[Review] Pumpkin Pie Kit Kats

Do you remember that song “A Thousand Miles” by Vanessa Carlton? If you need a refresher, check out this epic music video in which Vanessa and her trusty piano act as severe traffic hazards:

Yep, that’s the one. It was a real hit in my shower this morning the year 2002 or so. And why wouldn’t it be? Everybody can relate to it because it’s a song about a distant love. Each chorus culminates with the line, “‘Cause you know I’d walk a thousand miles if I could just see you tonight.”

I’m right there with you, Vanessa. I feel the same way about limited edition candy bars.

Pumpkin Pie Kit Kats are here! Well, not “here” exactly. See, I’m 99% sure that Pumpkin Pie Kit Kats are exclusive to Kroger-owned stores, and there aren’t any Kroger stores near my home state of Minnesota. So, I hopped on my piano bench and scooted down the interstate.

Totally kidding. Mrs. Snack Cellar and I were on vacation in San Diego and I found these Pumpkin Pie Kit Kats at Ralphs Grocery–1,500 miles from home. If love is measured in miles, these Kit Kats and I are already more committed than Vanessa and whatever chump she was singing about.

Pumpkin Pie Kit Kats feature crisp wafers in a pumpkin pie flavored creme. I opened the bag holding the individually wrapped snack size bars, and whoa. There’s a potent pumpkin pie aroma and I haven’t even unwrapped a single candy bar yet! The orange coating reminds me of canned pumpkin pie filling. These Kit Kats have a great “pumpkin pie” vibe so far.

Pumpkin Pie Kit Kats lead with a variety of spices, which are all great. Cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger–the gang’s all here. Those spices are quickly followed by a sweet (maybe too sweet), creamy pumpkin flavor. The wafers act similar to a pie crust, since they add a bit of floury, salty taste and a crunchy texture. I’ve got to hand it to Hershey’s–this is a really complex flavor for a candy bar, and they pulled it off.

The odd thing about Pumpkin Pie Kit Kats, though, is that I had my fill after one or two of them. I’m impressed with the full range of “pumpkin pie” they achieve, but something about the overall flavor is a little too cloying. These are less “snackable” than Red Velvet Kit Kats, for example, but they’re still a pretty good pumpkin pie flavored candy bar.

And I’m still glad I flew 1,500 miles to eat them.

How Much It Cost and Where I Bought It: $3.69 at Ralphs
Just the (Nutrition) Facts:

Serving size—3 two-piece bars

220 calories, 100 calories from fat, 12 grams of fat, 8 grams of saturated fat, 35 milligrams of sodium, 27 grams of carbohydrates, 19 grams of sugar, 2 grams of protein.
In a Nutshell: Great range of spices. Pumpkin flavor is a little too sweet. Didn’t feel like eating more than a couple. Referencing Vanessa Carlton in a snack review.
Overall Score: 8.5 out of 10
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