Food Review: Kellogg’s Eggo Pumpkin Pie Pancakes

Fun fact: I saw Eggo and assumed these were pumpkin pie waffles! I didn’t realize until literally yesterday when I went to open the package to have some that these were pancakes, ha!

If you read the caption on the photo there (and you should! I try to write funny captions), you know that for some reason, I didn’t know Kellogg’s Eggo did pancakes, too. I thought they were just the waffles people, and someone else did the frozen pancakes. But nope! Turns out, Kellogg’s has pancakes, too, and one of those is the Pumpkin Pie flavor they released (along with Gingerbread Cookie, which I need to try, holy cow) in September. That’s about the time when everyone starts releasing pumpkin-flavored everything, like coffee, cereal, toothpaste, etc. I’m being facetious on that last one, but who knows! However, this is a slight variation on that since the flavoring is usually “pumpkin spice” and this is “pumpkin pie.” So, that’s an intriguing tweak. And naturally, it’s advertised as “limited edition.” That’s basically a Pavlovian bell in my head to buy it. These were $2.99 at my local grocery store, so I nabbed two boxes. I tend to eat in batches of four (it’s only natural; the toaster holds four slots, people!), so within two eats, the one box would be gone.

Kellogg’s promises to “spice up your morning with the flavors of fall,” with these pancakes, which they say makes a great alternative to cereal and pairs “beautifully with your favorite breakfast sides.” I’m intrigued by the latter. When people eat frozen waffles or pancakes, are they pairing it with other items? I’ve never done that unless you mean a glass of orange juice or in my case yesterday when I tried these, chocolate milk. Because the whole point of me eating it frozen is that I either don’t have the time or the inclination to add extra items to my breakfast.

Obligatory ugly food photo. The most I do to try to make my awful food photos look less awful is to brighten them.

Now, it’s not advertised as pumpkin spice, but the flavor list includes pumpkin spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. The pumpkin pie flavor shines through the nutmeg and ginger. In fact, I didn’t get much of a pumpkin spice flavor when I tried these, and it’s better off for it! As far as pumpkin tastes go, I will gladly take the pumpkin pie flavoring over the pumpkin spice flavoring. Not that I dislike the latter, but pie! Kellogg’s also promises these will have a texture of “crispy and fluffy.” I’ll be honest, in a pinch, frozen pancakes are fun, perfectly serviceable. But frozen pancakes are not as good as frozen waffles, and it’s because you tend to notice when you’re eating them, that this was a frozen product. The edges get hard, and the middle isn’t so much fluffy as recently thawed.

Still, the flavoring is where it’s at, and the flavoring on these was indeed pumpkin pie and quite yummy. Add in my usual buttered syrup and butter to do overdo the butter, and I ate these rather fast. However, now that I’m thinking about it, I wish I had put a dollop of whip cream on these like I would with real pumpkin pie!

Have you tried these yet or any variation of frozen pancakes? I’d prefer the homemade kind, but like I said, in a pinch, frozen isn’t too shabby.

I sure appreciate the “lotta love,” Kellogg’s!

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