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Welcome to A Pumpkin A Day, our new series highlighting the finest in fake pumpkin flavors! Beginning mid-September and running through whenever grocery stores and cafes stop selling pumpkin flavored seasonal treats, we’ll highlight one pointlessly pumpkin product per day.

Soup is liquid, right? How can crackers be soup? Just because you blend up ingredients that are sometimes in soup doesn’t mean they are soup. I disagree with the name of, and premise behind, these crackers. Why not just call them savory pumpkin spice crackers? The picture on the box looks tasty and I always love rice crackers so hopefully the actual crackers can redeem the odd naming choices.

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As soon as you open the box, there’s an overwhelming scent. It’s not a bad odor, just very powerful. They smell like any other savory seasoned cracker, be it Triscuit, Wheat Thin or Chicken in a Biscuit.

These taste good, but I wouldn’t identify them as pumpkin. They have a nice, seasoned flavor. They’re more savory than I would expect a pumpkin spice product and it’s definitely appreciated. That said, if you cram a bunch in your mouth they mostly taste like cinnamon so you could almost pretend they’re graham crackers. img_6684-jpg

The decision to use brown rice for the cracker base was smart, because not only does it give a little sheen to the cracker, but it adds a nice, mild crunch. The “spice” residue it leaves on your fingers is annoying, but that’s not unique to these crackers.

The more crackers I eat, the more they remind me of Chicken in a Biscuit which I haven’t eaten since I was about 10. I guess that makes sense since both foods try to cram something that can’t be held in a cracker into cracker form. I loved Chicken in a Biscuit, so that’s making these crackers weirdly nostalgic. img_6686-jpg

I tried a couple with the pumpkin soup from yesterday thinking that would be a match made in heaven, but it was terrible. The cracker flavoring overpowers the soup and they end up tasting artificial, even though neither tastes artificial on its own.

The Pumpkin Soup Crackers are pretty tasty. They aren’t heavy on pumpkin flavor, but pumpkin is the second ingredient on the list so you know it’s in there.

Ratings

Pumpkin essence- 1. I can’t taste it, but the ingredients let me know it’s in there.
Diabetes factor – 1. There’s a hint of sweetness in here, but I think I’m safe for now.
Mouthfeel: 7. Brown rice and oats make a fun texture change from whatever crackers are normally made of. Solid crunch.
Right to exist – 6. I think they’re mislabeled because of how I define soup, but other than that these are good.
Feel of fall- 2. Seasoned crackers are appropriate for any season, not just fall.

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