Costco Vs. Sam’s Club – Who Has the Best Pumpkin Pie?
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Serving pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving?
If you’ve ever wondered which warehouse club, Costco or Sam’s Club, has the better-tasting pumpkin pie… wonder no more! Both Stetson and I went to get the scoop on these pumpkin pies and did a taste test to see if one was better than the other.
Read below to find out which pie wins in our Costco/Sam’s Club Pumpkin Pie taste-test. 🏆
Look at how huge these almost 12-inch pumpkin pies are!
So just from the look of things, either one of these pies could easily feed my entire neighborhood or at least 12 people! You can see the Costco pumpkin pie shown above (right) has more moisture and is a bit darker in color. The Sam’s Club version shown above (left) is lighter in color and looks a little firmer.
The price is right with both of these pumpkin pies, but you’ll pay more at Costco.
The 12″ Costco pumpkin pie weighs a whopping 58 ounces, which is nearly four pounds. We did notice that the price increased by $2 since last year, bringing the cost up to $7.99. That’s a significant price increase, but it’s still a great deal on a huge pie.
The Sam’s Club pumpkin pie is identical in weight and size (also weighing in at 58 ounces), but just like last year, Stetson and I both found it for only $5.98 at our respective Sam’s Club locations. That’s a phenomenal deal, and one of the few ways I know of to feed a hungry bunch dessert for under $6!
To be honest, I’m not even sure you could make a homemade pumpkin pie that size for under $6, so the Sam’s Club pumpkin pie really is a nice value for the money!
Our Costco/Sam’s Club pumpkin pie taste test observations:
Costco Pumpkin Pie:
- The taste was less sweet, but we did taste more cinnamon in this pie.
- The texture has more of a wet pumpkin puree feel, and it falls apart easily.
- We loved the flaky buttery crust.
- Aside from the cinnamon, we thought that the spices were more subtle in this pie.
Sam’s Club Pumpkin Pie:
- Noticeably has a sweeter taste.
- The texture is a lot firmer and more like a smooth cheesecake.
- Spices seem to be a little stronger-tasting.
- The crust was very similar to Costco’s- buttery and flaky.
Result: Sam’s Club wins our pumpkin pie taste test!
We honestly loved them both, but both Stetson and I enjoyed the overall texture and taste of the Sam’s Club pumpkin pie a bit more. It was sweeter, and it seemed like more of a classic pumpkin pie flavor (although your taste preference may vary).
The fact that the Sam’s Club pumpkin pie is $2 less expensive than the Costco pumpkin pie is also a very nice bonus!
Honestly, they were both delicious, and I can highly recommend either one. But for me, I preferred the sweeter taste of the Sam’s Club pie, plus the lower price rocks!
Although Sam’s Club was the clear winner this year, the truth is that they were both delicious. You really can’t go wrong with either one of these pies! It’s safe to say that you could serve either one with confidence this Thanksgiving, or on any night when your family is hungry for the ultimate fall dessert.
I did a blind taste-test at home using my pumpkin-loving family, and 3/4 of us picked the Sam’s Club pumpkin pie as the winner!
Here’s a fun and unique way to serve these large pumpkin pies!
Make miniature pumpkin pies from a larger pie using a small biscuit cutter or cookie cutter. Place your mini pies on a tray and top with whipped cream. Now you have the cutest mini pie bites to serve!
Perhaps you have some pumpkin pie leftover, or want to bring something to a party that’s not just a huge pie. I have done this for a school potluck before, and it’s easier to serve these smaller pumpkin pie bites rather than having people try to cut a piece of pie at the end of a serving line. Plus it looks kinda fancy and fun too, but still minimal effort!
Have you tried either of these pumpkin pies? Let us know!