You'll find lots of reasons to fall in love with Hendricks County, Indiana, but one of my absolute favorites is the food. Local eateries serve up some delicious specialties that you can only get during the autumn season.
What are the can't-miss fall treats in Hendricks County?
Here are five items I highly recommend:
Apple Cider Donuts & Slushies
There is no better place to experience fall than Beasley's Orchard in Danville. And now, there is no better place to experience the taste of fall than at Beasley's.
For years, this fall destination produced award-winning cider, but more recently they added cider slushies and now homemade, farm-fresh apple cider donuts to their lineup.
I have sampled both the apple cider cake donut and the apple cider slushie, and all I can say is you must experience both this fall. Add to that, their amazing apples, apple dumplings, caramel apples, apple pies and all the fun activities, and I must ask: Why would you go anywhere else?
Caramel Apple Ice Cream
Danny's Mexican Ice Cream
Another option for a delicious treat can be found at this hidden gem in Avon.
You must try the caramel apple ice cream that is only available for a limited time beginning Oct. 1 at Danny's Mexican Ice Cream. They also plan to have a pumpkin spice flavor in October as well.
Mexican ice cream provides a unique blend of quality ingredients and rich flavor. If you love caramel apples, you will love this homemade ice cream.
Try it in a waffle cone!
Pumpkin Torte & Fall Pies
Bread Basket Cafe and Bakery
Locals can't wait until after Labor Day when Bread Basket Cafe and Bakery rolls out their fall creations. And their pumpkin torte has to be at the top of that list although this year it isn't expected to make its debut until the middle of October.
This amazing dessert includes four layers of pumpkin cake separated by layers of a fluffy cream cheese, pumpkin and whipped cream concoction that they drizzle with caramel sauce and top with roasted pecans.
Another favorite -- their Harvest Moon Pie -- always makes me think of fall and Thanksgiving. Filled with a blend of apples, apricots and cranberries, this pie delivers the perfect blend of sweet and tangy and is available now.
All Bread Basket's pies, including thier yummy pumpkin pie, are handmade in-house. Order any of their desserts for your Thanksgiving meal and you'll be everyone's favorite guest!
Hot & Cold Fall Drinks & Pumpkin Desserts
The Beehive has become one of my go-to places to get a latte and dessert, and their fall lineup makes an already great selection even better.
This year's fall treats haven't been announced yet but usually include drinks such as a pumpkin spice latte, caramel apple cider and a pumpkin sweet cream cold brew. Their fall-inspired baked delights have included pumpkin pie bars, pumpkin cheesecake and pumpkin scones.
Many of these selections are available through October and stay for just a limited time. Keep watching their Facebook page for more information on when their fall selections become available.
Pumpkin Spice Cake Donuts
Donuts are by far my favorite sweet treat, and Reds Donuts in Danville is one of the best spots in Hendricks County to find them.
Their pumpkin spice donut, which is now available, is great on its own, but I love it with a nice hot cup of coffee on a cool, fall morning.
What did I miss? What are your favorite fall treats in Hendricks County? Let me know in the comments!