Battle of the Fall Treats

By Leila Rocha

It may still be reaching slightly uncomfortably high temperatures in the afternoon, but the cool, breezy morning air signifies Fall is indeed here. It’s finally time to eat baked treats that fill the entire kitchen with the warm smell of cinnamon, pumpkin, and freshly baked cookies without people going: ¨It’s still Summer, off with the oven!¨

I have the delightful task of tasting them, purely for the purpose of writing this article of course. Unfortunately, I can’t have all of them, there just isn’t enough time in the entire season to indulge in them, but I was able to choose some of the popular ones. To put a little spin on this whole thing, I´m going to be taking three treats, two brands each, and comparing them, whichever brand is better wins absolutely nothing. 

Pillsbury Vs. Toll House Cookies

Everyone knows these brands! You have to have bought these from the grocery store at least once in your lifetime. 

I honestly had to try these a couple times to come to my conclusion. Regardless, I was able to decide that there is indeed a crystal clear winner.

The Toll House cookies would definitely be great if you absolutely love chocolate since they are filled (too much in my opinion) with chocolate chips. Overall, I feel like I could not taste the dough part as much as I wanted to… disappointing. 

With the Pilsbury, the chocolate chips were less overpowering. I tasted more of the dough than I did with the Toll House. This is actually strange considering how a serving of Pilsbury cookie dough has 11 grams of sugar while Toll House has 10 grams. This must mean that the taste of the cookies is purely based on how they were crafted. 

Maybe it’s because I’m not the biggest chocolate fan (it’s alright but I normally don’t crave pure chocolate), but I choose Pilsbury over Toll House. I actually expected this to occur going into this. I personally find Pilsbury to be a tastier brand than Nestle, from what I’ve tasted at least. From the sugar cookies to the frosting tubs to the cinnamon rolls, it’s just too good.

Pecan Pie Vs. Sweet Potato Pie

Pecan Pie has already lost the battle if you have a nut allergy, but if you don´t, who knows? When I tried these side by side, I noticed that the pecan pie I had from Nations was much sweeter. The gooey filling topped with glazed pecans is irresistible. In regards to sweetness, I would give it a 9/10, if it had a sweeter crust, it would be a 10/10. 

For the sweet potato pie, it was less sweet, but the filling was also a lot heavier. If you are expecting a gooey filling, you will most definitely be disappointed. However, this does not make this pie inferior at all. In fact, you may actually appreciate this pie more if you do not like overly sweet treats. Also, like I stated earlier, if you have a nut allergy, this pie is a clear winner.

For sweetness, I would give this one a 7.5/10. But, it may have only tasted less sweet because I had just had the almost overly sweet Pecan Pie slice. Don´t be afraid that this pie is mostly made out of a vegetable, the added sugar balances it out. So it doesn’t taste like a baked sweet potato. Also, the one I had from Nations was in a tart form, which was cool if you don’t want to have to share. 

Overall, I can not actually choose a winner for this one since they taste so different. However I will say, the sweet potato pie is best when you want a non-overpowering treat to indulge in, and the pecan pie is best if you want to taste almost pure sugar and love treats with nuts on it. 

No matter what Fall treats you think is best, one thing is for certain: Fall has some of the best sweets. From pumpkin flavors, to warm spices, not much can beat that. I encourage you to indulge in some this season, maybe even check out seasonal treats at our local bakeries. 

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