The Best Canned Pumpkin Brands Chosen by Professional Cooks


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Best Canned Pumpkin Overall

Libby’s 100% Pure Pumpkin

In this taste test, our pros at Test Kitchen found out that the biggest name in the pumpkin game actually makes the best canned pumpkin on the market. Libby’s 100% Pure Pumpkin is a favorite among our culinary team.

Libby’s Canned Pumpkin has a very rich orange color that is the epitome of fall. This deep shade is perfect for giving recipes like this Starbucks Pumpkin Bread and Pumpkin Spice Bars their mouth-watering appearance.

As for the taste, Shannon Norris in Test Kitchen explains that “this brand has more depth of flavor than the others”. A Canned Pumpkin Ball from Libby has “great pumpkin flavor: earthy with just a tiny bit of sweetness,” according to Josh Rink of Test Kitchen.

You will also find that Libby’s pumpkin is exceptionally smooth. There are no visible fibers in this can of pumpkin, just velvety smooth pumpkin puree.

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Best Organic Canned Pumpkin

365 by Whole Foods Organic Pumpkin Puree

If you prefer to use organic food at home, our Test Kitchen suggests 365 by Whole Foods Organic Pumpkin Puree for fall recipes. Although it is organic, this brand remains very affordable; in fact, it’s on par with Libby for price.

This Whole Foods canned pumpkin wowed our team of tasters with its color. “I to like bright orange,” says Shannon. “This is the kind of brand I would choose for my pies just for the color.” (We prefer to make pumpkin pies with canned pumpkin rather than fresh pumpkin.)

In addition to the bright color, our team describes this brand as also having a fresh and very bright flavor. “This one has a lighter consistency,” says Shannon, and tastes akin to freshly steamed pumpkin – slightly vegetal with a hint of sweetness. It would work in so many canned pumpkin recipes.

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Best Budget Pumpkin

Great Value 100% Pure Pumpkin

If you have a lot of pumpkin lining lined up this fall, you can save money by opting for a generic canned pumpkin option. walmart Great Value 100% Pure Pumpkin hits all brands but costs a lot less than brand name options.

This pumpkin box isn’t as colorful as the others in this test, but it has a winning texture. “This one is nicely pureed with a creamy consistency,” says Ellie Crowley in the Test Kitchen. This velvety texture is perfect for recipes like this Pumpkin Cheesecake and Homemade Pumpkin Ice Cream.

Beyond the smooth consistency, this canned pumpkin smells fresh and tastes like pure pumpkin without any extras. It has a slightly milder flavor than our other pumpkin top picks, but when paired with pumpkin spice and topped with whipped cream, this brand will make an amazing pumpkin pie.

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