Best (and Worst) Fall Foods at Trader Joe’s

Who else out there lovvvves Trader Joe’s?! It’s my go-to year round for fresh vegetables or when I need a quick, ready-made dinner… but in the fall, it turns into an even more magical place. Pumpkin products adorn the shelves, the scent of autumn hangs in the air, and it takes all the willpower I have not to load my cart with every single last item. I didn’t buy every fall item they had, but I did get a lot! Chris and I had a lot of fun testing out the items ever since (side note – we ate all of these over the course of two weeks lol!). Let’s start with our favorites!

The Best…

Halloween Joe Joe’s

Like Oreos, but BETTER! These classic chocolate wafer cookies have vanilla bean cream in the middle… but the cream is dyed orange for Halloween. The cookies also have little jack-o-lantern faces carved into each one, making them super festive! This was my first time tasting the Joe Joe’s cookies and I actually like these better than Oreo’s… and especially with a glass of milk! I felt like a little kid eating these but I didn’t care. They’re delicious!

Caramel Apple Flavored Granola

I tested out this Caramel Apple-Flavored Granola on top of some oatmeal one morning, and OMG. It was fall in a bowl! The granola contains roasted peanuts, dried slices of apple and pumpkin-flavored pumpkin seeds – it has a sweet, caramel crunch and just the right amount of apple taste. It’s also amazing to snack on by itself, but also very easy to get carried away and accidentally eat the whole bag. 🙂

Pumpkin Rolls with Pumpkin Spice Icing

I made pumpkin rolls for my husband and brother this past Saturday before the Clemson game (hence our attire, haha). They were a hit with both boys! My husband doesn’t really like sweets (he even hates icing), but he liked these pumpkin rolls because they weren’t too sweet. I LOOOOOVED the pumpkin flavor of these, and they made our whole house smell good! I will definitely be buying them again.

Candy Corn Popcorn

This candy corn popcorn is SO addicting – once you take a bite, you want another and another and another until – WHOOPS – the whole bag is gone. I will not be buying these again because I literally can’t help myself when I’m around them! They’re so so good! I don’t know if this popcorn really tastes like candy corn… but it does taste like caramel or butterscotch popcorn and who really cares, it’s absolutely freakin’ delicious.

Harvest Blend Herbal Tea

I am obsessed with drinking this herbal tea at night! It’s caffeine-free, so it’s the perfect thing to drink before bed if you want to get into the cozy fall mood. It has a pretty strong apple taste to it, which I really love! I’ve been making this tea, getting into bed and watching Halloween movies with my husband every night.

Fall Zuchette Pasta paired with Autumnal Harvest Creamy Pasta Sauce

We had mixed reviews on this one… One thing my husband and I agreed on was that the zuchette pasta needed to cook a tad bit longer, even though we cooked it according to the directions. So, the zuchette was a little bit chewier than we would have liked, but I personally LOVED this dish. The flavors of the autumnal harvest pasta sauce indeed provided a burst of autumnal goodness in my mouth. I ate my entire bowl so fast! My husband, however, didn’t care for the pasta sauce, which he said had a weird taste. I’m including it as a “favorite” because I love it so much, though!

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Bread Baking Mix

I made this pumpkin bread a few weeks ago, except I added chocolate chips into the mix, and WOW! It was so good! I had it every morning for breakfast with my cup of coffee until it was all gone. I didn’t realize it was gluten-free until I unpacked it from my grocery bags. It tasted like normal pumpkin bread, so I didn’t even notice that the gluten was missing, haha. I normally like making my pumpkin bread from scratch, but this is an awesome mix if you’re short on time!

The Worst…

Pumpkin Spice Almond Beverage

I was really excited when I first saw this Pumpkin Spice Almond Beverage on the shelves at Trader Joe’s… but I was pretty disappointed by it. I tried it first as a coffee creamer, thinking it would give my coffee the perfect pumpkin-y flavor, but alas, it did not. In fact, there’s a weird chemical aftertaste to it. Id’ love to know if anyone else has tried this one, and what your thoughts are!

Pumpkin Spice Coffee

Another item I was really excited about… these pumpkin spice coffee pods intended for Keurigs! Chris and I both use our Keurig a lot during the week so we were excited to find these K-cups. However please heed my warning: DO NOT BUY THESE!!!! I tried one out over the weekend and the taste was NAUSEATING. My husband smelled it and was nauseated by it without ever even taking a sip, haha. I didn’t taste pumpkin in the slightest… more like bad, burnt chemicals. I tossed the whole box away right then and there.

I’d love to know your experience with Trader Joe’s fall foods! If you have a favorite please leave me a comment and let me know! xoxo

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44 Comments

  1. The pumpkin butter is really good too! I put it on the apple bread I made and it was delicious.
    Love the Pumpkin Joe Joes, xAllie
    http://www.theallthatglittersblog.com

    10.12.18Reply
  2. Oh my gosh, I wish we had a Trader Joes here in England – I love visiting them when I’m Stateside! Thanks for all of your reviews Cait. These sound amazing! Can’t beat some of these autumn dishes.

    Happy Friday!
    Michael
    https://www.mileinmyglasses.com

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  3. Ashleee

    I was excited about the almond milk creamer too! Until I read the ingredients – you’re exactly right, weird chemicals! Instead, I bought the pumpkin pie spice mix (all ingredients you’ve heard of) and sprinkle a dash in my coffee. It’s the PERFECT amount of pumpkin spice flavor!

    Hope that helps!

    Ashlee | http://www.cobaltchronicles.com

    10.12.18Reply
  4. Omg some of these souns soooo delicious! Mmmhhh pumpkin bread…. 🙂 Had to lol at your ‘worst’ picks, I feel like pumpkin spice flavoured beverages are ALWAYS a strong hit or miss – mostly miss to be honest haha!
    Cute post, thanks for sharing 🙂
    Have a lovely weekend!
    xx Janine
    https://walkinmysneaks.blogspot.com/

    10.12.18Reply
    • kate

      I tried the Pumpkin spice kcups last year and did not like, like everything else from Traders, I’ll save my PSL for Dunkin’s

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  5. Jill

    The Halloween cookies look amaaaaaaaazing! I love holiday-themed food, I’m such a sucker for that stuff.
    Keurig tip – if you have a brand of coffee you really love, grab some reusable Keurig cups, and brew that coffee in them. I love our Keurig machine but favour a local coffee brand, so we buy that coffee and use our reusable cups. Super fast like a regular k-cup but we get to pick the coffee (and I like that it’s a little easier on the environment since we just compost the coffee grounds and rinse the reusable cup.)

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  6. OMG I agree that the pumpkin spice coffee was awful! I almost bought the almond milk and I’m so glad I didn’t. I’ll definitely try out the tea!

    http://www.rdsobsessions.com

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  7. The little pumpkins filled with cake and mousse are seriously addicting. I bought them for my kids and ended up eating a few myself. Even the cashier warned me!

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  8. No way! I looooove their pumpkin spice coffee, but my mom had the same feedback you did and I thought she was crazy!

    10.12.18Reply
  9. OMG I totally almost bought the pumpkin spice coffee pods!! So glad I didn’t now haha. I bought a ton of pumpkin spice stuff the other day and can’t wait to dig into it all. Loved this post!

    Xo, Kacie | theprettylittlehustler.com

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  10. Wish I would’ve read this before last night. I would’ve skipped the K-cups that I grabbed & won’t be finishing! Not all pumpkin spice is the same!! Should’ve grab the cookies at the check-out instead!
    Love that you’ve been including your hubby in posts & your brother is adorable!!

    http://www.taytayrose.com

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  11. Maureen

    My husband and I love Trader Joe’s. The pumpkin spice rolls are very good. Another pumpkin item is the Pumpkin cereal bars. I love the Harvest blend tea.

    10.12.18Reply
  12. Trader Joe’s has so much awesomeness to offer, but coffee is definitely not on that list. We have a running joke about TJ’s coffee because they bought some once and it was just nasty. Kinda like drinking a hot cup of dirt. LOL! I’m going to have to try the Pumpkin Bread mix. We have several ladies at bible study who have celiac and they will be thrilled when I show up with this. THANKS!!!

    10.12.18Reply
  13. NINA

    The TJ iced pumpkin scone cookies are AMAZING but I haven’t found them in forever. The pumpkin spice shortbread cookies are also DELISH!! I have to try those pumpkin rolls, they sound so good!

    Xo, Nina
    Law of Fashion Blog

    10.12.18Reply
  14. I loved the pasta sauce! Another thing I’ve been loving are the frozen pumpkin waffles. I also absolutely HATED the pumpkin spice coffee and had to throw it away immediately! So gross!

    xoxo,
    Ashley | https://sweetandsimplysouthern.blogspot.com

    10.12.18Reply
  15. SammaMichelle

    That GF Pumpkin Bread is amazing!! We’ve bought it for the last few years and let me tell you that one is one you need to hoard!! When it’s gone, it’s gone!! I bought 3 boxes yesterday myself and believe me, that’ll be just the beginning because everyone but my husband (who hates all things pumpkin) loves it. We make it into muffins so they are easy to grab and go. I bought the pumpkin biscotti yesterday too and it’s pretty tasty. I debated on the pasta sauce but I ended up with Autumnal Harvest Soup instead. The label says “a creamy tomato based soup with pumpkin & butternut squash”. I figured some of that with a grilled cheese will make a quick easy dinner next week because it’s FINALLY fall in Texas. 🙂

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  16. I thought the pumpkin rolls were amazing, too! And the caramel apple granola…so good! I totally missed the pasta sauce, but will definitely be going back for that and the tea! And more pumpkin rolls!

    I also tried the butternut squash mac n cheese people have raved about, but it just wasn’t my cup of tea.

    10.12.18Reply
  17. Kate

    I tried that pumpkin almond beverage and had the same experience! The flavor wasn’t strong enough to add to a coffee, and by itself it just tasted a bit off. The autumn sauce is one of my husband’s favorite items. It inspired me to make a homemade version (but I still keep a couple of jars of the TJ’s version on hand for quick dinners 🙂

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  18. Crystal

    I have to laugh at your comments on the pumpkin spice kcups because I feel the EXACT SAME WAY! I bought them last year and they’re absolutely horrible. So. Bad. I had to throw away the box too. Anyways I loved this post, you should continue to do these with your Trader Joe’s hauls! Have a great weekend!

    10.12.18Reply
  19. Love the tan jumper.

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  20. Brooke

    I am in LOVE with the oreo joe-joes, the granola, and the candy corn popcorn (and I don’t even like popcorn!). I agree the pumpkin spice beverage is awful and I love all pumpkin. SOO disappointing! I may need to try that pasta and sauce! Thank you for sharing!!!

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  21. I picked up the pumpkin joe joes the other weekend and LOVED them! I really want to try those pumpkin rolls

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  22. The Autumnal Harvest pasta sauce is my all time favorite products at TJ’s. It’s heaven in a jar and I always make sure to stock up when fall rolls around! It’s especially delicious on their pumpkin ravioli – you should pick up some of that next time you go!

    xo, brooke
    http://www.blissfullybrooke.com

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  23. The pumpkin spice almond drink was so grossssss. I got it and was excited to try to but it tastes very artificial like I’m drinking an pencil eraser. The jo jo cookies I like a lot too! I was on the fence about buying the pasta, good to hear you liked it!

    10.13.18Reply
  24. Ahhh thanks for the recs on not buying the pumpkin kcups…I am making a trip there today and was going to try them. Now I will just save the money, haha.

    Courtney
    http://www.thegoldentabby.com

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  25. Sarah

    You have to try the pumpkin ice cream it’s amazing!!! So creamy !

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  26. Jenna

    I love that harvest tea and bought some of the almond milk beverage last weekend, and now I’m scared to try it!! 🙈 I’ve heard the pumpkin spice granola bark is good, so I got some, but haven’t tried it yet.

    10.13.18Reply
  27. Megan Walton

    You must try the Autumnal Harvest Soup in the jar… my absolute favorite! Also, the pumpkin madelines are to die for!

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  28. Kelsey

    The Organic Pumpkin Spice Granola Bark is SO. GOOD. Highly recommend for a small, sweet snack!

    10.13.18Reply
  29. Hahaha I love that your picky on your coffee , yaaasss girl! Bloggers gotta be hahah. Loved this review! Love the new layout too. Very nice typography.
    Xo,
    Kit
    http://Www.kitstanwood.com

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  30. Amber

    Love this type of post! Would love to see something like this for Target finds!

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  31. Obsessed with Trader Joes! Thanks for this post! I have to try some new things.

    http://thegirlfromconnecticut.com/

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  32. Kate

    I love the pumpkin spice almond milk! I just use a little bit of it in my coffee and I don’t get a chemically taste at all – definitely a lot less “fake” tasting than Starbucks PSL! I love the Apple granola and the autumnal harvest sauce too 🙂

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  33. Thea

    Just an FYI…Trader Joe’s has an awesome return policy. If you try it and don’t like it, simply bring back whatever you have left and they’ll give you a refund. Don’t throw it away!!

    10.13.18Reply
  34. Weda

    I disagree about the pumpkin coffee. I wait for it every year. A little french vanilla creamer yum

    10.14.18Reply
  35. Michele

    I ate the whole bag of the candy corn popcorn too 🤭 it really is THAT good!

    10.14.18Reply
  36. Oh some of these are so great.. thanks for sharing

    http://www.henatayeb.blogspot.com

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  37. My husband and I tried the pumpkin spice almond beverage too and I HATED it! So you’re not alone there, haha

    BlondieintheCity.com

    10.15.18Reply
  38. I loved this post! I am a trader joes fan as well and their fall section is to die for! Their pumpkin biscotti for coffee and tea is high recommendation from me. Not too sweet but not too plain for me. A bit hard to crunch on but I personally did not mind it especially if you dip it in the coffee. Also their pumpkin spice seasoning I have used to make deserts and coffees taste more according to our season. I would give those two a try for sure!

    10.16.18Reply
  39. I need to try the Joe Joes and that pasta sauce! Yum!

    x Sarah
    http://www.seasonsbysarah.com

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  40. NICOLE HOLMAN

    I love this post! 🙂 If you can find them, try the maple leaf cookies and petite pumpkin spice yogurt cookies from Trader Joe’s! They’re both soo amazing, my fiance and I stock up on them when it’s finally Fall!

    10.18.18Reply
  41. I agree – the pumpkin spice k cups are horrible. The flavor is not good.

    10.19.18Reply
  42. I’m so glad you liked the pumpkin cookies as I just got them to try this weekend. The pumpkin spice K-Cups are okay in my opinion, but I also think I expect every pumpkin spice coffee to taste like a Starbucks PSL, so maybe my expectations are too high!

    Ellen | A Pop of Pink

    10.21.18Reply
  43. Breigh

    I love their pecan pumpkin instant oatmeal! It’s so easy to grab on the way out the door and make at work in the morning, and it tastes so good!

    10.23.18Reply