So recently we showed you a treat that looks very much like it would be loaded with all sortsa Pumpkin Spice flavor.
Ghirardelli Soda Fountain
Only it’s not. The super cute Pumpkin Cupcake you’ll find at sweet spots such as the Main Street Confectionery, Big Top Treats, and Goofy’s Candy Co. is topped with a pumpkin-shaped dollop of orange frosting, but the flavor is pure vanilla. You can click here to check it out.
Today, though, we’re going in the opposite direction with a treat that doesn’t look remotely pumpkin-esque, but is positively PACKED with loads of autumnal spices for those of you who are ready to get your PUMPKIN ON this fall.
Allow me to introduce you to… the Pumpkin Spice Caramel Shake at Ghiraradelli Ice Cream and Chocolate Shop in Disney Springs!
“Pumpkin Perfection,” indeed! You’ll also notice that Pumpkin Spice Caramel Hot Cocoa is also on the menu. However, at this point in the game in Central Florida, even though the nights really are getting pleasant, it’s not quite “curl up with a cup of cocoa” weather just yet. (As you can tell, we have to get a little creative when it comes to celebrating autumn in these parts.)
And, frankly, I had already made up my mind about the Shake, anyway. It comes to you looking like your basic vanilla shake, only with loads of scrumptious Ghirardelli Milk Chocolate Fudge coating the sides.
(Thankfully, the Cast Member brought out a spoon as well as a straw, to catch all that goodness at the end!).
On the top? That’s where the pumpkin-fest starts, with the classic Ghiradelli Square. It’s the Pumpkin Spice Caramel version. (Woot!)
You’ll spy a little bit of caramel drizzled over the whipped cream, too.
And, YES, it’s already the season when the daily free sample at Ghirardelli is quite often the Pumpkin Spice Caramel Square, so don’t forget to stop by!
Diving into the shake, I have to say that I barely picked up on much caramel at all. What I DID get, though, was a heaping helping of that pumpkin spice throughout the entire thing!
At first, thoughts of traditional pumpkin pie flooded my brain, but then I realized what I was really reminded of… all that vanilla ice cream and dollop of whipped cream coupled with the cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger flavors really made me think of the whipped topping served in combination with the pumpkin pie… which is only THE BEST PART OF PUMPKIN PIE (in my opinion, anyway)! So, it’s those terrific fall flavors of pumpkin spice and cream, but instead in a thick vanilla ice cream base.
You can keep your Pumpkin Spice Lattes… I’m all about the Pumpkin Spice Caramel Shake!
(Okay, just kidding. I’ll probably grab a couple of those Lattes, too 😉 ).