Every year, Kristin and I scope out the grocery stores starting mid-August to see what pumpkin-flavored treats will be making their debut.
We make it a point to give each other our opinions and will buy said treats accordingly.
This year, I thought it would be fun if we gathered as many treats, drinks, and various pumpkin-flavored food items as we could find and reviewed and rated them for you!
There are a few things in this picture that we didn’t get around to trying as a group, so some of the opinions may be a tiny bit skewed, but those will be noted. Otherwise, we all came to a general consensus on our feelings of each product.
Pumpkin Spice Twinkies
Neither Kristin nor myself are fans of Twinkies in general, so we were a bit unsure about how we’d like these ones. The initial smell reminded me of the Grove Square Pumpkin Spice Cappuccinos – just had an artificial smell. They were pleasantly surprising and had a good flavor. They would have been perfect if the cake part wasn’t stale (which is Kristin’s general feelings toward Twinkies to begin with). Overall, they were fine, but I can’t see buying an entire box unless you were just a massive pumpkin spice and Twinkie fan.
KIND Caramel Almond Pumpkin Spice Bar
These tasted like your average cereal/granola bar. The pumpkin spice flavor was more of an aftertaste instead of being up front and center, but that wasn’t a bad thing. It was a nice surprise at the end of what would normally be a plain granola bar.
Califia Farms Pumpkin Spice Latte Cold Brew Coffee
I think this one surprised us more than anything. When you first try it, it has a familiar, comforting flavor to it. Kristin said it tastes like genuine spice which was good combined with the nuttiness of the almond milk. Ronnie and I agreed that it tasted like something you’d sit in a coffee shop and drink.
Starbucks Discovery Pumpkin Spice Latte
We tried this one immediately after the Califia Farms one, and you could definitely tell it was Starbucks coffee. It has that same over-roasted Starbucks flavor, and it was a bit more bitter and not as smooth as the Califia Farms one. On a positive note, it was good and really did taste similar to an iced PSL. I could see drinking this over ice with some whip if you need to conserve money (a 48 oz bottle cost about as much as a grande would run you).
Angie’s Pumpkin Spice Kettle Corn
Wow so good! Angie’s Kettle Corn is already delicious with it’s sweet and sour pairing harmoniously together, but adding some pumpkin spice and white chocolate drizzle jus put it over the top. We all were smitten.
Frosted Pumpkin Pie Pop-Tarts
You kind of get what you expect with these. Unlike most pumpkin spice products, this is advertised as pumpkin pie not spice and it really does taste like it. It’s actually a little bland unless you toast it, which is when the flavors really come through.
Kraft Pumpkin Spice Marshmallows
I’m not actually much of a marshmallow person, but I was game to try these. We usually skip eating them from the bag and make pumpkin spice rice crispy treats with them. They taste like your run-of-the-mill marshmallows, and I didn’t think their pumpkin spice flavor was super prominent, but Kristin did.
Lindt Lindor Pumpkin Spice Milk Chocolate Truffles
Lindor Truffles are always a good idea. They’re so rich and creamy and really just melt in your mouth, they’re so smooth. These did have a strong pumpkin spice flavor, but what they did have paired so nicely with the chocolate.
Pumpkin Spice Frosted Flakes
When you open the bag, it’s an almost overwhelming scent of pumpkin spice, but when you actually eat them in a bowl with some milk, they pretty much just taste like regular Frosted Flakes with a hint of pumpkin spice. Take that as you want; if you love the spice, you probably can find better flavors, but if you’re just looking to make your regular bowl of Frosted Flakes a tad more seasonal, these are perfect.
Ace Pumpkin Cider
This is one of the few pumpkin spiced drinks/food items that tastes exactly like it smells. Ace is already one of my favorite cider brands, so it was no surprise that I like this cider. It doesn’t taste at all artificial which was a nice surprise, but where this drink really shines is by it’s ability to allow you to taste each of its flavor components separately: the apple cider, the pumpkins, and the spices.
Mr. Stacks Pumpkin Spice Liqueur
We got the little 50 mL bottles for a dollar because we were just tasting them and didn’t want to commit to a full bottle in case we didn’t like them. We tried it on the rocks (as per the larger bottle’s serving suggestion), and can’t say either of us would suggest mixing it with anything else – it would be too sweet. When you first smell it, it doesn’t smell great, but it was actually so nice. It would make for a great dessert drink, and we were already planning having a glass while we carved pumpkins.
*Pumpkin Spice Frosted Mini Wheats
I ended up trying these on my own, as we didn’t get to them during our test, and I have to give these a thumbs up. They were tasty without being too in-your-face, and since it’s the Frosted Mini Wheats brand, they’re as filling as you expect. Good job, Kellogg.
We didn’t get around to trying the ice cream or the Life cereal, but I would definitely say it was an otherwise hugely successful adventure in taste-testing and just plain fun. If there are any pumpkin spice treats you tried and loved, I’d love to hear about them and maybe give them a try myself, so let me know in the comments. And if you tried any of these, let me know what you thought!
Happy Pumpkin Spice Season!