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Yoplait Light – Pumpkin Pie Yogurt

Posted in Confectionaries

The pumpkin season is upon us folks! I’ve never seen so many people go crazy for pumpkin flavored things – I feel like there are few things that do not have a pumpkin incarnation out right now. I know I’ve talked about it before, but I am lactose intolerant. I haven’t always been, which I think makes it even worse because I know how tasty dairy treats are but cannot have them. Occasionally I will subject myself to something dairy either out of extreme want or extreme depression (hah!)

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I must admit, when I could eat yogurt, I was a plain vanilla kinda gal. I dabbled in a few other flavors, but for the most part, I enjoyed vanilla. I definitely love pumpkin flavored things. Fall is my favorite season and as soon as I see the pumpkin foods start hitting the shelves I get excited. Aside from homemade pumpkin pie, there is a local place that has pumpkin waffles that are so delicious. They are made with a pumpkin batter, topped with a huge scoop of pumpkin pie mix and home made whipped cream sprinkled with nutmeg. I’m drooling just thinking about it. I think my biggest qualm with pumpkin flavored food is that usually it ends up tasting really artificial.

I was slightly disappointed that the pumpkin pie yogurt only came in a 4-pack. I find it annoying when you buy something and it doesn’t taste that great and you’re stuck with a bunch more of it. For the most part, Yoplait hasn’t really done me wrong in the flavor department, so I figured that 4 small cups wasn’t too much to invest in.

I decided to have one as dessert and despite it looking like peach yogurt when I opened the top I was intrigued. I think all the pumpkin-fied things in my life left me with some sort of preconceived idea of how I expected this to taste… and… it tasted nothing like I expected. When I think pumpkin pie I think rich pumpkin flavor with lots of cinnamon and nutmeg. The flavor of this yogurt was rather underwhelming. It kind of tasted slightly like potpourri infused yogurt. It was a weird mix of faint pumpkin flavor and sprite? It’s hard to describe the taste, but I only made it two spoonfuls in before I decided that the trashcan would enjoy it more than I was.

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Texture: 5/5 – I think this is the only section that this yogurt would get a high mark in. I am not a fan of yogurt with things in it. The texture of weird gelatinous fruit chunks in yogurt is enough to make me gag just thinking about it.

Smell: 2/5 – This had an extremely faint pumpkin smell although if you did not know it was pumpkin yogurt, you probably wouldn’t have picked up on the smell.

Appearance: 3/5 – What can I say? Its orange colored yogurt. No visible spices or pumpkin bits.

Taste: 1.5/5 – This stuff was downright almost inedible to me. I couldn’t over the weird flavoring that sort of tasted like pumpkin. Sadly the other three cups went into the rectangular file. Maybe next year Yoplait.

October 23, 2013
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Limited Edition Pringles – Pumpkin Pie Spice

Posted in Chips, Confectionaries

First – Hello to anyone that has found me via the lovely Albany Dana from Eat Up Albany! Thanks for the blog lovin’ y’all. Second – I apologize now for the one subpar picture in this review – pinkie promise I will reupload new ones tomorrow when the light is better in the batcave. FIXED.

So today while perusing Walmart after work looking to see if they had anything new in (by the way the Limited Edition Peppermint Bark Muddy Buddies were back in stock at the store by my house – if you have been unable to locate them, maybe your store got restocked too!). I checked all the usual places – the main aisle, endcaps, focal area near the front of the store where they tend to put seasonal food, etc. I had picked up a few things, top secret since they will make their debut here soon, took a gander down the seasonal food aisle, but it was about 40% set, the rest was just empty shelves. I decided to hit the chip aisle, just out of curiosity and what did I see?

YES! The magical unicorn that is Pumpkin Pie Spice Pringles. I had given up hope of ever getting my hands on these because so many other people have already reviewed them that I figured that the snack food junkies in my area (if that is a real thing) went in late one night and bought all of them up. There were about 3, 3/4 full cases haphazardly shoved onto a top shelf.

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I think I scared the natives with my excitement in the chip aisle. I wasn’t jumping around all crazy like or anything – I don’t need to get banned from one of my snack food meccas – but I must have looked like She-Ra in the middle of the aisle holding up the can of Pumpkin Pie Spice Pringles, with less blond hair and more black, no sword, and minus my twin brother.

I was so excited about these that I even called my Mom on the way home to tell her the news. You would think I just hit the lottery or something. I guess you can say that I am easily amused.

I was a bit nervous to try these, because I had just hyped these up so much in my mind that they were nothing short of magical space Pringles. I popped the can, anticipating a potent aroma of spices, but I was greeted with the familiar Pringles crisp smell and the tiniest of tiny hint of what my guess would be cinnamon. A visual inspection of the crisp concerned me slightly as well because I was used to the heavy smattering of flavor dust of other flavors, and visually that was non-existent.

Moment of truth – Upon first bite, I was a bit underwhelmed. Where was the flavor punch I was looking for? So I decided to try a few more, and then a few more turned into a bunch more, and then a bunch more turned into half the can before I forced myself to put them down. I would venture to say that the pumpkin flavor is nil in this crisp, and it strictly just spices of pumpkin pie. It was a delicious blend of sweet and salty. I licked the top of the chip and was greeted with mostly just an extreme sweet flavor with undertones of cinnamon and nutmeg. Protip: Just eating the chip will yield you a better experience – don’t be a creepy chip licker.

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Texture: 3/5 – The texture of this crisp is like any other Pringle – nothing overly exciting. Standard potato flakes compressed into a duck bill creating shape.

Smell: 1/5 -These crisps have no smell other than that of the potato – its kind of weird.

Appearance: 2/5 – Nothing visually sets these chips apart from a seemingly normal Pringle except a minute amount of brown speckles from cinnamon and/or nutmeg.

Taste: 5/5 – I must admit that I was very skeptical of these. Sweet and salty Pringles? Sounds like gypsy magic to me. But Pringles proved that they can bring it again with this perfectly balanced chip. I would compare it to kettle corn or something of that nature. They enhance each other. Buy these up while you can, you wont regret it.

She-Ra image is property of Mattel.

November 9, 2012
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