Sunday, September 13, 2015

Entenmann's Pumpkin Donuts

It's not officially Fall yet, but that hasn't stopped everyone from declaring that the Halloween season has begun. As much as I hate when stores jump the gun on putting out seasonal merchandise, I have to admit that I've gotten a little caught up in the Fall fever. I kept seeing pictures of the goodies that all of you have been finding on your shopping trips, and I have to admit I was getting a little frustrated by the lack of Halloween-ish product up in here. Well, my local stores are starting to catch up, so I'll be able to start showcasing my favorite finds. This time, I'm having a peek at Entenmann's Pumpkin Donuts.



I've only ever known Entenmann's from their delicious foot long danishes. They were a mainstay in my house growing up. It's probably been close to 20 years since I've had one, but the flavors are still fresh in my mind. Apparently Entenmann's is known for much more than just their danishes, though it's taken me this long to figure that out. They aren't exactly first in my mind when it comes to snack cakes or donuts, so I've never really paid attention to them. I guess that's why it took a bright orange box to get my attention.



Initially, the box is what sold me. The bright orange works well as a Fall or Halloween color. I dare you to see this color and not think of those cheap candy chews wrapped in black or orange wax paper.But,  Entenmann's didn't just dip their box in some orange paint and call it a day. They went ahead and festooned the box with the most Fall-y of accoutrements, pumpkins and dead leaves. And a pine cone. Just look at that upper right corner in the first picture, and tell me that doesn't look just a bit spooky. I look at those leaves, and I think about every horror movie I've seen that takes place during Halloween. There's almost always a ton of dead leaves blowing around in those streets, because basic maintenance services are the first to go when a masked serial killer strikes.

As you move down the box though, things get a bit lighter. Moving away from the scary leaves, your eyes are drawn in to the bright, almost inviting pumpkins. There's nothing at all frightening about those pumpkins, except for maybe the way they kind of surround the donuts. Maybe they're just trying to protect them. Moving right, there's another pumpkin off by itself that appears to be cozying up to a pine cone. It's a strange romance, but I'm not one to judge. As Entenmann's says on their box, "Everyone's got a favorite!".


Enough about the box, everyone wants to know what they taste like, right? Well, I'm happy to report that they are delicious. They have a faint spicy aroma when you first crack the seal. It's very subtle, and it's almost overwhelmed by the smell of glazed cake donut. The same goes with the flavor. Initially I was disappointed by the lack of pumpkin taste. You might be tempted to just take a bite, chew and swallow. And hey, why not? That's how every other donut is supposed to be eaten. After making my way through the box, I find these are meant to be savored, like a fine wine.. Take your time eating these, and you'll be rewarded with a spicy flavor that would otherwise go unnoticed. Let the kids eat Krispy Kreme, these are donuts for us refined adults. Oh, did I mention that the donuts are orange too? They are. Very, very orange.

If you're curious about some of Entemann's other seasonal offerings, go check out their website: Entenmann's. The best part is they give you a store locator that lets you see where you can find certain products. That means no more driving from store to store trying to find your favorite seasonal snack.

So go out there and get yourself a box of pumpkin donuts from Entenmann's. They get two decaying thumbs-up.


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