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End of Season Pumpkin Spice Product Reviews

My pumpkin spice addiction was in full force this season and as a result I ended up sampling some really tasty treats as well as some that were kind of meh.  I decided to round them up in one giant end of season review instead of harassing the non-pumpkin lover by posting one review per week.  I found most of my pumpkin snacks at either Trader Joe’s or Stop and Shop and I also included a photo of a sparkly pumpkin I found at Michael’s just because.

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Sparkly Pumpkin ^.^Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetPumpkin Spice M&M’s – It’s been a full year since I first tasted and wrote this love letter to Pumpkin Spice M&M’s, and I’m very happy to report that they hold up.  I think pumpkin spice is one of the best flavors to be mixed with the classic M&M (right after peanut butter of course).  Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset

Pumpkin Spice Hershey Kisses – I am a HUGE fan of these.  They’re not what you would expect at all from a Hershey Kiss and it totally works!  When you unwrap your kiss, your met with a bright orange chocolate and once you take a bite, you’ll see the white cream filling in the center.  The kiss is VERY pumpkin spice and does not really taste like chocolate at all.  I think these can be very hit or miss depending on your tastes, but I really love them.  They’re more sweet than spicy and I’ve been savoring this bag ever since I purchased it.Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset

Pumpkin Spice Toll House Chips – Similar to the Pumpkin Spice Hershey Kisses, Nestle’s Toll House chips are also a bright orange color.  I’m sorry to say that I had the busiest October ever with NYCC and all, and I still haven’t been able to bake any Pumpkin Spice cookies with these just yet, so I cannot yet comment on their taste. Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset

Pepperidge Farm Pumpkin Cheesecake Cookies – These pumpkin cheesecake cookies did not make of my list of things I would buy again.  They were okay tasting, but they  were neither spicy nor sweet enough so it felt like the cookie was lacking overall.  Perhaps they would best appeal to someone who has a casual love for pumpkin?  Either way, they did not do much for me.Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset

Tazo Pumpkin Spice Chai Tea – OMG this tea is the best tea.  Chai tea is already spicy by itself so adding pumpkin spice to it was an ingenious idea.  I’m still enjoying cups of this as I type.  Next year, I’m definitely planning on stocking up on this tea so that I can enjoy it year round.Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset

Pepperidge Farm Pumpkin Spice Swirl Bread – This bread was absolutely delicious, especially when consumed with Trader Joes’ Cookie Butter.  The bread has orange bits of pumpkin in it, as well as a cinnamon-like spicy swirl and when topped with cookie butter, it tastes much more like dessert than breakfast.  I would definitely buy this again next year.Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset

Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Croissants – I am a huge fan of croissants as it is, so adding pumpkin to them is a breakfast dream come true.  These croissants are topped with pumpkin seeds and the inside has a delicious pumpkin filling, which after baking in the oven, is so incredibly warm and satisfying.  These are not spicy at all but they still manage to pack enough flavor to secure their status as a fall favorite.Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset

Kellog’s Eggo Pumpkin Spice Waffles – These waffles are another masterful combination of pumpkin spice and breakfast food.  They have a combination spicy and sweet taste that I would compare to eating something cinnamon and then pouring sugary maple syrup in all of the squares.  Good job Eggo, Leslie Knoppe would be proud.

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Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Bagels – These bagels are another pumpkin infused food that were just okay.  Maybe I’m spoiled with New York Bagels, but these were nothing to write home about in so many ways.  Since I prefer bagels when they’re just out of the oven, I tried toasting one to see if it would change my opinion, but alas, it did not.  The bagels were not doughy enough and the pumpkin flavor felt very bland.

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Trader Joe’s Mini Ginger Pumpkin Ice Cream Mouthfuls – The name alone is a mouthful!  These mini ice cream sandwiches were exploding with flavor, thanks in huge part to the ginger cookies that the pumpkin ice cream was sandwiched between.  They were tasty and they did have an effective spicy to sweet ratio, but these were also not my favorite.  There were bites where the ginger flavor was too overpowering to enjoy the pumpkin.

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Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Macarons – These were so delicious! I mean, they’re macarons so they’re kind of a challenge to mess up taste-wise (baking-wise is a whole other story).  The cookie is light and delicious and the pumpkin filling was sweet enough that each time I finished a cookie, I felt compelled to reach for more.

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Nabisco Pumpkin Spice Oreo’s – Oreo is constantly coming out with innovative flavors, some which work extremely well and other (like Caramel Apple, yuck), that completely miss the mark.  I am so pleased to report that Pumpkin Spice Oreo’s are perfection (despite smelling like a candle when you open the package).  The cookie part tasted akin to a graham cracker and the filling was a darker orange than you’d expect an artificially flavored food to be.  They boast a fantastic spicy to sweet ratio and I will definitely be hunting for these again next year.

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Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Cereal Bars – I think part of the reason that I wasn’t super into these is because I’m not a big cereal bar person overall.  I thought they did a good job of emulating the taste of a cereal bar, so if those are your thing, you will probably enjoy these.  They didn’t have enough taste to keep me interested in even finishing one entire bar.  Next year, I’ll pass.

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Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Cheesecake – This was definitely worth the low price tag of $6.99 for an entire cheesecake.  The crust was a delicious graham cracker and the pumpkin cheesecake was very sweet.  I couldn’t eat too much in one sitting because of how rich it is, but the taste definitely kept me coming back for more.

Not pictured is also the Trader Joe’s Salted Pumpkin Caramels which were an interesting creation.  They were VERY pumpkiny and also very salty.  I could only eat one at a time and after consuming almost the entire box, I still can’t decide whether I really liked them or really didn’t like them.  I think I kept eating them out of the hope that I would draw a conclusion but it has yet to happen. Maybe next year!  What were your favorite Pumpkin flavored treats from this season?


8 Responses to “End of Season Pumpkin Spice Product Reviews”

  1. Sierra says:

    Wow, what a haul! I just stuck to my tried and true Coffeemate pumpkin spice coffee creamer this year, plus some pumpkin spice latte cups for my Keurig. Normally I’m all about that pumpkin, but this year just wasn’t the year. That chai tea does look really tempting though! I’m kind of ready for the switch to Christmas flavors…gingerbread chai tea is my favorite :)

  2. Chrissie says:

    The tea and the bread sound gorgeous! We don’t do pumpkin spiced snacks in the UK :0( Is it like cinamon or nutmeg or ginger or paprika-ish?

  3. Jen says:

    Ahh so much pumpkin! I wish Canada got even half of this stuff. The Tazo Pumpkin Spice Chai Tea sounds amazing! I love the Pumpkin Chai from Davids Tea so I imagine it’s similar.

  4. I’m even more excited for Trader Joe’s pumpkin stuff now!! Have you tried Republic of Tea Warm up the Day tea (it’s my favvvorite pumpkin tea). I usually find it in Whole Foods during October.

    • Kristin says:

      I haven’t tried that but I’m definitely going to make a special trip to look for it! I got some more of the Tazo Pumpkin Chai tea this year and I’ve already used about half of a box!

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