Where to Find the Best Seasonal Treats in New York City

Get in as much fall goodness as you can before winter arrives

Taste the best of both worlds with the pumpkin pie cake at Milk Bar.

We all know how glorious fall is, but there is more to this crisp season than just pretty leaves and pumpkin spice lattes (which we, too, love). Ingredients like cinnamon, sweet potato, butterscotch, and more are making their rounds in the best desserts around the city. Here is a roundup of the best seasonal flavors from some of the most popular sweet treat shops in New York City!

Kellogg’s NYC

Cereal-lovers get ready for Kellogg’s NYC’s newest menu additions. Chef Christina Tosi and the Kellogg’s NYC team have unveiled heart-warming flavors that include cinnamon apple with Kellogg's Cracklin’ Oat Bran, ground cinnamon, and fresh apple; harvest swoon with Kellogg's Frosted Mini-Wheats, fresh pear, ground cinnamon, and ground ginger; malted nutty banana with Kellogg's Krave Chocolate, malted milk powder, toasted hazelnuts, and fresh banana; banana nut with Kellogg's Special K Original, almond butter, and fresh banana; and; s’mores with Kellogg's Frosted Flakes, dark chocolate chips, mini marshmallows, and graham crackers. Though not exactly a seasonal item, the new birthday cake bowl tastes like a literal celebration in your mouth. Think: Kellogg's Frosted Flakes, yellow cake mix, vanilla syrup, and rainbow sprinkles. It’s guaranteed to make your day.



The flavor possibilities are endless with cookies as long as you have the perfect buttery, salty-sweet base to work with. This is exactly what the always-innovating Schmackary’s offers. It recently launched its creative new flavors with a tasty variety of fall-inspired cookies. Favorites include Candied Yam made with corn flour, sweet potato, toasted pecans, brown sugar, cinnamon, and toasted marshmallow; Cranberry Dream made with oats, dried cranberries, white chocolate chunks, cinnamon, and lemon glaze; and Pick of the Patch made with fresh pumpkin, toffee bits, butterscotch, and caramel. Grab a carton of milk or hot coffee, and you’re good to go!


Cookie DŌ NYC

Fulfill your sugar cravings by diving into a cup of 100-percent safe-to-eat raw cookie dough. Cookie DŌ NYC’s new flavors include pumpkin spice latte; cake batter with sprinkles, chocolate chips, and white chocolate chips; and coffee toffee with signature DŌ plus espresso and chocolate-covered toffee. Mix it into ice cream, bake it, or indulge by the spoonful — the choice is yours.


Milk Bar

A popular stop for out-of-this-world desserts is Milk Bar, another sweet shop from chef Christina Tosi. Milk Bar is constantly innovating and creating unparalleled flavors. Recently added seasonal menu choices include the sweet potato pie shake: sweet potato pie soft-serve blended into a milkshake, topped with graham cracker crust and charred marshmallows.

For those with an extra strong sweet tooth, get yourself a slice of Milk Bar’s pumpkin pie cake — a spiced pumpkin cake layered with graham cracker cheesecake and rich pumpkin ganache, topped with candied pumpkin seeds and pie crumbs. Want just a bite (or three?), then treat yourself to the pumpkin pie cake truffles — spiced pumpkin cake mixed with pumpkin milk, coated with white chocolate, and rolled in spiced pie and graham cracker crumbs.

And since it’s too good not to include, while you’re at Milk Bar, get the savory Thanksgiving croissant, a stuffing-flavored bread filled with in-house roasted turkey, homemade gravy, and cranberry sauce.

For beautifully packaged chocolate bars that pack a whole lot of holiday spirit, find yourself some of Compartes’ newest holiday flavors. Fall-inspired choices include s’mores, sticky toffee, gingerbread, and cinnamon toast.


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