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Costco Vs. Sam’s Club – Who Has the Best Pumpkin Pie?

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Costco vs. Sam's Club Pumpkin Pie

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! I went to get the scoop on these 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 versus Sam’s Club Pumpkin Pie taste-test. 🏆

comparing Costco and Sam's Club Pumpkin Pie

Look at how huge these almost 4 pound pumpkin pies are!

So just from the look of things, one pie can easily feed my entire neighborhood, or at least 12 people! You can see the Costco pie (right) has more moisture, and is a bit darker in color. The Sam’s club version (left) is lighter in color and looks a little firmer.

slices of sam's club and costco pumpkin pies

The price is right with both of these pies!

The almost 4-pound Costco pumpkin pie is $5.99 and the Sam’s Club pumpkin pie is $5.98 at my stores. That’s a whole bunch of pie that can feed a large crowd for under $6! I’m not even sure you could make a homemade pumpkin pie that size for under $6, so it really is a nice value for the money.

slice of costco pumpkin pie

My Pumpkin Pie Observations:

Costco Pumpkin Pie: 

  • The taste was less sweet, and I did taste more cinnamon in this pie.
  • The texture has more of a wet pumpkin puree feel, and falls apart easily.
  • I loved the flaky buttery crust.
  • I thought the spices were more subtle in this pie.

slice of sam's club pie

Sam’s Club Pumpkin Pie: 

  • Noticeably has a sweeter taste.
  • Texture is a lot firmer and more like a smooth cheesecake.
  • Spices seem to be a little stronger tasting.
  • The crust was super similar to Costco’s- buttery and flaky.

pumpkin pie from sam's club

Result: Sam’s Club Pumpkin Pie Wins!

I honestly loved them both, but enjoyed the overall texture and taste a little more from the Sam’s Club pumpkin pie! I am a pretty loyal Costco fan, so this surprised me a little. You probably can’t go wrong with either, but the smoother texture on the Sam’s club pumpkin pie is delicious!

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!

P.S. Sam’s Club had other types of pies that looked great too like pecan pie and sweet potato pie- YUM!

pumpkin pie from sam's club

If I were to choose between the two pies, I would definitely go with Sam’s Club! I thought the taste was sweeter and more accurate to what I like pumpkin pie to taste like, but everyone’s tastes are obviously a little different.

Here’s a fun and unique way to serve these large pumpkin pies!

making pumpkin pie bites using a biscuit cutter

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, 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!

making mini pumpkin pies

Have you tried either of these pumpkin pies? Let us know!

Try this easy 3-Ingredient Pumpkin Pie Dip!

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Comments 60

  1. Julie

    Great post. My family of 4 prefers Sams Club pumpkin pie over Costco too.
    I love the pumpkin pie bite serving idea for a large crowd.
    I would do that as a portion control idea just for myself. Its so hard to serve just a small slice of pumpkin pie!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Yes I agree! Thanks for stopping by Julie!

    • Pattie Henderson

      Just moved from California to South Dakota so this is very interesting to me!! I have bought Costco Pumpkin pies before but now I am looking forward to trying Sam’s Club Pumpkin Pie!!!

  2. Hipgrandma

    Thanks! You solved my problem. If you live near a Meijer, their pumpkin pie is fabulous too, but much smaller, of course

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thanks for the tip!

  3. drenie

    Bahaha.. can serve 12! My 18 year old son ate one whole pie in one sitting. The joy of teenage boys.

    • tipaye

      Oh, wow.

    • J.H.509

      LOL!! I completely understand. I have a 19 year old son and he LOVES to eat and work out!! So he eats a lot. I totally feel you!!

      • APS

        I have 3 boys. This is my future! 😂

        • mommyof71987

          Me too. I have 3 boys and I already feel like they eat me out of the house. lol

          • Ella

            I have one teenage son and my girls on constantly complaining that he eats all the good food! LOL!

    • drenie

      We have 9 kids and my husband comes home with 1 pie. Can you tell who does the shopping.. Men!
      I usually get 3-4 of these.

  4. Sandy M

    We bought the pie from Costco after reading reviews that it was the best pie ever. I thought it was AWFUL (and I LOVE pumpkin) Needed to be cooked more, filling was loose. Would never buy it again. (I should of returned it)

    • tipaye

      Same, here! I wanted to love it because of the hype, but it tasted kind-of “fake” with heavy emphasis on cloves, etc. Will be giving the Sam’s Club pie a go this year!

      • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

        Yes! I think you’ll be surprised – very good!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thanks for sharing Sandy!

    • supersaver

      Agree! I always felt like I was the only one to didn’t like Costco’s pumpkin pie.

    • L

      I do not like pumpkin pie (gasp!) But my husband and kids swear by Frisch’s restaurant pumpkin pie. I think it’s a Cincinnati thing. My husband says the Sam’s Club one is second to Frisch’s!

      • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

        Oh nice! Thanks for sharing 👍

  5. Jen

    I completely agree with every difference you mentioned between the pies. Sam’s is our fav as well. The texture of Costco’s is a real let down.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Interesting! Thanks for sharing Jen!

  6. Julia

    Seeing this right now is too funny. I literally just dropped off a Pumpkin Pie at my Son’s that I purchased at Costco this weekend. I have always bought my Pumpkin Pie’s at Sam’s Club. I too prefer the Sam’s Pumpkin Pie’s.

  7. SuzyHomemakerGoneBad

    You know those people who don’t like pumpkin pie? I’m one of them. Ever since my sister’s fiance barfed up his entire Thanksgiving dinner in the backseat of a car during the worst-ever 2-hour drive home, all I can remember is what it smells like the second time around. That being said, I can actually tolerate the Costco pumpkin pie. Now I know why. Apparently, it doesn’t taste as much like pumpkin pie! Finally, a solution for people like me!
    This has been a public service announcement from “I Hate Pumpkin Pies International.”

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh my gosh so funny 😂!

  8. je

    We don’t have a Sam’s so I’ve never had it, but our household loves Costco’s pumpkin pie. I agree that sometimes the filling doesn’t seem quite done yet, but I think it really depends on who bakes them. One Costco location nearby always has their baked goods a bit overdone and perfectly done at another location. Then there are the rare occasions when none of the baked goods look done at all!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh I hadn’t thought about that. Thanks for sharing!

  9. patricialavenz-goff

    Great Post. We don’t have a Costco (just got a Trader Joes, hope they have some german food, can’t wait to go shopping) and I wouldn’t pay to shop at a store that doesn’t allow coupons on top of paying for shopping. LOL

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thanks and I love TJ’s – will have to look for that cake!

  10. Heather

    LOVE this type of post!!! Thank you!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thanks Heather!

  11. Stacy R

    Best pie ever is the Sweet Potato Pie at Walmart. Not the best cold, but AWESOME once you heat in the oven!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      That’s great to hear! I saw that one and want to try it – yum!

  12. Ann

    Great post. Thank you. Would love to see more cake comparisons between these two stores.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thanks for the feedback Ann!

  13. JenB

    My mom said she didn’t like Costco pumpkin pie because it was gritty. I got 2 pies after that and noticed the grittiness in both of them. It worried me because it seemed to be coming from the filling. What on earth would be gritty in the filling?? (They taste really great if you can get past that.)

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Ya i’m not sure if it’s the puree – interesting and thanks for sharing!

      • Bill

        Typically the grit comes from sand in the puree. Libby’s was getting especially gritty so we had to switch to a different brand.

    • Joe

      I bought one from Costco on Nov. 26, 1019 and another the next day to take to our daughter’s house on Thanksgiving. Same grittiness. Some research indicates the grit is from the pumpkin filling cannery not adequately washing away all sand from the pumpkin during the process.

  14. Ashley

    We definitely like Costco pie better. We just got a Sam’s one and the spices in it are way too strong. I don’t know if we got a bad batch or if they’re just like that

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      oh interesting! thanks for sharing Ashley. 🙂

  15. Another Shelly

    I can’t imagine preferring Walmart food over almost anything. Really wish you would also have compared ingredients.

    • jessa


  16. Apparently-Confused-on-Lefts-and-Rights

    I LOVE Costco’s pumpkin pie! But the reason I’m posting is so you get a good laugh. I was reading the “pie on the left…pie on the right” and had to do the “L” with my hands to remind myself which was left and which was right…because I was looking at the second picture. The pies are swapped! 🤣🤣🤣

  17. Lana

    What about homemade pie??? That is the best! It is super easy to make.

    • Erin

      Yes! When you use canned pumpkin, it is hard to mess up a pumpkin pie!

    • Jw206

      My mom always made pies and I use her(well it’s Libby’s lol) recipe to this day. I really don’t like anyone else’s pumpkin pies but ours!

  18. LaDonna

    Best store bought ive ever bought was from Sprouts…..definitely not big though unfortunately

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh nice – we love Sprouts!

  19. shop4mybabies

    for me, i do not like the costco pumpkin pies at all…the texture isn’t right, there is not enough spice and they need to be cooked more. i have extended family that love them but i don’t get the appeal. wish western wa still had sams club so i could try it

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  20. Sarah

    We bought a pumpkin pie from Costco last year and my family was puking that night. My husband swears it was the pie. 😬

  21. Bryant

    I can’t tell the difference between pumpkin and sweet potato pie. It’s all so confusing to me. But the absolute BEST pies are Patti LaBelle’s Patti pies sold at Wal-Mart. I wait for them to be put on clearance because Wal-mart makes the most pies during this time of year and I buy them all up then freeze them. I eat a Patti pie each week throughout the holiday season. Favorite time of the year! 🙂

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      I have heard of these! Thanks for sharing that they freeze well. 👍

  22. mm

    these are 7.99 near my Costco

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Ya they may vary in price a little depending on area.

  23. Agi

    Last year everybody was returning the Sams pies, they changed vendors and it was awful. When I was returning mine the lady told me; I’m not gonna ask why you are returning it, we know why…

  24. hip2trade

    Good to know since I’m a Sams club shopper. Thanks. I bought a pumpkin pie at Kroger this past week for $2.99, regular size. It tasted pretty good but may try Sams pumpkin pie soon.

  25. Amy

    UGH!! The $6 costco pumpkin pie! My teenage daughters couldn’t get enough of it. Never had Sams. Also, what ever happened to making your own? LOL

  26. Patty M.

    Does anyone know how the BJ’s Pumpkin Pie is?

  27. Jim D.

    Interesting. We bought a Sam’s Club pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving. We thought it was bland and, worse yet, the crust was raw on the bottom. We just had a Costco Pumpkin Pie, and, not only was the crust fully cooked, but the pumpkin flavor was richer and the spices were detectable! Costco won our taste test by a long shot!

    The Sam’s Club Pecan Pie we bought was WONDERFUL, however!

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