drinks perfect for this season, all found at chains in close proximity to Emory’s Atlanta campus. A review of seasonal foods and drinks will hopefully help you find your go-to dessert.  

Pumpkin bread at Kaldi’s Coffee

My personal favorite and go-to dessert is Kaldi’s pumpkin bread. With its soft texture and moistness, the pumpkin bread tastes heavenly. Kaldi’s pumpkin bread, sold for under $4, consists of a perfect mix between cinnamon spice and pumpkin, making it perfect for the fall season. The pumpkin bread is also addicting in taste and rich in flavor, so be sure to absorb every bit because after one bite, it’s gone.  

Dunkin’ Donuts Pumpkin Donut. (Esther Kim)

Pumpkin donut at Dunkin’ Donuts

Dunkin’ Donuts’ Pumpkin Donut is a one-of-a-kind, moist and chunky treat. Topped with a hint of glaze, this donut evokes a perfect variety of spice flavors. It brings out both a pumpkin and cinnamon goodness, proving to be the best snack you can munch on. Paired with Dunkin’ Donuts’ Signature Pumpkin Spice Latte, this donut is a great fit for fall, especially at its price of $1.45.

Vegetarian autumn squash soup at Panera Bread

The sweet and yummy, vegetarian autumn squash soup at Panera Bread took me by a pleasant surprise. With a smooth consistency, this soup turned out to be great when paired with a french baguette. Appetizing and simmering hot, the vegetarian autumn squash soup can serve as a perfect breakfast meal. Light and creamy, this soup sold at Panera Bread for $6.39 is definitely a must-try for vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike.

Iced Masala Chai Latte at Kaldi’s Coffee

Kaldi’s Coffee Iced Masala Chai Latte. (Esther Kim)

The Iced Masala Chai Latte sold at Kaldi’s Coffee for $5.25 is another personal favorite of mine. With a rich balance of sweet and spicy, this chai latte is incredibly flavorful, and its mixture of spices proves to be a match-made-in-heaven combination. Consisting of a strong cinnamon scent, the Masala chai latte, hot or iced, is great for a quick tea break and is a satisfying reminder of the start of fall.

As we come closer to the beginning of fall, now is the perfect time to explore these autumn-inspired foods and drinks. If you’ve ever wondered which foods to dive into near campus, hopefully this list adds to your must-try food list.