Friday, September 17, 2010

Little Debbie Pumpkin Delights

OK, I will admit I may be going a little heavy on the fall/Halloween type product reviews lately. But I think we all know what a girl boner I have for Halloween, so we are just going to humor me here.

Little Debbie seems to make somewhere around 9 zillion different products. I have reviewed a few of them. And for the most part I am indifferent to Debbie's feminine wiles (although I do have a soft spot for the differently shaped "Fancy Cakes"). I've seen the Pumpkin Delights on shelves for several years now, though I have never felt the need to try them. But as it so often does, the fact that I have never reviewed them served as a good enough reason to do it.

Pumpkin Delights are soft, filled cookies. What kind of cookie, and filled with what, are both good questions. Questions, in fact, that the product box doesn't feel the need to answer. Debbie is a chicklet of few words. But by looking at the ingredients and using the box photo as rough guides, you certainly might assume that the filling itself is actually pumpkin.

Each individually wrapped cookie looks vaguely like a pumpkin -- albeit one that has had most of its forehead cut off during some odd, possibly PMS-induced rage by the mysterious (homicidal?) Debbie. Well, looks aren't everything...and for these cookies, that is a good thing.

The smell of the cookie is nice. It has a spicy, almost pumpkin pie scent that is accented by molasses.

But how does it taste?

The cookie itself does have a pleasant molasses taste. It's a little on the sweet side, but not in a bad or overwhelming way. There's a healthy dose of cinnamon, too. There is also a hint of pumpkin flavor -- but honestly, if I didn't know to be looking for it, I can't say I would have called the taste anything other than generic "spice." The overall texture of the cookie is nice and soft.

The filling is limited to the eyes and the mouth -- note the orange, kinda cataract-looking filling cornea above -- but apart from a slight change in texture (the filling is stickier), both the filling and the cookie itself taste pretty similar.

OK, so it wasn't exactly an in-your-face pumpkin taste. But I love molasses cookies, so I still thought they were tasty enough. Honestly, they're not something I would go crazy looking for, but I wouldn't turn one down if it was offered to me.

If you're a big molasses cookie fan, you may want to try these.


Albertsons Supermarket




150 calories per cookie.


Contains wheat, milk and eggs. May also contain tree nuts.



SilentAngel said...

even if u seem not to like it that much i think it is looking tasty :)

Michael and Natalie said...

So what did the ingredients list in way of other-than-flour ingredients? Any indicators of what fruits, if any, where used?

Gigi said...

SilentAngel: It's not the worst cookie I have ever had- I liked the molasses flavor (although to be honest Archway makes the BEST iced molasses cookies).

The texture was nice and sift which I always like in a cookie. For $1.00 for 8 cookies you could certainly do worse.

Natalie: I think I was happier prior to reading the ingredient list. It is filled with a lot of artificial ingredients. And if there was any fruit used it is not specifically listed. Pumpkin puree is- so at least they had that going for them.

Dr. Steve said...

Whatever's going on, I can't add this to my Live Bookmarks on Firefox. It wants to load it onto Feedburner. Can you fix that?

Gigi said...

Dr. Steve:
I'm not sure what the deal with Feedburner is to be honest. I have tried reinstalling it and that does not seem to have helped.

If anyone out there who works with it more then I do has any suggestions I would sure appreciate it- until then I am waiting to hear back from Feedburner themselves.