Season 2, Episode 8: Walk The (Coffee) Line

Season 2, Episode 8: Walk The (Coffee) Line

As you know, I love Wawa. In my review last year, I discussed both the importance of Wawa to the culture of New Jersey as well as me personally. In the year since, my affection for the G.O.A.T. of convenience stores has only grown. BUT if you followed the blog last season, you know that I had a seriously disappointing experience with Wawa’s brewed Pumpkin Spice Coffee.

This experience is one that left both literal and figurative bad tastes in my mouth. But I’m here to tell you that this blog isn’t just about pumpkins, it’s about redemption.

And today, Wawa might just have its TMPS redemption.

DAY 8: Wawa Pumpkin Spice Coffee Thins

Item: Wawa Pumpkin Spice Coffee Thin
Purchase Location: Wawa
Cost: $1.07 (for 2)

So far this season, I have reviewed two different pumpkin spiced candy products. While overall I have had mixed feelings, there has been one consistent criticism on my end - the use of milk chocolate as a base.

With this in mind, it makes sense why I would pass at first when I noticed a box marked “Pumpkin Spice Coffee Thins” by the register.

But a few minutes later, while waiting for my sandwich, I had a change of heart. As I rung up, the cashier gave me a little background on the item: the thins are to-go treats with about the same amount of caffeine as 1/3 cup of their brewed coffee. The pumpkin spice is a seasonal variation, and was really new to the store.

When I got home, I finished my pumpkin pasta from yesterday while sizing up these candies. I was a little confused and concerned that I couldn’t find anything about them on the Wawa website, but the vibe on Twitter was that they are delicious.

When It was finally time, I opened the package to reveal a very non-specific looking brown square accompanied by a very fragrant aroma of coffee and pumpkin spice.

Biting in, it tasted just like I was drinking a cup of pumpkin spice coffee from Wawa, but with a better chocolatey base!! It melted as soon as I bit in and the flavor hit right away. The coffee was so robust and flavorful, the pumpkin spices were all present and fragrant, and the sweetness was just right. I was honestly shocked by how delicious it was!

The bitterness of the coffee flavor balanced out the pumpkin/spices really nicely and there was a nice and warm finish to the thin.

As I unwrapped my second piece, I took a quick look at the ingredient list to try and figure out if they did anything special to make milk chocolate and pumpkin work together like the others couldn’t.

The answer? No chocolate.
Wait, what?

That’s right, there is NO chocolate in this at all! Despite tasting like a chocolate coffee square, this has no cocoa (only cocoa butter as a base, explaining the melt-in-your-mouth quality). It’s a little mind blowing.

But the reason this is delicious is the same as why I thought dark chocolate would be a better pairing. The pumpkin is good at balancing acidity, and does well to counteract the bitterness of the coffee. The cocoa butter holds the flavor really nicely without that extra milk fat.

This might be the best pumpkin candy I’ve ever had!

Overall, I would say to get to your nearest Wawa and give it a try. But not before bed. I don’t want any angry commenters complaining about not being able to sleep because of me.

Final rating: 5/5 pumpkins + FULL redemption for Wawa

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