Happy Friday everyone!
If you’ve been following along with me on Instagram, you’d know that I’ve been out of town for the past week; my grandfather passed away so we were in Michigan for the funeral. And although we were there for sad circumstances, it was actually a really nice visit with family. I’m hoping to share more next week, but in the meantime, I wanted to share a more lighthearted post with you today!
It seems like over the past few years, the whole pumpkin trend has really spiraled out of control and no place is that more apparent then at Trader Joe’s. They literally put pumpkin in EVERYTHING. But I’m a marketer’s dream and so if anything is seasonal, I feel compelled to try it. Plus, I’ve been on a real Trader Joe’s kick the past few months, and it’s where I’ve been doing a lot of my shopping lately. And although they have lots of staple items that I love (and will probably do a separate post on that soon!) they’re also really good at constantly bringing out new things as the seasons change. Since it’s going to be November this weekend (craziness!) I figured I had better share my pumpkin picks before they start disappearing from the shelves and getting replaced by Christmas stuff!
Here are some of the things I’ve tried so far…
Pumpkin Ice Cream
This stuff is so delicious! The reason I like it is because it’s just pumpkin flavored, not pumpkin spice – so many pumpkin items go wayyy too heavy on the spice and end up tasting like a scented candle. This ice cream though is sweet and creamy and seasonal without being gross. Two thumbs up!
Mini Ginger Pumpkin Ice Cream Mouthfuls
These are a perfect fall treat, and the ginger cookies are the perfect compliment to the pumpkin ice cream. I’d definitely give these things a try just because it’s such a unique and delicious flavor combo!
Pumpkin Cornbread Mix
I made this recently to go with chili and it’s definitely on the sweeter side, which is not bad, but it’s just something to be aware of. I liked it better than I thought I would, but it honestly seems like it would be a better breakfast item vs. trying to pair it with a savory dish.
I’ve been feeding these to Henry in lieu of puffs lately and he seems to love them! The pumpkin spice flavor is a little too strong for me to want to have a bowl of them, but they’re a good snack!
Pumpkin Body Butter
This stuff is super think and moisturizing, perfect for dry winter skin! But you have to really like the smell of pumpkin spice because the scent is super strong. (It also has a vague banana scent to it as well) Cameron’s allergies are super sensitive to scented stuff like this so I can’t put it on often, but it’s definitely a cozy scent that’s perfect for the fall/winter months.
Pumpkin Spice Granola
I didn’t necessarily think this stuff was bad, it just wasn’t all that good. The pumpkin spice flavor is fairly strong and there was just nothing special about it.
These were way too heavily spiced for my taste and I literally felt like I was eating a piece of potpourri. I would not recommend them unless you are crazy about pumpkin spice.
(I actually haven’t tried the chips/salsa yet, but I’ll share on Instagram
if I end up really liking them!)
Other pumpkin standouts?
These pumpkin succulents are a basic white girl’s dream because they combine two very blogger-y things (pumpkins and succulents) into one adorable package…and for so cheap too! I have one on our dining room table that was in the photo of my pumpkin haul, but these are so cute that I thought they deserved their own special shout out. Plus, they last forever so they’re the perfect item to keep on display all the way until Thanksgiving.
Speaking of Thanksgiving, I am not a huge pumpkin pie person but I love me some pumpkin cheesecake. Costco actually makes a really delicious one that I usually request, but last year I discovered that this one from TJ’s is also pretty delicious. Plus, it’s about half the size of the Costco one so it’s perfect for a seasonal dessert for a smaller group anytime in the fall.
Last but not least, these Pumpkin Joe-Joe’s were a little sweet/overly spiced for my taste, but they were still pretty good. They’re the type of thing that would be perfect with a cup of tea on a fall day 🙂
Finally, the winner of my Minted giveaway on Instagram is:
Thanks to everyone who entered! (And for all the great Christmas cookie ideas!)
Now as far as I’m concerned, all this pumpkin stuff has been fun…but I’m ready for the stores to break out the peppermint items ASAP! I’ll have to do an updated TJ’s favorites post for the holidays 🙂
PS: This post was not sponsored in any way, I just really love Trader Joe’s and fall 🙂