All of the Thanksgiving Items You Should Buy from Trader Joe's
If you're the type of fall weather enthusiast that hangs Halloween decorations on October first and counts down the days to pumpkin spice lattes, chances are that Thanksgiving is a pretty big deal in your house. But why wait until the holiday to get in the spirit?
Trader Joe's has everything you need to make the most of this magical season, and they're constantly rolling out new specialty fall items at their everyday unbeatable prices. From Turkey Cranberry Meatballs to Pumpkin Spiced Ginger Brew, these autumnal faves can help make any meal feel like a feast.
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Pumpkin Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookie Mix
Trader Joe's has the 2019 pumpkin market cornered. They've got pumpkin soups, pumpkin bars, pumpkin milkshakes—even pumpkin spice biocellulose face masks, for those who want to do more than eat their pumpkins. But if you make a point of buying just one of these things, make it their Pumpkin Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookie Mix. There's nothing cozier than walking into a home smelling of freshly baked cookies, and these confectionaries capture the essence of fall in every rich, gooey bite.
Autumn Maple Coffee
Yes, you'll enjoy the Trader Joe's Autumn Maple Coffee. But you know who will appreciate it even more? Whichever family member turns up on Thanksgiving morning at 8 a.m. to help you figure out how your oven works. This holiday of marathon cooking isn't for the faint-hearted, and given that most families throw their feasts in the early afternoon, you're going to need to get an early start. Make sure it includes this delicious seasonal blend to get your cooking team in the Thanksgiving spirit.
Apple Cider Donuts
Few things say "fall" quite like apple cider donuts, and if you've yet to make it out to the apple orchard this season, these are the next best thing. They've got a fresh-from-the-farmstand flavor and fluffy texture that make a perfect treat when paired with Trader Joe's Spiced Cider.
Maple Streusel Bread
Not all Thanksgiving products need to be saved for Thanksgiving day itself. Trader Joe's Maple Streusel Bread is the perfect way to gear up for the holiday's festivities, as early as the first leaves begin to turn. Toast it and spread on some salted butter for an extra decadent treat! The crumb and icing topping elevate this sweet, flavorful bread from your standard slice.
Riced Cauliflower Stuffing
Love stuffing, but want to avoid filling up on a heaping plate of carbs? This cauliflower-based alternative skips the breadcrumbs but retains everything you love about Thanksgiving's most beloved side dish: a rich and savory, herb-infused flavor and a moist, fluffy texture. This particular blend is made with vegetable stock instead of chicken or turkey stock, meaning it's also vegan-friendly!
Fresh Cranberry Orange Relish
If you're the traditional type‒a real cranberry sauce purist‒TJ's has got you covered. But if you're up for a little more adventure this year, and looking to branch out into a new flavor profile, their Fresh Cranberry Orange Relish is the way to go. It adds a citrus twist and a sweet-yet-tangy kick that takes the whole meal up a notch.
Spiral Sliced Uncured Hams
Listen, you don't need the internet to tell you to buy a turkey for Thanksgiving. Instead, we're here to remind you that it's not the only option for the big day, and in fact offering something else may be a welcome change after years of predictable Thanksgiving meals. Trader Joe's Spiral Sliced Uncured Hams are antibiotic-, nitrate-, and hormone-free, not to mention vegetarian-fed and kept out of crates. If you're not up for six hours of hand-wringing over a turkey, or simply want to offer a second option, this could be the solution for you!
Mashed Sweet Potatoes With Pecans
Cooking for Thanksgiving is a behemoth task, especially if you insist on doing everything from scratch. That's why there's absolutely nothing wrong with cutting a few corners here and there, freeing you up from the kitchen to actually enjoy your time with family—not to mention freeing up your stovetop burners, which are prime real estate on Thanksgiving day. A box of Trader Joe's Mashed Sweet Potatoes With Pecans takes just three minutes to heat up, and tastes as rich and delicious as if you'd peeled, mashed, and seasoned the potatoes yourself.
Turkey Cranberry Meatballs
Looking for an hors d'oeuvre that just screams Thanksgiving? These Turkey Cranberry Meatballs conveniently pair your favorite flavors of the holiday into one delectable bite-sized treat. For unanimous appetizer approval, simply broil, stick in a toothpick, and serve alongside Trader Joe's Kettle Cooked Turkey Gravy! Remember that cranberry sauce we mentioned? That would make a perfect dip for these one-bite wonders!
Cornbread may not take center stage on Thanksgiving, but make no mistake: it matters that you get it right. Instead of risking a dry, grainy loaf, you can ensure a moist, cakey consistency by using TJ's Cornbread Stuffing Mix. Their premade mix is ready in just 30 minutes, and is as close to fool-proof as possible. Enjoy a warm piece fresh from the oven with some salted butter, a drizzle of honey, or both!
Kettle Cooked Turkey Gravy
Looking to take the guesswork out of serving the perfect Thanksgiving gravy? Trader Joe's Kettle Cooked Turkey Gravy does just that. The recipe begins with a classic butter-flour roux and turkey stock, and is artfully enhanced with white wine, thyme, and sage. At just $3.99, you may want to keep this one on hand year-round!
Turkey and Stuffing Seasoned Kettle Chips
When Willy Wonka invented the Three-Course Dinner Chewing Gum, it turns out he was really onto something. Trader Joe's now sells its own full meal in single treat: Turkey and Stuffing Seasoned Kettle Chips! Fans of the extra-crunchy chips swear you can individually taste the turkey, stuffing, and gravy flavors in each bite. Keep a bowl on the buffet table on Thanksgiving day, or save them for the days after, to keep the festivities going.
Pumpkin Pie Spiced Ginger Brew
If you've never tried a Mule made with Trader Joe's Pumpkin Pie Spiced Ginger Brew, you're seriously missing out. This holiday favorite can be served alone as a virgin drink for all to enjoy, or with a dash of added alcohol for the grown-ups at the party. Made with a fizzy apple cider and ginger puree base, the Ginger Brew has a brooding, aromatic flavor that reveals hints of cardamom, nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove.
Pumpkin Cranberry Crisps
Trader Joe's knocked it out of the park when they invented their Fig & Olive Crisps: crunchy, complex, and perfect for exploring creative cheese pairings. If you're already a fan, but you're looking for something extra special for the holiday season, it's time to try their new Pumpkin Cranberry Crisps, which are seasoned with nutmeg, thyme, and turmeric for an aromatic, autumnal finish. TJ's recommends trying them with a slice of Toscano Cheese Dusted With Cinnamon, or a schmear of their Pumpkin Cream Cheese. Yum.
Pumpkin Rolls With Pumpkin Spice Icing
Warm, gooey, decadent, and fresh from your very own oven, you don't want to miss Trader Joe's Pumpkin Rolls With Pumpkin Spice Icing! Using the same base recipe as their beloved Cinnamon Rolls, TJ's then adds pumpkin puree, nutmeg, and cloves to the recipe. The only downside? You'll need to act fast—they're available for a limited time only during the fall!
Rich and creamy, nutty and savory, Trader Joe's Pumpkin Bisque is a multidimensional soup that's about to be your new favorite fall meal. This is gourmet comfort food you can keep on hand in your pantry, sure to hit the spot on those chilly autumn days. Stock up for the winter before they're gone!
Riced Cauliflower and Butternut Squash Risotto
Looking for a filling, fuss-free meal that combines all the best fall-harvest flavors? Look no further than the Trader Joe's frozen section. Their Riced Cauliflower and Butternut Squash Risotto packs all the punch of a butter-herb risotto but skips the rice base for a low-carb alternative. This hearty blend of cauliflower, carrots, butternut squash, garlic, and cheese works perfectly as a side dish, or can shine on its own as the main attraction!
Creamy Spinach and Artichoke Dip
Looking for a way to ensure that each of your Thanksgiving guests have something to be thankful for? Serve up an appetizer of Trader Joe's Creamy Spinach and Artichoke Dip with slices of toasted baguette. Job done! Melted swiss and parmesan top off an already decadently creamy texture, but with all that spinach and chopped artichoke, you'll be able to look the other way.
Chimay Autumn Cheese
Made by Belgian Trappist monks, this seasonal specialty is at the same time creamy, nutty, and floral. The monks have been perfecting their cheese-making process since the 1870s, using only locally-sourced dairy, and you can pair them with a range of Chimay ales brewed in the very same abbey. As if that wasn't reason enough to add this to your fall fare lineup, all of the monks' proceeds are donated to charity! Nothing says "Thanksgiving" quite like giving back.
This one's a no-brainer: fall is synonymous with cider! Trader Joe's Spiced Cider happens to be a particularly bright, tangy, tasty type‒free of added preservatives, colors, flavors, and sugar. Add a steaming hot mug of cider to your daily ritual, and snuggle in for the season.