VALLEY Tries It: Trader Joe’s Best Fall Items

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Trader Joe’s is pretty much known for wowing its shoppers with the great customer service their workers provide, the staple items like their soup dumplings and iconic bagel seasoning and of course their seasonal items — we’re definitely not mad about the recyclable paper bags either.

As we enter the 2021 fall season, we’re stocking our shelves with everything that serves as a reminder that we’re one step closer to the holiday season. Pumpkin this, apple cinnamon that — we’re extending all our excitement to our grocery list.

Here are some of VALLEY’s top picks from Trader Joe’s fall drop that might have you back there at least once a week.

Honey Roasted Pumpkin Ravioli
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They’re really trying to add pumpkin into everything these days. But this? This works. Not only is it every fall lover’s dream with the orange and yellow colored noodle, but it tastes just like fall, too. With a mixture of pumpkin, sweet potato, ricotta and mozzarella cheeses, honey, brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg, this ravioli packs a flavor punch. This pasta dish is definitely best paired with a lighter sauce.

Overall rating: 9/10

Fall Harvest Salsa and Leaf-Shaped Tortilla Chips to Pair
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Taking our fall addiction one step further, we loved these leaf-shaped tortilla chips and paired them with Trader Joe’s Fall Harvest Salsa which was a nice twist to the essential Pico de Gallo. With a mix of some of our favorite veggies including tomatoes, pumpkin, onions, red bell peppers, butternut squash, jalapeños and some spices to pair, this salsa is the perfect balance between sweet and savory.

Overall rating: 9/10

Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese Bites
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Trader Joe’s took the extra step into making their renowned Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese and turned it into crispy bite-sized pieces. With a blend of butternut squash, cheddar and gouda cheeses, garlic, onions and seasonal fall spices, these tiny bites are perfect after a night out on the town. Pop in the air fryer or the oven and you are all good to go.

Overall rating: 8/10

Pumpkin Pancake and Waffle Mix
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Love an old-fashioned style waffle or pancake from a breakfast diner? This mix provides the option of fluffy pancakes and crispy waffles, both with notes of pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. This mix is a for sure breakfast must-have for the days where the typical eggs and bacon won’t cut it.

Overall rating: 8/10

Pumpkin Bagels
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These pumpkin bagels are another breakfast must-have and can be paired with your typical cream cheese or if you’re feeling extra Trader Joe’s pumpkin cream cheese is definitely another great option.

Overall rating: 7/10

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