Looking for the best Trader Joe’s fall food? There’s a lot to choose from; the amount of pumpkin products alone is overwhelming (not that we’re complaining). But to help you narrow it down, these are some employee picks for the best autumn Trader Joe’s treats around.
It’s full-on PSL season (pumpkin spice latte for those of you in hiding—or denial), also known as fall. So it’s time to throw on a sweater, frolic in the foliage, and light that pumpkin patch candle. It also means that your favorite grocery store, Trader Joe’s, has a whole new slew of fun and tasty autumnal treats.
Below are some employee favorites recommended to us for you to try out too. Many are seasonal and limited, so we encourage you to sprint!
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1. Harvest Blend Herbal Tea, Caffeine Free
This decaf fall favorite tea has notes of apple, cinnamon, ginger, orange peel, and other herbaceous flowers—basically autumn in your mouth. It’s mellow and toasty, and makes the perfect cup of tea for sitting fireside under a cozy blanket. Did someone say hygge?
Trader Joe's Harvest Blend Herbal Tea (Pack of 3), $16.97 from Amazon
2. Pumpkin Spice Coffee
For those coffee drinkers who favor a pumpkin spice option in the comfort of their home, there is Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Spice Coffee, a medium dark roast composed of ground Arabica beans with a flavor profile of pumpkin, orange peel, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla beans. A delightful and robust caffeinated coffee to jump start your day as you breathe in the crisp fall air. (If you don’t do pumpkin, try their Autumn Maple Coffee instead.)
Trader Joes Pumpkin Spice Coffee, $17.70 from Amazon
3. Honey Roasted Pumpkin Ravioli
If you like sweet and savory, these Honey Roasted Pumpkin Raviolis may just do the trick. Tender hunks of pumpkin are roasted and caramelized with a pumpkin spice blend paired with salty cheese. They are great served with a touch of butter and a pumpkin ale on the side.
4. Organic Maple Butter
Churned until creamy, this “butter” doesn’t include any butter at all. It’s made solely of pure organic maple syrup. An employee gushed that when spread on toasted bread, the maple butter actually crystallizes as an extra treat. We’re sold. This creamy, sweet spread is lovely on toasted bread, biscuits, muffins, pancakes, and waffles. Add a savory touch by topping with bacon or just dip salted pretzels for a snack.
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5. Cinnamon Bun Spread
If you’re a little pumpkin-ed out (and we won’t judge), you may want a special treat that doesn’t include the proverbial pumpkin filling, such as this decadent Cinnamon Bun Spread with honey, cream, butter, brown sugar, and lots of cinnamon (among some other ingredients to extend the shelf life). Heat it up for the ultimate warm and gooey toast topper, or try it on their new pumpkin empanadas.
6. Fall Harvest Salsa
Spice up your snacking game with a new salsa in town: This Fall Harvest Salsa features pumpkins, tomatoes, fire-roasted tomatillos, peppers, apples, and butternut squash. It’s a great accompaniment to the Trader Joe’s Fall Leaf Corn Tortilla Chips, or excellent on a sandwich, with eggs, or in burritos.
Trader Joe's Fall Harvest Salsa, $10.24 from Amazon
7. Spiced Cider
We’d be remiss if we didn’t feature a prominent component to all of autumn: apple cider. This take on cider is a perennial favorite that features unfiltered apple juice blended with autumnal allspice, clove, and cinnamon plus lemon and orange peel, creating a refreshing and healthful chilled apple cider that tastes just as good warm, and/or spiked! You can feel good about getting your daily apple dose a day with this pressed juice with no added sugar—and you can even cook with it. Try it in oatmeal as shown above, or make our Apple Cider Doughnut recipe; the spices in the TJ’s cider will add a nice extra layer of flavor.
8. Apple Cider Cookies
If you’d prefer to eat your apple cider rather than drink it, then this may be for you. Think apple cider, but in a cookie format, which is nearly perfection. Trader Joe’s employees rave about this treat. It’s crunchy and not overly sweet, and has notes of a crisp fall freshly-picked apple from the orchard, sprinkled with a touch of autumn spices.
9. Butternut Squash Ravioli
Pumpkin doesn’t have to be the only gourd in town this fall. Butternut squash is a great go-to for seasonal eating and this Butternut Squash Ravioli is no exception. Top this fresh pasta with some butter, sage, and a sprinkling (or mountain) of parmesan cheese and you have an elegant one-dish pasta supper.
10. Pumpkin Brioche Twist
When this seasonal take on the classic fluffy brioche loaf was first announced on the “Inside Trader Joe’s” podcast, TJ’s Vice President of Marketing Matt Sloan opined, “French toast will never be the same.” On those days you want something slightly less decadent, though, this could be just the toasted bread you need in your life to go alongside the glorious Maple Butter spread—or pumpkin butter (or both).
11. Maple Streusel Bread
A favorite from 2019, this Maple Streusel Bread has been spotted in the wild again, and it should be pretty much good in all the same ways as the pumpkin brioche. A Trader Joe’s employee revealed at checkout last year that this bread was her absolute favorite fall item, period.
12. Boo Bark
Halloween will be here before we know it and, just in time, you can pick up Boo Bark. It’s a tasty and spirited take on chocolate bark, but instead of the customary almonds or peanuts as toppings, this bark is decked out in streaks of orange, brown, and white chocolate and topped with Halloween-inspired candies like witches’ eyes, candy corn, and more. This treat is perfect for kids and adults who are looking for a fun and festive dessert indulgence.
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