How Do You Eat Pumpkin Pie Correctly?

How Do You Eat Pumpkin Pie Correctly?

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Hey! Im Shea, and I eat pizza and burritos with a fork. There, I said it out loud. (Please dont come at me!). That said, should I really be advising on correct ways to eat things? Well, with my ten-plus years of baking experience, I still say yes.

The correct way to eat pumpkin pie is at room temperature with a squirt of whipped cream on top and nothing else.

However, I dont think you need to conform to these standards. There are so many great ways to consume pumpkin pie, whether its drizzled with caramel and topped with pecans or served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Today, I want to talk about everyones beloved holiday treat, pumpkin pie!

What is the Correct Way to Eat Pumpkin Pie?

What is the Correct Way to Eat Pumpkin Pie?

I firmly believe there is no right or wrong way to eat something. Nonetheless, I understand that there are certain standards when it comes to eating specific items, such as lobster, oysters, and, yes, pumpkin pie.

Traditionally, pumpkin pie has been served at room temperature or slightly chilled (although nowhere near cold). It is served with whipped cream on top and eaten with a fork off of a plate. It is most commonly consumed during the fall and winter, especially during specific holidays.

What is the Fun Way to Eat Pumpkin Pie?

Okay, so eating pumpkin pie the traditional way is super fun. In fact, its how my family and I eat it (most of the time). But if youre looking to branch out of the ordinary and try something new, I wanted to share a few fun ways to shake things up.

Try New Toppings

I love my pumpkin pie completely covered in whipped cream (and yes, it looks exactly like that popular meme of the pumpkin pie drenched in the whipped topping). But thats not the only superb option for this baked good.

Vanilla ice cream is another popular choice. Vanilla and pumpkin go together like peanut butter and jelly, so you know youre in for a treat.

You can also branch out and drizzle chocolate or caramel on top. Honestly, this is so good, and if you havent tried it yet, youre seriously missing out.

Lastly, consider throwing some nuts on top! Pumpkin pie is ultra creamy and smooth, which is excellent. But it definitely lacks that crunch appeal. For those who love a dessert with some crispiness, toss on some candied walnuts or pecans and enjoy.

Change the Temperature

Room temperature pumpkin pie is delightful because it is ultra-silky and slides right off the fork. But have you ever thought about eating warm or chilled pumpkin pie? Its a game-changer!

Chilled pie adds some impressive stiffness to a rather smooth and delicate pumpkin pie. This texture makes it great for piling on the toppings, as the pumpkin pie wont get crushed underneath. Just be careful if your teeth are sensitive to coldness!

On the other hand, warm pie gives you an invitingly melted texture that warms your belly. Its perfect for cozy nights when the weather outside is frightful. Warm pie goes well with ice cream. Stick with classic vanilla or add more flavor with caramel or chocolate ice cream.

Try a New Recipe

If you want to break the rules altogether, there are endless possibilities. Here are a few options to consider:

  • Bars made with pumpkin and maple syrup. These bars are undeniably delicious, thanks to the pumpkin and maple combo. Plus, you dont need a fork and plate to eat it. Its a grab-and-go dessert that is perfect for lunchboxes!
  • Mousse with white chocolate and pumpkin. Want to eat your pumpkin pie with a spoon? This mousse is invitingly silky and has an unbelievably sweet flavor thanks to the addition of white chocolate.
  • Cookies made with pumpkin pie filling. Everyone like cookies. You really cant go wrong with these cookies that are like a handheld masterpiece.

Try adding some spices to your pumpkin pie if youre feeling daring. Cayenne and chili powder are two spices that will change the flavor dramatically yet favorably.


Pretty fascinating stuff, huh? Whether you stick to traditional serving or try something new, everyone will love their pumpkin pie. Here are a few more frequently asked questions you might want to know the answer to.

Do you heat up pumpkin pie?

Do you? No. Can you do it? Sure! If you love a warmed-up slice of pumpkin pie, you can definitely heat it up. You can microwave single slices or place the entire pie in the oven at 350F for a few minutes (cover it with tin foil to avoid burning).

Is pumpkin pie traditionally served hot or cold?

Neither. Pumpkin pie is traditionally served somewhere in the middle, otherwise known as room temperature. Feel free to enjoy a cold or warm slice, though! Both have their definite pros.

When should you eat a pumpkin pie?

Pumpkin pie is traditionally served during fall and winter. It is likely found at family dinner tables during specific holidays. However, pumpkin pie can be eaten whenever you want!

Final Words

Pumpkin pie is one of those desserts that almost everyone adores. While it is traditionally served at room temperature with a squirt of whipped cream, plenty of people enjoy it warm or cold with various toppings and mix-ins.

What is your favorite way to eat pumpkin pie? Sound off in the comment section below so we can try it out!


What is the best way to eat pumpkin pie?

It can be served straight from the refrigerator, or you can let it sit at room temperature for a few hours before serving. Serve with either plain or maple whipped cream.

How do people eat pumpkin pie?

Whether eaten with whipped cream or a scoop of ice cream on top, pumpkin pie is a tasty treat!

Should you warm up pumpkin pie before eating?

Only heat the slices of pie which will immediately be eaten in order to keep the rest of the pie safe to heat for the next meal. If you are wondering why grocery stores can store pumpkin pies safely on the shelf, it’s because these pies include shelf stable ingredients such as preservatives.

Do you eat pumpkin pie with ice cream?

There’s just something about the creamy richness of a home baked pumpkin pie. It’s delicious on its own, of course, but we prefer it à la mode (hard to believe, we know). Pierre’s award-winning French Vanilla Ice Cream, with its rich vanilla flavor, is a wonderful match for spicy pumpkin pie.

Do you eat pumpkin pie with a spoon or fork?

Use the fork only if the pie is served without ice cream. Use both the fork and spoon if the pie is served ala mode (topped with ice cream). Place the fork in your left hand, tines down to secure the pie on the plate. Then with the spoon in the right hand, eat both the pie and ice cream.

Should pumpkin pie be refrigerated?

You should refrigerate homemade pies that contain fillings with eggs, such as pumpkin, custard or cream pies. That’s because they pose a higher risk of microbial contamination due to their higher moisture and protein content.

What does pumpkin pie do to your body?

A serving of pumpkin pie also provides 67 percent of the recommended daily amount for vitamin A, 15 percent for vitamin K and 7 percent for vitamin E. Vitamins A, E and K promote healthy skin and mucous membranes, night vision, blood clotting and bone and tooth development.

How do you eat store bought pumpkin pie?

Chill the baked pie in the fridge for a couple of hours, then right before serving it, sprinkle it with sugar and then go over it with a kitchen blowtorch to melt the sugar and add a crackly, golden top.

How do you eat Costco pumpkin pie?

Try slicing the pie when you get home and immediately freezing it. Even if you’re serving it for Thanksgiving. The pieces come out clean and it tastes just as good. The best before date is three days from the date the pie is packed on.

Why are store bought pumpkin pie not refrigerated?

Why are store-bought pumpkin pies not refrigerated? This is the exception to the rule. Commercially-produced pumpkin pies are typically made with preservatives that allow them to remain shelf-stable for longer at room temperature.

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