Sunday, October 16, 2011

Review: Jello Pumpkin Spice Instant Pudding & Pie Filling- Seasonal Release!

At the grocery store yesterday I rounded a corner and almost bumped right into this large display for Jello's new Pumpkin Spice instant pudding & pie filling.  The flavor, which is "Back for the Holidays!" is part of a seasonal release, meaning it won't be around for long.  The sale sign on the display announced that each box was only $1... how could I not give it a try?

Please notice that the Jello display was at the end of the "baking needs" aisle.  Not one package of Pumpkin Spice was on the shelf with the other Jello puddings (I checked!), so you may need to look around the store a little bit to find this item.

I grabbed two boxes, took them home and mixed one up with two cups of cold milk, as directed.

Pumpkin Spice is an "instant pudding" so it didn't take long to set.  When it was ready I took it out of the fridge and prepared for a taste test. 

The first thing that I noticed was that Pumpkin Spice isn't as thick as some of the other Jello puddings I have tried in the past (like vanilla and pistachio).  The consistency is thinner, like the soft filling of a pumpkin pie.  This makes sense, since the box states that Pumpkin Spice pudding can also be used as a pie filling.

The second thing I noticed was the flavor- this pudding really tastes like you are eating a pumpkin pie, minus the crust and whipped cream topping. The strongest flavor came from the ginger, but you can also taste the cinnamon and pumpkin in there.  The pumpkin flavor is artificial (there is no pumpkin listed in the ingredients, although cinnamon and ginger are there), but it didn't taste artificial to me.

So, is it worth buying for use as a pudding? Maybe, IF you really love the way pumpkin pie filling tastes on its own. Pumpkin Spice is advertised as a pudding AND a pie filling, but to me its texture and lack of creaminess made it more of a pie filling.  Without crust or whipped cream to break up the flavors, it was too decadent for me as a pudding and I couldn't eat an entire serving on my own.

Is it worth buying for use as a pie filling?  Yes!  The flavor is good and it really tastes like pumpkin pie.  When paired with other ingredients and a crust I think that Pumpkin Spice would really soar.  The box contains a recipe for pudding pie, and the cardboard display at the grocery store featured tear off recipes for Triple Layer Pumpkin Spice Pie (you can also find this recipe on the Kraft website, here). 
Good luck finding this new flavor at your local store.  Happy (grocery) shopping!)

Note:  I did not receive any compensation for this review.  I paid for the Pumpkin Spice Jello with my own money, because I thought it looked yummy.  All opinions expressed are my own.

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