A “Hello Pumpkin” sign greets me as I enter my local Trader Joe’s. My nostrils are met with the smell of those cinnamon brooms, my excitement that fall items are in stock overtakes my body, and I am filled with adrenaline to see ALL the things pumpkin, cinnamon, maple, and apples. I will be honest, I wanted to put all of the new seasonal items in my cart, but I had to show restraint to only buy what I knew I would actually eat. I have compiled this awesome list Trader Joe’s fall must haves (plus some tips how to eat them besides eating it from a spoon right out of the jar).
Top 10 Trader Joe’s Fall Must Haves (in no particular order):
#1 – Maple Butter
As if you need more explanation, it is 100% maple syrup that has been whipped to seem like butter. I know that many will just open the jar and eat with a spoon because it’s congealed into a butter-like form in a jar. This allows for more uses like spreading/slathering it on toasted bread or adding spoonfuls to your morning coffee.
Also this can be used on top of roasted sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts, squash, or as a glaze with roasted carrots. Or on top of a warm bowl of cream of wheat or oatmeal on a chilly morning. Think about it on top of warm corn bread with a hot bowl of chili. Add it to soy sauce marinade in place of honey or sugar.
Cinnamon Bun Spread, another opportunity to eat this straight from the jar with a spoon. Use a spoonful in your coffee, drizzle on top of ice cream and vanilla cake.
**Easy Recipe Alert**
Cream Cheese and Cinnamon Crescent Rolls:
1 package of crescent roll dough
1 block of cream cheese
Cinnamon Bun Spread
- Pop crescent roll dough and lay out the triangles
- Spread cinnamon bun spread on dough
- Cut a slice or cube of cream cheese and place near the longest part of the triangle
- Roll dough into shape
- Slather maple butter on top of your crescent roll
- Sprinkle cinnamon on top
- Place into the oven, air fryer, toaster oven. Bake according to crescent roll directions. Cool and enjoy!
(As I was writing this I became hungry, so I had to stop and make myself a warm bowl of pumpkin butternut squash bisque.)
#2 – Pumpkin Bisque
Well that is a great intro to the pumpkin butter squash bisque. I paired it with two slices of whole wheat sourdough toast. The sage gave it a slight nutty taste and half of the container was a perfect amount for a small late night dinner.
#3 – Fall Leaf Corn Tortilla Chips
Speaking of pumpkin bisque, it would be yummy in a thermos with a sandwich and these cute tortilla leaf chips too. Boom! Lunch is made for tomorrow!
#4 – Organic Pumpkin Spice Granola Bark (Gluten Free)
This layered snack was a mouthful of flavors and crunch. I found that I only needed to eat a few squares and I was full. Sometimes when I eat “snacks” I eat the whole bag and then wonder what happened to it. This is not the case with this. It took me nearly 2 weeks to eat through the whole bag. There were about maybe 12 squares in the bag. Layers of oats, chocolate, pumpkins seeds and salt made this a tasty nutritious snack.
#5 – Pumpkin Spice Coffee Pods
This coffee tastes like coffee, until I added maple oak milk, but what I wanted to share was the packaging. There is a resealable bag to keep your pods fresh and these for more environmentally friendly with less plastic pod packaging. Little steps like this are helping us be more conscious of our environment.
#6 – Succulent Skull
These Day of the Dead themed succulent planters come in small and large, and a variety of colors. An easy way to bring some fall festive spirit to your home!
#7 – Harvest Collection Chocolates
Chocolate anything is bound to be delicious, but chocolate in the shape of fall harvest items like corn and pumpkins? Yum!
#8 – Sweet Cinnamon Filled Korean Pancakes
This may sound a bit unusual, but Korean pancakes are generally yummy. Add in cinnamon? It’s a must try!
#9 – Pumpkin Ice Cream
Ice cream, plus pumpkin. Need I say more?
#10 – Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese Bites
They had me at mac & cheese, but add in butternut squash and this Trader Joe’s fall must have is a no brainer purchase!
Honorary Mention: Pumpkin Spice Cookies
How cute are these pumpkin spice cookies??
There are many more fall items available at your local Trader Joe’s. Here is an official list from Trader Joe’s. I have found it very important to know what the packaging looks like to find it easier within the store.
What are your favorite Trader Joe’s fall must haves?? Let us know in the comments below.