Fall is here, and IHOP's famous pumpkin pancakes are back! Their #1 selling seasonal pancake is back, along with 2 other delicious varieties, to make up IHOP's new Signature Pancake collection. Starting at just $4.99, they will be available at participating IHOP restaurants from October 8 through January 2013. The three new Signature Pancakes are:
Made with real pumpkin, spices and crowned with creamy whipped topping. Pumpkin is the perennial #1 selling limited-time offer Signature pancake. Last year IHOP served 3.1 million pumpkin pancakes.
New York Cheesecake Pancakes
Griddled with real cheesecake pieces, then crowned with glazed strawberries and creamy whipped topping. More than 250,000 pounds of cheesecake were used last year for fans of this item.
Carrot Cake Pancakes
Rounding out this season’s offerings is an oatmeal spice pancake recipe featuring a sweet-savory mix of fresh, diced apples, shredded carrots, coconut, raisins, crunchy walnut pieces topped with whipped butter and a drizzle of cream cheese icing.
IHOP invited me and my family to try out the newest items on their menu, and boy did we had a fall feast! The Carrot Cake Pancakes were Alfie's and my favorite. They tasted just like carrot cake! The Pea and Jammy loved the New York Cheesecake pancakes. They couldn't taste the cheesecake bits in the pancakes, but they loved having strawberries and whipped cream (of course, they piled on the strawberry syrup, which is our family's favorite IHOP syrup flavor!). 3Po was so happy with his pumpkin pancakes, he wasn't even interested in trading bites with his siblings. It just goes to show you, there's a Signature Pancake for everyone.
Much as we love pancakes, we wanted the full IHOP breakfast experience, so we had to go for IHOP's new Signature Pancake Combos (starting at $5.99). Just choose from the 3 Signature Pancakes -- Pumpkin, Carrot Cake or New York Cheesecake, you'll get two pancakes in the flavor of your choice -- then combine it with any of these IHOP Egg Combos:
- Ultimate Bacon & Sausage Combo: Three strips of crispy bacon, three pork sausage links, two eggs and golden hash browns
- Bacon & Eggs Combo: Four strips of crispy bacon, two eggs and golden hash browns
- Regular Combo: Two strips of bacon or two pork sausage links, two eggs and golden hash browns
- Ham & Eggs Combo: A hearty grilled ham slice, two eggs and golden hash browns
- Sausage & Eggs Combo: Four pork sausage links, two eggs and golden hash browns
Trust me, this is a LOT of food. The Regular Combo gives you the least amount of food, and it's still too much for one person --2 eggs cooked any way you want, hash browns and 2 pieces of breakfast (either 2 sausage links, 2 bacon strips, or 1 of each) -- and don't forget, you still have those 2 Signature Pancakes! It's all so yummy, I could probably inhale the whole thing (and feel full all day), but in the interest of good health you should probably share with a friend. If you're extra hungry, share an Ultimate Bacon & Sausage Combo instead of a Regular Combo so you get 6 pieces of breakfast meat instead of 2.
If all that sounds too decadent for you, check out IHOP's Simple and Fit menu, with lighter options under 600 calories. I decided to be a good girl and ordered their new Whole Wheat Waffle with Blueberries, which comes with scrambled egg substitute and two slices of turkey bacon. The waffle was excellent -- crisp at the edges and tender in the middle -- and it was nice to have fresh fruit to balance out my meal. It's a HUGE meal, and all that yumminess is 510 calories.
We also tried IHOP's new flavored hot chocolates -- Gingerbread Hot Chocolate and Caramel Hot Chocolate. Both flavors complemented the chocolate wonderfully! The Gingerbread had a touch of spiciness that made me want to keep sipping and sipping, while the kids loved the sweetness of the caramel. Again, portions are huge -- that's a gigantic mug, not a dainty cup -- so I recommend sharing.
We left with bursting stomachs and a resolve to visit IHOP in the near future. What a yummy departure from the ordinary pancakes-bacon-and-eggs-breakfast!
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Disclosure: I received a gift card from IHOP so my family and I could try the new fall offerings. IHOP is also providing the gift card for this giveaway. The views and opinions expressed here are my own.