It’s that time of the year again; Trader Joe’s fall items have arrived! I don’t know if I’m just craving something to look forward to after six months of social distancing in a pandemic—but I am giddy about fall. On my most recent TJ’s trip, they had large and small pumpkins of a variety of colors, cinnamon-scented brooms, and beautiful orange and yellow mums. I can’t get enough of browsing various fall home decor items, and I had the same energy as I cruised the aisles of Trader Joe’s.
Maybe you’re not ready for pumpkin rolls or a pumpkin spiced latte yet, but TJ’s is known to sell out of these limited seasonal items fast. So if you know you’re going to want some fall-flavored items eventually, stock up on them now.
While products may vary based on store locations, here are the Trader Joe’s fall items I’m excited to try too!
Cooking & Baking
Fall Zucchette Pasta
Butternut squash pasta on a chilly evening is what fall dreams are made of—especially if the noodles are shaped like little pumpkins! Make it simple with a little olive oil, lemon juice and parmesan cheese, or pair it with TJ’s Autumnal Creamy Harvest Pasta Sauce (see below).
Autumnal Harvest Creamy Pasta Sauce
Take any favorite noodle (or use the Zucchette pasta), and turn any pasta night into a fall-themed dinner with this sauce. Made with both pumpkin and butternut squash, it’s a perfect balance of hearty and creamy all in one jar.
Spicy Pumpkin Curry Simmer Sauce
This is a brand new fall item this year, and I was intrigued because I am also brand new to cooking with curry and having an already made sauce makes the process a little easier. Not sure what to do with it? Remix this 1-Pot Pumpkin Curry recipe from Minimalist Baker and start at step #6!
Just imagine waking up to the smell of these baking in the oven! Whether you’re headed out apple-picking or just want a fun breakfast treat to enjoy with the family, these are going to be favorite. If you’re wanting to go full pumpkin spice, this is a great place to start.
Gluten-Free Pumpkin Bread & Muffin Baking Mix
If you love pumpkin and cream cheese together, grab this baking mix. You can make pumpkin cream cheese muffins, pumpkin bars with a cream cheese frosting, or the traditional pumpkin roll. If you don’t need your bread and muffin mix to be gluten-free, TJ’s also has a traditional mix.
Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pancake Mix
Pumpkin pancakes—need I say more? I have been trying to branch out with my toddler breakfast ideas, and I’m going to give this one a go. While you could make these pancakes the traditional large size, I think it’d be fun to try them as silver dollar pancakes and top each with a little icing rather than syrup. Or if you’re omitting syrup for kids, a little pumpkin butter would be great!
Pumpkin Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookie Mix
I haven’t tried baking with my son quite yet, but this might be a fun time to start. If nothing else, he’d be a great taste-tester. Plus, the fact this only requires butter, egg, and water makes it super easy and quick to whip up. What a great treat to enjoy after the pumpkin patch or while you’re watching your favorite family Halloween movie!
Mashed Sweet Potatoes
As I was shopping, I overheard a TJ’s employee say these mashed sweet potatoes were flying off the shelf. Maybe people really love mashed sweet potatoes, but people could also be stocking up for their Thanksgiving menu. I’m hosting my first Thanksgiving, and having options like this that are quick and taste great will definitely come in handy!
My 18-month-old absolutely loves waffles for breakfast. We mostly stick to blueberry waffles, but ’tis the season to switch it up, right? I plan to add these into the breakfast rotation for some variety.
I would love to think I’d buy this ahead of time to stock up for Thanksgiving, but I know myself too well. Having a pumpkin cheesecake sitting around would be too tempting for me, so I decided to skip it this shopping trip, but I hope it’s still in stores when I need to plan my Thanksgiving menu.
Spreads & Salsas
I mentioned putting pumpkin butter on pancakes, so here you go! Trader Joe’s brings this back year after year, and I’m so happy they do because it’s really great on toast, muffins, pancakes, waffles, croissants, and more.
Apple Cider Fruit Spread
This apple cider fruit spread intrigued me because normally Trader Joe’s fall products are pumpkin focused. I am a huge fan of apple cider, so I think I’m going to really love this spread. While you could use it on bread products too, this would be a fun addition to a charcuterie board if you’re getting fancy.
Organic Maple Butter
Just another great addition to the sweet spreadable butters you can use this fall.
Fall Harvest Salsa
When I picked this up, I had two great meal ideas: a solid snack option for my toddler with hidden veggies (score!) and a great topping for a pumpkin chili recipe, like this one from Pinch of Yum. This could also be great on the aforementioned charcuterie board and paired with the Fall Leaf Tortilla Chips below.
Another name for pepitas is pumpkin seeds—yes, another pumpkin item for you to try! Substitute this fall seasonal option anywhere you’d use your usual salsas. Maybe as a snack with tortilla chips, on tacos, or even in zesty scrambled eggs.
Snacks & Treats
Petite Pumpkin Spice Cookies
Well, this is where I show my true colors and admit that I have, admittedly, eaten an entire box of these in one weekend. I’ve always been a fan of the cookies with icing on them like the pink frosted animal cookies from my childhood. These are even better because they’re pumpkin spice flavored. You’ve been warned: these are delicious—and addicting.
Maple Sea Salt Kettle Corn
I’m a sucker for midday snacks, and I’m excited to add this kettle corn to the mix. I’m not normally a huge kettle corn fan, but the mix of maple and sea salt sounds delicious. It will be a good option when I’m reaching for that 3pm sweet and salty treat.
Fall Leaf Corn Tortilla Chips
These were probably my favorite find. As I’m packing my son’s lunches now for daycare, I’m always looking for foods that are fun for him and can maybe even offer him a learning moment (like another favorite TJ’s snack, Cinnamon Schoolbook Cookies).
Pumpkin Tortilla Chips
Last, but certainly not least, are these pumpkin tortilla chips. Sure, you could pair these with any salsa that you like, but I also think these would be great to use as a base for fall nachos or as a little crunch on top of a chili or tortilla soup.