Here in Southern California, we can tell it’s Fall because of all the pumpkin/pumpkin spice stuff that shows up in the stores. Which is helpful because we can’t tell from the weather, it was 90s the first week of Fall and it might get back up there this weekend. So in addition to the Twinkies mentioned in the title, I’ve got a few other products I bought, tried and will review. I’ll list them in order from least to closest in taste to what is intended.
Update (10/16/16): 2 more items added, Little Debbie Pumpkin Spice Rolls and Coffee-mate Pumpkin Spice creamer, both added in after the Milanos, and before the Pop-Tarts.
As I wrote in the headline, the Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake Twinkies basically just tastes like a sugary cake bar, which isn’t to say it’s bad, just that I didn’t get a hint of any of the flavors it’s supposed to have. The filling didn’t taste like pumpkin spice or cheesecake, probably because it was overwhelmed by the white fudge frosting and sponge cake surrounding it. And it’s probably the white fudge shell that also makes it not even taste like a Twinkie. I’d pass on this if you’re looking for a pumpkin spice flavored snack, but if you just want a sugary cake snack, go for it.
Next up is the Pumpkin Spice flavored Milano. These mostly just taste like a regular Milano, so it’s still good, but I didn’t get any taste of pumpkin spice, even though there’s an orange layer in there.
One time contender for the Hostess spot on grocery store shelves, Little Debbie has its own Pumpkin Spice Roll, and they definitely did better than Hostess on this one. Mostly because they didn’t try throwing a bunch of flavors together and coat it in awful white chocolate. The roll tastes a lot more like pumpkin spice and the cream was actually good too. They’re individually packaged, and they’re good because they kept it simple, just the pumpkin spice flavored roll, with a little frosting and the cream filling.
And if you’re trying to cut back on the sugar, keep up the caffeine and like the effects of coffee but not the taste, then you may be familiar with Coffee-mate creamers, now available in pumpkin spice flavor. I couldn’t really tell if it was giving my coffee that pumpkin spice flavor, but it certainly made it taste better. So to give a better review, I drank a shot of the stuff directly and it definitely had a pumpkin spice flavor.
Next up is something you can eat for breakfast, if you don’t care too much about it being well balanced that is. Limited edition Frosted Pumpkin Pie Pop-Tarts. The “frosted” part is just the standard Pop-Tart frosting. It could taste closer if there was more filling, or if the pastry part was made to taste more like pie crust, but they did get the filling right, it tastes like pumpkin pie filling.
They also give you a little reading material on the box.
Last but not least, in fact it’s first, is an offering from Ralph’s/Kroger and their Private Selections brand of ice cream. Harvest Edition, Limited Time Only, New York Style Pumpkin Cheesecake ice cream. It tastes like pumpkin, and there are cheesecake bits in it, so they’ve got that part down too. And it’s ice cream so it’s going to be good no matter what. Unless you don’t like ice cream, in which case you’re beyond saving (if it’s due to lactose intolerance and lactaid can’t help you, then that last part doesn’t apply to you).
So there you go, a few pumpkin and/or pumpkin spice (with or without cheesecake) named, and in some cases flavored, treats. I’ll add more as I try them. But if you’re looking for Oreos, they’ve been around a couple years and Snacktaku already covered them. Enjoy!