But in our defense, Sonia and I really didn't grow up baking these things—Trader Joe's brand, Pillsbury, or otherwise. Sonia's family was a family of immigrants. And they chose to spend their hard-earned dollars on more familiar foods like churros and conchas, neither of which involve perplexing packaging or exploding tubes. My family was plagued with food allergies to wheat and sugar, among many others. So ready-to-bake pastries were unheard of in my childhood home. All this to say, please don't judge us too harshly when I tell you that we experienced the same difficulties with the packaging of this product. That's still Sonia's biggest complaint. She doesn't like the tube dealie.
But at any rate, the product within was good. And there were five little pumpkin rolls, not six. The bread was slightly cinnamony, but not particularly pumpkinny. The icing was by far the most pumpkin-riffic element of the product, with a taste falling somewhere in between melted pumpkin ice cream and pumpkin butter. The texture of the pumpkin icing was not unlike that of the sweet white frosting that came with those notorious cinnamon rolls. And like the original cinnamon roll icing, we used every last drop of it—and probably wouldn't have minded a tad more. It's a product most pumpkinophiles will surely enjoy.
In the end, though, I'd probably pick the original cinnamon rolls over these, while Sonia enjoyed these pumpkin-flavored ones a bit more—and our scores reflect those sentiments.
Nathan: 3.5 stars.
Sonia: 4 stars.
Bottom line: 7.5 out of 10.
I'm a bit leery of TJ's seasonal products... especially when they do an overkill of any flavor.,, I'm w/u... original cinnamon is the best and shouldn't be messed with..ReplyDelete
You think 35-45 (depending on who's counting) pumpkin products is overkill??Delete
just slightly.... lol... i cringe when tj brought out their version of Korean food.. I'm an American born Korean and I would never go out of my way and buy an American version of Korean food....Delete
Totally. I'm sure if you're used to the real thing, an American imitation is always a disappointment...Delete
Actually, I believe my Trader Joe's actually says they have 62 pumpkin products! And for some reason, I cannot find these rolls, the mini mouthfuls, or the pumpkin spice chai because they are perpetually out of stock!ReplyDelete
62!? Wow. Even I must admit that's pretty excessive.Delete
We never did find the mini pumpkin mouthfuls either. Glad Russ was able to find them and review them!
Yup, 62! My store has proudly placed a banner outside, staking its claim in the grocery world as the most pumpkin-fied store.Delete
Dang. Pumpkin Joe's is about right.Delete
I just went back to read the cinnamon roll post and was surprised and amused to see I was one of those judgey commenters. It is always fun to see proof of my lousy memory:)ReplyDelete
LOL. Judgey? Perhaps. But accurate. We appreciate your comments always :)Delete