The annual pumpkin spice onslaught is here

Story highlights

  • Cereal and candy lead this year's wave of pumpkin spice-flavored products
  • In restaurants, pumpkiny offerings on the regular menu are up 36% since 2011

(CNN)Here's your forecast for fall: cooler, with a 100% chance of pumpkin spice.

Kellogg's is the latest to jump on the bandwagon started by Starbucks and its pumpkin spice latte way back in 2003, splashing its popular Mini-Wheats cereal with pumpkin spice flavorings.
The cereal adds "sweet cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and ginger" to the recipe for regular Mini-Wheats.
    And that's not all Kellogg's has up its sleeves. It's bringing back pumpkin spice Pop-Tarts and debuting pumpkin spice Keebler Fudge Stripes cookies.
    "My smartest purchase for this week is Pumpkin Spice Mini Wheats. I have no apologies, and certainly no regrets," Twitter user @April_M_Wilson wrote Thursday.
    Also new this year: M&Ms is coming out with pumpkin spice latte candies, a followup on earlier plain pumpkin spice versions.
    Cereal is just the spicy tip of the pumpkin spice juggernaut, a trend that's inspired dozens of tasty treats, and not a few head-scratchers -- pumpkin spice Pri