What could be more irresistible than fall in Champaign-Urbana? Quite possibly the delicious pumpkin treats that come around this time of year.
That means it’s time for all things pumpkin — to eat.
As with all of our food trail posts we focus on locally owned restaurants or businesses around Champaign-Urbana and beyond. (This list is in alphabetical order.)
Please note that some of these food delights are, well, seasonal. We’ve tried to note that where we can. Get your pumpkin fix soon, don’t delay.
Champaign-Urbana Pumpkin Food and Drink Trail
Art Mart, 1705 S. Prospect Ave., Champaign: If you’ve ever tried Art Mart’s pumpkin cookies, then you know why they are on this list! Made fresh for more than 35 seasons, these iced cookies make your mouth water on sight. Art Mart offers plenty of other pumpkin options if you are looking for them as well, including pumpkin cream cheese danishes, turnovers, pumpkin cream cheese muffins and house-made pumpkin lattes. Be on the lookout for pumpkin gooey butter bars arriving soon.
Cafe Kopi, 109 N. Walnut St., Champaign: Be sure to check out its pumpkin frappuccino, hot or cold pumpkin spice lattes, and iced pumpkin cold brew coffee. Kopi also features pumpkin bread for a tasty treat with your morning or afternoon coffee (or both).
Curtis Orchard, 3902 S. Duncan Road, Champaign: With so many fall treats to choose from, it’s hard to pick just one. Since pumpkin is the focus here, we’ll note that Curtis Orchard offers pumpkin bars with cream cheese frosting as well as take-and-bake pumpkin pies. However, it’s hard not to think of its apple cider slushes, fritters, and glazed or cake apple donuts.
Homestead Bakery, 1749B County Road 1900N, Arthur: One reader says, “Their pumpkin bars are simply heaven. The best pumpkin bars there are.” While you are there, make sure to check out the pumpkin cinnamon rolls, too.
Hopscotch Bakery + Market, 802 W. John St., Champaign: Hopscotch features a pumpkin cupcake (with cookie butter) that is as pretty as it is delicious; pumpkin cheesecake; and a delicious pumpkin cookie. Make sure to try its golden pumpkin latte or cold brew cider while you’re there.
Industrial Donut, 501 Commerce Dr., Savoy: Be on the lookout for Industrial’s pumpkin pie donuts and pumpkin flavored cake donuts to hit the store soon — “They’re a huge hit!”
Jarling’s Custard Cup, 309 W. Kirby Ave., Champaign: A seasonal favorite you absolutely must try is its pumpkin pie snowstorm. Jarling’s uses a special house-made pumpkin pie mix, blended with vanilla wafers and custard. It even comes complete with whipped cream for that extra special touch.
Just BEE Açaí (food truck): The seasonal flavors from Just Bee Acai debuted on Oct. 1. We hope that those delicious pumpkin pie overnight oats make a comeback because they are what fall mornings should be made of.
Lucky Moon Pies and More, 401 E. Oak St., Mahomet: Make sure to try its pumpkin pie donuts with a dollop of whipped perfection on the top. We also can hardly wait to try the three-layered pumpkin cake.
Oh Honey Pie (food truck): Coming soon — Oh Honey Pie’s pumpkin pie. Catch it as a full-sized pie or as part of its fall sample pack. The pie is made with Oh Honey’s own carmelized heavy cream which makes the pie oh so irresistible. Make sure to check out other fall favorites such as caramel apple, pecan, peaches and cream, and salted honey.
The Original Pancake House, 1909 W. Springfield Ave., Champaign: As if the pancakes weren’t already delicious enough, patrons look forward to OPH’s pumpkin pancakes, which debut Sept. 1. We think they are delicious with melted chocolate chips, whipped cream, and butter. Yum.
Pandamonium Doughnuts, 1105 Windsor Road, Champaign: Pandamonium Doughnut’s pumpkin spice doughnut is always a fall fan pleaser. It features pumpkin spiced cake, cream cheese icing, toasted pepitas, and a dusting of pumpkin spice on top. Pumpkin spice lattes, apple cider, caramel apple cider, and maple sugar lattes will be hitting the menu, as well as vegan apple cider doughnuts.
Pies by Inge, 212 W. Washington St., Monticello: Whether you are looking for pumpkin pie, pumpkin cookies with cream cheese icing, or cinnamon rolls with pumpkin buttercream frosting, Pies by Inge can meet your pumpkin cravings. It actually serves pumpkin bars year-round because they sell like crazy. Pumpkin fans can also enjoy the pumpkin praline or pumpkin cheesecake pies.
Sidney Dairy Barn, 311 W. Main St., Sidney: Fans come back year after year for the pumpkin tornado, a blended concoction of ice cream, marshmallows, caramel, graham crackers, and a topping of whipped cream.
Tasty Tart, 405 S. Neil St. Suite C, Champaign: Check out the Halloween Boo Box which features tarts in chocolate marmalade, caramel pumpkin, cookies ‘n cream, and tiramisu. Preorder your treats by Oct. 28 for pickup on Oct. 30-31.
The New Sweet Indulgence, 2149 S. Neil St., Champaign: The New Sweet Indulgence’s pumpkin cinnamon rolls are eagerly awaited by superfans each year. Topped with frosting, pecans, and cinnamon drizzle, they aren’t your average cinnamon roll. “They are my favorite fall weekend breakfast.” “They just scream fall!” Its iced pumpkin cookies are also not to be missed.
Whisk Coffee and Wine Bar, 1704 Patton Dr., Suite 4, Mahomet: Be sure to try the pumpkin spice frappe or coffee for that fall pick me up because every day is a good day for coffee.
Know of someone or something we missed? Email us to let us know what you love about your pumpkin favorites and what makes them so delicious.
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