Sporked’s Guide to the Best Fall Foods

Other sites might tell you the best fall foods are found in orchards or your local farmer’s market. And they’re not wrong. But that’s not really our thing. We’re all about the foods you can buy ready-to-eat or drink from the grocery store. So, go pick your honeycrisp apples and dice up your farm-fresh acorn squash. But also get the best autumn food and drinks from the grocery store. Here’s our guide: 

Best Butternut Squash Soup

butternut squash soup

Soup is one of the best autumn foods. And butternut squash soup is the best fall soup there is—especially when all you have to do is pour it in a bowl and push start on the microwave. 

Best Apple Butter

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You don’t have to pick 10lbs of apples to get some apple butter in your breakfast rotation. You can just buy the good stuff at the grocery store. (And if you’re wondering, “What is apple butter?” we can help you out there, too.)

Best Canned Pumpkin

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When you think “autumn food” you think “pumpkin pie.” And there’s really no other way to make pumpkin pie than the canned stuff. Lucky for you, we tasted and ranked all the best canned pumpkin. 

Best Pumpkin Beer

Best Pumpkin Beer
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You’re probably only going to buy one or two six-packs of pumpkin beer this year, so make sure it’s only the best pumpkin beer out there for your personal tastes.

Best Applesauce

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Applesauce is a year-round staple, but it’s also a top ten autumn food. We recently updated our applesauce ranking, so check it out and skip the smooshing. 

Best Pumpkin Spice Creamer

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For many, the list of the best fall drinks begins and ends with pumpkin spice lattes. Make your own easy version at home with a splash or two of pumpkin spice creamer. 

Best Pumpkin Spice Coffee

best pumpkin spice coffee
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And if you really want to make the best a.m. autumn drinks, you’ll need to start with the best pumpkin spice coffee. 

Best Cream of Mushroom Soup

best cream of mushroom soup
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Cream of mushroom soup is good for more than just Thanksgiving green bean casserole (though it’s great for that, too, of course). Channel the earthiness of a fall walk through the forest with the best cans of mushroom soup. 

Best Sparkling Apple Cider

best sparkling apple cider
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Toast the arrival of fall with one of the best fall drinks: sparkling apple cider. It’s fizzy fun for the whole family. 

Best Hard Apple Cider

best hard apple cider
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For the 21s and over who have graduated from the sparkling Martinelli’s on the kid’s table, we have ranked the best hard cider. 

Best Oktoberfest Beer

Best Oktoberfest Beer
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Oktoberfest runs from September 16 through October 3, so get your brats and soft pretzels, and crack open a classic Oktoberfest brew before it’s too late! JK, you can totally drink these all through fall. We won’t tell the German Reinheitsgebot authorities. 

Best Maple Syrup

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Maple syrup may be made in the spring, but fall is its time to shine. Drizzle it on your oatmeal. Stir it into your Old Fashioneds. Dip some dang apple slices into it. It’s maple time! 

About the Author

Justine Sterling

Justine Sterling is the editor-in-chief of Sporked. She has been writing about food and beverages for well over a decade and is an avid at-home cook and snacker. Don’t worry, she’s not a food snob. Sure, she loves a fresh-shucked oyster. But she also will leap at whatever new product Reese’s releases and loves a Tostitos Hint of Lime, even if there is no actual lime in the ingredients.

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