A Mini Guide to Trader Joe’s Fall

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It’s that time of year again. What time exactly? Trader. Joes. Fall. A time when people come from far and wide to get their hands on many fall items TJ’s releases each year. While doing some delicious research for this article, I discovered that there seem to be new fall items released each day and that no matter how hard I try, I cannot try them all. 

But without further ado, here are my top ten released Trader Joe’s fall items so far.

Something about this sauce just does it for me. It’s salty and sweet and has a robust parmesan flavor. I went to Trader Joe’s three times to search for this item before finally discovering it hidden on the shelf. If you can nab it, do it now!

While this curry would likely not be considered spicy by most, it is absolutely amazing! I like to use this at least once a week to simmer some vegetables and a can of chickpeas. Once the chickpeas are cooked, smash them up and enjoy a makeshift Chana Masala sort of meal. Bonus points for throwing in the Garlic Naan for extra deliciousness!

Pumpkin Pie Spice is hardly unique to Trader Joe’s, but this one is the best I’ve tried. The flavor is perfectly spiced without being too intense. An absolute staple for fall, this spice is great in breads, cakes, and even sprinkled on top of your morning coffee!

This beloved fall staple for college girls everywhere even features a gluten-free partner! (As well as a Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese Balls!) This mac and cheese tastes more like a Squash cacio e pepe to me, but still is a must have whenever I pass it in store. Act fast though, this is the first to go in the frozen section!

As skeptical as I was that this spread would taste like anything other than tree sap, it is delicious. Decadent and creamy, Trader Joe’s maple butter texture is like an autumn frosting but with a more gel-like consistency. Weirdly, this product is absent from TJ’s website, so if you find it, grab three!

If you are looking for a candle for fall, give this a try! While not a food item, this candle is wonderful. Made from soy with a cotton wick, this candle fills a room with the lightest apple scent that smells exactly like a freshly cut honey crisp apple.

These waffles feel thicker and more luxurious than regular Eggo waffles and have a pumpkin flavor that tastes authentic rather than artificial. Add butter on top for a salty-sweet combo! Pop one (or two) in your toaster as you prepare your morning coffee and enjoy easing into fall flavor.

These cookies are super sweet and are similar to a cookie popular in Canada. The TJ’s version doesn’t disappoint, maintaining the same decadent maple essence from the originals.

While not necessarily a fall item, these will wow any fan of the classic dessert in Korea (aka hotteok). While they lack the full filling they deserve, they are a delicious frozen food option! If you have an air fryer, try air frying rather than the recommended pan fry.

This beverage smells like sweet pumpkin pie and makes for delicious french toast. I love to add this dairy-free milk to my coffee (with the pumpkin pie spice!) to drive home the fall feeling. My next experiment will be mixing these pumpkin and maple oat beverages for one big flavor explosion.

This, unfortunately, tastes more like cigarettes to me than it does a delicious bisque. The soup’s one-note flavor and bitter aftertaste set out to be delicious but simply lost their way.  Proceed with caution!

As Trader Joe’s continues to push the pumpkin limit, I continue to brainstorm which foods can and cannot serve as a “fall” food. There are so many more items to try, and only so much time before these fall items are removed from shelves and replaced with other holiday favorites. Get started by using this article as your shopping list, and let the fall inspiration guide you. But beware, things go fast! 

See the whole fall collection for yourself https://www.traderjoes.com/home/discover/guides/Oh-My-Gourd