Saturday, October 3, 2015

Sweet on Trader Joe's Saturday: Pumpkinpalooza

Since we missed last week...and we're a little tardy posting this week, we're giving you not one, not two, but THREE Trader Joe's reviews this week. ALL PUMPKIN! Wahoo!

First, I just want to start by saying I got some many comments about our Trader Joe's posts while I was at CookieCon last week. I love that you guys love Trader Joe's as much as we do. I also got several questions about "working with Trader Joe's." There's a note at the bottom of our posts, but I just wanted to be clear...we're just straight up consumers. These posts aren't sponsored. Trader Joe's doesn't know us. *whew* ok...just wanted to clear that up. ;)

trader joe's pumpkin treats review: part of a weekly review series of tj's desserts and treats
PUMPKIN!!! Give me all of the pumpkin things! You know...I pretty much love all things pumpkin EXCEPT a pumpkin spice latte. Is that weird? Let's see how Trader Joe's pumpkin goodies stack up.

trader joe's pumpkin treats review: part of a weekly review series of tj's desserts and treats
1. Trader Joe's Pumpkin O's: a 12-ounce box costs $2.49. Described as a "Toasted whole grain cereal" that is low-fat, vegan, and gluten-free with 20 grams of whole grains.

trader joe's pumpkin treats review: part of a weekly review series of tj's desserts and treats
A mom's (my) take: Love. These are a little lighter in texture than Cheerios with a definite pumpkin flavor. I like these for breakfast with almond milk and for a snack eaten out of hand...both with a few bittersweet chocolate chips mixed in. (Trust me.)
Overall rating: 5 of 5 stars

A teenager's (Jack's) take: These are lighter but also rougher on the outside than some similarly shaped cereals. The pumpkin flavoring is sort of like a glaze, which means that the sweetness of the pumpkin hits hard on first bite. However, a pleasant spiciness comes through later on. Although I'm typically not a pumpkin-crazy person, I could make an exception for these.
Overall rating: 5 out of 5 stars

trader joe's pumpkin treats review: part of a weekly review series of tj's desserts and treats
2. Trader Joe's Iced Pumpkin Scone Cookies: An 8-ounce package will cost you $3.49. These cookies are described as "pumpkin cake cookies glazed in sweet icing."

trader joe's pumpkin treats review: part of a weekly review series of tj's desserts and treats
A mom's (my) take: The texture of these cookies reminds me of a cake donut/doughnut (I can never decide how to spell that). A little crumbly, a little cakey, full of great pumpkin flavor with just the right amount of glaze. Serving size for these mini cookies is 2. Hmmm...I'm thinking, 4.
Overall rating 5 of 5 stars

A teenager's (Jack's) take: Personally, the first thing that hits is the glaze on the outside. A very slight spiciness comes out, accompanied by a pretty strong, sweet pumpkin flavor. Then, the classic texture of scone-ness comes out, something that I can't get enough of. They are somewhat rich, though, so don't eat too many! ;)
Overall rating: 5 out of 5 stars

trader joe's pumpkin treats review: part of a weekly review series of tj's desserts and treats
3. Trader Joe's Pumpkin Cream Cheese Spread: an 8-ounce container costs $2.99.

trader joe's pumpkin treats review: part of a weekly review series of tj's desserts and treats
A mom's (my) take: Someone is going to have to pry this out of my hands. Oh my gosh...sweet, tangy, spiced...perfect. Spread it on some toast, graham crackers...and I'm thinking it would be FABulous on a Panera Cinnamon Crunch Bagel. Who's with me?
Overall rating: 5 of 5 stars

A teenager's (Jack's) take: Although I definitely don't describe myself as a cream cheese aficionado, I really enjoy this one. It provides a cool, subtle pumpkin flavor that is certainly sweet and not to be missed. However, I can't perceive any spiciness or other "wow" factor that makes it stand out. But, overall, a great pick.
Overall rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Trader Joe's Pumpkinpalooza: We approve. 

[note: We have no affiliation with Trader Joe's. I'm sure they have never read this blog and have no idea who we are. Hey, we like being incognito, although we never wear sunglasses indoors. ;)]

Want to read more of our Trader Joe's PUMPKIN reviews? Here ya go!

Here's what else we're loving this week:



7 comments:

  1. Well then TJ's should know you:)
    Every time I can get to a TJ..I pick up something you recommeneded:)

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  2. Have you tried the pumpkin cookie butter yet? OMG! Another addictive substance!

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  3. I need to try the cereal and the cream cheese! HAPPY BIRTHDAY to to you, Bridget! I was going to wish you a HB on your facebook page, but I did not see the option to leave a comment....anyway, it is still your birthday for two minutes; hope it was happy! :)

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    1. Oops, I was thinking you were an hour ahead of me...forgot it's two!

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  4. OH my gosh I need that pumpkin cream cheese in my life!!

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  5. mmmmm cinnamon crunch bagel!

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  6. Guess what? They opened a Trader Joe's in my area not so long ago! I have't been yet but after your pumpkin review I am going ASAP! I can't wait to see what they have for me!

    PS-Thanks for the batty love! ;)

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