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21 Pumpkin Spice Snacks Reviewed & Rated

October 17, 2017

Pumpkin Spice Snacks

Product photos by A Taste of Koko

Now that it’s officially fall, pumpkin spice snacks are taking over grocery store aisles. Lucky for us, they’re usually stationed in the front of the store for our grab-and-go convenience. To give you an idea of what these pumpkin snacks might taste like, Team Koko (Koko, Sarah, & Bianca) has personally taste tested through 21 pumpkin snacks – here are our reviews.

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pumpkin pie popcorn

PUMPKIN PIE POPCORN

Popcorn and walnuts seasoned with a holiday spice blend covered in sweet caramel sauce.

Whole Foods Market

ST: Honestly, this just tastes like caramel corn, and it’s only slightly pumpkin-y. The cinnamon makes it taste like fall, though.
Rating: 2.5/5

BH: This looks like caramel popcorn, and it tastes/feels like it too. Though it’s good, I’m not sure why you wouldn’t just buy regular caramel popcorn.
Rating: 3/5

KO: Not bad, I would eat this at a holiday party. Tastes like a loaf of gingerbread!
Rating: 3/5

 

pumpkin spice bites

PUMPKIN SPICE BITES

Pumpkin pie spiced apple filled snacks.

Whole Foods Market

ST: YES I LIKE THIS, it has a nice touch of apple and it tastes like little crunchy apple pie pockets. It has just enough pumpkin and a good amount of spice (also gluten-free, wow!).
Rating: 4/5

BH: You get the crunch from the outside layer and then have a bit of the soft apple filling in the center. It has a strange aftertaste though.
Rating: 2/5

KO: Whoa, it’s like spongy on the first bite, and then you taste the apple.
Rating: 2/5

 

pumpkin tortilla chips

PUMPKIN CHIPS

These chips, made with organic yellow corn, are infused with just the right amount of Pumpkin for any snack break.

Whole Foods Market

ST: Hmm, they taste like lightly sweetened tortilla chips? I only taste the sweetness right when I put it in my mouth and then it’s gone really quickly after that. Would rather eat normal tortilla chips.
Rating: 1/5

BH: The “pumpkin” flavor is very muted and I feel like is the only seasoning on the chips (so it’s not salty at all). Would say this just tastes like unflavored tortilla chips.
Rating: 1/5

KO: These taste just like regular tortilla chips!
Rating: 1/5

 

pumpkin spice coconut macaroons

PUMPKIN SPICE SNAKAROONS

Yummy mounds of coconut pumpkin goodness.

Whole Foods Market

ST: Oh boy, this is too much coconut for me. I like the soft texture, but the coconut taste is overwhelming!
Rating: 0/5

BH: It’s an interesting flavor. I don’t really taste the pumpkin flavoring but the coconut taste definitely shines through.
Rating: 1/5

KO: It’s like an American macaroon with a touch of spice. It’s also super sweet.
Rating: 1/5

 

pumpkin spiced apple cider

PUMPKIN SPICED APPLE CIDER

A blend of real apple juice not from concentrate and pumpkin puree.

Whole Foods Market

ST: It’s not too sweet, and there’s just enough pumpkin taste to tell that it’s pumpkin. Honestly, I’d rather just drink normal apple cider.
Rating: 2/5

BH: It tastes exactly like apple juice with a little bit of pumpkin flavoring in the aftertaste.
Rating: 3/5

KO: Isn’t this just apple cider?
Rating: 1/5

 

pumpkin spice granola

PUMPKIN SPICE GRANOLA WITH CRANBERRIES AND APPLES

Crunchy spiced granola with a touch of sweet dried cranberries and apples.

Whole Foods Market

ST: This tastes like Kashi granola but with more spices. The pumpkin flavor is really subtle though; I’m not sure if I can even taste it?
Rating: 2/5

BH: Tastes like granola with a light layer of pumpkin seasoning. Pumpkin flavoring is very faint and I don’t really taste it.
Rating: 3/5

KO: I’d eat this with yogurt for those cold fall mornings. I like that it’s not too spiced.
Rating: 4/5

 

pumpkin spice sandwich cookies

PUMPKIN SPICE CHEESECAKE SANDWICH CREMES

Pumpkin spice cookies sandwiched with soft cheesecake creme.

Whole Foods Market

ST: This is pretty sweet but really good for when you’re in the mood for pumpkin spice because it actually tastes like pumpkin spice. Tastes like fall!
Rating: 2/5

BH: Wow you can smell the sweetness from the cookie as soon as you take it out of the box. The cookie is the perfect combination of soft but firm and the cream in between is very sweet.
Rating: 3/5

KO: A box of pumpkin spice cheesecake sandwich cremes, a cup of hot tea, and Netflix.
Rating: 4/5

 

pumpkin whoopie pie

PUMPKIN CHOCOLATE CHIP WHOOPIE PIE

This whoopie pie is gluten free & vegan for a healthy fall treat.

Wheatsville Co-op

ST: I like this, it’s kind of awkwardly large and weirdly shaped for whoopie pies, but the creme is not too excessive (or sweet). It’s really cakey and dense though, so I could probably only eat one at a time.
Rating: 2.5/5

BH: The size of these whoopie pies is pretty big. You can definitely taste the pumpkin but the ratio of creme to whoopie pie is disproportionate.
Rating: 2/5

KO: Very bready and weird aftertaste. Okay, I just read the label and it’s vegan and gluten-free, so not bad.
Rating: 1/5

 

Pumpkin pie almonds

PUMPKIN PIE ALMONDS

White chocolate pumpkin pie coated almonds.

Wheatsville Co-op

ST: This tastes like yogurt almonds? They’re only slightly pumpkin spice-y; I probably wouldn’t go out of my way to buy them.
Rating: 1.5/5

BH: They taste like regular chocolate covered almonds. Since the chocolate is white chocolate, it’s pretty sweet and the pumpkin flavoring doesn’t really shine through. On the bright side, the brown and orange coloring definitely is very fall-themed.
Rating: 2/5

KO: I’m not one for candy but I’ve eaten 1/4 of the container while editing this post.
Rating: 3/5

 

pumpkin apple bread

PUMPKIN APPLE BREAD

Pumpkin bread baked with apples for that fall treat we all crave.

Wheatsville Co-op

ST: This tastes like normal pumpkin bread, but it has a good crust on the outside. I can’t really taste the apple though.
Rating: 3/5

BH: Tastes pretty much like regular pumpkin bread. Nice and moist on the inside.
Rating: 4/5

KO: I imagine this will be amazing warmed up in the oven with some cream cheese.
Rating: 4/5

 

pumpkin pie soda

PUMPKIN PIE SODA

A product of Maine Root Soda, this soda is pumpkin pie in a bottle

Wheatsville Co-op

ST: Oh my god, this tastes like medicine. EW.
Rating: 0/5

BH: I honestly didn’t think it was that bad. It’s very light and the pumpkin flavoring wasn’t overwhelming. It almost tastes like peach flavoring. I generally like Maine Root sodas and I know they can be very strong so I was pleased.
Rating: 3/5

KO: Just no. Pumpkin pie should not be bottled.
Rating: 0/5

 

pumpkin o's cereal

PUMPKIN O’S

This cereal is vegan & gluten-free, making for a light and healthy breakfast.

Trader Joe’s

ST: I can definitely tell from first taste that they’re gluten free, but it’s not bad. They’re very crunchy and airy; it tastes like spiced honey nut cheerios.
Rating: 3/5

BH: Though these O’s may be small, they definitely pack a punch in terms of pumpkin flavoring.
Rating: 4/5

KO: Crunchy with a slight taste of pumpkin.
Rating: 3/5

 

pumpkin cereal bars

PUMPKIN CEREAL BARS

Soft-baked cereal bars with a pumpkin spice flavoring

Trader Joe’s

ST: I’ve always been into cereal bars, so I like this. Tastes like pumpkin but not overwhelming, and I like the softness of the baked bar.
Rating: 3/5

BH: The cereal bar is very soft on the outside and the filling on the inside is perfectly spiced. Perfect for when you are on the go.
Rating: 4/5

KO: If you want pumpkin on-the-go, you’ll love these cereal bars.
Rating: 4/5

 

pumpkin spiced caramel corn

PUMPKIN SPICE CARAMEL CORN

This caramel corn has walnuts AND pumpkin seeds in it. Gluten-free

Trader Joe’s

ST: honestly tastes a lot like the other one, but I like this one better. This one has more spice flavor and I like the addition of pumpkin seeds.
Rating: 3/5

BH: Though this is the same as the other one, I thought this bag just had a nuttier flavor. I’m not sure if it’s just because of the added pumpkin seeds but the flavors are more nuanced.
Rating: 4/5

KO: Love this! Pumpkin spice snacks that are caramel corn? Dangerously addicting.
Rating: 5/5

 

pumpkin joe joe's cookies

PUMPKIN JOE’S JOE’S

Pumpkin sandwich cookies with pumpkin cream filling in every bite.

Trader Joe’s

ST: This has a very strong pumpkin smell right out of the box. It kind of tastes like a lemon creme cookie but spicier.
Rating: 2/5

BH: When I pulled the cookie out of the box, the pumpkin scent was very strong. The cookie is a nice texture but the cream is flavored with pumpkin as well. They were seriously not kidding about getting a pumpkin taste in every bite.
Rating: 3/5

KO: My first time having Trader Joe’s famous Joe Joes and I’m not a fan. It has a powdery taste.
Rating: 2/5

 

pumpkin spice cookies

PETITE PUMPKIN SPICE COOKIES

Shortbread cookies with spice covered in yogurt

Trader Joe’s

ST: I love yogurt-covered things, so I think this is pretty good. A little sweet once you’re done eating it, but I like the shortbread cookie and it has just enough spice
Rating: 4/5

BH: Ugh I love how they are pumpkin-shaped! Super cute. They’re very sweet and remind me of animal crackers. Little kids will definitely get a kick out of these.
Rating: 4/5

KO: These are like those white and pink cookies I ate growing up. Love these.
Rating: 4/5

 

PUMPKIN & ROASTED PEPITAS COOKIES

Crisp and thin cookies.

Trader Joe’s

ST: this is more along the lines of the kind of cookie I enjoy eating, I like that it’s thin and crispy and it has an obvious pumpkin spice flavor that is not too overwhelming and not too sweet! I like!
Rating 4/5

BH: These remind me of the almond cookies I would have when I was younger. They’re really thin and light and I am a big fan of the pumpkin seeds baked into the middle.
Rating: 5/5

KO: Crunchy pumpkin cookies, I kind of wish there were chocolate chips in these but other than that, I’m a fan! Add this to your pumpkin spice snacks list.
Rating: 4/5

 

pumpkin soup crackers

PUMPKIN SOUP CRACKERS (GLUTEN-FREE)

Seasoned brown rice crackers with pumpkin puree and oats.

Trader Joe’s

ST: Wow, I was not expecting these to be salty but I really like it! It tastes like those ranch flavored wheat thin crisps you get on airplanes. They’re not very pumpkin-y, but still good regardless!
Rating: 5/5

BH: These are nice and salty but I can’t really taste the pumpkin flavoring. I’d be interested in knowing what kinds of soups would pair well with these.
Rating: 4/5

KO: Finally something savory! I love love these. With all the sweet pumpkin spice snacks that we’ve tried, this is a relief. I thought these would be sweet but they’re like a savory pumpkin soup flavor.
Rating: 5/5

 

pumpkin toaster pastries

FROSTED PUMPKIN TOASTER PASTRIES

Soft baked toaster pastries with a pumpkin filling.

Trader Joe’s

ST: I like these. I love toaster pastries in general, and this one has a really good texture. It’s not too much frosting, and just enough pumpkin flavor!
Rating: 4/5

BH: I’m not a huge fan of toaster pastries so these tasted pretty run of the mill to me.
Rating: 2/5

JK: I do not like toaster pastries, so I still don’t like toaster pastries.
Rating: 0/5

 

pumpkin biscotti

PUMPKIN BISCOTTI MADE WITH PUMPKIN PUREE AND SPICES

Mini pumpkin biscotti baked to a crisp.

Trader Joe’s

ST: I’m honestly not a huge fan of biscotti because they hurt my teeth, but I dipped this in my coffee and it was really good. It has a good pumpkin flavor and tastes like most biscotti I’ve had in my life, but they’re super yummy with coffee!
Rating: 4/5

BH: These are super good. Biscottis have a more nuanced, mature flavor to me in that the flavors don’t jump out at you so I appreciated this.
Rating: 5/5

KO: I’d dunk these in a cup of hot tea. It’s sweeter than the typical biscotti but still really good.
Rating: 4/5

 

pumpkin hard cider

ACE PUMPKIN HARD CIDER

I had to end this round-up of pumpkin spice snacks with a boozy pumpkin hard cider.

Whole Foods

TBD

 

What should #TeamKoko try next? Let us know in the comments below!

WRITTEN BY:

Jane Ko is the blogger behind A Taste of Koko, Austin's top food and travel blog. She is a social media marketer, blogger, food photographer, and the host of the largest SXSW food crawl. Lives in Austin, find her on Google+

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