DAY 1: Pumpkin Spice Butter. Have we gone too far?

Each year, the rush of new pumpkin spice products is met with equal numbers of excited and horrified reactions from the general public. While we embrace old standbys like pumpkin spice coffee and bread mix, other items force us to ask ourselves where the acceptable limit to pumpkin-ification is (I’m looking at you, Burt’s Bees).

My item today toes that line in a major way, and is the product that I have most been looking forward to reviewing.

DAY 1: Land O Lakes Pumpkin Pie Spice Butter Spread

: $2.49
Purchase Location: ShopRite
Manufacturer’s Description: Delightfully delicious. Limited Batch Pumpkin Pie Spice Butter Spread blends your favorite fall flavor of Pumpkin Pie Spice with creamy butter. Perfect for bread, muffins, bagels and more.

When I first saw this item, I tried to imagine the brainstorming behind it:

What HAVEN'T we pumpkin-spiced?
Oatmeal? Done.
Cereal? Done.
Bagels? Done.
Butter? ...Does anyone even want that?
Not really. But I bet if we make it, people will buy it anyway.

...and here we are

It took me a few days to figure out how exactly to test this product where it would be the featured flavor. The natural choice would be to spread it on a piece of toast or a pumpkin spice bread product, but that seemed too bland. Some sites recommended pancakes, carrots, or pasta, but none really struck me as fun enough. So when I came across a box of Rice Krispies in my pantry, I knew what I had to do.

Pumpkin Spice Rice Krispie Treats.

I decided to go with the traditional recipe for Rice Krispie Treats from the side of the box, replacing the butter with the Land O Lakes spread. It was basic enough: heat 3 Tbsp of spread over low heat, add a bag of marshmallows, stir until melted to a smooth mixture, and then fold in the Rice Krispies and leave to set.

How hard could this possibly be?

Opening the spread container for the first time, the smell of the pumpkin pie spice was strong and fragrant. It wasn’t overwhelming, but definitely not subtle.

Before adding it to the pot, I tasted it on its own. I don’t know what I expected, but it tastes exactly like someone added all the trappings of pumpkin pie spice to a container of butter. It was creamy, rich, and warm, with hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove. LoL even added brown sugar to the spread, so it had some sweetness on its own.

It didn’t take long on the heat for the whole kitchen to start smelling like a pumpkin pie factory. The spread melted evenly, and folded in with the marshmallows and Rice Krispies well. (Just to note: because of all of the spices and sugar, the butter becomes very syrupy when it melts.)

It's all about the technique

The final product. 

After letting them cool in the tray, it was time for the moment of truth.

But first, a picture.

Honestly, I went in to this review with very low expectations. Pumpkin Pie Spice Butter Spread shouldn’t exist! There is literally no use case for it that couldn’t already be solved by just adding pumpkin pie seasoning to a regular butter or batter on your own. But somehow, it worked. These Rice Krispie Treats were incredible, and I finished the whole tray.

I feel like Rice Krispie Treats were the perfect vehicle for this taste test. The treats have an otherwise simple flavor profile, so the flavor from the spread really popped. It was easy to work with, and the flavor was pretty even throughout the whole tray. The ratio of pie spices in the spread was also spot-on. Too much of any (cinnamon, clove, or nutmeg) would have been overwhelming, but it managed to be pretty balanced.

Going forward, I might try using this for other baking products or even over sweet potatoes for Thanksgiving. I will be re-reviewing this spread when it comes time to taste test the pumpkin spice bagels and english muffins, and will update this post.

Until then, Land O Lakes Pumpkin Pie Spice Butter Spread gets a rating of: A VERY surprising 4/5 pumpkins.


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