CHICAGO -- The fall season ushers in familiar favorites on menus. Pumpkin flavors are no surprise, although other seasonal flavor profiles are emerging too; both retailers and restaurants are emphasizing apple, maple, pecan, molasses and cranberry accents for entrees, desserts and beverages.
Here's a look at how 10 convenience stores are promoting fall flavors, featuring standout offerings from the coffee bar to baked goods and sandwiches ...
GetGo's Biergarten Brat
... and the retailer also debuted an Oktoberfest-themed Biergarten Brat, served with caramelized onions on a pretzel bun, priced at $3.49.
GetGo's limited-time offerings (LTOs) mirror the menu activity at numerous restaurant chains, such as Red Robin, which rolls out a yearly Oktoberfest menu featuring fall-themed beers, burgers and appetizers.
6. Rutter's fall offerings
Rutter's Farm Stores, York, Pa., has introduced a lineup of seasonal offerings for fall. At the coffee bar, customers can create their own fall-themed hot or cold coffee drinks with pumpkin flavoring and toasted marshmallow syrup. Other seasonal items include pumpkin beer, a Glazed Pumpkin Cake Donut and fresh-baked molasses cookies. Molasses was recently noted as a newly emerging fall flavor trend, according to Technomic's MenuMonitor, powered by Ignite.
9. Speedway's Maple Griddle Cake
Enon, Ohio-based Speedway introduced a Maple Griddle Cake several months ago, and maple-flavored breakfast sandwiches, such as McDonald's McGriddle breakfast sandwich, appear on restaurant menus year-round.
But maple is increasingly being marketed as a seasonal draw on restaurant menus, and is often paired with other flavor profiles to create a sweet-and-savory offering. Full-service restaurant chain Cracker Barrel recently rolled out a Maple Pecan Fried Chicken Entree, Dunkin' Donuts debuted several maple-flavored coffees and lattes for fall, and Starbucks' Maple Pecan Latte is a new fall beverage option.
10. Ricker's apple treats and drinks
Indiana-based Ricker's is promoting locally sourced apple doughnuts and doughnut holes from Bowman Bakery, as well as apple-flavored wine from local purveyor Oliver Winery.
Apple flavors are up on fall menus 13.5% year over year, according to Technomic's MenuMonitor, while there's been a 19% increase in apple in adult beverages since 2015.