What is the Correct Way to Eat Pumpkin Pie?

Hey! I’m Michelle, and I eat pizza and burritos with a fork. There, I said it out loud. (Please don’t 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 don’t think you need to conform to these standards. There are so many great ways to consume pumpkin pie, whether it’s drizzled with caramel and topped with pecans or served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Today, I want to talk about everyone’s beloved holiday treat, pumpkin pie!

How 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, it’s how my family and I eat it (most of the time). But if you’re 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 whipped topping). But that’s 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 you’re in for a treat.

You can also branch out and drizzle chocolate or caramel on top. Honestly, this is so good, and if you haven’t tried it yet, you’re 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? It’s 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 won’t 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. It’s 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 just a few choices to consider:

  • Pumpkin maple bars. These bars are undeniably delicious, thanks to the pumpkin and maple combo. Plus, you don’t need a fork and plate to eat it. It’s a grab-and-go dessert that is perfect for lunchboxes!
  • White chocolate pumpkin mousse. 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.
  • Pumpkin pie cookies. Everybody loves cookies. You really can’t go wrong with these cookies that are like a handheld masterpiece.

Try adding some spices to your pumpkin pie if you’re 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? 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!

About Michelle
I have been a lover of sweets since day one. This led me on a self-taught baking journey starting at the age of 13. It's been over 10 years since the start of my baking adventures, and I’ve learned a lot along the way. Now, people rave about my delectable treats, whether it’s a chocolate cake or a strawberry crepe.

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