7 Not-to-Be-Missed Trader Joe’s Groceries That Just Hit Stores

published Oct 5, 2022
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As soon as October rolls around, I know that my weekly Trader Joe’s runs will include plenty of the seasonal items I wait for each year (I’m looking at you, Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese Bites!).

And as much as I look forward to my seasonal staples, I’m equally excited to see what new fall finds will debut in the stores. On my most recent trip to TJ’s, I spotted a variety of dinner shortcuts, fall-inspired snacks, baked goods, and more. Of all the new and returning items hitting, these are the ones I’ll be buying on repeat.

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1. Hand Twisted Cinnamon Sugar Bread, $4.49 for 16 ounces

This is my new favorite sweet bread! I wasn’t expecting to love it so much, but the texture and taste is strikingly similar to a cinnamon roll, sans frosting. I heated it up in the air fryer for a couple of minutes to get it nice and crisp and paired a slice with a hot cup of coffee.

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2. Organic Artichoke Pasta Sauce, $3.49 for 12.34 ounces

When I spotted this jarred pasta sauce, I immediately thought about tossing it with angel hair pasta and spinach, to mimic the flavors of a spinach-artichoke dip. That’s exactly how it tasted! I’ll be stocking up on this creamy sauce to use throughout fall, winter, and spring for pastas and pasta salads, and spreading on top of flatbread.

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3. Pumpkin Spice Hummus, $2.49 for 8 ounces

I was a little hesitant to try this at first. Why? I didn’t think spices like cinnamon and vanilla bean would pair well with savory garbanzo beans. I’m glad I did, though, because TJ’s proved me wrong. The sweet hummus tastes like a spiced pumpkin purée and makes a great dipping companion for pretzels, apple slices, pita chips, and graham crackers. 

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4. Gluten-Free Breaded Shrimp, $9.99 for 12 ounces

I don’t seek out gluten-free products often (many of the options I’ve tried are gummier than I like), but I’m always open to trying something new — especially when it results in my husband making his specialty: shrimp tacos. I was impressed by how crispy the breading stayed, even after topping the shrimp with a lime crema.

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5. Fall Leaf Corn Tortilla Chips, $3.49 for 14 ounces

I typically think of chips and salsa as a sunny-weather snack, but these charming leaf-shaped corn tortilla chips scream FALL. You’ll find me enjoying these on a cloudy day with some spicy queso to warm me up. The length and shape of most of these chips make them especially good for scooping dips and chunky salsa.

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6. White Bean Chicken Chili Soup, $4.99 for 20 ounces

There’s no better season than soup season, IMO, which is why I was excited about this new Trader Joe’s release. I love thick chilis, chowders, and stews for their versatility (they’re just as great as baked potato toppings or dips as they are eaten out of a bowl) and this White Bean Chicken Chili Soup is no different. The poblano peppers give it a Mexican flair that I wasn’t expecting, but really enjoyed.

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7. Salted Maple Ice Cream, $3.49 for one pint

Of all the new seasonal items to hit the shelves, this might be the best. The salted maple flavor is a pleasant change-up from the popular pumpkin. The ice cream is rich, creamy, and a touch sweet, but balanced with a salted maple swirl. I topped a scoop with pieces of dark chocolate and walnuts, and I’ll also be trying it with my favorite frozen pastry for the perfect autumn dessert.

Have you spotted anything you’re excited about at Trader Joe’s recently? Tell us in the comments below!