[Review] Pillsbury Grands! Limited Edition S’mores Rolls

I love baking. Of course, by “baking” I mean “watching other people bake.” When I’m not eating snacks and junk food, I’m watching Ace of Cakes, Cupcake Wars, and Kids Baking Championship. Also, when I’m eating snacks and junk food, I’m watching Ace of Cakes, Cupcake Wars, and Kids Baking Championship.

I’ve always wanted to be a master baker like the ones you see on those television shows. The only problem is that takes work, and I’m not about that life (see above). Enter new Pillsbury Grands! Limited Edition S’mores Rolls.

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So you’re telling me I can be a master baker and all I have to do is pop open the can and wait…23-29 minutes?! Just enough time to go for a run. At least, I can imagine that would be enough time to go for a run, if I wanted to. Instead, I’m just gonna sit here and figure out how to make s’mores roll waffles, because #Murica.

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Opening the pop can felt similar to a game of Jenga. The perforations on the rolls were somewhat loose, and it seemed like the entire roll of dough and icing could come spilling out at any moment. Luckily, I managed to get the rolls onto the pan without too much trouble.

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I tried a bit of the filling, which seems to carry a chocolate and graham flavor when eaten alone. I also dipped a finger into the icing–it’s incredibly sugary, and only slightly distinguishable from standard icing. If the icing represents marshmallows at all, it more closely resembles those stiff mini marshmallows that come in packets of hot cocoa powder.

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After 26 torturous minutes, I removed the rolls from the oven and applied the “marshmallow” icing. Upon baking, the filling becomes very subtle and only has a slight chocolate taste. The graham aspect was entirely gone. The icing isn’t distinctly noticeable on the roll, either. It sort of just blends in as “sweetness.”

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The real troublemaker with these rolls is the dough. The roll itself is incredibly doughy; this composition in which the dough is the most substantial factor mutes any of the ingredients that would give the roll any s’more flavor whatsoever. Honestly, the only aftertaste in these rolls is exactly what you’d have after eating a Pillsbury crescent or biscuit: somewhat sweet, and very buttery.

Ugh, what a letdown. These S’mores Rolls could’ve been Pillsbury’s best breakfast addiction since Cini Minis. Instead, they’re just another “meh” s’mores product. One thing’s for sure: I won’t be entering these into the Kids Baking Championship any time soon.

Item: Pillsbury Grands! Limited Edition S’mores Rolls
Price and Place of Purchase: $3.58 at Walmart
Nutrition Facts (serving size-1 roll with icing): 300 calories, 60 calories from fat, 7 grams of fat, 3.5 grams of saturated fat,  540 milligrams of sodium, 54 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of dietary fiber, 22 grams of sugar, 5 grams of protein.
In a Nutshell: Pillsbury came up with a new fresh-baked way to stuff 300 calories into your mouth at one time, but it’s too doughy to truly taste like s’mores. Cini Minis remain the greatest breakfast food of all time. That moment when you realize you’re the oldest competitor in the Kids Baking Championship.
Overall Score:  5 out of 10

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  1. What a shame! I thought these might be *yet another* American product that I envied from across the pond.

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