Outside, we’re still awaiting the return of sweater weather. But inside your local Trader Joe’s, fall has arrived in full force. Pumpkin products started appearing on shelves about two weeks ago, and, according to one cashier that I spoke with, new options are arriving every day. As of two store visits today, here is a list of every pumpkin product we could find. We counted 42 in total—oh my gourd!
Coffee and Tea
Like peanut butter and jelly before them, coffee and pumpkin spice are now a well-known couple of foodstuffs. TJ’s sells flavored coffee in both a 14-ounce jar or as a package of 12 single-serve cups. But if this strikes your fancy, act fast—a sign on the shelf warns “Quantities are limited!” As a backup, you can always add some Pumpkin Spice Almond Beverage to an unflavored blend. And if coffee isn’t your thing, have no fear! The Pumpkin Spice Rooibos herbal blend is here for you.
With all of the breakfast options at TJ’s, you could eat a different pumpkin-infused dish every day of the week. If you want to keep prep time to a minimum, try the Pumpkin O’s toasted whole grain cereal or the Country Pumpkin Spice Granola. Or just add water to a bowl of Pecan Pumpkin Instant Oatmeal.
Alongside their usual options, Trader Joe’s currently stocks Pumpkin Waffles and Pop Tarts—er, we mean Organic Frosted Toaster Pastries. You could also take a plain bagel from simple to seasonal with a schmear of Pumpkin Cream Cheese Spread.
If you have half an hour to preheat your oven and do some baking, you can treat yourself to some Pumpkin Rolls with Pumpkin Spice Icing. One of the store locations that I visited was also selling something called Pumpkin Caramel Kringle from the O&H Danish Bakery in Racine, Wisconsin. The accompanying sign recommended heating it up and enjoying it with your morning coffee.
Of course, TJ’s has you covered with everything you need to make pumpkin pie, from jars of Pumpkin Pie Spice to Canned Organic Pumpkin. They also carry mixes for Pumpkin Scones, Bread & Muffins, and Pancakes & Waffles, the last two of which are also available sans gluten. And then there’s Pumpkin Butter, which is so versatile that it’s hard to categorize. The label recommends using it as a “pastry filling, poultry glaze, ice cream topping, or on toast mixed with cream cheese.”
Snacks and Appetizers
If you need to take your pumpkin spice on the go, grab a “This Pumpkin Walks Into a Bar” Cereal Bar or a handful of Pumpkin Spiced Pumpkin Seeds. For your cheese plate, try Pumpkin Cranberry Crisps, a seasonal cousin to party staples like Raisin Rosemary Crisps and Fig & Olive Crisps. Feeling adventurous? Dip into some Fall Harvest Salsa, “an autumnal melange of fruits and veggies including pumpkin, apples and butternut squash.” Take it to the next level by dunking with Pumpkin Tortilla Chips, “crafted with simple ingredients including pumpkin puree, pumpkin seeds, cinnamon and nutmeg.”
For a sweet snack, we’ve got Pumpkin Spice Caramel Corn with roasted pumpkin seeds and walnuts. “Think Cracker Jacks for football season,” a sign on the shelf explains. But the most popular snack might just be Greek Style Pumpkin Yogurt—it was sold out at both locations that I visited!
Lunches and Dinners
Probably the healthiest way to satisfy your pumpkin spice cravings is with TJ’s Harvest Blend—a baby kale salad that comes with pumpkin seeds, pumpkin spice cornbread croutons, and pumpkin vinaigrette. Pair that with boxed Pumpkin Soup and you’ve got yourself the perfect pumpkin lunch combo. The soup is light in terms of both flavor and texture, but adding a few shakes of salt and sprinkles of grated cheese makes for a simple and satisfying meal. On the side, have some Pumpkin Soup Crackers if you can catch them—one cashier told me that they go quickly. For a squash-centric dinner, check out the Autumnal Harvest Cream Pasta Sauce, made with with pumpkin and butternut squash. The in-store display suggested pairing it with a fall zucchette pasta—hollow pumpkin-shaped noodles that make sturdy vehicles for the sauce.
If you love pumpkin AND dessert, brace yourself—TJ’s has all manner of festive treats for you. You’ve got your crisp and thin Pumpkin & Roasted Pepitas Cookies and your Petite Pumpkin Spice Cookies, shortbread bites with a yogurt coating. Imitation Oreos have a new look for fall as Pumpkin Spice Joe–Joe’s. Filled with a sweet pumpkin cream, these cookies will put you on the fast track to a sugar rush. On the other hand, Organic Pumpkin Spice Granola Bark is a bit more subdued. Dark chocolate, oats, and pumpkin seeds lend this treat a delicious but natural flavor.
Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Salted Caramels come in an adorable little four-pack. Even better, the serving size is four, so there’s no need to resist temptation; polishing off the box is the appropriate thing to do.
The freezer aisle is serving up not one but two options in this category. First, there’s the traditional Pumpkin Cheesecake, which one of my cashiers described as “phenomenal.” Then there’s the Pumpkin Marble Mousse Bar which also adds a swirl of chocolate ganache and a fudgy brownie base to the mix.
Festivity without Flavor
If you feel like getting into the spirit but you’re not a fan of how pumpkin spice tastes, you’re still in luck. TJ’s carries a handful of items that contain zero pumpkin puree or spice flavoring at all, including: Pumpkin Shaped Sugar Cookies, Assorted Belgian Chocolate Pumpkins, and Chocolate Mousse Pumpkins.
For Your Pup
Trader Joe wants your best friend to join in on the fun with Pumpkin Flavored Dog Treats! I can definitively say that these biscuits are shaped like pumpkins. I’m awaiting comment from some canines as to whether they in fact taste like pumpkin.
Last but not least, the store is selling whole pumpkins to suit every aesthetic. With mini white pumpkins (69 cents), tiger stripe varieties ($1.29), and standard orange Jack-O-Lantern types ($3.99), Trader Joe’s is a one-stop shop for all you pumpkin lovers out there.
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