As the days begin to shorten and the humidity starts to ebb, fall is finally here, which means it is time for pumpkin flavored everything! From pumpkin spice lattes at Starbucks to pumpkin rolls in the local Publix, the festive fall flavor is everywhere. This means there are plenty of places to get a pumpkin fix, and the seasonal desserts now appearing at Darden restaurants Olive Garden, Longhorn Steakhouse, and Red Lobster provide complete pumpkin satisfaction.
Available now through Thanksgiving for $6.99, try Olive Garden’s pumpkin cheesecake. This seasonal delight is perfect for indecisive couples who can never decide on a dessert. Layers of spiced pumpkin and creamy cheesecake swirl together into each smooth and luxurious bite. The cheesecake is topped with whipped cream, caramel sauce, and a ginger cookie crumble to give it an extra dimension of spice and texture. The cheesecake comes in the perfect portion for sharing.
Longhorn Steakhouse has added a number of seasonal selections to their menu. For fall, they’ve added Oktoberfest Pretzel Sticks and an Apple Harvest Salad among other season-inspired dishes. Grab about three of your friends, preferably the ones with the biggest sweet teeth, and try the Pumpkin Spice Lava cake. This massive dessert is only $6.99 and great for sharing with the whole table. The cake has a subtle pumpkin flavor, but the spice shines through. A pool of cream cheese icing sits atop the cake, flowing down the edges, soaking sweetness and tanginess into the cake. The Maker’s Mark bourbon-caramel sauce is the real attention getter of this dish. This smooth, buttery caramel will leave you wanting to lick the plate. Sprinkled around the cake, candied pecans add a little extra crunch to the otherwise soft and creamy dessert. The Pumpkin Spice Lava Cake should be available throughout the holiday season. For more information about seasonal dishes at Longhorn Steakhouse, find the nearest restaurant to you, or check out the menu online at longhornsteakhouse.com
Red Lobster has also enhanced its menu with it’s own fall dessert, Pumpkin Pie in a Jar. Served in a rustic mason jar, this reimagined classic is composed of layers of pumpkin pie filling, whipped cream, and a crunchy, gingery crust, topped with a swirl of whipped cream and candied pecans. The trifle-style layering and large spoon make it easy to get a little of everything in each bite. The smooth pudding-like texture of the pie filling balances the light and airy whipped cream, and the crunchy layer of crust adds some great bite to the dish. Available for $4.99 and for a limited time, this twist on an old favorite is sure to bring back warm holiday memories, or perhaps inspire some new ones.