Well, it’s that season again. Everything with pumpkin pie spice and this year, Trader Joe’s has gone overboard. I started seeing the pumpkin stuff hitting the shelves in mid-August but couldn’t bring myself to buy any of it until we got into September. Well, we had some cool rainy weather so I said, it’s time to start.
One of the first things I picked up was Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Bagels (This review is for the regular bagels, not the gluten free ones) because we go through a lot of bagels in my house (and I am still pissed off that they stopped selling the whole wheat bagels in early 2019). I picked up a bag of these and was a little skeptical because they looked like cheap supermarket bagels and not the high quality bagels that Trader Joe’s is known for.
The next morning, I pulled one out and it looked like mushy bread and not a real bagel. I tried to cut it in half and I was kind of able to do that but it was all soft, just like the crappy ones you get at Safeway. If I wasn’t doing a review for this blog, I probably would’ve just thrown it in the trash, but I soldiered on.
I toasted it hoping that the bagel would firm up a bit and get a nice crisp edge to it. I waited and waited until I saw it was getting nice and brown and I could smell that telltale aroma of pumpkin pie spice emanating from my toaster oven. I wanted to keep this a fair review, so I didn’t try the pumpkin cream cheese. Probably a good thing since I would be completely overwhelmed by the pumpkin pie spice.
After I toasted the bagel halves, I put some regular Trader Joe’s cream cheese on them, and was I disappointed. These bagels, while they had a decent flavor of pie spices, and supposedly they have pumpkin flour, the texture was a huge letdown. They were soft and doughy and had no bite to them. I would never buy these again and will probably just feed them to the dogs.
Trader Joe’s can do much better than this. This was a huge disappointment for them.
On a scale of 1 to 10 Bells, I am going to have to give this 1 bell. It was AWFUL! Don’t buy them…
- CONTAINS WHEAT.