Your best bet on where to find me these days is Trader Joe’s. You too? With pumpkin season in full swing, I have to hand it to them for outdoing it on the pumpkin again this year. You know how much I live for it and love it! I tell myself I don’t need to go there again, but somehow I find myself driving down the road again..it’s that bad! With over 150 pumpkin products this year, it’s hard not to want to hunt down every single thing and try it. I also bought a real “fantasy” pumpkin from their outside selection. Even their real pumpkin patch outside the store is better than an actual pumpkin patch if I do say so myself!
This list of what I’m loving right now includes newbies and the old pumpkin tried and true! If you’re loving something I don’t have on here, or seriously disagree with my choice, tell me about it! Would love to hear from another pumpkin lover 😉
Pumpkin & Butternut Squash Bisque–I didn’t even spot this on the shelves of the store. I saw it in someone else’s cart and did a double take! Made with ingredients I would use if I were making a pumpkin bisque, like ginger, carrot and no heavy cream. This new product for 2017 is a must try for pumpkin season. It’s especially perfect to warm up with on a chilly fall day. That’s exactly how I want to enjoy it this whole season! I topped it with a little bit of Parmesan cheese, black pepper and then dipped my soup crackers in it. Boom!
Pumpkin Soup Crackers–Say what you will about these crackers not being pumpkin-y enough, but I think the crispy, pumpkin and slightly taste is just perfect, and slightly addicting! Dip in pumpkin hummus (why doesn’t Trader’s make one?!) or pair with one of their hard cheeses is what I would have said last year but this year we have the pumpkin bisque to actually pair them with. I’m not saying TJ’s plain pumpkin soup is bad, it just wasn’t think enough for what I want in a pumpkin soup. You know? I’m on my second box!
Pumpkin & Roasted Pepita Cookies–Extra crispy, and oh so fine! Take these for what they are, a thin, crispy, light, and not overly sweet cookie with pumpkin seeds baked in. Maybe I’m a fan because they remind me of a Tate’s Bakeshop cookies (which then reminds me of my one trip to the Hampton’s (a story for another time)). I always thought Tate’s should come out with a pumpkin cookie, and now TJ’s has beat them to it. The bag says enjoy with tea, I say crumble on top of pumpkin ice cream!
Pumpkin Body Butter–I take extra showers in a day just to put this stuff on again! To me the smell is exactly what I think of when I think of fall, and the thickness and creaminess of this body butter is better than any Bath & Body Works version (still love you BBW!). It stays on your skin like a smooth barrier and I’ll definitely be buying another one before the season is over.
Pumpkin Cream Cheese–Maybe one of the original pumpkin products at TJ’s this cream cheese is definitely a product everyone was expected to come back! I am a major nut butter person, meaning I put almond or peanut butter on English muffins, toast, etc. and never crave cream cheese. Except for this pumpkin season! I had to pick it up on my last trip because I thought it would be great on a pumpkin spice English muffin, and boy was I right!
Pumpkin Spice RX Bars (yes, they are selling this flavor!)–Major props to TJ’s for stocking pumpkin spice RX bars. I’ve noticed that sometimes their bar selection is lacking of all of the flavors, especially for RX bars, so this was such a nice surprise! And at $1.99 a pop, I’ll take that price vs. what they cost at Whole Foods! ($2.00+)
Honorable Pumpkin Mention
- Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese–It’s possible I didn’t microwave it long enough, but I wasn’t a huge fan of the flavor–I’d rather have the pumpkin ravioli!
- Pumpkin Dog Treats–these are on here more for wishful thinking. One day when I do get a pumpkin puppy, I’ll finally be able to review them for you!
- Harvest Salad–this mix includes pumpkin dressing, pumpkin cornbread croutons, dried cranberries and pumpkin seeds. Impressed yet? Me neither. I need more from my salads, more veggies and protein. It does serve as a good base for you to top with those things!
I also announced on Instagram last night that I will be donating all profits from my Once Upon a Pumpkin t-shirt this week to the victim’s relief fund. It’s the least I can do to spread pumpkin positivity to those in need, and I hope you’ll join me in doing so. You can find the t-shirt in the “pumpkin shop” of my page or click here