There is one product I buy in multiples when it hits the shelves around this time of year: Trader Joe's Pumpkin Butter. This spiced and lightly sweetened spread adds a warm, autumnal flavor to everything from yogurt to pound cake, and transforms buttered toast into a special treat.
When I first started buying this pumpkin butter, my local Trader Joe's used to regularly sell out of it, so I learned to adopt a hoarding mentality when I saw fully stocked shelves, grabbing enough jars to see me through the year. Ten years later, Trader Joe's seems to have a better handle on pumpkin butter demand, but I still find myself buying at least two or three jars at a time throughout the season.
And I always use it up before the following year's stock hits shelves. I add spoonfuls to plain yogurt, I make toasted peanut butter and pumpkin butter sandwiches, I spread it on bread or crackers with a little cream cheese. It's good on plain cake, or stirred into oatmeal. But my favorite way to eat it is still one of the simplest: spread on buttered toast, where its spiced sweetness mingles with the melted butter and somehow tastes so much better than plain old jam.
Have you ever tried Trader Joe's Pumpkin Butter?
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