Trader Joe’s Fall 2019 Seasonal Items: Must Buys, Misses & Maybes

pumpkin spice

& everything nice

that’s what fall is made of

As most of you already know I do the majority of my grocery shopping at Trader Joes. One of the comments I hear most from people that don’t regularly shop at Trader Joes is that they have no idea what to buy when they visit the store. I felt the exact same way my first few visits. They don’t stock the brands we had been familiar with for years at the big box stores and it can be scary to take a chance on new products. I can remember peaking into the carts of nearby shoppers to try and get an idea of what I should buy.

Today, I’m sharing the fall seasonal products that have been hits and misses with our family. These items start to arrive at regular intervals during the late summer and fall. Some will stick around for quite a while and others will disappear quickly. Many have been favorites for years and we eagerly await their arrival like it is Christmas morning. Others have been more recent additions to our fall grocery list after receiving recommendations from friends or spotting them on the new item shelf. A few have missed the mark with us and I thought I would share why in case you have been debating whether you should add it to your cart on you next shopping trip.

I would love to hear your opinions on the both the products below and the ones I’ve missed. Let me know if you think I’ve gotten it wrong or if there is something you just know both myself and the other Parker Posts readers will LOVE.

TJ’s Fall Must-Buys

What’s For Breakfast?

pumpkin bagel

Pumpkin pie spice bites are cooked into every mouthwatering bite of these Pumpkin Bagels. These sell out almost immediately after they hit the shelves at our local Trader Joe’s, so I have made a habit of buying an extra bag to freeze whenever they are available.

pumpkin cream cheese spread

Add an extra layer of deliciousness to your pumpkin bagel with the addition of the Pumpkin Cream Cheese Spread.

pumpkin pancake waffle mix

The Pumpkin Pancake and Waffle Mix is always my pick when we pull the waffle maker out on weekends. I enjoy them topped with Apple Cider Jam and a little whipped cream.

P.S. Trader Joe’s has a Gluten free version too!

apple cider jam

I have found multiple uses for Apple Cider Jam. You can find me spreading a thin layer over a pumpkin waffle, filling the inside of a crepe, or placing a dollop on top of my morning oatmeal with a sprinkle of nuts.

pumpkin bread and muffin mix

Fall hasn’t officially arrived until you bake your first batch of pumpkin muffins and your home is filled with their spicy aroma. This Pumpkin Bread and Muffin Mix makes it easy to have a batch of warm pumpkin muffins ready to eat in only a half hour. Add chocolate chips for even more of a treat. These are a favorite for both breakfast and as an after school snack.

pumpkin rolls

Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls have become our breakfast of choice while we watch the Thanksgiving Day Parade. My kids prefer them to regular Cinnamon Rolls and celebrate their arrival each year.

Snack on These

pumpkin cranberry crisps

These Pumpkin Cranberry Crisps are just what your trendy fall charcuterie board has been lacking. I like them best served with a wedge of triple crème brie.

apple cider cookies

My daughter requested these Apple Cider Cookies after sampling a one (or two) on a recent grocery run. They make a sweet treat to pack in a lunch or serve as an after school snack.

The Answer to Your Dinner Dilemma

honey roasted pumpkin ravioli

Click here to see my favorite way to serve Honey Roasted Pumpkin Ravioli for dinner. During the fall I always keep two packages on hand for nights when we are short on time.

creamy autumnal harvest pasta sauce

Heat up the Creamy Autumnal Harvest Pasta Sauce and serve it on top of the fall Zucchette past a for a quick and easy weeknight meal. Keep it in your pantry for those times that you haven’t been able to make it to the grocery store.

fall zucchette pasta (pumpkin shaped pasta)

Do your kiddos ever beg you to buy the Disney Princess Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Soup or Star Wars Kraft Mac & Cheese? Food is just more fun when it comes in a cool shape. This pumpkin shaped Fall Zucchette Pasta is no exception. Your kids will gobble it up.

Trader Joe's salad

Keep your fingers crossed that this Harvest Blend Salad will return to Trader Joe’s again this fall. Last year it appeared in early November. It is a great accompaniment to the zucchette with harvest pasta sauce or the honey roasted pumpkin ravioli .

Did Someone Say Dessert?

pumpkin ice cream

Pumpkin Ice Cream makes a decadent accompaniment to any number of fall and holiday desserts. Pair it with apple spice or gingerbread cake, place it on top of a brownie with a drizzle of salted caramel sauce or simply top it with hot fudge or a handful of apple cider cookie crumbles.

Tj’s isn’t just for groceries

vanilla pumpkin candle

The Vanilla Pumpkin Scented Candle smells scrumptious and is a great one to light while you are cleaning up the dinner dishes to clear away any unwanted cooking smells.

bundle of wheat

A wheat sheaf is a classic addition to your fall decor. I bought two bundles of wheat for $2.99 each to make my own. I simply trimmed it down to the size I wanted, wrapped a rubber band around the stalks to keep them in place and wrapped a piece a natural twine over the rubber band. I have seen similar results at home decor stores for triple the price.

decorating for fall with wheat sheaves
decorating for fall with the bundles of wheat

What Didn’t Make The Cut?

I thought the Cinnamon Bun Spread would be a sure-fire hit in my home. I was hoping that at only 60 calories a serving it would cure my craving for a more caloric cinnamon bun. It lacked the cinnamon filling flavor I was hoping for and tasted more like the icing portion of the bun instead. My kids felt similarly. After a taste test they stated that they would rather have cinnamon toast instead. We have yet to go back for seconds.I would recommend trying this only if you are a big fan of the icing on a cinnamon bun.

Hmmm…Maybe

I’m on the fence about the Fall Leaf Corn Tortilla Chips. These super crisp leaf shaped chips are colored with tomato, carrot and pumpkin powder and would visually make any fall dish instantly appealing… I can picture just a few garnishing a bowl of chicken tortilla soup. In my opinion they just lacked a little something in the taste department (salt maybe?). Buy these for the cute factor, but stick to your tried and true if you are just looking for an everyday snack.

My daughter baked a batch of cookies using the Pumpkin Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookie Mix after school last Friday. They were tasty and easier to make than a batch of cookies from scratch. If given the choice, I prefer my recipe for Great Pumpkin Cookies (this one is similar), but I would use this mix if I was in a pinch for either time or ingredients.

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