Pumpkin pie is one of my favorites. Maybe that’s because my birthday is in the fall, so I often eat it around that time. I’ve always thought of it as one of the better types of pie out there, and it can be bought or made from scratch in different ways.
In our house, we typically make pumpkin pie using Aldi canned pumpkin and we follow the recipe on the back of the pumpkin can. When I saw Aldi was selling a ready-made Bake Shop Pumpkin Pie, though, I got it to review.
Bake Shop Pumpkin Pie at Aldi cost $6.49 for a 37-ounce pie at the time of publication, or about 18 cents per ounce. That’s about 8 cents cheaper per ounce compared to pumpkin pie sold at Trader Joe’s, which is Aldi’s cousin. The Aldi pie is also 10 ounces larger than the TJ’s pie, so if you’re feeding a crowd, you may prefer the Aldi version. (I also found a smaller 24-ounce pumpkin pie for $4.49 at Aldi, which comes out to about 19 cents per ounce, so you have another option if you don’t want quite so much pie.)
This Aldi pumpkin pie was advertised as an Aldi Find, which means it’s only in stores for a short time. Each store typically receives just one shipment of an Aldi Find, and after that sells out, they’re gone until next year. Because pumpkin pie is such a popular holiday product, it’s possible Aldi may restock it a couple of times during the Thanksgiving and Christmas season, but we don’t know for certain. Aldi does not offer online ordering if a product is not in stock at your local store.
When I got this at my local Aldi, it was being sold at room temperature instead of in a fridge, and the package says nothing about how the store the pie. Many store-bought pumpkin pies contain preservatives that allow them to last for a longer time at room temperature, so this particular pie is probably all right stored at room temperature. However, homemade pumpkin pies should be stored in the refrigerator because they have a custard-like filling that contains eggs and milk. I ended up putting our Aldi pumpkin pie in the fridge because my family is accustomed to eating pumpkin pie that is chilled, so we just prefer it that way. If you don’t intend to serve this pie right away, you can probably freeze it, but we haven’t tried that.
As mentioned above, I usually make pumpkin pie from scratch, so I have less experience with other ready-made pumpkin pies (although we did pick up a Trader Joe’s ready-to-eat pumpkin pie to try this year as well). One difference I noticed between homemade pumpkin pie and this Aldi pumpkin pie was that our homemade pumpkin pie tastes good both with or without whipped cream or Cool Whip. The ready-made pumpkin pie has a stronger flavor, so I think it tastes a lot better with something on top. Another thing that’s different is the pie crust in this ready-made pie is kind of chewy, or at least softer, than the ones I use for homemade.
One pie has eight servings, and one serving has 360 calories, 13 grams of total fat, 6 grams of saturated fat, 56 grams of total carbohydrates, 33 grams of total sugars, and 32 grams of added sugars.
If you’re watching out for allergens, this contains egg, milk, soy, and wheat. It may contain almonds, coconut, macadamia nuts, peanuts, pecans, and walnuts. It’s also kosher.
Compared to homemade pumpkin pie, this has more processed ingredients, including carrageenan, xanthan gum, locust bean gum, and dextrose. That’s just kind of a given when you’re purchasing a ready-to-eat, shelf stable pie.
My family had mixed opinions about this pumpkin pie. Some of us liked it, while others didn’t go back for seconds at all, instead preferring homemade pumpkin pie.
As far as flavor, I think that homemade pumpkin pie is better, and it’s easy to make pumpkin pie using ingredients purchased entirely at Aldi. But if you really need pumpkin pie on short notice and you don’t have the time or ingredients to bake it, this would be a good substitute.
Would you care to give us the recipe for your homemade pumpkin pie made with Aldi ingredients? Thank you.
We linked to it in the post above, but here is the direct link as well: https://www.aldireviewer.com/bakers-corner-natural-100-pure-pumpkin/
Did you try heating or cooking the pie just to brown the crust a bit?
Even just looking at the pie before I opened it, and later when I tasted it, it seemed undercooked! I am warming up the oven, and will give feedback.
OMG! That did it! Lots of flavor & nicely toasted crust! The best is warm, but you can cool it & put in frig. There SHOULD be warming instructions on the package…350 for 15 min.