The Good: Good, distinct, flavor, Decent ingredients, Good nutrition
The Bad: EXPENSIVE, Short shelf life, Toasting truly does undermine their flavor
The Basics: The Limited Edition Pumpkin Spice Thomas' English Muffins are good, but far, far better untoasted!
It is autumn and that means pumpkin spice everything! This year, I'm indulging in a wide array of pumpkin spice flavor seasonal treats and that includes Limited Edition Pumpkin Spice Thomas' English Muffins. The Pumpkin Spice Thomas' English Muffins are delightful!
Kellogg’s Thomas' English Muffins are English Muffins, which is essentially the culinary midpoint between bread and bagels. Each English Muffin is approximately 3 3/4" in diameter and 1" thick. They come in a cardboard-lined plastic bag, six to a bag.
Ease Of Preparation
Thomas' English Muffins are one of the easiest foods in the world to prepare. Simply open the bag of English Muffins and pull one out to eat it. It is truly that simple. Beyond that, they may be split in half (so one ends up with two thinner discs) and toasted up. I discovered that with Thomas' Limited Edition Pumpkin Spice English Muffins, toasting them up actually lessens their innate tastiness and reduces the value of them, but for those who like things less flavorful, toasting them like traditional english muffins is an option!
Pumpkin Spice Thomas' English Muffins are incredibly aromatic, especially at room temperature! Even in a sealed bag of Pumpkin Spice Thomas' English Muffins, the scents of cinnamon and nutmeg are prevalent, inviting and distinctive.
At room temperature, the Pumpkin Spice Thomas' English Muffins are sweet and bready. There is a strong cinnamon flavor and the bits of pumpkin within the English Muffins is squishy, squash-like and slightly fruity. The blend of spices and fruit are enough to easily overcome the wheat and bread flavors of the muffin that acts as a medium for the sweeter and spicier flavors.
Served warm and lightly toasted, the Pumpkin Spice Thomas' English Muffins are dry, but they manage to maintain some sweetness. The cinnamon pops more in the palate when they are heated, though there is almost no aroma to the toasted Pumpkin Spice Thomas' English Muffins! The Pumpkin Spice Thomas' English Muffins manage not to be entirely bland when toasted, though they do lose their subtlety when dark and toasted.
When garnished with a margarine or cream cheese, the Pumpkin Spice English Muffins become entirely overwhelmed; the garnish dominates all nuance to their flavor, at least when the muffins are toasted.
Pumpkin Spice Thomas' English Muffins might be considered “part” of a balanced breakfast, but they very much out-balanced by most breakfast cereals (which, to be fair, are only healthy these days because they have vitamins and minerals sprayed on them). A single muffin is considered a serving, which makes perfect sense. One Pumpkin Spice English Muffin has 150 calories, 10 of which are from fat! With 1 gram fat, one Pumpkin Spice English Muffin gives you 2% of your RDA of fat and 9% of your RDA of sodium. The 29 grams of carbohydrates provide 10% of your daily recommended intake! On the plus side, this flavor of English Muffin does have 15% of your RDA of Thiamin and 10% of the RDA of Folic Acid and Iron and a smattering 4-8% RDA of three other vitamins and minerals, on top of the 5 grams of protein!
The Pumpkin Spice English Muffins have very good ingredients, led by enriched wheat flour, water and pumpkin. These English Muffins have very few preservatives and most of the ingredients can be readily identified; the ingredients list reads like a recipe, not a chemistry equation!
There are notations that the Pumpkin Spice Thomas' English Muffins contain wheat, milk, and genetically engineered ingredients. They are not marked as Kosher.
Pumpkin Spice Thomas' English Muffins are very easy to clean up. Simply throw away the plastic bag they come in in an appropriate place, brush up the crumbs (which to be fair, tend to be considerable) and you are done! The Pumpkin Spice Thomas' English Muffins will remain fresh for a very short window; the ones we bought last week have an expiration date of October 15, 2016.
Pumpkin Spice Limited Edition Thomas' English Muffins are comparatively expensive ($3.99 for a half-dozen), though they are worth it for the quality of the flavor of this breakfast treat. Those who want a good pumpkin spice breakfast food will want to hunt these down!
For other foods for breakfast, be sure to check out my reviews of:
Kellogg's Jif PB&J Strawberry Cereal
Dora3 Croissant With Strawberry Filling
The Organic Coffee Co. Rainforest Blend Coffee
For other food reviews, please visit my Food Review Index Page for an organized listing!
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