Fake Friday: “The 500-Calorie Pumpkin Cream Loaf” and “Attention, Target Shoppers!”

pinned to halloween by Sharon Galvin, curated from Sunday Baker

I’m sure you’ve seen this 500-Calorie Pumpkin Cream Loaf on Pinterest, because it’s as prolific as barn weddings and ombre hair.  It’s a pin from the lovely Tanya of the delicious blog Sunday Baker from last year, but now that pumpkin season is upon us, at least in some parts of the planet, this thing is EVERYWHERE again, usually pinned with this caption…

“Only 500 Calories for the WHOLE loaf!! Pumpkin cream loaf!”

Often, there’s some extra enthusiasm, such as, “I CAN EAT THE WHOLE LOAF!”

Being curious, and cynical, and also thinking that maybe I, too, in a spate of gluttony while re-watching every episode of The Real L-Word, could EAT THE WHOLE LOAF, I clicked on the image to see what this low-calorie miracle was concocted of.

What I discovered was that although this was originally posted to the blog as a 500-calorie wonder (which would explain the initial rash of 500,000 500-calorie pins),  Sunday Baker realized there was an error in the calorie calculation and corrected the mistake. It still seems to qualify as a low-calorie cake, depending on how much you eat of it, but 500 calories a loaf it ain’t.

Oddly, or perhaps not so oddly,  considering this is Pinterest we’re talking about, none of the people currently re-pinning this “500 Calorie Pumpkin Cream Loaf” have bothered to click on the image and look at the recipe…because if they had, they’d have seen Sunday Baker’s full disclosure and best efforts to correct the initial calorie-count misconception.

Ah, Pinners, you should probably click on those links you re-pin with wild abandon. Maybe then you’d be able to zip up your pants.

And now, let’s chat about Target.

Not too long ago, I noticed they’d begun selling fetish-wear. I took a photo so you’d believe me.

Anyway, I love Target, but when I saw this super-popular pin, which seems to have been started by Mommy Savers (UPDATE: Please read Kim’s comment below for additional information!),

and claimed to decipher the markdown schedule, I was skeptical (as you all should be, too, about pretty much everything).

And, as you might have already guessed, this pin is fake. Sorry, y’all.

Hey, are you following WTFPinterest on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest?  Come on over!

Happy Friday, folks!

Related posts:

This entry was posted in Fake Friday, Food, I have no idea what I just re-pinned, Words of Wisdom. Bookmark the permalink.

4 Responses to Fake Friday: “The 500-Calorie Pumpkin Cream Loaf” and “Attention, Target Shoppers!”

  1. Donna says:

    to the commenter Rebecca: Merchandise most certainly goes past 75%. I have been in Targets in 3 states and I have seen items marked down to 90% quite a bit, especially after holidays or seasons (mostly summer and winter transitions) This is how I get my bows, wrapping paper and labels for the following Christmas and Pumpkin Master sets for the following Halloween. I purchased bows for 25 cents last year sitting in storage as we speak. Granted, most items are picked over, but they do do a 90% markdown and if you get to your store early enough you can get some great deals. I think the associate you spoke to was either ill-informed or towing company line to get people to shop before the final markdown.

  2. Kim says:

    My name is Kim and I’m the author of the original article about Target Markdowns on Mommysavers. Unfortunately, a lot of pins using my image are not linking back the original article and some are spreading false information. The original article refers to the markdown schedule of my own Target store. I also mention Target stores can vary by location, manager discretion and inventory. However, I can say after writing about Target deals for over five years this schedule is fairly accurate. To the previous commenter, seasonal merchandise can and often does go 90% off for a few days before being sent to salvage, typically Goodwill. I stand behind the validity and information in my article. Feel free to comment in the comment section and read the discussion going on there. There are also a lot of great tips from Target employees and shoppers. The ORIGINAL pinned article: http://www.mommysavers.com/2011/01/deals-at-target-clearance/

    • wtfpinterest says:

      Kim, thank you so much for writing and clearing it up! I, as a Target shopper, really appreciate the information! I am going to amend this post so people are sure to see your comment. Thanks!

  3. rebecca says:

    I actually asked about this pin at my local Target, and she told me flat out it was false. Also, she gave me a tip – look at the tiny number in the upper right hand corner. This will tell you the markdown percentage, and she said it will never be marked down more than 75%. So if you see a 75 there, snag it.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *