We Tried Patti LaBelle's New Desserts for Walmart and Here's What We Thought

We Tried Patti LaBelle's New Desserts for Walmart and Here's What We Thought

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Ariel Knutson
Sep 6, 2016
(Image credit: Christine Han)

Last fall Walmart released Patti LaBelle's sweet potato pie into the world and the internet couldn't get enough of the sweet treat. A review of this pie garnered a ton of attention on YouTube — over five-million views to date — and Walmart essentially sold out immediately.

Well, Walmart is back at it again with four new Patti LaBelle treats to serve its customers nationwide. Are any of them worth trying? Would they live up to the success of the sweet potato pie? I obviously had to find out.

The Goods

Walmart released four new Patti LaBelle desserts nationwide: three cobblers and one cake. There is also a sweet potato loaf that Walmart released, but it has a limited release, and we did not get a chance to try it. The cobblers are sold pre-baked at Walmart. You can eat them cold if you're about that life, or reheat them in the oven for 12 to 16 minutes based on your preference.

Here's what you should know about all of them based on the description on the packaging and ingredients listed.

Patti's Good Life Berry Cobbler, $6.98

Walmart's description of the cobbler: "Loaded with raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, and boysenberries." A serving size of this cobbler (there are eight servings), contains 270 calories, eight grams of total fat, and 32 grams of sugar.

Patti's Good Life Apple Cobbler, $6.98

Walmart's description of the cobbler: "Sweet Fuji apples loaded in a flaky top and bottom crust." A serving size of this cobbler (there are eight servings), contains 240 calories, 8 grams of total fat, and 30 grams of sugar.

Patti's Good Life Peach Cobbler, $6.98

Walmart's description of the cobbler: "Flaky top and bottom crust bursting with sweet peaches." A serving size of this cobbler (there are eight servings), contains 280 calories, 13 grams of total fat, and 28 grams of sugar.

Patti's Good Life Apple Pecan Cake, $9.98

Walmart's description of the cobbler: "Delicious blend of apples and Georgia pecans baked inside of a Southern-style layer of cake finished with buttercream icing and caramel." A serving size of this cake (there are eight servings), includes 320 calories, 17 grams of total fat, and 31 grams of sugar.

The Results

But first, a hit from Pattie LaBelle that you should probably be familiar with. Please play this song while you read the results of our research.

For this not-very-scientific taste test, I let all the hungry people in our office have at the cobblers and cakes and asked them for their opinions. I did not heat up the cobblers beforehand — I could try to convince you that I did this for a reason, but really I just forgot. Plus, the cobblers are sold in the bakery section at Walmart, and you could very well just grab one for a last-minute picnic. Let's go with that explanation.

The resounding winner of the taste test was the berry cobbler. Some of our editors went back for seconds (and thirds) on this treat. I was super impressed with all the different kinds of berries in this cobbler — it almost tasted like it was fresh. If I was feeling a little lazy before a potluck where I was supposed to bring a dessert, I would consider picking this up — especially if I could heat it up and top it with vanilla ice cream.

The peach cobbler was also well-received in our office, but was noticeably sweeter than the berry cobbler. I would also recommend this for a lazy potluck. The apple cobbler was the sweetest of the cobblers, and was the least favorite in our office. The cinnamon flavor was a bit overwhelming for some of my colleagues, and the gelatinous nature of the dessert made it seem less fresh than the others.

I was very excited to try the apple pecan cake — it looks so pretty! — but it was simply too sweet for me. The texture of the cake was great, and I loved the apple flavor, but the frosting was just too much. If you have a big sweet tooth, however, or know someone who does, this might be a nice option for a birthday. It's also only $10, so that's pretty awesome.

Have you tried any of Patti LaBelle's new desserts for Walmart? Did you try the sweet potato pie last fall? Let us know in the comments!

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