Laidback Gourmet: McDonald’s Pumpkin Pie

Hello, Happy October, and welcome back to the Laidback Gourmet. Last week I teased about something seasonal from McDonalds and surprisingly enough, this time it’s NOT the Shamrock Shake! Nope, this one is much more seasonally appropriate and has to deal with pureed pumpkins as apposed to what I can only assume is pureed Leprechauns. (Take THAT Lucky, that’s what you get for being so delicious!)

Am I the only one who saw bacon when they looked at the box art?

That’s right, the time has come for their single serving pumpkin pie to sit proudly next to their apple pies, which oddly enough is also completely seasonally appropriate. However, the fact that this is apple picking and cooking season always seems to take a back seat to a whole slew of pumpkin related products. Pumpkin bread, pumpkin muffin, pumpkin coffee, pumpkin tea, pumpkin smoothies, pumpkin pies, pumpkin donuts, pumpkin cheesecake, pumpkin shakes, pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin pancakes, the list goes on and on. And while this has become something of an internet joke this year, the explosion of pumpkin doesn’t bother me because, quite frankly, I love pumpkin! I like every single one of those previously mentioned pumpkin infused goods as well as just about any other ones they can come up with.

That’s half the reason I’m actually really excited about trying this McDonald’s pumpkin pie for the first time. The other half is that while you can argue about the overall quality of McDonald’s food in general, I genuinely enjoy their apple pie. They might not top of the line, high class, hoity toity made from freshly picked apples, but all in all, they’re pretty good single served toaster pies. Also, even though I never got around to reviewing them, I had nothing but good things to say about their Strawberry and Cream pies awhile back. So let’s see if their pumpkin pies are just as good:

It’s like that old matchstick puzzle: Can you add 2 more lines to get zero?

It looks pretty good, nicely toasted and it’s even still warm. Always a good sign. The smell is nice as well. It has a light spice aroma and there’s definitely a pumpkiny smell, you know, if pumpkiny is a word and at this point it might as well be. So the outside looks good but you know the old saying, “Ashes to ashes and dust to dust, the proof of the pudding is under the crust”

I was so excited over this my camera hand shook. That’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it.

Hmm, the color isn’t that bad but the texture looks a bit mushy and lumpy for pumpkin pie. Pumpkin pie, at least from the 100s of times I’ve made it, has a smoother consistency than this. To be fair though, that could just be due to the filling process and the way I tore the pie open. Well, I think I wasted enough time and this should be cool enough for me to eat it without horribly scalding myself, let’s try it.

*om nom nom*

…well, thats disappointing. First off, I was right about the texture. It’s hard to describe what’s wrong with it, it’s just off. The best way I can explain it is that it feels like you’re eating straight up pureed pumpkin and not a custard made of pumpkin which is essentially what a pumpkin pie is. Even worse that’s pretty much what it tastes like as well; as if someone mashed up pumpkin with some spices and served it up. There’s nothing TECHNICALLY wrong with that but the taste falls short of even the most basic pumpkin pie you can go and pie. Overall Id give it a 3 out of 5 for taste and even that might be slanted towards the high side because I’m such a pumpkin fiend. Sadly, nothing about this overall product is all that wacky, even the box it came in is about as safe and bland as you can get. Now, if it was the Grimace and Hamburgler having a knife fight around a ring of flaming Jack O Lanterns, I’d give it a huge score for wackiness. The taste however would still remain mediocre. Final Score:

Well, that concludes this edition of the Laidback Gourmet. Thank you as always for reading and please feel free to send any thoughts, suggestions or love my way at Until next time I’m Ed DiFolco, your Laidback Gourmet, and since I don’t think I really got my pumpkin fix this week, I guess I’ll just have to try again next week. Tis the season after all, dear readers.

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