This Limited-Edition Sam’s Club Dessert Is Back, and We Get Why It’s So Popular

published Sep 18, 2023
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pumpkin cheesecake with paper between each slice
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Pumpkin cheesecake has entered the chat. And not just any cheesecake: Sam’s Club’s Member’s Mark Pumpkin Cheesecake. While select Sam’s Club members have been lucky enough to spot this seasonal drop in the freezer cases earlier than expected, the decadent dessert is finally hitting shelves nationwide this week. 

We got our hands on a box ahead of launch to sample. Here’s everything you need to know about this fall marvel, including our honest review.

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What You Should Know About Member’s Mark Pumpkin Cheesecake

There’s a reason Sam’s Club Stans keep their eyes peeled for the limited-edition pumpkin cheesecake. It’s a member favorite — and (spoiler!) for good reason. Weighing in at a whopping 4.5 pounds, the frozen dessert is part New York-style cheesecake/part pumpkin pie, which means it’s basically two desserts in one hefty box. Priced at $17.98, it serves 14 and comes pre-sliced (very convenient). According to package instructions, it should be thawed in the refrigerator “for a minimum of 24 hours” (slightly less convenient) and served chilled.

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My Honest Review of the Member’s Mark Pumpkin Cheesecake

Once I passed the thawing stage (note to self: always read instructions all the way through at the start), it was time to taste. A dessert this large is meant for sharing, which is exactly what I did. I set the chilled cheesecake out on a table at The Kitchn offices for all who wanted to enjoy — and, of course, provide feedback. (There is no free lunch dessert.)

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As our video producer, Vixon says, “this cheesecake is heavy on the pumpkin flavor, in a good way.” It combines the best of both dessert worlds — pumpkin cheesecake and pumpkin pie — into one satisfying bite. One straggling taster didn’t even realize the pumpkin cheesecake came from a box, questioning midway through: “Wait, this is store-bought?!”

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True to the NY-style cheesecakes I grew up eating, this one is creamy and RICH. “Though I like my cheesecake firmer,” adds Vixon, “it had a nice consistency, which you can’t be mad at.” (We recommend serving this immediately from the fridge and returning any uneaten slices to said fridge for optimal consistency.)

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The flavor of the pumpkin-swirl is a little faint, but it’s bolstered by the sliver of pumpkin-pie-esque filling that rests just above the graham cracker crust (which is both sturdy and adds a crumbly texture to the party). The denser cheesecake is also a nice contrast to the silky pumpkin filling. 

And if you thought for a second, those slices look a little thin, fear not! They were so filled, we had three left over after the tasting. (They disappeared the next day.)

Buy: Member’s Mark Pumpkin Cheesecake, $17.98 for 4.5 pounds at Sam’s Club

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