The return of pumpkin spice is more pervasive this fall than ever before, with the cinnamon-laced blend finding its way into everything from wheels of cheese to trash bags. In the first two weeks of September, more than 1,000 “pumpkin” items were added to restaurant menus nationwide, according to SpotOn, a point-of-sale systems company.
But it’s not just pumpkin spiced things; any food with an autumnal spin seems more in-demand than it has been for the past few years. So, uh, why? Well, beyond the get-it-before-it’s-too-late anxiety that a limited-edition treat induces, as economic uncertainty grips the country, those cozy, nostalgia-inducing flavors provide a sense of comfort in the familiar. So, if you could use something apple, cinnamon and/or pumpkin-infused to shake off the Sunday scaries—or simply get you psyched for pumpkin-picking season, look no further: Here are the best fall foods hitting major chains across the country.