Pumpkin Spice Trail: Bake Me Happy

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Pumpkin Spice Trail: Bake Me HappyPhoto by Lauren Sega.
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Bake Me Happy is a well-known Columbus gluten-free bakery. You can find its treats throughout the metro area, and it’s got a spot of its very own on Moler Street. There, you can load up from a veritable wonderland of treats that include fancy pastries as well as their versions of Oatmeal and Zebra Pies. And because it’s all local and gluten free, you never really feel the same regret that comes from the classic packaged junk food versions of its treats.

Now that fall has arrived, pumpkin season has arrived at the bakery too. You might expect pumpkin cut-outs and cakes, but pumpkins haven’t just infected the baked good scene, they’re making appearances in the beverage options too. As luck would have it, Bake Me Happy hosts a gluten-free beverage scene to help wash down all its oven-fresh goodness.

If gluten-free beverages never occurred to you, you’re not alone. Gluten is typically associated with wheat, which is typically associated with flour, which is typically not something you’d put in coffee or tea. That said, a quick look at allergy disclosures at big box coffee shops indicates that favorites like Hot Chocolate with Caramel and Caramel Machiatto can be poison for the celiac crowd. You learn something new every day.

So without further ado, it’s time to indulge in some Bake Me Happy autumnal beverages, infected with pumpkin goodness. It’s rolled out Pumpkin Pie Iced Chai. Of course, year-round versions of Chai has always tasted like the holidays (courtesy its signature blend of cinnamon, cloves and ginger), so the fragrant brew is a sensible partner for autumnal flavors, primed for the full-bodied pumpkin enhancement delivered in cold form. While sweetness can inspire chugging behavior, the complexity makes it worth slower sips. For the hot crowd, there’s another option: a straightforward Pumpkin Pie Latte. Milder, it’s all smooth and soothing from start to finish.

Bake Me Happy’s fall drink menu expands into some other options that team cinnamon with hazelnut as well as a spiked peanut butter concoction. There’s a lot to try before Thanksgiving: a steep hill, but worth the climb. You can find it at 106 E. Moler St.

For more information, visit bakemehappygf.com.

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