October is the month of Halloween and pumpkin. Not only does the orange squash have its own season, but it’s also one of the main features of Halloween—an annual costume celebration on October 31st. While pumpkin is famous for its use during fall and is used for spooky celebrations, the almost round squash is also a popular ingredient for many food creations. Pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks, which I personally look forward to every year, is one of pumpkin creations. Some foods are more sought-after throughout Halloween, while others are just as popular.
One of the dishes of Halloween is pumpkin bread. Warm is the one definitive taste that will emerge from all the tastes that come with pumpkin-based foods. Needless to say, that is the taste when you take a bite of pumpkin bread. While the bread is generally as sweet as banana bread, it can be less sweet depending on how one would make it. Adding the cinnamon moistens pumpkin bread, pleasing our taste buds in every bite of the season!
If you want something sweet this spooky season, pumpkin cake is your answer. The natural sweetness that pumpkin has combines excellently with other cake ingredients. Sometimes, pumpkin spice is also added to the mix, making the overall flavor rich. The cake isn’t a typical Halloween treat, but the cream cheese will surely make it like one. Like carrot cakes, most people top this cake with cream cheese frosting. Soft and crumbly, the cake is easily a favorite of the season, even for the coldest time of the year.
Another dessert that fits the season is none other than pumpkin pie. While it’s one of the Halloween festivities, nothing signifies the fall and early winter as pumpkin pie does. For the record, the pie is also a symbol of harvest time. But back to Halloween, the sweet dessert is a attention-drawing dish for the crowd participating in the celebration. The jack-o’-lantern pumpkin pie is the most-picked decoration for the pie. The surface of the pie is where people would decorate the pie.
Pumpkin puree is arguably the most functional pumpkin creation for pumpkin-themed Halloween dishes. You can make pumpkin bread, cake, and pie with pumpkin puree. It proves that pumpkin puree can be the ingredient you need for your recipe. But this puree is also great on its own—some people freeze it. When making pumpkin-based creations using this puree, you might have a lot of pumpkin puree leftover. If that happens, you can freeze it to use it later or maybe enjoy it as ice cream. Because hey, after all, pumpkin is healthy!
If you want that extra warm feeling of a pumpkin, it’s time to make a pumpkin soup. Pumpkin soup is also a savory dish if you don’t feel like eating sweets. Typically has a thick texture, pumpkin soup is creamy, making it a comforting dish. Like pumpkin puree, you can also serve pumpkin soup if you have pumpkin leftovers. Add vegetables or meat to the soup, like paprika and bacon. The soup is the dish to celebrate the spooky season and soak in the cozy weather.
Pumpkin Spice Latte
Pumpkin spice latte gets the most significant hype for the season’s pumpkin creations. From major coffee chains to homemade creations, they all make the famous latte a menu highlight. The fame isn’t without a reason. Not only do people enjoy this drink for Halloween, but also because it’s fall in the Western Hemisphere. The sweet drink indulges your palate with more than just pumpkin. Typically, pumpkin spice latte also has cinnamon, nutmeg, whipped cream, and maybe a little ginger.
While enjoying pumpkin soup this Halloween sounds like a good time, it’s not the only savory dish to devour. Are you looking for something crunchier to chew? Then pumpkin taco it is. Interestingly, you can choose to make your pumpkin taco savory or sweet as a dessert. If it’s savory, you can add other ingredients like avocado, beans, and corn. If sweet is all you feel like having this season, you can fill your taco with brown sugar, cinnamon, cream cheese, and whipped cream.