Grocery Shopping Haul | Fall Seasonal Bucket List Items at Trader Joe's

November 05, 2018

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What comes to your mind and gets you excited when you think of the Fall season? 
Let me guess - fresh and crisp air, cooler weather, colorful foliage, and Halloween?
But there’s something else which gets me even more excited about Fall. 
Any guesses?
It’s the seasonal specials, you guys!

It is as if there is this year long (rather a few long months of) craving for all the Fall-yummy-goodness (it is absolutely the best time for all things food), and of course, a few other things which are exclusively found only around this magical time of the year…


SHOP THIS LOOK



And when it comes to Fall seasonal specials, no one else does it quite like Trader Joe’s does. I am simply blown away by the number of new (and old) seasonal products that hit their shelves every year. I wouldn’t be exaggerating if I said that they probably have over 100 exclusive seasonal varieties (though some of which, I honestly feel, should be made available year round, like the Butternut Squash Triangoli, oh yum!). 

However, this year I made the run to TJ’s rather too late for these Fall goodies. A little back story on that (in case you care)... in all my life in the US I had never gone by without going grocery shopping for more than 2 weeks, but this time, after we came back from our month-long vacation, Vinay took care of it every week for over a month. Now you have to know this about me, I, unlike most, love grocery shopping, it’s kind of therapy for me (Vinay keeps teasing that I go aisle by aisle looking for stuff I don’t even need, yes, even at the grocery store and not just when I am shopping for clothes (speaking of which, have you checked out all the Fall Fashion Must-Haves) or home decor. I know, I know, I am a shopaholic, or as my hubby named me ‘aislaholic’- something he totally made up and claims a trademark for it). 


So amidst all the busy-ness that is life, it completely slipped my mind that it is already the end of September (like I mentioned in this post) and that I needed to go look for all the seasonal specials, which start to make their appearance in stores over a course of a few weeks. But this time around they all hit me in the face all at once, and I was like, whoa! Though I must say that I was very proud of Vinay when he had picked up a few of those even without me mentioning about it in ‘the list’, I mean the grocery shopping list. Mind you, he is very hands-on with everything at home, except when it comes to things related to the kitchen (rather cooking), then he needs specific instructions. Well, to his credit, he does buy a few things not on the list, but when he bought home some exciting Fall specials (a few I didn’t even know existed, like the Autumnal Harvest Alfredo Sauce, score!) then that surely scored him a lot (I mean, a loooot) of brownie points. 





And since then I couldn’t wait to go back to TJ’s (with my photographer in tow, which is quite a challenge lately, thanks to our little brat) and carefully scan over each aisle, and each shelf, not only to satisfy my own cravings (ahem, OCD), but also to bring you guys all the exclusives ;)

So here’s a low down on all things pumpkins, apples, and butternut squashes available at our one and only, our favoritest ever, Trader Joe’s... 

And just so it isn’t too overwhelming I have even put them in various categories.

MUST-BUY, MUST-EAT, and MUST-HAVE!

FREE PRINTABLE CHECKLIST AT THE BOTTOM.





P.S: I am even thinking, maybe for one of my Fall Bucket List Activities, a Trader Joe’s inspired Fall Potluck with family and friends would be totally Ah-mazing! How does that sound to you? Too good right, I know! You all should definitely do it too, less thinking and more eating (cuz you won’t have to worry about what to make/ bring to the potluck). Yay, that thought in itself is so so exciting… 

Now go work your way through the list… Some of these also make for great gifts (I hope you guys are taking notes every time I call them out on the blog or on my social :)).

* Most popular and highly recommended 



BREAKFAST

  1. Pumpkin Bread Mix
  2. Pumpkin Waffles
  3. Pumpkin Pancake & Waffle Mix * 
  4. Gluten Free Pumpkin Pancake Mix
  5. Gluten Free Pumpkin Bread & Muffin Baking Mix
  6. Pecan Pumpkin Instant Oatmeal
  7. Country Pumpkin Spice Granola Cereal
  8. Pumpkin O’s
  9. Apple Cider Donuts
  10. Pumpkin Bagels
  11. Pumpkin Cream Cheese
  12. Apple Cider Jam
  13. Pumpkin Butter

LUNCH/DINNER

  1. Butternut Squash Triangoli (Ravioli) *
  2. Autumnal Harvest Soup *
  3. Fall Zucchette Pasta
  4. Autumnal Harvest Creamy Pasta Sauce *
  5. Harvest Chili
  6. Kale, Sweet Potato & Butternut Squash Pizza 
  7. Pumpkin Soup 
  8. Pumpkin Butternut Squash Bisque
  9. Butternut Squash Parmigiana
  10. Whole Wheat Butternut Squash Gyoza
  11. Organic Butternut Squash Soup
  12. Cut Butternut Squash
  13. Cheesy Spaghetti Squash Casserole
  14. Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese *
  15. Autumnal Harvest Alfredo Sauce 
  16. Harvest Spaghetti Squash Spirals 
  17. Roasted Butternut Squash, Red Quinoa And Wheatberry Salad
  18. Honey Roasted Pumpkin Ravioli
  19. Harvest Blend (Pumpkin) Salad Kit



SNACKS & TREATS

  1. Candy Corn Popcorn *
  2. Apple Caramel Greek Yogurt
  3. Pumpkin Greek Yogurt
  4. Pumpkin Caramel Danish Kringle
  5. Petite Pumpkin Spice Cookies
  6. Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins
  7. Spiced Pumpkin Madeleine Cookies * highly recommended by TJ’s own at the store
  8. Pumpkin Biscotti 
  9. Organic Pumpkin Spice Granola Bark
  10. Pumpkin Spiced Pumpkin Seeds
  11. Rxbar Pumpkin Spice
  12. Pumpkin Joe-joe's Cookies
  13. Organic Canned Pumpkin
  14. Pumpkin Spice Caramel Corn
  15. Organic Frosted Pumpkin Toaster Pastries
  16. Pumpkin Rolls With Pumpkin Spice Icing
  17. Pumpkin Ice Cream
  18. Pumpkin Cranberry Crisps
  19. Pumpkin Pie Spice Cookie Butter
  20. This Pumpkin Walks Into A Bar
  21. Chocolate Mousse Pumpkins
  22. Pumpkin Ginger Hold The Cone Mini Ice-cream
  23. Pumpkin Marble Mousse Bar
  24. Petite Pumpkin Spice Cookies
  25. Pumpkin Cornbread Mix
  26. Cranberry Apple Butter
  27. Iced Cranberry Orange Scone Cookies
  28. Fall Harvest Salsa *
  29. Pumpkin Spice Bread Pudding
  30. Pumpkin Chai Spice Loaf
  31. Caramel Apple FlavoredGranola
  32. Pumpkin Soup Crackers
  33. Pumpkin Spice Scone Mix With Maple Icing 
  34. Pumpkin Tortilla Chips
  35. Pumpkin Pie Mochi Ice Cream
  36. Rustic Apple Tarte
  37. Toasted Pumpkin Seed Oil
  38. Maple Leaf Cookies
  39. Pumpkin Cheesecake
  40. Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Salted Caramels
  41. Pita Crisps With Cranberries And Pumpkin Seeds
  42. Assorted Belgian Chocolate Pumpkins
  43. Pumpkin Pie 
  44. Apple Cinnamon Goat Cheese
  45. Chocolate Salted Caramel Mug Mix
  46. Chocolatissimo Harvest Collection Belgian Chocolates
  47. Dark Chocolate Covered Marshmallows
  48. Ghosts & Bats Crispy Potato Snacks
  49. Pumpkin Spice Caramel Corn
  50. Haunted House Chocolate Cookie Kit



BEVERAGE

  1. Spiced Cider
  2. Pumpkin Spice Chai Tea Latte Mix
  3. Cold Pressed Pumpkin Harvest Juice
  4. Pumpkin Spice Almond Beverage
  5. Harvest Blend Herbal Tea (Caffeine Free) 
  6. Pumpkin Spice Rooibos Tea
  7. Spicy Chai Tea Latte Mix
  8. Pumpkin Spice Coffee
  9. Salted Caramel Hot Cocoa
  10. Honeycrisp Apple Cider
  11. Organic Cranberry Spiced Apple Kombucha
  12. Pumpkin Spice Cream Liqueur
  13. Hard Pressed For Rosé Cider

HOME & BEAUTY & MISC

  1. Pumpkin Pie Spice
  2. Apple Cider Scented Foaming Hand Soap
  3. Heirloom Pumpkins, Acorns, Squashes 
  4. Pumpkin Body Butter 
  5. Fall Scented Candles - Natural Soy Vanilla Pumpkin, Honey Crisp Apple, Cedar Balsam
  6. Apple Cider Foaming Hand Soap
  7. Cinnamon Brooms
  8. Sunflowers
  9. Eucalyptus
  10. Pumpkin Mini-trees

Told ya, this list is exhaustive (and I bet that I might still be missing some of their specials from this list). Alright, now go enjoy yourself all the ooey-gooey-pumpkiny-goodness (and more) and also spread the love! 

And as you go, tell me below what your favorite Fall goodies from Trader Joe's (or any other stores in general) are?


Download The Ultimate Fall Seasonal Bucket List Items at Trader Joe's Here.




"I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion."

xoxo,

Kusum

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