Red Lobster Pumpkin Pie in a Jar

Yay!: This was kind of a unique surprise! I don’t really expect innovation in the pumpkin space when it comes to restaurant desserts these days – typically you just see the old standby pumpkin pie, pumpkin cheesecake, or whatever, so this jar of pumpkin jumped out at me right away … even if historically I might have certain reservations when it comes to eating my food out of jars…

Flavor Experience: So this is a very layered experience – you can kind of get a sense of that simply by looking at the picture. The tippy top is sugared pecans, followed by whipped cream, then a pumpkin pie layer, some cream cheese mousse, and then finally a graham cracker crust at the bottom. Of all the layers, I think that I probably liked the cream cheese mousse the least because it had sort of a weird, ultra-sweet twinge to it that didn’t match with the rest of the dessert. It almost even tasted like marshmallow cream at one point – in fact, that’s what the waitress told me it was, though their website later confirmed the former. The pumpkin was nice and sweet, too – I just think it’s important to point out that there are a lot of flavors mixed up in this jar that are distinctly not pumpkin … and I’ll leave you to decide whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing.

Holy Sharing!: And one last note - this thing was definitely bigger than I was expecting!!! I honestly didn’t end up eating the whole thing, which was a little disappointing because I really liked the taste of the graham cracker crust and wish I hadn’t filled up so much on the out-of-place cream cheese mousse. Unless you’re super hungry, which if you eat like I do at Red Lobster, you’re hopefully not by the time you get to dessert, then you might consider splitting one of these with a fellow pumpkin fan!

And maybe don’t even tell him about the cream cheese mousse issue, that way you can snag more of the good stuff for yourself! ;)