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I don’t remember the last time I ate frozen waffles. Before Stranger Things, I don’t remember thinking about frozen waffles. If it wasn’t for Parks and Recreation, I don’t know if I would have thought about waffles for a decade. In other words, I am not a waffle person. With that disclaimer, I’m pleased to write Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Waffles are exactly what you want in a frozen waffle, pumpkin flavored or not.

The crunch is what you want from a frozen waffle. Crunch is important in frozen waffles. Without the crunch, frozen waffles can devolve into a mushy syrup container. These hold up. Right out of the toaster, they look how you want them to look.

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These aren’t as good as Ego’s, but far from bad. But once again, I’m not extremely familiar with modern frozen waffles. I’m thinking of late 80s Egos. In other words, my memory may be lying.

The look is great. Let’s move on to the taste. They’re frozen waffles. The best frozen waffle is the not going to be better than a mediocre homemade waffle. That being said, these taste fine, what you want from a frozen breakfast product.

The smell is stronger than the taste. If you didn’t know these are advertised as pumpkin waffles, you might not know their seasonal influence. The pumpkin is barely present. If you’re a pumpkin flavor conspiracy theorist, it’ll be easy to believe that these are just regular frozen waffles with some pumpkin spice mix dumped into the plastic packaging.

Like most frozen waffles, these are best with butter and syrup. The Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Butter does not pair well with Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Waffles.

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Finally, Stranger Things. That is a television show set in the 80s that features a girl and frozen waffles. So there’s that.

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