Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Bisque is a savory soup with pumpkin and fall spices. Oh, la de da! Now we are calling soup a Bisque now! Trader Joe’s has never been shy about using fancy words to describe new foods. The more snobby French and Italian words they can use to describe something simple like soup, the more they sell.
They know their market well. Upscale, urban, foodie shoppers! I’ve been eating so much pumpkin lately, that people think I have a tan because my skin is turning orange. Just kidding, but we haven’t even gotten to Halloween and the pumpkins are barely in the stores yet and I feel like I’ve been eating pumpkin laden products for at least 2 months now.
Let’s back up on the Bisque thing. Technically, a bisque is a French soup that has a stock made with lobster or other crustaceans. There is also lots of cream and it is all put in a blender to smooth it into a creamy smooth texture. So, technically not a bisque but pretty close. A smooth creamy pumpkin soup with lots of cream. The jar looked very appetizing sitting on the shelf in the soup section. I almost didn’t see it because of the pretty plain label on the jar. It has a nice pumpkin looking texture inside the clear jar.
This is pretty simple to fix. Just put in a pot or a microwave safe bowl and heat up until hot. A little dash of cream and maybe some chopped chives to dress it up and you are ready to go.
Final Verdict for Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Bisque
Unfortunately, that’s where the fun ends for this pumpkin bisque. Everything was right with this except the spices. It tastes like pumpkin pie. Actually, like pumpkin pie before you bake it. It’s sweet and it tastes like someone went crazy with the pumpkin pie spices. Yuck. Needless to say, I could barely choke down a small bowl of it and threw the rest of the jar away. Sorry Trader Joe’s. I know you put a lot of effort into this product, but it was a big fail.
I am going to give this 2 Bells for effort. Awful stuff.
INGREDIENTS: PUMPKIN PUREE, WATER, HONEY, HEAVY CREAM, OLIVE OIL, TAHINI SESAME SEED PASTE, ONION PUREE, APPLE CIDER VINEGAR, CORNSTARCH, GARLIC PUREE (GARLIC, WATER), SEA SALT, CITRIC ACID, CINNAMON POWDER, NUTMEG, WHITE PEPPER.
Servings per container 1 cup | Serving size 1 cup (252g) | Amount per serving: Calories 390, Total Fat 27g (35% DV), Saturated Fat 8g (40% DV), Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 25mg (8% DV), Sodium 790mg (34% DV), Total Carbohydrate 35g (13% DV), Dietary Fiber 4g (14% DV), Total Sugars 23g—Includes 22g Added Sugars (44% DV), Protein 4g, Vitamin D (0% DV), Calcium (8% DV), Iron (15% DV), Potassium (6%DV).
The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.