This Year’s Best Fall Treat?

Forget the new orange pumpkin pie Kit Kats and the grim-reaper-of-Skittles Mountain Dew. The humble pumpkin scone at Starbucks has my nomination for 2019’s Best Fall Treat.

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“But K.O.,” you protest, “Starbucks has been selling pumpkin scones for years! Probably longer than they’ve been slinging pumpkin-spice lattes. That’s old news.”

Friends, all I can say is that they’ve recently changed the recipe. (For real. I verified this with a barista.)


This perfect square of heavenly bread and fondant is leagues better than its former triangular iteration. While the old pumpkin scone was dry and crumbly, this new one is soft and pillowy. Whereas the previous dough had no flavor besides sweet cinnamon, the new cake brims with the taste of lively nutmeg and rich pumpkin. The old version had a hard icing shell, but the new icing is slightly chewy to the bite before it melts seamlessly in the mouth.

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So ignore those other new fads in the autumn-food world. They’re just short-lived gimmicks compared to the perennial decadence of this classic scone. But these are only available through November, so try one before they vanish.

Oh and just so you know, I received no compensation from Starbucks to write this post (ha, as if!). Quite the opposite: I’ve already given THEM almost $30 to fuel my new scone addiction.



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