With new seasons comes the need for a new menu. One thing about fall that everyone looks forward to each year is the pumpkin flavored lattes and desserts that flood the menus of popular restaurants all over the country. In this article, we’re going to go over a few fan-favorite soft serve flavors that you should consider offering this autumn, as well as a few less popular flavors that give pumpkin spice a run for its money.
It’s obvious – pumpkin spice is one of the most popular, if not the most popular flavor of the fall time. Consumers all over wait for September to roll around so they can sip their Pumpkin Spice Lattes from Starbucks. Just because this flavor is a popular choice for a drink, doesn’t mean it cannot be transformed into a soft serve flavor. Check out this pumpkin spice soft serve mix and this ice cream shop that is now serving pumpkin spice soft serve for some pumpkin-inspo.
Other popular soft serve flavors include chocolate, strawberry, and twin twists. A twin twist is a combination of two flavors, commonly vanilla and chocolate. Spaceman USA has a variety of machines that offer twin twists like the ones seen here and here.
Salted caramel is a flavor that is pretty much available year round at ice cream shops, but it’s not a bad idea to put a larger emphasis on it during the fall time. This can be easily made by using a salted caramel soft serve base like the one seen here. You can also add a spin on the flavor, potentially by adding in extra flavor profiles or textures. An example of this could be a salted caramel apple soft serve flavor, or an apple soft serve that has caramel chunks or drizzle on it.
Chocolate Covered Pretzel
Chocolate covered pretzels provide the perfect balance between sweet and salty, which is why so many people love the treat. Offering a chocolate covered pretzel soft serve can be done in a few different ways. One way, and probably the simplest way which wouldn’t require too much mixing, could be by using a chocolate soft serve base, and adding crushed up pretzels as a topping, along with hot fudge. This ice cream shop in Tampa, Florida, is currently selling a Peanut Butter Pretzel Malt, which incorporates most of the flavors we listed above.
Reese’s Peanut Butter Crunch
Another great flavor idea that incorporates different tastes and textures could be Reese’s Peanut Butter Crunch. Chocolate and peanut butter are an iconic duo that have been paired together for ages. This type of soft serve can be made by using a peanut butter soft serve syrup like the one seen here and adding chocolate syrup or hot fudge on top, as well as a crunchy element such as pretzels, cereal, or pieces of chocolate candy. This ice cream shop in Los Angeles made their very own Reese’s inspired soft serve cone, and it looks to die for.
Chai is tea that includes different spices such as cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, and black pepper, among others. Chai soft serve might be just what your restaurant needs to spice up its menu, no pun intended. When autumn comes around, consumers begin to drink tea more with the temperature dropping. Consuming tea flavored soft serve is an interesting way to get your tea-fix in without having to drink it. This café in New York City has been selling chai oat milk soft serve for the past few months, and the response has been unbelievable.
Searches for banana bread reached an all-time high during the early stages of the pandemic, but just because the hype has died down a bit doesn’t mean it’s not still a beloved treat across the world. Not only is banana bread delicious, but it could also serve as a healthier choice of dessert due to the natural sugars that bananas provide. One way that soft serve can mimic banana bread is by using a banana soft serve base like the one seen here, and topping it with nuts such as pecans, walnuts, almonds or pistachios, along with a chocolate drizzle.
What’s better than eating a hot apple pie? Perhaps a soft serve cone that tastes like one? Everyone knows that there’s nothing better than hot apple pie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top, so why not make apple pie flavored soft serve? For this type of soft serve, we suggest using an apple base like this one, and drizzling on some caramel, apple pie crumbles, and whipped cream. Another option would be to just use a simple vanilla base and use the toppings listed above as the apple pie elements.
We hope that our flavor recommendations for this fall season sparked some creativity in you and that you’ll consider implementing some of these autumn-inspired soft serve ideas onto your menu in the next few months. You never know what kinds of consumers you will attract by offering trendy and exciting flavors at your shop or restaurant.