Autumn ushers in new fall harvest flavors

In addition to falling leaves and the slight chill in the air, the smell of pumpkin-spiced foods is another telltale sign that autumn has arrived.

This week coffee shop chain Dunkin' Donuts, for example, debuted its fall lineup that includes pumpkin-flavored coffee, lattes, packaged coffee and apple cider.

The fall food range includes glazed pumpkin cake donuts, pumpkin muffins with white icing and streusel crumbs, and a new caramel apple donut coated with cinnamon sugar.

Starbucks also developed a Pumpkin Spiced Latte Facebook app that allows its more than 24.9 million fans to carve their face into a pumpkin and post it as their profile pic.

After choosing a headshot from an existing Facebook photo album, users then select from a range of pumpkin shapes and ‘carve' their image into it.

Another app invites fans to post photos of their Pumpkin Spiced Lattes by tagging it with #PSL and sharing it on Instagram on Facebook.

Baskin-Robbins, meanwhile, also launched a new fall ice cream flavor that takes a breakfast item and turns it into dessert. Their French Toast ice cream combines ice cream with chunks of maple bread pudding - a flavor that's supposed to be reminiscent of an "autumn Sunday brunch."

The French Toast ice cream will be available in the US for a limited time.

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