Trader Joe’s is brimming with pumpkin flavored items during this time of year and I love trying every one! As new items are added for sale each year; there are always plenty to taste test!
Today, I am sharing my top 3 seasonal pumpkin picks at Trader Joe’s.
My number 3 choice is a tie between pumpkin panettone and pumpkin mochi.
You are probably no stranger to panettone for the holidays – particularly if you are Italian. Well, Trader Joe’s has started a new tradition, in my book, with its fall version of this holiday classic. If you like panettone, you will definitely enjoy Trader Joe’s seasonal version of this Italian sweet bread. It contains a very subtle note of pumpkin flavor with candied pumpkin pieces replacing the traditional candied citron. And, some added pumpkin cream adds a little yummy surprise. It is the perfect coffee or tea companion.
After trying this panettone last year, I was disappointed when I returned to the store for more and found it was all sold out. This year, after noticing the expiration date on the package was in February 2017, I picked up a few extra to use at the holidays. I think it is the perfect first thing on Thanksgiving – pregaming for Thanksgiving dinner!
Another Trader Joe’s variation to something I love is the pumpkin mochi!
If you are not familiar with mochi, it is a popular treat in Japan. A sticky rice is used to create a chewy and sweet outside coating for a small ball of ice cream. Trader Joe’s offers these taste treats with pumpkin ice cream! Can you see the little brown specks? Pieces of graham! These fun little pops of pumpkin flavor come packaged in boxes of six individual pieces.
Runner ups in the sweet category are items that are great to use as hostess gifts for your seasonal celebrations – pumpkin caramels, pumpkin seed brittle, and pumpkin macarons. Trader Joe’s also has some really cute iced pumpkin cookies as well as iced mini cakes that are perfect to bring to surprise special little children you may be visiting during the fall!
Coming in at number 2 on my favorites list is pumpkin shaped pasta.
It may not be the most healthful or flavorful item in the store, but it is so darn cute! Just imagine this pumpkin shaped pasta served with pumpkin sage cream sauce or as a base for a seasonal pasta salad! Any meal you serve using this pasta will definitely scream fall!
And…drum roll please…coming in as my number 1 favorite fall pumpkin item at Trader Joe’s…
Organic pumpkin! This 15 ounce can of organic pumpkin is my favorite seasonal item at Trader Joe’s for the fall. The ingredient label on the can reads “organic pumpkin.” That is it! A great starting ingredient to any pumpkin dish and super affordable! If you don’t use the entire can, leftovers are great for beverages –like pumpkin smoothies or to flavor cream for pumpkin lattes!
I hope I have inspired you to make a trip to Trader Joe’s and discover your own fall faves!
P.S. To my friends that crush on white pumpkins as much as I do – Trader Joe’s carries baby boos for .69 cents each!
Thanks for stopping by! Remember to take pleasure in simple things, Jackie