Fall in Indiana is beautiful but fall in Hendricks County, Indiana, is beautiful and delicious!
Many local shops create special, fall-inspired dishes that are only available for a limited time. This isn't intended to be a comprehensive list by any means. But here are five I recommend you try this season:
1. Fall-Flavored Cookies
If you haven't checked out Creation Cookie Cafe in Danville, Indiana, you are missing out on some of the best tasting cookies I've had in a long time!
Their flavors change often as they rotate through seasons and tastes, but they have fall-inspired cookies!
Pumpkin cheesecake, s'mores, pumpkin snickerdoodle, chai spiced, apple butter and maple-glazed apple crisps cookie just to name a few! You can call ahead to see what they have available, make a specific request or follow their social media to see what they've planned for the day.
We stopped by late summer and devoured a s'mores cookie! It was delicious!
Oh! And they have breakfast and lunch items too as well as coffee. So you can grab a cookie as it's own treat or have it as a dessert.
2. Pumpkin Ice Cream
It's inevitable to have a handful of warm days during Indiana's change of seasons. I use those warm days as an excuse to get some ice cream.
Mandy's Ice Cream shop offers a variety of flavors but they bring out their fall flavors in September and October.
In late September, I tried their pumpkin ice cream, and it was delicious. They offer a few other fall-inspired flavors including Apple Pie and S'more flavored ice cream.
Another location that usually rolls out seasonal ice cream flavors can also be found in Avon at Danny's Mexican Ice Cream.
3. Mama Bird Bakery
Mama Bird Bakery in Plainfield, IN opened up earlier this year and they've been putting out a variety of flavors throughout the year.
Everything I've had at Mama Bird has been delicious, and they have some great fall items that they've been teasing on social media.
They've teamed up with Beasley's Orchard to create some apples and cider flavored treats that will be out starting in September.
Mama Bird Bakery is located on Main Street in Plainfield. You can find parking behind the building, and they offer patio seating during nice weather.
4. Singing Crust Bakery
If you weren't able to try The Singing Crust at one of the summer farmers markets, you need to get to their store location 1753 E. U.S. 40 in Clayton, Indiana. It is filled with bakery goodness.
Besides the picture perfect shelves of bread, the bakery offers a variety of sweets.
I tried their S'more Bar and Pumpkin Bar, and they were delicious. You can get individual bars and slices of pie or pick up a larger portion to share.
While this bakery doesn't offer a real place to sit and enjoy your treat in their shop, it seemed like no one was a stranger. There were several people in line, and the staff seemed to know most of them by name and chatted with everyone.
That belonging and community feel added to the sweetness of the desserts!
5. Bread Basket Cafe & Bakery
Locals can't wait until after Labor Day when Bread Basket Cafe & Bakery rolls out their fall creations.
This year, they've created a Caramel Apple Cake that looks almost too pretty to eat. Almost.
You can order it to go and take it to a fall gathering, or you can enjoy it in the cafe.
I'm keeping my eyes open for their pumpkin torte which I've heard has been a huge hit in previous years. They also offer many other seasonal desserts and breads in their cozy eatery.
If you are hungry, this is definitely the place to visit.
Bonus: Drive-Throughs and Puppy Treats
With little kids, I've realized that places with drive-through service can be the best!
Fields Coffee in Danville is attached to The Center and Northview Church but they have a drive-through! They have fall flavors like a Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew or a Public Chai Latte for some delicious drinks. And they're also serving Beasley's Orchard Apple Cider.
If you can't get over to Danville, you can utilize the drive thru at Cabin Coffee Company in Avon where they have a warm Pumpkin Palomino -- a white coffee with steamed half and half and pumpkin pie sauce. Now, that truly is fall in a mug!
And don't forget your puppy this fall!
Stop by Paw Street Bakery in Plainfield to grab fall-themed treats for your pups. Your dog will love you for it!