The pros: Trader Joe’s Pumpkin and Sweet Cream Cheese Muffins are one of the first pumpkin items to hit shelves for 2018 and they are jumbo muffin sized.
The cons: If Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Bread Mix returns, then opt for that in place of this.
The verdict: Behold, the first bit of pumpkin hitting shelves. Not that some fall items haven’t already come back. For my local store they’ve already had the Ghosts and Bats out for a week now.
So, when my husband and I had to go away for a weekend I was on the hunt for snacks and breakfast items. So I grabbed these for my first meal of the day.
I love pumpkin. And these are pretty good. But be warned: they are sweet.
I love food where there is contrast. But that is not be found here beyond the two basic textures: soft and softer. The muffin is soft and the cream cheese icing is even softer.
These are good as their own as far as a pumpkin muffin goes. Nothing out of the ordinary. Good spice and a cake like texture. These however had the addition of sweetened cream cheese in the middle. However, that sweetened cream cheese was basically like frosting in terms of sweetness. Paired with a muffin and it was a lot of sweet to handle.
If you imagine the icing found on red velvet cake and put that in the middle of these then that will give you some sense of how sweet these are. If you have any lingering doubts as to the sweetness then let’s look at the nutritional information: 1 muffin contains 45g of sugar.
But to each their own. There was one element of sweetness that I could not figure out where it went: the walnut praline. If there was any, I’m pretty sure most of my box did not have any. I did not notice the taste or a crunchy texture which would have been an appreciated textural contrast.
Overall, as far as pumpkin muffins go they are good. But in all honestly, I’m anxiously awaiting the return of the pumpkin bread mix so I can make my own muffins.
For $3.99 these work out to less than $1 each. These are not the cupcake sized muffins either. These are something that came out of a jumbo sized pan. If you love pumpkin muffins and have no intention of making them yourself then they are at least worth a try. As far as I go, they aren’t worth a repurchase.
Here is the visual run down of what you get if you buy this product:
The box: of Trader Joe’s Pumpkin and Sweet Cream Cheese Muffins Topped with Walnut Pralines:
The nutritional information:
Out of the package you get:
Would I buy this again? While these were good, I would not buy Trader Joe’s Pumpkin and Sweet Cream Cheese Muffins Topped with Walnut Praline again. Using the pumpkin bread mix would be just as easy.
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