For starters, Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese is back.

By Betty Gold
September 01, 2020
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As we mourn the looming loss of our favorite season’s incessant sunshine, Summer Fridays, and long days spent poolside, it’s important to remember that there are several redeeming qualities about the arrival of Fall. The first four items on the list are obviously all pumpkin-themed products from Trader Joe’s.

Of course, not all of TJ’s seasonal Fall finds are pumpkin-y. Some have butternut squash, apple cinnamon, or walnuts. Some contain sharp Cheddar cheese; others are vegan. And of course, there are dark chocolate-covered salty snacks to rage on.

Ready to see what new goodies you’ll find on shelves this season at Trader Joe’s? Read on—and move quickly, as the seasonal items are sure to sell out.

If you’re in search of a simple pre-made sauce that does the cooking for you, this is the one. Like tahini but kicked up a notch, this herbaceous, garlicky rendition is just the thing for drizzling over roast chicken, grilled veggies, or stirring with Greek yogurt for a deliciously easy dip. You’ll find 8-ounce tubs in the refrigerator aisle for $2.99 each.

The only thing better than TJ’s cult classic Everything But the Bagel blend = crackers with the seasoning built in. These are a smaller, rectangular, two-bite-sized version of Trader Joe’s original Crispbreads and completely gluten-free. Find the 4.2-ounce packages of super crunchy crackers for $2.99 each, above the freezers alongside the other snack foods.

You heard it here first. These brand new flaky pastry-enveloped spiced pumpkin pockets were just spotted on shelves at TJ’s. Find them in the frozen section in packs of four—simply heat, serve, and inhale.

Trader Joe’s Vegan Caesar Dressing is a blend of 100 percent plant-based ingredients, like tofu, capers, mustard, and miso. It’s the perfect combination of salty, savory, and creamy with just a hint of umami-rich spice. Find the 11-fluid-ounce bottles for $3.99 in the deli section next to the other refrigerated salad dressings. Because vegans deserve Caesar salad, too.

Think of these as TJ’s answer to Dorito’s, only more addictive. They’re made from stone ground organic white and yellow corn plus cheddar and Romano cheeses, all packed into individual bags for easy portioning. Translation: they’re the ideal socially distanced snack food (no sharing needed!). Packages of six 1-ounce bags sell for $3.49.

What do you get when you pulverize California walnuts with canola oil, extra virgin olive oil, Parmesan cheese, and spices? A pasta sauce-slash-spread you’ll want to use on everything from rotini and rye bread to cut veggies, crackers, and empty spoons. Find the 8-ounce tubs of pesto for $1.99 in the deli refrigerator aisle for a limited time.

Think: mezzi rigatoni pasta with butternut squash puree, spices, and a three-cheese blend (!) of gouda, cheddar, and Parmesan. This freezer-aisle fall favorite is officially back for a limited time only.

These simple wheat-flour cookie sticks, baked until crispy-crunchy, and coated in rich dark Belgian chocolate, are just the snack to eat alongside your pumpkin spice latté this season. They’re semi-sweet, slightly salty, and exceedingly addictive. Find the 2.65-ounce canisters for $1.69.

Granola bars are so 2019. This year, pick up a box of TJ’s Organic Granola Bites—made with oats, crisp brown rice sweetened dried cranberries, freeze-dried raspberries, raisins, and bits of dried apple—instead. The vegan, gluten-free Bites are also available in an Organic Chocolate Chip Granola version if berry isn’t your speed. Find them in the cereal section.

It’s made with not one, but two types of cheddar cheese. Need we say more? Simply heat and serve—ideally alongside TJ’s cauliflower gnocchi or one of the pre-prepped salad mixes.

This delicious blend of almonds, apricots, crunchy chickpeas, sour cherries, and pistachios boasts 5 grams of protein per quarter-cup serving. “It’s delightful on its own, straight out of the 'Basket' (aka resealable pouch), but here’s a serving suggestion: sprinkle a handful of this mix over Greek yogurt and top with a drizzle of honey, then drift into a daydream of future worldly adventures,” suggests TJ’s on its website. Each 12-ounce pouch costs $5.99.

Here’s a new (plastic-free, paraben-free, sulfate-free) way to shampoo: a solid bar. Why not? This soothing blend is made from coconut oil, olive oil, castor oil, jojoba, peppermint, tea tree, eucalyptus oils, and mint leaves. Find the 4-ounce box for $3.99 in the aisle with the other health and beauty products.