I've said it before in reviews, but I'll say it again: I absolutely LOVE pudding and little snack packs of the like. I've reviewed many pudding-type products on the blog throughout the three years of its existence and I've spent a lot of those reviews looking at the seemingly never ending (thankfully) line of JELL-O products. So, it was with great delight that I noticed in a recent trip to Kroger that JELL-O has rolled out a limited edition version of a seasonal treat that happens to be one of my favorite seasonal flavors with this four pack of JELL-O Pumpkin Spice Cheescake Snacks. This one cost me $2.00 and each cup within the pack is 4.25 ounces and has 130 calories. Just to be specific, these are technically pudding snacks as you can see above since the package is clearly labeled "Cheesecake Snacks." It doesn't really matter to me because I was very anxious to dive in.
Even though these aren't technically labeled with the "Temptations" product line, they really do have the texture of those products and since they are both cheesecake snacks, it is kind of a curious decision by JELL-O not to label these as "Temptations" too. Either way, this was a fluffy and airy mix of a snack that definitely smelled of pumpkin with a little bit of spice (cinnamon). That spice was also somewhat visible with little flecks of cinnamon in the actual mix as well. Along with that pumpkin spice, there was an every so slight smell of cheesecake as well, so JELL-O at least presented all the flavors that the name of this product described.
Before I describe the flavor of my first spoonful, I'll describe the texture. Since this is similar to the "Temptations" line, it is fluffy and airy, but what this slightly different from those is that it was slightly more dense. That's not a great way to describe it, but since I eat "Temptations" products frequently, I could notice the difference. As for the flavor, this is basically just a lighter version of the canned pumpkin pie puree that you can buy at any store to make a pie with. That flavor was then mixed with cheesecake flavor that stood out and definitely had that cheesy flavor that your garden variety cheesecake carries. Quite simply, this product had all the flavors it promised and neither really stood out over the other, so they made a nice balance in their delivery. It was sweet with a mild hint of spice, which I appreciated since the spice of pumpkin pie (or cheesecake) is often my least favorite part.
Buy It or Fly By It? This delivered in every way it promised and provided very solid flavor that was reminiscent of the fall mainstay pumpkin pie. It was tasty and something that I very much enjoyed eating, so it gets a BUY IT rating. It seems odd to be eating a pumpkin cheesecake out of a JELL-O snack cup, but hey, I'll take it where I can get it. I will give one warning though...you probably only want to eat one of these at a time. I ate two cups consecutively and while I enjoyed it, it did become a bit too much pumpkin cheesecake by the time I got to the bottom of the second cup. I suppose that confirms that these are labeled as snacks for a reason so that you'll only eat one at a time. I guess I should have heeded at recommendation. Regardless, if you want to share the experience of this fall flavor, you better get out and grab these in a hurry because I'm not sure how long JELL-O will keep this limited edition out on the shelves.