For me, fall in Hawaii means breaking out the seasonal flavors, since I won’t be breaking out the cute sweaters and boots. I love, love, love, pumpkin flavors, so know that ahead of time. While browsing Target’s website for my weekly visit, I noticed they have quite a few seasonal food treats, so I decided to pick some up and put them to the test.
Target’s fall food selection doesn’t disappoint and this is only a small fraction of what they offer. Sadly, a lot of it isn’t available here in Hawaii, but it’s worth checking your local store if you share my enthusiasm for fall food!
Here’s what I tried and my unfiltered thoughts…
Fall Food From Target – What To Try + What To Skip
Pumpkin Cheesecake Ice Cream – I saw a preview for this ice cream on AllRecipes and decided that if I could find it, I wanted to try it. Well, our store finally stocked it, so I picked it up. I will say that I was a huge fan of the Pumpkin Cheesecake flavor, because the taste wasn’t overpowering and it definitely had the tang of cheesecake. Plus – big bonus – pieces of graham cracker crust in there to balance out the sweetness. This was a big win for me, but a major fail for Dane, who said it was too cheesecake-y in flavor for him.
Apple Crisp Ice Cream – I saw a preview for this ice cream on AllRecipes and decided that if I could find it, I wanted to try it. Well, our store finally stocked it, so I picked it up. I knew from the first bite that this was going to be a big no for me. It’s SUPER sweet and the cinnamon flavor was a little overpowering for me. That said, this was Dane’s favorite. It all worked out, because I ate the pumpkin and he ate the apple 🙂
Pumpkin Spice Cheerios – If you buy just one thing on this list, let it be these. They’re the perfect balance of subtle pumpkin with the classic Cheerios crunch. Obviously, I really enjoy them in the Marshmallow Cheerio Bars I made, but they’re equally good to just put in a bag and munch on plain. Admittedly, I don’t eat cereal like a normal person (with milk) so I cannot validate how they taste that way, but I imagine pretty good!
Pumpkin Cheesecake Cookies – Okay, these are delicious. I did not have high hopes, if I’m being honest, because after all the *too sweet* pumpkin items I tried, I really believed these were going to be a swing and a miss. Imagine my surprise when I bit into the cookie and it was a perfectly balanced pumpkin-ginger flavor with sweet cream filling. The box says the filling is cheesecake, but I’m going to stick my neck out and say it tastes nothing like cheesecake. I am not a big cookie eater, but I would definitely buy these again. I plan to turn the rest of my box into a seasonal pie crust – stay tuned!
Pumpkin Spice Almonds – Mmmmm okay – so I have *thoughts* on these. I had the impression in my head that mixture of white chocolate and pumpkin would create a subtle flavor and instead I was greeted with a pumpkin flavor explosion in my mouth. If you really love pumpkin spice, or are looking for something to add to a seasonal charcuterie, this is it. If ALL THE FALL FLAVORINGS are really not your thing, maybe skip these. I did have the idea to maybe use these to make a fall dessert, but TBD on that!
Silk Pumpkin Spice Creamer – I buy this every year and while I absolutely love it, after using Nutpods daily, it tastes very, very sweet to me. It’s certainly a nice dairy-free treat, though, and I will continue to buy it when it comes out, but a little bit goes a long way. 10/10 for pumpkin flavor, though, because even though I’m only using a splash, the flavoring is pretty strong, which I enjoy.
Pumpkin Spice Coffee – I loved this. There is no six ways around it. As soon as I got it home, I loaded it into our refillable K-Cups. It tastes just like a more expensive brand (ahem – S*Bucks), but with the same great pumpkin flavor. Now, I will say – I don’t feel like it’s as strong as the normal Hawaiian coffee we drink, but it’s so delicious, I don’t mind having a second cup.
Pumpkin Boom Chicka Pop – Alright, I saved this one for last, because I was admittedly really skeptical about it. I LOVE Angie’s Popcorn (hello – Salted Caramel Popcorn Ice Cream Pie!), but something about pumpkin popcorn had me feeling some type of way…and it wasn’t good. As it turns out, this was so delicious I ate almost the entire bag in one sitting at my desk. Whoops! It’s really, really good and not in an overly-pumpkin flavor type of way. More like a salty maple with hints of seasonal flavorings (think nutmeg, pumpkin and cinnamon) type of way. Oh gosh it’s so, so good. I highly recommend a bag to snack on!
And there you have it – my full pumpkin food from Target review. Have you tried any of these, or is there something I absolutely need to get my hands on to sample?