And they’re all made with real maple syrup.

By Grace Elkus
October 30, 2017

Sure, Trader Joe’s has some pretty delicious pumpkin products. But we think it’s about time to jump on board the latest fall flavor trend: maple.

We first noticed a spike in maple-flavored products over the summer at the Fancy Foods Show, where vendors display their new food innovations. Everything from breakfast treats to carbonated beverages were being given the maple treatment, and we predicted the flavor would be a hit come fall. Boy, were we right.

Before you dive in head first, be sure to check the ingredient list of all maple products. The ones featured below are all made with real maple syrup, but many packaged foods are made with “maple flavor,” often artificially manufactured to achieve maple flavor (no maple tree in sight). You’re probably safe if the product is labeled “natural maple flavor,” but steer clear of anything that says “imitation maple flavor.” The safest way to know is to check the ingredient list regardless. 

That being said, both pure maple extract and maple sugar are made from the sap of sugar maple trees, providing real maple flavor. These ingredients are great for at-home baking, too. Without further ado, here are our favorite maple products currently on shelves at Trader Joe’s.

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