I don’t normally do food reviews. I was in no way paid to do this one either. I don’t think Russell Stover would have been happy with the results had they paid me.
Last night (after work) at 11pm, I found myself at Dierbergs. Innocently walking in about to grab a quick bite for dinner and I saw these baskets of this new product. Now, Russell Stover has made these AMAZING Big Bite S’mores for awhile… So I was intrigued enough to stop and check out these flavors I hadn’t seen. Pumpkin Pie is the one that grabbed my eye… but I felt I had to buy all three – Pumpkin Pie, Pecan Pie, and Apple Pie. Apple Pie was the one that had me the least convinced.
I don’t have pictures of the Apple Pie one, I tried to eat that one on the way home. The key word being “tried.” After the second bite I felt like I had made an unsound decision to eat a Cinnamon Apple Glade Air Freshener it felt so chemically. Literally the spices tastes like an air freshener smells. Made me feel so incredibly sick… and the chocolate coating made absolutely no sense around this… I think the chemicals could have held this one together they were so strong.
The other two (shown above) I had actual hopes for.
I have had Pumpkin tasted everything imaginable… Pumpkin Pie Maltballs, pumpkin waffles, pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin scones, pumpkin bread, pumpkin butter, pumpkin pecan butter, pumpkin pie chocolate bar, pumpkin pie cupcake… you name it. I’m addicted.
However, the only one that maybe could be eaten in its entirely (if you were truly hungry, or a young child who just wants sweets and doesn’t have fully developed taste buds) is the Pecan Pie… but I could only muster a couple of bites of that as well… but it was the only one that did not taste chemically.
Of particular note is the inside of the Pumpkin one. If you glance back up at the image I posted, the inside is a nice pumpkin color… However? In reality… ? This is what the insides of the Pecan Pie (top) and Pumpkin Pie (bottom) ones looked like… Do you see any hint of a pumpkiny orange color? I surely do not. The Pecan Pie one, did resemble the photograph though.
The pumpkin pie one had the same chemical taste as the Apple Pie as well… and I feel like they might not have used actual spices, but rather flavorings… I don’t quite know… I just know it in no way resembled either the picture of an actual pumpkin pie.
So in short? My $3 experiment wound up being taking one for the team. Your taste buds should thank me (the entire ride home after taking a bite of that Apple Pie one, I felt like I was inhaling air freshener). If you’re going to buy a Big Bite, buy the S’Mores one… It’s fabulous… probably because they didn’t truly have to flavor anything.
Now let me go wash my mouth out with some listerine… Or drink a Black Cherry Thomas Kemper soda, because I finally met some pumpkin I didn’t like