And they’re all made with real maple syrup.
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.
Trader Joe’s Raises the Bar Chewy Granola Bar
This might be the closest we’ve come to a store-bought granola bar that tastes homemade. TJ’s has “raised the bar” with these chewy squares by adding a trio of ancient grains (millet, quinoa, and amaranth) to the oats, as well as maple syrup and crunchy pumpkin seeds. Each one clocks in at just 6 grams of sugar.
To buy: $3 for pack of 5.
Trader Joe’s Maple Leaf Cookies
You’ll want to stock up on a few of these boxes ASAP, because we’re pretty sure they’ll sell out fast. Though they may look like simple leaf-shaped cookies upon first glance, they’re actually maple sandwich cookies with a maple cream filling. Pair them with a steaming mug of coffee or tea.
To buy: $3 for 11.4-oz. box.
Maple Chicken Breakfast Sausage
Embrace the cooler weather and changing of the leaves by adding a little maple flavor to your breakfast sausage. This product couldn’t be easier to prepare: it’s fully cooked and casing-less, so all you have to do is warm it up. It’s seasoned with real maple syrup and brown sugar, but each serving (two links) contains just 3 grams of sugar. Plus, nutmeg and sage keep it from leaning too sweet.
To buy: $4.50 for pack of 12.