How good can a $5.99 pie taste?
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I am thrilled to tell you that pumpkin pie season has officially arrived at Costco and I have taste-tested the 2018 Costco Kirkland Signature Pumpkin Pie! Every year around this time it seems like I find half of the shopping carts at Costco all contain this same classic item.
Pumpkin pie is traditionally pumpkin puree, eggs, sugar and spices baked into a pie crust. There are numerous recipes available online for homemade pumpkin pie and they all have slight individual tweaks. To make a pumpkin pie from scratch is pretty labor-intensive and unfortunately they don’t always turn out looking or tasting as good as you hope they will. Costco pumpkin pie has basically turned me off of ever making pumpkin pie again. I definitely enjoy baking Thanksgiving desserts but after trying this pumpkin pie there’s no going back for me.
It had been a while since I have tasted the Costco Pumpkin Pie but I can confirm that this year the pie remains delicious! The filling basically melts in your mouth and is very soft. We tried the pie the same day it was made, so it’s possible the filling may firm up after it has been out a few days. Despite the filling being so soft, it is still easy to cut and the slices hold their shape well. The Costco Pumpkin Pie is simple, sweet and delicious. The spices are balanced and complement each other; you can definitely taste nutmeg and cinnamon and you don’t get any overpowering tastes of any one particular spice. The pie crust is quite soft, slightly flaky, not too crispy and also not very thick. The flavor of the crust is really nice and subtly buttery. If you enjoy quite a thick, crispy, extremely flaky crust you may be slightly disappointed. I ate all of my crust which I think says something considering a lot of people like to leave the crust if it’s too dry.
Actual pumpkin is very healthy for you, but pumpkin pie is not. Nutritionally there’s a reason we only eat pumpkin pie a few times a year!
Costco Pumpkin Pie comes conveniently packed in a large protective plastic container that can be resealed after opening. I like to slice mine up into individual pieces and then place the entire container in the freezer. This makes it super easy to grab a slice to defrost whenever I feel like it. This pie is the perfect treat to bring to work or to a Thanksgiving gathering. If you’re like me and can’t eat Pumpkin Pie without whipped cream then there’s one job you need to do in order to complete this dessert. If you get out of baking the pie, whipping the cream seems like a breeze. I love adding a dash of cinnamon to my pumpkin pie whipped cream (try it, it’s so good!). Costco is always fully-stocked with these pies prior to the holiday, so fear not because if you go, you’ll probably easily get one. Last Thanksgiving at Costco they had an actual tower of these ready for shoppers.
I believe the price point of the Pumpkin Pie from Costco is what causes home bakers drop their rolling pins, turn off their ovens and drive to Costco every holiday season. This massive 12 inch pie is $5.99 Canadian. It’s almost unbelievable how cheap it is considering how good it tastes. To buy all the ingredients for Pumpkin Pie from scratch, you’re probably looking at more than $5.99. I wouldn’t want to see this pie any cheaper because I would fear the quality might be compromised. I have no problem spending $5.99 on this delicious dessert. At this price, I’d totally bring one of these to work for my coworkers to enjoy.
In summary, I don’t think it’s possible to find a cheaper, tastier pumpkin pie for the holiday season. If you make your own pie from scratch, I commend you! Even so, a Costco pumpkin pie is great to have as a backup or even just to enjoy in the weeks before or after Thanksgiving. For those of you like me who are repeat purchasers of the Costco Pumpkin Pie, you and your guests will not be disappointed this year.
What’s your favorite Thanksgiving dessert? Do you prefer whipped cream or ice cream with your pumpkin pie?