Monday, November 25, 2013

Pumpkin Spice Jello - ???

Pumpkin Spice Jello - ???
So... I totally forgot where I bought this. Maybe Wegman's? Target? I'm not sure, but I think this is a grocery store staple, so you should be able to find it at a lot of locations this season.
We're finally at the end of my pumpkin haul! I will be posting some pumpkin coffees over the next two days, but that's it! Honestly, I am a bit excited to move on to other foods. I never thought it'd be possible, but I think I may have pumpkin-ed myself out.
(*Gasp!*) Then again I have reviewed 26+ pumpkin items this season, which is even more than last year's haul.
Moving on to today's post...
Pumpkin Spiced Jello! At first the name doesn't sound too appealing, but you have to remember that Jello likes to make puddings that can double as pie fillings. (This is basically insta-pumpkin-pie!)
The box is pretty boring. Actually, it looks a lot like Jello's butterscotch pudding. Since it's just a standard instant pudding box with a limited edition label, I won't discuss the design. I saw other boxes with scattered fall leaves, which were more festive, but I somehow missed the seasonal package.

If you have never tried to make instant pudding, it's insanely easy. All I had to do was add two cups of cold milk to a shaker, pour the contents of the packet on top, and shake for 45 seconds. Talk about instant gratification. To class things up a bit I poured the pudding mixture into these fancy cups for photographing. Using fancy containers can really make a cheap dessert look a lot more sophisticated. If I had these out at Thanksgiving no one would ever know it was instant pudding mix!

While I waited for it to set up I licked cleaned the shaker. The liquid-y mixture didn't taste like pumpkin spice at all! It was really cinnamon-y, which was yummy, but not what I was hoping for.

After my mixture had set, the other spices became a bit more pronounced, but the cinnamon still reigned supreme. I topped my pudding with a little whipped cream and a sprinkling of pumpkin pie spice, which looked lovely, and it also brought out more of the nutmeg.

The finished pudding is sweet and spicey, but it tastes more like a snickerdoodle than a pumpkin pie. I could see this dessert making a delicious base for an apple tart, or other apple dishes, but there is no way this will ever replace pumpkin pie.

On a Pumpkin Scale of 1-5 (5 being the most pumpkin-y) I’d give this a 2.5. At first it tastes very cinnamon-y, but if you let it set up in the fridge the pumpkin spice flavors become a bit more balanced. I recommend topping this with whipped cream and a few shakes of pumpkin spice.  
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