Reviewing Starbucks Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffin, McDonald’s Pumpkin and Cream Pie, & More


This snack review has Starbucks Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffin, McDonald’s Pumpkin and Creme Pie, Lindt Maple Milk Chocolate Truffles, Hostess Iced Pumpkin Cupcakes, and Brach’s Fall Festival Candy Corn. Most of these snacks and foods were decent at best, although one stood out: the Starbucks Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffin. It was just amazing to see how much better a pumpkin muffin can be when comparing the Starbucks and Dunkin’ version.

Starbucks Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffin

Score: 7.5 / 10

Starbucks Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffin on a table.

Not too sweet but still a little on sweeter side. It’s got the right amount of thickness, just slightly crumbly, and it’s also soft, moist, and has an overall pleasant texture. The taste is clearly pumpkin, and the center of cream cheese is semi-sweet that has the texture of a thick soft-solid-goop, and is just overall a nice addition to both the texture and taste of the muffin. This is much better in every metric compared to Dunkin’s Pumpkin Muffin which I reviewed here.

Returning August 2023 alongside other fall based items, this muffin has been around for at least a few years.

McDonald’s Pumpkin and Creme Pie

Score: 6 / 10

McDonald's Pumpkin and Creme Pie on a napkin.

A little on the sweet side but still not overbearing in any sense, in fact, it could use some more sweetness. It’s warm and soft, having a gooey filling of equal parts pumpkin and cream cheese. The pumpkin is a little stronger in taste than the cream cheese. Neither are overpowering, both however, taste somewhat artificial. There’s also a light cinnamon taste alongside it all which was nice. What bothered me most is that this pie tastes like a typical low quality pie you’d find at a gas station and warm up. The small size didn’t help either.

First released around fall 2021, this has been rereleased around the same time since.

McDonald's Pumpkin and Creme Pie on a napkin.

Lindt Lindor Maple Milk Chocolate Truffles

Score: 6.5 / 10

Front package of Lindt Lindor Limited Edition Maple Milk Chocolate Truffles.

Standard Lindt truffle texture with a soft-solid shell and melt-in-your-mouth center. The soft solid milk chocolate shell is noticable when biting in and when reaching the inside, the light maple flavored center mostly takes over. The combination of chocolate and maple is pleasant and interesting. These truffles are a bit sweet overall as well. If you’re into Lindt truffles or maple, these are definitely worth a try.

Released around mid to late summer 2022 for the fall season. This has come back in 2023 as well.

Hostess Iced Pumpkin Cupcakes

Score: 6.5 / 10 (7.5 if refrigerated)

Front box of Hostess Iced Limited Edition Pumpkin Cupcakes.

Texture is typical of their standard other cupcakes: soft, moist, and thick, and like the others, it’s leans towards the sweeter side. The taste is mostly sugar tasting with some, almost bitter, odd, artificial tasting pumpkin. Weirdly, fridging these brings out a noticeably more of a pleasant, sweet pumpkin taste. To sum it up, although these aren’t bad Hostess cupcakes, they aren’t one of their better ones… unless you fridge them.

Released August 2019 for the fall season alongside returning Pumpkin Spice Twinkies and Caramel Crunch Donettes. This has repeatedly returned throughout the years around the same time. Found at Target.

Brach’s Fall Festival Candy Corn

Score: 6 / 10

Front package of Brach's Fall Festival Candy Corn.

Each one tastes just about as advertised and are moderately sweet, though, none of them are too sweet or bold either. Each one is kind of artificial tasting but it isn’t off-putting, and it’s great to see they didn’t pick up the flavors of the others around them in the bag. If you want something that’s unique and has a lot of varying flavors, this is for you.

Released September 2023 for the fall season. Found at Target.

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