With Halloween and Thanksgiving around the corner, retailers are targeting shoppers with a sweet tooth. The chains are promoting fall-themed baking recipes and store-made bakery products.
In a blog post, Whole Foods called attention to the versatility of butternut squash  with a pumpkin pie recipe and pumpkin cornmeal muffin recipe, as well as savory dish recipes like butternut squash panzanella salad.
Fred Meyer is making an event of caramel apples and calling shoppers into the store for freshly made products.
Caramel apple fans! Stop by Freddy's 1-5 pm today for fresh apples hand-dipped by our bakery team. Available fresh now through Halloween.— Fred Meyer (@Fred_Meyer) October 20, 2013 
Sam's Club took a different approach to the classic caramel apple with a caramel apple cookie recipe.
October 17, 2013 
PCC Natural Markets is encouraging consumers to embrace the colder weather, with a warm gooey dessert.
Fresh Pear Bread Pudding: Warm from the oven, softly scented w/ cinnamon, one of our favorite cool weather desserts! http://t.co/HDIEheyGvt — PCC Natural Markets (@PCC) October 22, 2013 
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