We’re counting down the days until the big event, so make that trip to the grocery store, organize your décor just so, and of course, find those stretchy pants—Thanksgiving is upon us.
Though typically we eat ourselves into oblivion with extra scoops of stuffing, a heaping pile of potatoes, and second rounds—okay, third rounds—of turkey, we have to make room for dessert, too. Sweets are equally as satisfying and deserve some of the spotlight during the holiday. Luckily for hungry dinner goers everywhere, Trader Joe’s, the mecca of organic foods, just so happens to take its dessert game to the next level.
In celebration of this time of year, the grocery store has rolled out must-have products for your table—especially when dessert is concerned. So don’t overdo it with the first course because you’re going to want to have a little room in your belly. Have a look at the 12 Trader Joe’s desserts that need to make an appearance at your family get-together this year. Trust us, your relatives will thank you.
Sweet Potato and Marshmallow Pixie Pie Mix
The sweet potato-marshmallow combination makes for a heavenly side dish, but when your favorite Thanksgiving food gets the dessert treatment, it’s out of this world. What’s even better is the fact that this will only take about a half an hour to make, so you’ll thankfully have stress-free prep. The 17-ounce boxes are a must for the holidays and won’t stick around for the whole year, so if you stock up during your next TJ outing, we certainly won’t judge (in fact, we’ll probably do the same).
Pistachio Cranberry Bites
Every so often on Thanksgiving you’re pained with the question of, “Should I eat more, or should I cool it?” For those in-between moments, snack on these Pistachio Cranberry Bites. They’re the perfect middle ground when you’re feeling overwhelmed from your meal but don’t want to forgo dessert, either.
Chocolate Pecan Pie Bar
This rectangular-shaped delight comes in a box that reads “Rich chocolate and pecans in a buttery, tart shell.” Do you need any more convincing after that? Even classic desserts are better with a little chocolate. This fantastic find comes in a 15-ounce box.
Gingerbread Turkey Kit
Since Thanksgiving is the gateway to the holiday season, you might as well get the best of both worlds with a Gingerbread Turkey Kit. The turkey cookie comes equipped with icing and gummies so you can decorate your bird however you’d like. This is a must for tiny tots—a snack and an activity all in one.
Obviously your Thanksgiving table calls for a little taste of pumpkin. This frozen cheesecake—which serves eight to 10 guests—catapults pumpkin desserts into a new category. The chocolate hot fudge drizzle and sweet and spicy pecans atop of the dessert are excellent finishing touches.
Apple Cranberry Tart
Sometimes people might forget that apples were the original fall favorite fruit—the pumpkin just decided to steal the show. These tarts, which are available in a box of two, will make you fall in love with apples (and cranberries) all over again. A dollop of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream (obviously both) is highly encouraged.
Pumpkin and Roasted Pepitas Cookies
A five-ounce bag of these babies is kind of like a cross between a pumpkin potato chip and a pumpkin cookie—thin, crunchy, and packed with a taste of autumn. Again, we won’t judge if you decide to buy in bulk.
Pumpkin Ginger Mini Ice Cream Cones
An autumn treat if ever there was one, these gingerbread cones come complete with pumpkin ice cream that’ll send you into a cinnamon and nutmeg coma. The sweet confectionary coating is the icing on the cone. One box includes eight treats.
Organic Cranberry Spiced Apple Kombucha
Add some spice to your beverages with a 16-ounce bottle of this cranberry-apple deliciousness. Might we suggest pairing it with one of those tarts? It’ll be clear what dessert is the apple of your eye.
Apple Cranberry Herbal Tea Blend
Rather than finish up the day with the typical black tea or regular coffee, add an autumn fix to your bev with Apple Cranberry Tea combo. There will be plenty to go around, as there are 20 teabags per box.
Eggnog Holiday Liqueur
It’s never too early in the holiday season for a sip of eggnog. This creamy spiced rum, brandy, and cinnamon concoction is the after-dinner pick-me-up you need. If you’re feeling extra creative after your meal, this is the perfect ingredient for a fall milkshake. If you’re looking to go a simpler route, just pour some of this bad boy over your ice cream.
Organic Cold Brew Mocha Nut Latte
You’ll go nuts over this black coffee alternative. This fun and seasonal drink is available in 12-ounce bottles.
For more Thanksgiving tips, hacks, and recipes, check out our Ultimate Thanksgiving Guide.