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Pumpkin Spice Marshmallows, reviewed

Pumpkin Spice Marshmallows
As a pumpkin fan, things that call for pumpkin pie spices always catch my eye, though I am always surprised to see the wide variety of foods that get an infusion of fall flavor through pumpkin spice flavoring. These Pumpkin Spice Marshmallows were no exception. The jet puffed marshmallows are made by Kraft and appeared on the shelves in the baking aisle at stores in my area just a couple of weeks ago. Pumpkin pie spice is made with cinnamon, ginger, cloves and nutmeg, and this combination of spices is so closely associated with pumpkin pie that it will give just about anything a dose pumpkin pie flavor. When I picked up the marshmallows to give them a try, I wasn’t sure how the flavor would come through, but the marshmallows actually tasted great. They had a distinct pumpkin pie spice flavor without being too strong, and they had a nice sweetness to them that actually made them turn out to be a pretty good snack. The marshmallows were smaller than your typical jet puffed marshmallows, and were shaped like little orange pumpkins, too.

I’ve made homemade marshmallows with a variety of different flavors and typically have very good results. These are probably the most successful commercially available flavored marshmallows I’ve tried – and because of that, I’m glad that I did! These are great in hot chocolate and other pumpkin spice coffee drinks, and I suspect that they might make a good marshmallow topping for that classic marshmallow topped sweet potato dish that is a Thanksgiving staple for many, too.

Update: Use these to make Pumpkin Pie Rice Krispy Treats for a fall twist on a classic childhood treat!

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  • Cathy
    October 13, 2011

    I wonder how they’d taste in rice krispie squares? I think it would give them a lovely fall flavour!

  • Cheryl Newton
    October 13, 2011

    Please tell me you didn’t find those at Wal-mart! I’d like to get some, but I am that rare person who actually doesn’t shop there, instead of just bemoaning how horrible it is.

  • Remy
    October 13, 2011

    Just want to taste it 😀

  • rainey
    October 13, 2011

    Just taking this opportunity to say that I have been using your Pumpkin Pie Blend and Apple Pie Blend since you published them a couple years ago. In fact, I rarely use plain cinnamon anymore because your blends have so much more flavor to contribute.

    PS I add a bit of vanilla powder too.

  • Pattypro
    October 13, 2011

    I tried a recipe for pumpkin marshmallows last fall, but was quite disappointed in the flavor. Couldn’t figure out what change needed to be made to improve them, so didn’t pursue it further. These might entice me back to store-bought!

  • Robin
    October 13, 2011

    I bet these would be lovely on top of the squash casserole my family makes for Thanksgiving. I’ll have to see if they’re available where I live… (likely not, but who knows unless you look?)

  • Nicole
    October 13, 2011

    Cheryl – Nope, these were not from Walmart. I found them at my regular grocery store and also saw them at Target. Not sure what the distribution is, but I bet they’ll be around through Thanksgiving. Keep your eye out!

    Rainey – I’m glad to hear it. Thanks! And that’s a great tip about the vanilla powder, too.

  • lynn @ the actor's diet
    October 13, 2011

    okay, i’m obsessed. i need to find these in l.a.!

  • cheryl
    October 14, 2011

    oh my word, I’m going to look for these, what a great Idea and yest I think they would taste great in rice krispie saqures.

  • Clinton
    October 15, 2011

    I’v tryed some at a friends house she told me she got them at our wal-mart but they were sold out! I looked at other places but no luck! Hope I find some soon they are very yummy..

  • Lora
    October 16, 2011

    I made fondant out of these. It was flavorful and a nice change from the usual plain flavor.

  • Tami
    October 17, 2011

    They make AWESOME rice crispy treats, too!! Just made some last night and they are almost all gone!!!

  • CopyKat
    October 19, 2011

    I have seen these in the store, I just couldn’t bring myself to pick these up. I wish I would have thought of the rice crispy treat idea, that I should have done!

  • Bonnie Banters
    October 23, 2011

    I have not seen these yet, but thanks to your great review, I’ll be looking for them! Also, thanks for the suggestions for using them!

  • Sharon Hansen
    October 26, 2011

    I made the rice krispie treats with the NEW caramel candy corn in them –DELICIOUS —now on prowl for the new caramel APPLE candy corn too ==found at walmart though. Now finding chocolate royal and chocolate mint marshmallows and toasted coconut ones too –looking forward to many treats this holiday season

  • Heather
    October 27, 2011

    I bought a bag of these and found this posting (and then spent many hours scouring your amazing site!) when googling a good link to send a friend in Japan to prove they exist. I had actually just put some in a cup of hot cocoa, which made it taste incredible, and realized…I also bought a box of Cinnamon Toast Crunch…Totally going to try to make CTC treats with these soon 😀

  • Lisa
    November 4, 2011

    I got them at Walmart. It’s the only store I grocery shop in. They had tons of them!

  • Bridget
    November 7, 2011

    I found them at Wal-mart. I did use them specifically for rice crispy treats. Just the right hint of pumpkin spice. I am in the hunt for more before they are gone. I would recommend making them!!!

  • Cathy
    November 21, 2012

    I also bought these at Walmart. I plan on using them to top my yams for Thanksgiving dinner. They are super tasty!

  • Leona Olson
    October 30, 2014

    I bought some today at Walmart and they smell so good even in the package. I make the Rice Krispies Bars all the time and I will try with these. I use Rice Krispies 98 % of the time for my bars. Thanks for the review.

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