- Target has several seasonal products for fall, from desserts to an abundance of trail mixes.
- I loved Good & Gather’s pumpkin-pie granola and pumpkin-spice hot chocolate.
- The Favorite Day caramel-apple crisp cookies and candy-apple pretzels were disappointing.
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The center is very dense with a strong ginger flavor, which I liked. The cream-cheese frosting balanced the flavor of the spices. Although they are rich and very sweet, these tiny treats were the perfect size for me to enjoy one or two at a time.
Verdict: I’d definitely buy these again. They taste delicious, but the size makes them less overwhelming since they are pretty rich.
The coating was super sticky, so most of the pretzels stuck together in the bag, and the coating started melting onto my fingers even after I just grabbed a pretzel. The flavor was fine, but they were very, very sweet. I didn’t taste any of the salty pretzel.
Verdict: I’d probably skip these in the future. I like pretzels, especially coated ones for a sweet-and-savory treat, but these were just too sugary for me.
They came in a small bag inside a much larger paper bag, which was kind of deceiving. I wish they came in a box or resealable bag instead.
I was also shocked by the size of these cookies. These were much smaller than I thought they’d be. Still, I love a mini dessert.
Unfortunately, these tasted overpoweringly like artificial apple flavoring.
The texture was off, too. The cookies are super crisp and crumbly, which is fine, but they have super chewy dried apple pieces inside.
Verdict: Unfortunately, I wasn’t really impressed with any part of these cookies, from the taste to the texture to the packaging.
At first, the flavors were very apple-forward and sweet, but then they settled into a saltiness from the nuts. The cinnamon pretzel balls were my favorite — I wish they sold bags of just those.
But the texture overall was off-putting to me. Every bite was super chewy. Despite the nuts and pretzels, this trail mix wasn’t crunchy at all.
Verdict: The flavors for this mixture are good, but I really disliked the chewiness. I’d skip these since there were some other seasonal trail mixes I enjoyed more.
It had more of the tasty cinnamon-flavored pretzel balls, plus pumpkin-spice peanuts, pumpkin seeds, and yogurt-covered raisins. The nuts and pretzel balls were all crunchy, and the coatings and raisins balanced it out with some chewiness.
Verdict: When I’m in the mood for some trail mix, I’d grab this option again because it balances sweetness to saltiness and crunchiness to chewiness.
The Scarecrow Crunch is a far cry from what I think of when I think of trail mix, but this fall product included chocolate- and powdered-sugar-covered cereal pieces along with peanut-butter candies, peanuts, chocolate-covered marshmallows, and white-chocolate-covered oat cereal.
I skipped the marshmallows, which contain gelatin that I avoid eating, but the rest of this trail mix was a very nostalgic treat. I loved the chocolate-peanut butter flavor combination in this trail mix.
Verdict: This is too sweet to enjoy while going for a hike, but the Scarecrow Crunch would be a perfect movie-night snack. Aside from the marshmallows — please make some gelatin-free ones, Target! — I loved this trail mix and would buy it again.
This mix includes candy corn, honey-roasted peanuts, raisins, and white-chocolate-covered pretzel balls.
I loved the pretzel balls, raisins, and peanuts, but the candy corn just wasn’t for me. Raisins and peanuts are in most trail mixes, including multiple Target fall ones, so I could easily opt for another product instead of this.
Verdict: The sweet-and-salty combination in this trail mix is great, but I really just don’t like candy corn. I could find pretzels, raisins, and peanuts in many other trail mixes, so I’d skip this.
The spice came through strong, but so did the sweetness. Each almond was coated in flavored white chocolate, and there was just too much coating on each almond, making them way too sweet.
Verdict: Although I expected to love these, the coating was too thick and sweet for me. I’d prefer plain almonds.
The pumpkin-spice pretzels were less sweet than the candy-apple option, and I could devour a bunch of these crunchy snacks in one sitting.
Verdict: These crunchy, sweet, salty, spicy pretzels were tasty, and I wanted to eat handfuls at a time. I’d buy these again, but I might need someone to hide them from me.
This Monster Drizzle caramel corn was a surprising limited-time offer at Target — but its simplicity made me wonder why it isn’t in stores year-round.
The Monster Drizzle includes caramel corn drizzled with dark chocolate and mixed with pretzels and sprinkles. I didn’t see or taste any pretzels, but I saw a few bright-orange sprinkles. Most of the bag was just the caramel corn and chocolate, which was a melted mess all over the bag.
Despite the lackluster appearance, this was really yummy. The dark chocolate kept it from being too sweet.
Verdict: This caramel-corn mix was good, and I’d buy it again. I just wish there were more pretzels, and it’d be great if there was a way to keep the chocolate from creating a melty mess all over the bag.
The cake is incredibly moist, and I could taste the pumpkin and ginger flavors. The cream cheese was good with this cake, but it was a little overwhelming. There was a lot of frosting on top plus some added into the center of the cupcake.
Verdict: I’d buy these rich, indulgent cupcakes again, but this is definitely a dessert to share with friends. I’m notorious for eating seconds and thirds, but one of these cupcakes over the span of a long weekend was enough for me.
I love pumpkin flavors, but I wasn’t disappointed at all to find that what was supposed to taste like pumpkin pie tasted more like maple syrup or French toast.
Verdict: This granola will be paired with many yogurts, bananas, and berries this fall. I loved the flavor and texture of the pumpkin-pie granola, even though it tasted more like maple syrup than anything.
They are small, so it’s easy to grab a couple to dunk into coffee. Scones tend to have a dry, crumbly texture, but these were slightly softer and moister. I enjoyed the pumpkin flavor and the sweet glaze coating the outside of the scone.
I tried them plain first, but then I dunked them in some coffee and it was unreal. After just a few days, I was ready to restock.
Verdict: The pumpkin scones were my favorite fall product at Target. The scones pair perfectly with coffee and I’ll be making many Target runs this fall to stock up on these.
This pumpkin-spice coffee was better than most others I’ve tried, which tend to be bland and bitter. It was a little bitter and not super smooth, but it was tolerable. I could taste the spice but not much pumpkin.
I added oat milk to it, which made it a nice morning beverage. I could still taste the spices, but it was not as bitter.
Verdict: I wouldn’t mind buying this coffee again, but I’d be sure to pair it with oat milk or maybe a vanilla-flavored creamer to balance the spice and bitterness.
It’s rich and sweet with a dark-chocolate flavor at first, which then goes into the taste of spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves.
You’re supposed to add the mix to hot milk, and I chose to use oat milk. The ingredients do not include any milk powder, making this a dairy-free option if you use a milk alternative.
The hot cocoa turned out really smooth and creamy, with a great flavor.
I enjoyed it as is, and I also mixed some with the pumpkin-spice coffee, which also turned out great. The box suggests spiking this cocoa with rum for an adult treat, and I plan to try that out soon.
Verdict: Whether alone, to mix with coffee, or to spike with a splash or two of rum, this mix will be making many appearances in my shopping cart this fall.