As Trader Joes' infatuation with mangoes lowers to a faint simmer, Fearless Flyers must be wondering what's next. Bikini season is coming to a close, which means the best thing about fall looms near: the ability to hide a surplus consumption of pumpkin treats under a comfortably lose flannel. Whether autumn tickles your fancy for squash, nutmeg, cranberries or something else entirely, TJ's has you covered.
Enjoy this carefully crafted list of our fall favorites, and if you spot something that your local Joe's isn't carrying, do what any true food lover would do: Mosey on over to customer service and ask the manager to fill out a product request form.
Butternut Squash Parmigiana
What screams "ready for autumn, y'all" more than squash, nutty cheeses and rosemary baked into one hot, slightly sweet entree? Let us know.
Cranberry Apple Butter
This smooth spread is teeming with fall fruits. Dab a hearty spoonful onto a warm English muffin, or a turkey sandwich if you're up for a more intense flavor contrast.
Portobello Mushroom Fries
A definite contender for most wonderful fall veggie, mushrooms are even more delicious when breaded and fried. TJ's attests they're crispy on the outside, meaty on the inside and perfect with their Sriracha Ranch.
Pumpkin Pie Mochi Ice Cream
Yas. And because TJ's doesn't skimp on the experience-enhancing details, these babies are studded with chunks of graham cracker cookies.
These are the perfect indulgence for those of you who want to get your pumpkin on without eating a gargantuan glucose grenade. Smear these with pumpkin cream cheese or pumpkin butter, which you're also sure to find at TJ's this fall.
Apple Pie Cheddar Cheese
Trader Joe's got ambitious and combined two American favorites: apple pie and cheddar cheese. This hot-to-trot new product should absolutely be paired with two other wonderful products that we've kindly listed below.
Apple Cinnamon Goat Cheese
The goat's greatest gift unto this undeserving earth, gently caressed with the sweet essences of autumn. We are not worthy.
Pumpkin Cranberry Crisps
Top these with the above cheeses. Hold the very spirit of the season in your palm. Enjoy an explosion of flavor.
Autumnal Harvest Pasta Sauce
They had us at "autumnal harvest" because no name for any sauce has ever been that great. TJ's says this sauce is more exciting than its plain tomato "brethren" because it's jazzed up with -- besides autumn harvest -- sage and a spot of cream. Time to douse that penne.
Pumpkin Rolls with Pumpkin Spice Icing
There's nothing better than whacking an aluminum tube against the countertop to find a seductive explosion of dough -- this one fragrant with pumpkin and cinnamon. Pop these in the oven, turn on the light, watch them rise in awe, leave an imprint of your forehead on the oven door, get scolded by your housemate, let cool (or not), ice with pumpkin icing and ingest until you have a sugar-induced epiphany.
Best enjoyed warm and and from a Thermos while sitting on a bench and wearing a scarf, watching as a gentle wind tousles the fallen autumn leaves.
Pumpkin Pie Spice Cookie Butter
Thought the most iconic Trader Joe's product would be safe from pumpkin spice-ization? For naught.
Organic Carrots of Many Colors
You know how nutritionists are always talking about the importance of a colorful plate? Here's how you do it. Saute them with brown sugar and cayenne for a sweet and spicy kick.
Pumpkin Cornbread Mix
Imagine cutting into a skillet of freshly baked cornbread, maximizing the flavor of pumpkin with softened butter and a touch of honey, ascending onto cloud nine...
Rest assured there will be no shortage of other pumpkiny mixes at TJ's. Think pancakes and waffles, breads and muffins and probably other things.
Wild Mushroom & Black Truffle Flatbread
If you think the cheese in the photo is glistening with the hope of a better tomorrow, you're close, but that's actually black truffle, harvested from the black truffle heart of Italy. The term "flatbread" seems to call for a shared-appetizer situation, but no one here is opposed to a single-serving situation.
Gluten Free Crispy Crunchy Ginger Chunk Cookies
The name is a mouthful, and so are the cookies -- of buttery and simultaneously crispy and chewy happiness, that is.
Chicken Pot Pie Ravioli
Everything that's good about chicken pot pie -- chicken, carrots, peas, gravy and all -- comfortably tucked into pasta pouches.
Mini Orange Cranberry Tea Scones
Have someone haughty, like a mother in law, dropping by? Serve them one of these scones with a cup of tea, and watch that smug smile transform into something reminiscent of satisfaction.
Organic Butternut Squash Soup
This is for those of us to whom "first course" means snacking on a bag of popcorn and questioning our life choices while waiting for Kraft mac and cheese to cook. Nuke this in the microwave, eat before your main course and feel like a chef.
Pumpkin Spice Chai Tea Latte Mix
Pay $4 for a PSL at Starbucks or for an entire canister of this sweet nectar? What's it gonna be, son?
WE CAN'T WAIT FOR FALL.