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Trader Joe’s 24 Best Pumpkin Products, Ranked

Because there needs to be some order amidst all the “pumkinsanity.”
Trader Joe’s 24 Best Pumpkin Products, Ranked

Enter the 14th Street Trader Joe’s, and your senses will immediately be assaulted by the mass quantity of pumpkin-themed and flavored products they keep in stock. To start, a selection of real pumpkins will greet you at the door beneath a bright orange and purple “Pumpkin Palooza” banner, followed by pumpkin products filling multiple food displays throughout the store. There are so many pumpkin-flavored items that nigh any shopper could walk in blindfolded and leave with a pumpkin-something in hand.

But where to invest your pumpkin budget? We recommend starting at the top of this list and moving down.

1. Pumpkin Bread and Muffin Mix

Spicy and sweet, pumpkin bread and pumpkin muffins are exactly what fall should taste like.

2. Gluten-free Pumpkin Bread and Muffin Mix

Because even losing some gluten can’t ruin the autumnal magic that is pumpkin bread.

3. Pumpkin Pancake and Waffle Mix

There’s nothing better than waking up on a Saturday morning to a waffle iron overflowing with pumpkin batter. Just trust us.

4. Gluten-free Pumpkin Pancake Mix

Because, again, a little less gluten never hurt anyone.

5. Pumpkin Bar Baking Mix

Pumpkin bars are practically pumpkin bread, so these earn a high slot in the ranking.

6. Pumpkin Cheesecake

A huge pain to make for yourself, so you might as well stick with this frozen one, which has no artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives.

7. Pumpkin Spice Salted Caramels

The regular Trader Joe’s salted caramels are a dream, so a little pumpkin spice in there can only enhance the experience.

8. Actual Pumpkins

The only fall decor you need.

9. Pumpkin Ice Cream

The hint of cinnamon and the creamy texture of pumpkin makes for an A+ fall version of summer’s best treat.

10. Mini Ginger Pumpkin Ice Cream Mouthfuls

While we can’t endorse the laziness of the product naming crew on this one–“Mouthfuls,” really?–pumpkin ice cream with ginger cookies is a winning combo.

11. Pumpkin Butter

The only way to own a better fall spread is to buy apple butter.

12. Pumpkin Pie

While pumpkin pie is usually a safe and tasty way to injest pumpkin, store-bought pies are often disappointments.

13. Mini Pumpkin Pies

And the same goes for the mini version.

14. Frozen Pumpkin Waffles

When faced with the option of fresh waffles, frozen waffles can only be deemed far inferior.

15. Pumpkin Soup

Fall veggies make for perfectly creamy and delicious soups, and pumpkin is no exception.

16. Pita Crisps with Cranberries and Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin didn’t need to go here. Pita chips were doing just fine on their own.

17. Pumpkin Granola Bars

For the truly pun-kin obsessed.

18. Pumpkin Macarons

Distastefully spongy in their natural form, we don’t think that making them pumpkin and freezing them is likely to improve their texture.

19. Pumpkin Beer

Your best bet of Trader Joe’s pumpkin beer selection is the Dogfish Head. But there are better pumpkin beers on the market that are more worth your time and taste buds.

20. Pumpkin Seed Brittle

Brittle is bad enough–we don’t need a pumpkin seed version.

21. Pumpkin Tortilla Chips

You know what won’t go well with salsa? Pumpkin flavored tortilla chips.

22. Pumpkin Bread Pudding

This frozen bread pudding is looks like a mushy disappointment waiting to happen.


23. Pumpkin Spice Coffee

Flavored coffee is a cruel trick to play on your under-caffeinated tongue, and one should never buy cheap coffee that’s already ground.

24. Pumpkin Mochi

Completely unnecessary.

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Associate Editor

Caroline Cunningham joined Washingtonian in 2014 after moving to the DC area from Cincinnati, where she interned and freelanced for Cincinnati Magazine and worked in content marketing. She currently resides in College Park.