Trader Joe’s aficionados look forward to this season all year long. The store smells strongly of cinnamon spice, and the floor is brimming with so much pumpkin and squash that you’re not quite sure which varietals are decorative and which are merely for décor. There are the products you know will return from past seasons because of their popularity (Pumpkin Joe Joe’s, I’m looking at you), but there’s also an eagerness to see what new genius ideas will grace the perfectly stocked shelves, basically begging you to take them home. The list of seasonal fall products at Trader Joe’s can be truly overwhelming, so we’ve selected 15 of the best to show you where to focus your efforts and your taste buds this autumn.
Pumpkin Cream Cheese
This basically tastes like pumpkin cheesecake that’s appropriate for consuming before 9am, so I’m all about it. Enjoy it on a cinnamon raisin bagel or your favorite whole-wheat toast with a sprinkle of cinnamon on top for good measure.
Harvest Spice Trek Mix
This trail mix takes all the flavors of fall and packs it into a perfect snack solution. With cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and allspice, this combo of nuts and dried fruit is great for eating by the handful or on top of your favorite yogurt. Pro-tip: Skip the Trader Joe’s pumpkin yogurt. Even my pumpkin-loving taste buds could not get on board with the weird flavors going on here.
Pumpkin Spice Almond Beverage
Swap out your plain old almond milk for this seasonal upgrade. This dairy-free beverage makes the perfect coffee creamer (basically a healthier pumpkin spice latte you can whip up at home). It can also be enjoyed in smoothies or on its own over ice.
There’s not much to say here. It’s basic toaster waffles majorly upgraded with tons of flavor for those mornings where you just don’t have time to start from scratch. For a gourmet upgrade, top these bad boys with some sautéed apples and a nice drizzle of maple syrup.
Honey Roasted Pumpkin Ravioli
If you’re looking to whip up a satisfying fall supper in less than 10 minutes, look no further. While the ravioli boils, brown some butter and chop some sage for the best simple sauce. Don’t forget a sprinkle of parmesan cheese to top it off.
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Pumpkin Joe Joe’s
There’s no way I could put together a list of the best Trader Joe’s seasonal products and leave these off the list. I love these cookies unconditionally, with pumpkin flavoring in both the cookie and the cream filling. Need I say more? Pro-tip: If you love the idea of celebrating the season but don’t love pumpkin flavoring, the Halloween Joe Joe’s are an upgraded cookie design with the classic Joe Joe’s (chocolate and vanilla) flavor.
Maple Ginger Cookie Swirl Ice Cream
Yes, Trader Joe’s pumpkin ice cream is a classic, but I couldn’t resist giving this new fall flavor a go. Ginger cookie dough bits are the highlight flavor, as is the thick, creamy, and perfectly sweet maple base. All you really need here is a spoon.
I’m not a huge jam or jelly lover, but pumpkin butter is so much more. It’s the best topping for a piece of toast in the morning. Mix a tablespoon into your oatmeal or overnight oats. Like to bake? Pumpkin butter sandwich cookies are where it’s at.
Vanilla Pumpkin Scented Candle
If you’re like me, then it’s not really fall until you’ve got a few autumnal candles filling every room in your house with what can best be described as the smell of warm and cozy. Stock up on a few of this candle (you can basically buy 10 of them for the cost of some higher-end candles) because they smell that good.
Fall Zucchette Pasta
Pumpkin is great, but I somewhat prefer the milder flavor of butternut squash when it comes to savory dishes. This is at least the second year Trader Joe’s has carried this pasta and something I made almost weekly last fall. The pasta is a great bite-size, cooking up to the perfect al dente. Pair it with the Autumnal Harvest pasta sauce (it’s almost definitely on display within your store) or a basic butter and cheese sauce for the most amazing dinner. Looking to blow some minds? Fall Zucchette pumpkin mac and cheese.
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Pumpkin Pancake and Waffle Mix
Buy it, make it, love it. This mix comes together with the addition of milk and eggs like most pancake mixes and is delicious. Pro-tip: Thank you Trader Joe’s for coming out with an equally delicious gluten-free option of this fall must-have.
Pumpkin Tortilla Chips
Snack away on these light as air and super crispy chips with the perfect balance of salty and sweet. Dip away in your favorite salsa or my personal favorite, Trader Joe’s rich and creamy black bean dip.
I’m not a huge bagel lover, but these are enough to get me on the bagel bandwagon for the months of October and November. Keep it classic for breakfast with some cream cheese or cinnamon sugar, but better yet, make your next turkey sandwich on one of these (don’t forget some crispy apple slices!).
Autumnal Harvest Soup
Looking for an easy to pack lunch? This tomato-based soup gets an upgrade with the addition of pumpkin and butternut squash. Grab some seasonal crackers for a great desk lunch, or if you’re eating at home, grilled cheese is a must.
Apple Cider Cookies
With just the right amount of apple flavor, these light and crispy cookies are a great snack, even for the kids. With a cup of apple cider (or spiked!), these are an awesome sweet treat for your next tailgate. Want to take them to the next level? Make a mini ice cream sandwich cookie with the Maple Swirl Ice Cream mentioned above. You can thank me later.
What are your favorite fall treats at Trader Joe’s?! Tell us in the comments!