Costco Pumpkin Pie (Giant) - FAQ, Freezing Tip, Price
Kirkland Signature Pumpkin Pie at Costco
Costco’s Pumpkin Pies are 12 inches wide, made fresh daily, and according to Costco Bakery employees, they are an absolute pain to make due to the volume of pies sold.
When Can you buy a Costco Pumpkin Pie?
Costco Pumpkin Pie season starts as early as late August, and the season will typically run through Thanksgiving and into December. I do think the season may start a little tiny bit early, but the pies are selling, so what do I know?
Depending on your Costco location, you may be able to score a clearance deal on a post thanksgiving pumpkin pie.
Buy Your Pumpkin Pie Early
Pumpkins Pies are most popular at Thanksgiving, and as you can imagine, there is quite the demand for a 12-inch $5.99 pumpkin pie.
Costco is already hectic the day before Thanksgiving, so I highly recommend visiting Costco two if not three days before Thanksgiving to guarantee your pumpkin pie and avoid the last-minute Thanksgiving crowds.
Costco does use a sell by date rather than a Use By Date. The pie should be good for 2-3 days after the sell by date.
Costco Cost Comparison
How Much Does Costco's Pumpkin Pie Cost?
Costco sells the giant 3.63 Pound Pumpkin Pie for $5.99. This is an absolutely fantastic deal for a 12-inch pie that is sure to please the guests at your Thanksgiving party.
Costco Vs. The Competition
Sam’s Club will be the only competitor that is even close to Costco’s price for a Pumpkin Pie. They sell their 12-inch, 58-ounce (slightly larger) pumpkin pie for $6.98. This is $1 more expensive than Costco’s price for very similar-sized pies.
Target sells their 8-inch (22-ounce) pumpkin pie for $6.99. This pie is about the same price as Costco’s but less than half the size.
Tom Thumb, my local grocery store, sells their 11-inch pumpkin pie for $13.99. This is double Costco’s fantastic price.
Costco Pumpkin Pie - Taste Test
Lucky for me, I was able to taste Costco’s pumpkin pie outside of a thanksgiving setting. This allowed me to taste the pie without already being stuffed with Thanksgiving goodness.
The Crust is Fragile
I cut myself a slice, and after cutting a few more pieces, I noticed that the pie crust does fall off fairly easily. It is normally held in place by the pie tray but is extremely fragile and will easily break apart from the pie.
Even when trying to be really careful, I couldn’t help but chip off a piece of the crust.
If the presentation means a lot, the Costco pumpkin pie may not do it for you.
Spot On Texture
First, the pumpkin pie texture is excellent; it is both soft and firm as well as slightly squishy. The texture of the pumpkin pie filling was very smooth and enjoyable.
For taste, the pie has all the traditional pumpkin pie flavors that remind me of Autumn.
The flavors of ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves were all present and, when combined, gave that fantastic pumpkin flavor while not being overly sweet.
Costco’s pumpkin pie is light, creamy, and the perfect seasonal Thanksgiving treat.
Freezing Costco’s Pumpkin Pie and Portion Control Tip
This may be rare, but there may be times when you can’t fully finish off the pumpkin pie before it goes bad.
Thankfully, the Costco pumpkin pie freezes very well and can also be frozen as individual slices for portion control. I froze a few of my leftover slices, and they are holding up very nicely in the freezer.
How to Freeze Costco’s Pumpkin Pie
- Slice the leftover or whole pumpkin into as many slices as necessary.
- Place the pumpkin pie slices on a plate, cover them with plastic wrap, and place them into the freezer.
- Make sure the pieces are not touching.
- Once the pumpkin pie slices are frozen, take them out and individually vacuum seal the slices of pie.
- If you don’t have a vacuum sealer, the pumpkin pie can be plastic wrapped and placed into a large Ziploc bag.
When I’m ready to eat a slice, I simply take as many slices out as necessary and thaw in the refrigerator overnight or on the counter for 1-2 hours or until thawed out.
Welcome to year-round pumpkin pie!
Pumpkin Pie Leftover Ideas
This is a giant pumpkin pie, and if you don’t want to freeze your leftovers, you can also use them in a few different and creative ways.
Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal
My personal favorite and easiest way to use leftover pumpkin pie is to mix it in with some oatmeal. This makes a super tasty pumpkin spice flavored oatmeal that I absolutely devour at breakfast time.
Pumpkin Pie Chunks In Greek Yogurt
Another tasty treat that I like to make is pumpkin pie bits greek yogurt. Simply freeze a slice of pumpkin pie until it hardens and then chop it up into miniature bite-size pieces. They can be eaten as is or combined with greek yogurt for a delicious pumpkin-flavored treat.
And, of course, the pumpkin pie can also be directly mixed into the greek yogurt as well.
Pumpkin Pie Bread
If you want to put in a little bit of extra work, check out Baking Bit’s Leftover pumpkin pie bread. It takes a little time and effort, but the end result is well worth it.
Pumpkin Pie Nutritional Information
According to some Costco Bakers, the pumpkin pie recipe is actually the same one on the back of a can of Libby’s Pumpkin.
While Libby’s doesn’t provide an actual nutritional label for the pumpkin pie recipe, All Recipes has a good estimate.
Pumpkin Pie Calories
All Recipes says the Libby’s Pumpkin Pie recipe, which is the same as Costco’s, should have 282 calories for 1/8th of a 9” pie.
Costco sells a 12” pumpkin pie which changes things, but lets just assume a thin slice. Of the 282 calories, there are 12 grams of fat, 38 grams of carbs, and 6 grams of protein.
This isn’t going to be a healthy nutritional label, but this is expected for a pumpkin pie. This is a seasonal treat, and the nutritional information and calories will reflect that.
Frequently Asked Questions
How Long is Costco Pumpkin Pie Good For?
I purchased my pumpkin pie from Costco on 9/19, and the sale by date is 9/22. I expect the pumpkin pie to be good for another two or three days after the 9/22 date.
In total, Costco’s pumpkin pie is probably good for around 5-7 days.
How Many People can the Pie Serve?
This depends on the size of the slice, but the 12 inch Costco Pumpkin Pie could comfortably feed a dozen people. I was cutting what I considered to be appropriate-sized slices, and I could have easily gotten 12-15 slices.
At Thanksgiving, I would try to slice the pie thin to combine it with other dessert options, and I think could easily serve 20 people.
Costco Pumpkin Pie Review
Product Name: Kirkland Signature Pumpkin Pie
Quantity: 3.63 Pounds
Location Within Costco: Bakery
Price Per Pound: $1.69/Pound
I love Costco’s pumpkin pie. The price is fantastic, and the pie is humungous.
The pumpkin taste is great, not overly sweet, and will not last long at a Thanksgiving party.
If you want one for yourself, it also can be easily frozen and eaten all year!
Value - 9/10
Convenience - 10/10
Taste - 10/10
Nutrition - 6/10
CFDB Score - 7/10
- Great taste
- Excellent Price
- Huge Pie
- Freezes Well