I tried Popeyes’ new pumpkin pie and it’s the best fast-food dessert I’ve ever tasted

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Popeyes’ new Pumpkin Cream Cheese Pie is dusted with cinnamon sugar. Irene Jiang / Business Insider
  • Popeyes disappointed the world when it ran out of its wildly popular chicken sandwich in August.
  • But recently, the chain quietly released a new menu item that hasn’t been sold in five years: the Pumpkin Cream Cheese Pie.
  • Pumpkin and cream cheese is an often overlooked flavour combination, so I decided to give the pie a try.
  • Crispy outside, gooey inside, tart and buttery, this pie was absolutely perfect. Put down your apple pie and make haste to your nearest Popeyes!
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Do you still think about Popeyes’ chicken sandwich?

I often do. But this isn’t a story about a chicken sandwich. It’s the story of a deep-fried pie that made its way onto the national menu of a national chain without so much as a tweet.

I found out about Popeyes’ new Pumpkin Cream Cheese Pie when I stopped by my local restaurant. This pie was last sold in 2014, and now it’s finally back after five long, pumpkin-free years. (Let’s hope the chicken sandwich doesn’t take that long to come back.)


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Pumpkin with cream cheese? I was sceptical, but the guy behind the counter assured me it was amazing. And Popeyes has surprised me before.

So I took my trusty camera to a Popeyes near me in Manhattan, grabbed a couple of pies, and sat down to see if Popeyes could successfully bring together this unlikely couple.


I ordered three pies for the price of $US1.89 each.

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They were packaged like any other fast-food pie: in small, convenient cardboard boxes with holes that allow hot air to escape and keep the pies crispy.

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Popeyes made no announcement when the pumpkin pie returned in late September. The pie is not even on the Popeyes website menu.

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Its return was practically a secret, similar to the way Popeyes’ chicken sandwich had surreptitiously slid onto test menus back in early August.

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The pumpkin pie had a deep-fried crust dusted with cinnamon sugar, just like the chain’s apple pie. From the outside, it was impossible to tell what lay inside.

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It was piping hot, almost too hot to bite. Cinnamon sugar spilled everywhere. I realised too late that I probably should have kept the pie in the handy provided container.

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But one bite of the pie made me forget all my mortal troubles. My lips were greeted by a gentle layer of sweet cinnamon powder and my teeth were met by a flaky, crispy crust that oozed buttery filling when bitten.

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This was no muddled pastry. The line between pumpkin and cream cheese was clearer than the sky on a sunny day. And both fillings had distinct flavours.

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The cream cheese was sour, creamy, and slightly savoury. The pumpkin filling was sweet and tasted strongly of clove. Both fillings were gooier than traditional pumpkin pies are, but I didn’t quite mind. I did crave just a touch more cinnamon, but the pastry tasted so good that I just didn’t mind.

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There wasn’t a single stale bite of this pie. Every single bite burst with flavour. My only complaint was that there weren’t enough bites. The pie quickly disappeared…

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… leaving nothing but a warm fullness in my stomach and a coating of cinnamon sugar on my fingertips.

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But the chicken sandwich had taught me an important lesson: never buy just one. And keep your eyes on the prize —or in this case, on the pies.

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