Oh. My. Gourd. If you're as "stressed, blessed, and pumpkin obsessed" as I am at this time of year, you'll want to brave the parking lot crowds and long lines to grab all the pumpkin spice foods at Trader Joe's before the other super pumpkin fans scoop them up.
Unlike other retailers that put out their Christmas items in October, TJ's is in no rush to force all their winter products on us prematurely. For that, we can be eternally grateful. After all, how can we enjoy autumn without savoring the comforting flavors that go along with the season? Real pumpkin in itself is a treat when cooked in a pie, pureed into soup, or mashed like potatoes (not to mention that pumpkin is chock-full of nutritional benefits, according to Healthline). But any product that includes "pumpkin spice" (usually a combination of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, allspice, and vanilla, reported Mental Floss) tastes enough like a pumpkin pie to satisfy our seasonal cravings. Better still, the flavor can be used in a variety of foods: entreés, soups, breads, snacks, desserts, and drinks. Trader Joe's has them all.
Oh, yes, my friends, there will be time enough to enjoy Trader Joe's winter holiday treats (exhaustively listed on The Takeout). But now is not the time for Jingle Jangle or Dark Chocolate Covered Peppermint Joe-Joe's. While the leaves are still falling and the ghosts and skeletons are haunting the front lawns, let us indulge in all things pumpkin without restraint or shame. I visited my local Queens, NY, branch of TJ's recently, and I was thrilled to find this pumpkin-topia of treats. (Your own local store might have additional items, such as their pumpkin butter and pumpkin Greek yogurt, as per PureWow.) One or two might have jumped into my basket. How could I resist?