Trader Joe's is really into pumpkin. They release so many seasonal pumpkin products during fall every year that it's a whole event aptly named "Pumpkin Palooza." And while the fan-favorite grocery store brings back a number of products from years past, they also release new items to keep their customers tantalized.
Heavy hitters from past seasons include Pumpkin Bread, Pumpkin Spice Coffee, Pumpkin Cream Cheese, Pumpkin Joe-Joes, and oh-so-much more. With close to 75 pumpkin products to offer this year, what more could TJ's possibly think up that uses this popular gourd? Turns out, quite a few things!
Trader Joe's New Pumpkin Items for 2021
Unless you're incredibly familiar with Trader Joe's product line-up, it can be tricky to parse out which pumpkin items are recurring and which are brand spanking new. After doing some extensive research and visiting my local store, I came home with nine pumpkin food items that are new for 2021. My store wasn't carrying the new Pumpkin Overnight Oats both times I visited, but I think it's safe to say those are good, right? I imagine they're like pumpkin pie and oatmeal had a baby.
While six items get my official endorsement, a few didn't quite make the cut. The Pumpkin Spice Hummus is a sweet hummus with pumpkin purée and spices. While I wouldn't call it bad, I'm just not sure I'm into the sweet hummus trend, and this version doesn't quite mask the chickpea taste. I also wasn't a big fan of The Shell House pumpkin-flavored spiked seltzer water. As some commenters have noted on Reddit, it doesn't quite taste like pumpkin or spice. Finally, the Pumpkin 4-Cheese Greek Style Yogurt Dip had a little too much going on (as you may be able to tell by the title). It's tangy and cheesy and a little pumpkin-y—if that sounds good to you, then give it a try.
While they weren't all home runs, the following new pumpkin items at Trader Joe's are a tasty addition to their fall line-up.
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I'll be honest, I did not expect to like this one. Sweet and savory? I don't know, Trader Joe! After popping open the adorable lid, I noticed that it looked like bright orange marmalade with little chunks suspended in the spread (stay with me here!). The flavor was pumpkin-y and sweet but not too sweet. I'll enjoy this Pumpkin Spread on toast or serve as part of a charcuterie platter—it should pair nicely with a salty cheese.
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Pumpkin Oat Beverage
While some pumpkin products are a tougher sell, Pumpkin Oat Beverage is a no-brainer. Pumpkin and warm spices pair nicely with oats and generally speaking just make sense as a fall beverage. The oat milk is a pale orange color and is lightly sweet with a hint of pumpkin and spices. It's nice that it's not too sweet or strong in flavor, and while it's tasty on its own, it would be great in coffee. I even poured some into a blueberry and oatmeal smoothie and it added a nice fall twist.
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Pumpkin Spice Espresso Beans
If you're into pumpkin spice lattes (PSL for the true fans out there), then this is the snack for you. The Pumpkin Spice Espresso Beans taste exactly like a PSL in chewy, crunchy snack form. The roasted coffee beans are surrounded by spiced white chocolate and sold in cute little bags for easy access when you need a little pick-me-up.
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Pumpkin Spice Cashew Yogurt
TJ's previously released a pumpkin yogurt and now they've added a non-dairy cashew version to the mix. The pumpkin spice yogurt alternative has good pumpkin pie flavor without being cloyingly sweet. It's not super thick like Greek yogurt but it is nice and creamy. You can definitely taste the pumpkin and the spices, which isn't always the case with pumpkin-flavored products.Continue to 5 of 6 below.
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Pumpkin Spiced Pretzels
While TJ's Pumpkin Spiced Teeny Tiny Pretzels look nothing like the photo on the bag (I didn't find a single pumpkin seed), they are tasty. They're basically white chocolate-covered pretzels infused with cinnamon, but how can that be bad? I offered these to a small group of friends and the three-year-old kid present inhaled them.
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Pumpkin Alfredo Sauce
Before we go any further, let me assure you that this pasta sauce is strictly savory with no pumpkin spices present. It's an autumnal take on alfredo sauce with puréed pumpkin added to the typical cheese and cream. The result is a thick but creamy sauce that works well if you like the flavor of winter squash. Whether you use the sauce tossed with pasta or in lasagna, I recommend dressing it up a bit with a squeeze of fresh lemon, some grated Parmesan, and a sprinkle of fresh parsley or basil.