10 Underrated Fall Flavors Better Than Pumpkin Spice


10 Underrated Fall Flavors Better Than Pumpkin Spice

Whether it’s for baking, coffee, tea, jam or even candles, there’s something about the fall that makes us want to actively take in the scents of the season. Pumpkin spice has become the go-to for a lot of Starbucks orders and Yankee candle choices. But it’s easy to forget that autumn months are filled with seasonal flavors that are just as good (if not better) for filling your mind with the relaxing essence of leaves, rain and a cool breeze. Take a look at some of our top picks for fall flavors that might actually give pumpkin spice a run for its money.


Don’t just push cinnamon off for Christmas, it’s actually an amazing scent for fall. This spice has a quintessential cold weather feel to it, bringing up feelings of coziness and snuggling which are both solid fall activities. Cinnamon pairs well with apple in pies and sauces, making it a dessert-centric spice you can take a whiff of without the calories.

Apple Cider

Just like pumpkin, apple is a go-to fall fruit that’s got seasonal associations with apple picking, bobbing for apples, and giving teachers an apple on the first day of school! Apple cider gives you an extra dash of zest with its warm aroma perfect for relaxing on a comforting, moonlit night. If you’re looking to turn it up a notch, add a bit of spiced rum or bourbon to get a worthy buzz going.

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Not many people take advantage of pomegranate as a flavor in its own right, with the fruit’s seeds used often as a topping or ingredient in other foods. Time to give pomegranate a little autumn respect! It’s in season during the fall, and its seeds burst to reveal a juicy, tart taste similar to cranberries. A pomegranate candle will truly change your life just like pumpkin spice has!


Ginger is a versatile choice of fall flavors that you usually get to taste in between sushi bites, in ginger ale and in ginger snap cookies–truly an icon! It’s perfect for fall because of its zesty essence, and even has health benefits including settling an unruly stomach. Save gingerbread for holidays, but get started early with ginger tea and you’ll never look back.


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The cute baby cousin of oranges, tangerines have their own distinct smell and taste that’s worth talking about. It may not have as deep a richness as pumpkin spice, but the light and airy aroma of tangerine will brighten up any room, or even your skin in a perfume! People tend to associate citrus with summer, but tangerines are in season for autumn leaving them to be a great addition to your list of favorite fall scents.

Salted Caramel

Maybe you enjoy salted caramel all year long, but it does have the perfect profile to become one of your favorite fall flavors! The mix of salty and sweet is an indulgent experience in food, and it can also fill your space with deliciousness. And don’t get us started on a salted caramel latte! No matter how you take in the scent, salted caramel is not to be forgotten as a yummy fall option.

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One of the most underrated fruits and fruit aromas, pear is a delicious choice for an underrated aroma. It’s in season smack dab in the middle of autumn, and produces a light and sweet smell with a dash of tartness. It mixes well with both spices and citrus notes, making it a super versatile fruit. If you thought you liked apple cider, give pear cider a try and you’ll be hooked!

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There’s nothing better than maple syrup on a stack of pancakes, given its sweet and satisfying flavor that’ll make you drool. Maple has a natural sweetness which often makes it a healthier choice than artificial sweeteners. But even when you aren’t eating it, the smell alone can make you feel like a warm hug on a cloudy day. Pumpkin spice may always be in your top slot, but maple is a solid choice for sweetening up your life during autumn.


You may get to taste cranberry throughout the year (vodka-cran anyone?) but most people can agree that it tastes best surrounded by falling leaves and breezy afternoons. It’s packed with antioxidants and positive health effects, so why not take advantage and add it to your tea, smoothie or pie? Pure cranberry juice is extremely tart, but even it out with milk based-foods to create an unforgettable mix.

Vanilla Bean

Somehow vanilla has made it to be the most-consumed ice cream flavor of them all, but vanilla bean does need a little respect on its name. The enhanced taste creates a world of difference in your coffee or candle with a slightly smoky scent added to the profile. Warm yourself up with a vanilla bean latte for the perfect autumn experience right in your home.

What fall flavors do you like to take in during autumn? Leave us a comment below and let us know what you like to smell and taste every September to November!

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