"What d'ya mean a larger pie doesn't mean a larger piece?!! "
VERRRY SIMPLE!! YOU cut a piece as big (or as SMALL) as you like!! (Duh!)
It's like saying we usually get a 10 pound turkey, but this year we got a 20. Ya don't eat the whole thing -- YOU decide on the portion! And a normal portion of pumpkin pie will be about the same NO MATTER WHAT SIZE PIE IT CAME FROM. Why is this difficult at all to understand??
"Math is fun, folks: Multiply the calories in a full 8-inch pie by 12."
Um, math is a whole lot more "fun" than that. Remember, a pie is more or less of a cylinder. You'd have to know the DEPTH of the pie, and calculate the volume of the two and all of that. Even if they were both the same thickness, you'd have to calculate the area of each pie (pi times the square of the radius) and set up a proportion, and that's too danged much work when an estimate would do.
If you knew the weight of both pies, then you could do simple math.
In fact, weighing your slice or dividing the weight of the pie by the number of servings is your best bet. Pumpkin pies average between 65-75 calories per ounce. The Costco pie has a larger proportion of filling to crust, so it's going to be at the lower end of that average. Multiply the number of ounces in a slice by 70 and call it good. Pumpkin pie is relatively healthy as desserts go (it has fiber, a little calcium, and your whole day's requirement of vitamin A), and it's something you're only going to eat once a year or so. If your calculation is off by 50 calories, it's not a big deal.
As for the nutrition information, baked goods don't have to have it if the bakery produces fewer than a specific number of units. Costco does its own baking in each store, so each store counts as a small bakery and they're exempt, just like the mom & pop bakery down the street.
In the nutrition tracker, can you calculate your serving by ounces or grams instead of by slice? That way you could just weigh it. Or like others have said cut it into smaller pieces and you should be alright. Pumpkin is one of the healthier pies you can eat anyway, so you should be alright.
Isn't it illegal for food to be sold without a nutrition label?
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What d'ya mean a larger pie doesn't mean a larger piece?!!
There was no pamphlet or anything on the box that I missed, and based off the Google search I did, a lot of people have the same question I do, and so far no one has gotten the answer.
One website I went to, somebody responded with:
Calories - A lot Fat - Lots and lots Cholesterol - A lot Sugar - a metric ton
Then they went on a rant of why you shouldn't be eating the pie anyway, so I chalked them up as either a health freak that eats only raw whole foods, or some frustrated dieter that can't stand to see anyone else enjoying a treat.
According to some nutritional information online, a whole 8-inch commercially prepared pumpkin pie has 1374 calories. That would put the 12-inch version at 2061 calories. Eat an eight of that pie for a cost of just over 257 calories.
11/23/08 3:56 P
If you go to the Costco website, you can contact them with an email and ask them for the nutritional information for any of their products. It usually takes a day or two, but they always respond and are happy to provide the information. Just make sure that you tell them exactly what the products name is.
Just because the PIE is big, doesn't mean you have to eat a proportionately larger piece. Cut the pie into 12 or 16 pieces and each piece will have about the same calories as 1/8 of a normal size pie! (That's the intent of the big pie, anyway - more servings, not larger servings!)
The nutrition info is going to be the same as any commercial pumpkin pie (they're all pretty close) except that you're likely to eat a larger piece. You could weigh your piece, or you could just guesstimate and assume you're eating 1.5 slices of a smaller pie.
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