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Pumpkin Spice Waffle

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Eggo Pumpkin Spice Waffle

I visited my mother in New Jersey this week and found myself at Target. A freezer on the end cap was filled with Kellogg’s Eggo Seasons Limited Edition Pumpkin Spice Waffles. I figured I like waffles and love pumpkin so into the shopping cart they went.

Kellogg’s says “Spice up your morning with the flavors of fall. Made with pumpkin spices–cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger.”

pumpkin waffle

Taking the waffles out of the box the first thing I noticed was the pleasant pumpkin spice scent. I thought to myself if these taste anything like they smell they are gonna be awesome. The color was somewhere between yellow and brown with visible spices speckled throughout. After toasting them I took my first bite…what a let down! I was expecting an explosion of cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger but I got a whimper instead. Barely a hint of pumpkin spice flavor, I felt ripped off. On a positive note  they were soft and had the same texture as other Eggo waffles I’ve tried.

pumpkin waffle trio

I had high expectations for these waffles but I was disappointed. I liked what little taste they had but felt it was far too subtle.

Skip these and go for the Dunkin Dounts Pumpkin Munchkin.

Rating:  Disappointed   Skip It

Pumpkin Munchkin

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Pumpkin Munchkin @ Dunkin Donuts

My wife and I were walking around Greenwich Village after dinner one night when she had a sudden craving for coffee. She only drinks Dunkin Donuts coffee and there happened to be one about a block away.  While ordering her coffee I saw the Pumpkin Munchkins and had to try them.

From Dunkin Donuts’ website, “Pumpkin Donut and MUNCHKINS®: Guests can savor the season with the glazed pumpkin cake donut, which can also be enjoyed as a MUNCHKIN donut hole treat.

pumpkin munchkin

The Pumpkin Munchkins had a brown/orange color and were half covered with glaze.

pumpkin munchkin trio

Biting into the munchkin my mouth was treated to an explosion of cinnamon and spice. The pumpkin taste was muted and could have been a bit more prevalent. The soft cake inside was orange colored and had just the right density. The sweet glaze did a fantastic job balancing the spice.

If you love the “spices of the season” as much as I do these munchkins are for you. And only 60 calories each.

Rating:  Well Done   Highly Recommended

Pumpkin Granola Bar

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Pumpkin Granola Bar @ Trader Joe’s

I mentioned in my Pumpkin Cheesecake Cookie review that I’m a huge fan of pumpkin foods. Since October is here I think it’s only fitting that all reviews this month will be Halloween themed which means lots of pumpkin.

First up is a pumpkin cereal bar that Trader Joe’s dubbed “This Pumpkin Walks Into A Bar…”. Trader Joe’s says these bars are “made with real fruit — in this case pumpkin — and without synthetic colors or artificial flavors or preservatives. In honor of the flavors of the season, we’ve added spices like clove, cinnamon and nutmeg to give it a real “pumpkin pie” vibe.”

pumpkin granola bar cross section

After removing it from the wrapper I thought this was a good looking cereal bar. The sprinkled rolled oats were a classy touch. It had a soft texture and the filling had a reddish-orange color. Unfortunately, it falls flat in the taste department. I could not taste any pumpkin flavor and only a hint of cinnamon/nutmeg/cloves. Don’t get me wrong these are tasty in their own right but they are lacking the flavors advertised.

Tasty cereal bars, however, as a “pumpkin bar” they miss the mark.

Rating:  Sound Asleep   Neutral