Even though it can be a polarizing flavor, over the past few years, pumpkin spice has become the official flavor of fall. If you’re like me and love it, you are always on the lookout for new pumpkin flavored items to try. As a fun experiment, this year, my family and I set out to try as many pumpkin and pumpkin spiced flavored items as we could find. We had a blast doing our taste tests, and I hope that our findings can help steer you in the right direction when it comes to buying pumpkin spice food for your family.
Pumpkin Spice Must-Buys
Trader Joe’s Mini Hold the Cone Ice Cream Cones: Pumpkin & Ginger
If I had to pick an overall winner, these min cones would probably take the top prize. We all loved them. They are tiny, little ice cream cones filled with pumpkin cream and coated with what they describe as a “white confectionery coating.” They taste like fall and their tiny size makes them such a fun treat.
Trader Joe’s Petite Pumpkin Spice Cookies
Pumpkin Spice Cheerios
STōK Pumpkin Creamed Cold Brew Coffee
I am a big fan of this cold brew. It tastes like something you would buy at a coffee shop. It gives me and my husband a Starbucks Pumpkin Cold Brew type fix at a much cheaper price. Also, reading the content on the container is very entertaining. Their marketing team is very clever.
Good & Gather Pumpkin Pie Granola
Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Pancake and Waffle Mix
This mix is incredible. In fact, it’s so good that there are currently seven boxes in my pantry because we need a year-round supply. It’s too good to only be eaten in the fall. If you love pancakes or waffles, do yourself a favor and go buy some.
Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Spiced Teeny Tiny Pretzels
Trader Joe’s This Pumpkin Walks Into A Bar
Pumpkin Spice Disappointments
Trader Joe’s Frozen Pumpkin Waffles
These didn’t have much of a pumpkin flavor at all. They tasted very plain and were a “no” from my whole family (even the one-year-old).
Swiss Miss Pumpkin Hot Chocolate
It was almost impossible to taste any pumpkin spice flavor at all. I would just stick to regular hot chocolate
Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Joe-Joe’s
I really wanted to like these cookies. They weren’t bad, but when compared to the other pumpkin foods Trader Joe’s has to offer, they were just okay. I would skip these.
Nature’s Path Organic Pumpkin Pie Toaster Pastries
These were a lot like a Pop-tart, but they didn’t taste good. NO ONE in my family liked them. My kids wouldn’t even eat them.
Pumpkin Spice Surprises
Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Spice Hummus
I was not sure what to expect when I tried this hummus, but I really liked the taste. It wasn’t super sweet and still had the hummus flavor along with the pumpkin spice flavor.
Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Spice Tortilla Chips
These chips initially sounded gross to me, but they are actually great. The pumpkin spice flavor pairs surprisingly well with a tortilla chip. Even the cashier at Trader Joe’s was talking about how good they are. I highly recommend buying some to try.
Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Butter
This stuff is excellent on toast, bagels and probably a lot of other things. It’s a lot like apple butter but (obviously) with pumpkin instead of the apple.
Our Biggest Taste Test Takeaways:
- Trader Joe’s has the best selection and best items, hands down. If you are looking for something pumpkin to try, start there.
- “Pumpkin spice” can mean lots of things. Sometimes it means it tastes like pumpkin and other times it means it just tastes like cinnamon.
- Pumpkin spice k-cup coffee doesn’t taste good no matter the brand. This might be a controversial opinion, but I challenge someone to name one that tastes good and not super artificial. Thus far, I haven’t been able to find one anywhere.
- Taste tests are a super fun activity. If you haven’t done one with your family, you should give it a try.