Due to the popularity of my post that highlighted the products I love to buy at Trader Joe’s, I wanted to write another post featuring fall-related items because Trader Joe’s is really on top of their seasonal product game. I plan to do another one during the holiday seasons because Trader Joe’s is amazing when it comes to Christmas and other holiday celebrations. But let’s get the conversation back to flannel, hot cider, and pumpkin spice.
While I appreciate pumpkin flavor, I think we as a society are going overboard – there is an abundance of all things pumpkin spice and I’d even argue that as a society, we are becoming caricatures of ourselves when it comes to the flavors of fall. Many adore the notorious pumpkin spice latte (PSL to those in the cool circles) and I concede that pumpkin bread is one of the best things bestowed to humankind, but pumpkin spice Oreos are unnecessary at best and I am still processing the horror of pumpkin spice chicken wings. As evident by the proverbially vomit of pumpkin spice products that hit the grocery store shelves (yes – even at my beloved Trader Joe’s) this time of year, I think it is safe to conclude that there can be too much of a good thing.
Despite my curmudgeonly attitude displayed in the previous paragraph, there are quite a few fall-related products at Trader Joe’s that I am all about. I highly recommend the Chocolate Mousse Pumpkins. I whole-heartedly agree with the sign – they are cute, festive, and delicious! They are only chocolate (no pumpkin flavor) and can easily be placed on top of a cake for an even more festive sugary celebration of fall.
It’s hard to go wrong with a can of pumpkin and Trader Joes sure doesn’t. We like to eat pumpkin bread, pumpkin muffins, and pumpkin waffles year-round so I always have a couple of cans in the pantry. For a super easy chocolate muffin recipe, mix one box of chocolate cake mix with one can of pumpkin and bake according to the directions on the box. Is it healthy? Not particularly. But is it easy? Yes.
These petite pumpkin spice cookies are quite addicting. It is impossible to eat just one and I find the pumpkin spice not to be too overwhelming. The more I am writing the post, the more that I am realizing that I really don’t care for pumpkin spice all that much. Probably because I loathe nutmeg – so much so that I refuse to put it in my homemade apple pie. However, I find pumpkin spice flavoring that isn’t overwhelming to be satiable most of the time. And these cookies fall nicely into that category.
These pumpkin biscotti are made with pumpkin puree and they are amazing. The kids love to eat them for breakfast and I rather enjoy them with a cup of coffee. If you only get one thing from this list – make it these pumpkin biscotti.
This spiced cider is absolute perfection warmed up – with booze or without!
If your kids (or you – no judgement here) are fans of veggie crips, then I recommend the ghosts and bats crispy potato snacks. While there is very little flavor beyond a hint of potato and salt, the shapes are a fun addition to the ol’ lunchbox. You can’t beat the price either.
The pumpkin pancake and waffle mix is a pantry staple in our household. I’ve heard great things about the gluten-free version too. In addition to pancakes and waffles, I use it to make muffins (with applesauce instead of oil) and they’re always a hit with the kids.
If you love all things pumpkin spice then you will adore these pumpkin spiced pumpkin seeds. They’re crunchy, toasty, and sweet. While many love to eat them on their own, I find them to be a little too overwhelming in pumpkin spice flavor so I prefer to toss them into a homemade granola or pumpkin muffin batter for an added kick.
How fun is this pasta? You can easily add pureed carrots to make a tomato sauce more orange and really lean into the whole fall-themed pasta dish. In full disclosure, I have yet to prepare this pasta but they did have it as a sample and it was delicious so I feel comfortable recommending it. Plus it is pumpkin shaped – how can you not love it?
And lastly, it’s hard to go wrong with a simple iced sugar cookie. I encourage you to check out Trader Joe’s if you’re lucky enough to live near one. Heck – you can even pick up a PSL on the way. There are plenty more fall products that I haven’t highlighted in this post – these are just a few of my favorites. What are some of your favorite fall-themed items? And if you don’t have a Trader Joe’s near you, what are some of your fall-themed items in general?