Trader Joe’s Fall Food Reviews


Alexa Dembo

Although this room spray was sitting at the bottom of the display shelves, it definitely deserves a spot at the top.

Autumn soup

I had high hopes for this festive soup.With a tomato base, as well as pumpkin and butternut squash, how could I not fall in love with this soup? After trying to open the soup jar for about a week, the anticipation was high and I was excited to finally try this soup. However, after the first bite, my soul felt heavy, my heart: sad. While the soup had a lovely consistency made up of perfectly sized vegetable chunks and smooth soup base, the level of salt was extreme. Overall, the sodium ruined the soup for me.

Pumpkin crisps: Every year, I am always pleased with the festive fall cracker and crisp collection. These pumpkin crisps are truly the perfect addition to any autumn charcuterie board. The strong pumpkin flavor is offset by the sweet and tart cranberries, making these a perfect vessel for cheese. They are not too crunchy, making it easy to keep reaching for another one. I find that they pair especially well with the double creme brie. 

Butternut squash mac and cheese

At first glance, butternut squash and mac and cheese seem like an off putting combination. Despite the combination of blended vegetable and cheesy noodles, these elements actually complimented each other perfectly. The squash worked to help cut the savory elements of the cheese, and additionally autumnal spices added depth to the flavor profile. Just make sure not to overcook the dish in the microwave. 

Pumpkin jojos

These cookies definitely do not disappoint, especially after the high impression left by the delicious original JoJo’s. With spices like cinnamon and nutmeg, remind me of a piece of pumpkin bread in cookie form. The mildly sweet creme center is the perfect addition. 

Room Spray

While you may not be the person to see a room spray and immediately reach for it in glee, I certainly am. As soon as I saw this autumn room spray, I knew that it was something I had to have. With notes of mandarin orange, nutmeg, and cloves, the mixture is a refreshing combination that leaves a room smelling like a warm cut of a holiday tea. 

Pumpkin Ravioli

The idea of pumpkin ravioli is rather off putting, but Trader Joe’s pulls it off. I’ve been purchasing this item for years and am never disappointed. The pumpkin flavor comes through in the filling, but isn’t overpowering. I recommend melting some butter with pecans to drizzle on the ravioli. My favorite part about this dish, however, is how fast and easy it is to make. It requires almost no thought and within 15 minutes, I’m sitting down for a nice meal. 

Pumpkin Bread

Trader Joe’s pumpkin bread is a classic. The scent of pumpkin wafting from my oven is a friendly reminder that fall is here. My favorite part about the bread is the perfect balance between the bready softness in the center and the crisp crust on the outside. I grab a slice on my way out the door every morning. Breakfast is the most important part of the day and this pumpkin bread is certainly the right way to start.