There are countdown clocks at sporting events, during timed exams, leading up to the new year and announcing when your train or plane is expected to depart. And now, thanks to the dedicated fans who have grown to expect a new crop of items each month, Trader Joe's has added a clock counting down to when they reveal their latest Fearless Flyer.
Essentially a newsletter with a roundup of crew-member-favorite and brand-new products, no other supermarket's magazine or circular has such a loyal following. That's because, besides retailers like Aldi and Costco, few other stores have such diehard fans. And few other markets have such a closely curated, frequently changing stock of products.
By scouring social media and store aisles ourselves, we were already able to share 6 must-try pumpkin products to ring in fall. And now, thanks to the release of the September 2022 Fearless Flyer, we have even more suggestions for how to fall-ify your shopping list.
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1. Organic Cascatelli Pasta
ICYMI, this unique pasta shape was originally designed, tested and perfected by Dan Pashman as part of his "Mission: ImPASTAble" series on his award-winning podcast, The Sporkful. Crew members adore cascatelli for its "forkability (the ease with which one can pick up and hold the pasta on your fork), sauceability (their ability to retain sauce) and tooth-sinkability (a satisfyingly toothsome texture)." The wavy short-cut pasta—named for the Italian word for "little waterfall"—was such a smashing success, Pashman "white-labeled" the technique and partnered with other brands like Banza and Trader Joe's so they could sell their own versions. Trader Joe's Organic Cascatelli Pasta is ready for your preferred sauce (might we recommend one of the 7 healthiest store-bought marinaras?). Then grab your fork and sink those teeth in. ($2.99 per 16-ounce package)
2. Pumpkin Chipotle Roasting Sauce
We love a good kitchen multitasker. (Just see what we can do with a bag of cauliflower gnocchi!) This rich sauce packs "plenty of creamy, savory pumpkin flavor, accented with classic warming spices, like cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice and clove," staff members say. "You'll also note its serious depth and complexity, thanks to tangy apple cider vinegar, sweet molasses and smoky Chipotle peppers in adobo sauce." The limited-time-only Pumpkin Chipotle Roasting Sauce can be used in pasta tosses, casseroles, soups, as a vegetable or meat marinade and beyond. ($3.49 per 14½-ounce jar)
3. Creamy Cauliflower Mash
As gnocchi, steak, pizza crust or rice, cauliflower is great at wearing costumes. For this brand-new refrigerated product, it dresses up like mashed potatoes—and no one will likely be able to taste or tell the difference. The Creamy Cauliflower Mash is infused with half-and-half, cream cheese, sour cream and butter, plus a hint of horseradish, so a little bit goes a long way. Just to clarify, we don't have anything against regular potatoes—in moderation, of course! This is just a nice option for those who are seeking a lower-carb side dish. ($3.99 per 12-ounce package)
4. Honey Roasted Pumpkin Ravioli
Crew members describe this new fridge find as, "tender, orange-hued, perfectly square pockets of pasta filled with a mixture of pureed pumpkin—pumpkin that's been roasted with honey, brown sugar and molasses—plus ricotta and mozzarella cheeses." We're already sold by that description, and were definitely won over even more when we saw that the Honey Roasted Pumpkin Ravioli cook in less than 4 minutes and deliver 3 grams of fiber and 8 grams of protein per serving, too. ($3.69 per 9-ounce package)
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5. Organic Vegetarian Chili
No need to sweat over the stove all day. Crack open a can of Organic Vegetarian Chili for a hearty stew of red beans, onions, bell peppers, garlic, jalapeños and a blend of chili seasonings. It's "an easy, zesty meal that's perfect for fall," employees confirm. While you might recall the name from earlier cold-weather seasons, crew members say that this comes from a new-for-2022 supplier and features "a few tasty tweaks to the recipe," including pea protein instead of textured soy protein for the same "meaty" texture minus the soy. Heat it up, add a side of cornbread, and slide on your comfiest slippers for a quintessential fall evening. ($2.49 per 14⅔-ounce can)
6. Trader Joe's Grand Reserve Pinot Noir
Sure, you've likely heard of and sipped on a "Napa cab." But now it's pinot's turn. Grown in Napa, California, the pinot noir grapes in the new Grand Reserve Pinot Noir Lot #110 are blended with a bit of syrah and petit verdot for a "red with a medium body, silky texture and lingering finish," crew members say. It tastes like strawberries and cherries with a splash of vanilla and just enough acidity to pair well with your favorite fall entree, they add. ($12.99 per 750-milliliter bottle)
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7. Trader Joe's Petit Reserve Cabernet Franc
About 200 miles southeast of Napa, you'll find the popular wine region known as the Central Coast. There, specifically in Paso Robles, you'll find the plots where they harvest the cabernet franc grapes for another new vino: the Petit Reserve Cabernet Franc Paso Robles. This mix of cabernet franc (a beautifully balanced red grape that's frequently featured in French Bordeaux red blends), cabernet sauvignon, merlot and more, is "vibrant and rich, with a full body, firm tannins and plenty of acidity," Trader Joe's employees say. "It's dark ruby red in the glass, with black cherry and plum on the nose, and a smooth zest on the tongue that includes hints of mocha and toasty oak." We can't wait to pour this budget-friendly wine to sip alongside one of these 15 perfect-for-fall pork chop recipes. ($7.99 per 750-milliliter bottle)
8. Dry Roasted Maple Almonds
Almonds are rich in anti-aging elements as well as protein, healthy fats, calcium and fiber, and the average American eats around 2 pounds of them per year, research suggests. If you're craving a change of pace flavor-wise as you nosh on what is one of the healthiest nuts, stock up on a bag or two of Dry Roasted Maple Almonds. To make them, "we take California almonds and flavor them with a triple whammy of maple seasoning, maple sugar and natural maple flavor," employees explain. After the maple-y shower, the nuts are roasted until crunchy and caramelized. We already have our servings earmarked for layering in fruit and yogurt parfaits, for tucking inside stuffed dates ... and for garnishing the next item on the list. ($5.99 per 12-ounce bag)
9. Pumpkin Overnight Oats
Since we've been shopping at TJ's for so long, have we started to share a brain with their recipe development team? With nearly identical ingredients and nutrition info to our Pumpkin Overnight Oats, Joe's newly released take on Pumpkin Overnight Oats comes in a handy tub. Gluten-free and dairy-free yet full of seasonal flavor from pumpkin puree and pumpkin spice, these ready-to-eat oats also feature almond butter. We have big plans for our serving: a few of those maple almonds, several slices of slow-to-brown Envy apples, and a spoon. ($1.99 per 5½-ounce package)
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10. Maple and Sea Salt Kettle Corn
First sold in 2019, this might just be Trader Joe's "most popular perennial popcorn to date," crew members say. That's probably because the already-popped Maple and Sea Salt Kettle Corn cures cravings for sweet, salty and crunchy all at once. It tastes good on its own, we remember from years past, but we can't wait to spike this with dark chocolate chips or those aforementioned maple almonds. ($2.69 per 7-ounce bag)
11. Howling Gourds Pumpkin Ale
Just in time for Halloween month, Trader Joe's is adding an exclusive pumpkin beer to their shelves: Howling Gourds. Described by staff as "crisp, refreshing" with "balanced notes of pumpkin, fall spices and a subtle sweetness," a six-pack of this 7% ABV ale is the ultimate tailgate or fall party menu pairing. ($7.99 per six-pack of 12-ounce bottles)
While the "Pumpkin Palooza" rollout may differ from location to location, the consensus of the TJ's lovers and employees is that it tends to be the first week or so of September. A recent Instagram story from @traderjoesaficionado revealed that Trader Joe's in Irvine, CA is releasing their fall items on September 7.Did Trader Joe's come out with fall items? ›
Well, it's finally time! Trader Joe's shoppers can now rejoice—and run to their nearest store—because the popular supermarket has officially dropped tons of new and returning fall items for 2023. "We fall for it every year," the neighborhood grocery store announced on Instagram (fall pun intended).What is Trader Joe's looking for in an employee? ›
Overall, your answers should detail your customer service skills, your teamwork and problem-solving abilities, and your fervor for the Trader Joe's brand and experience.What is Trader Joe's biggest seller? ›
The current reigning champion at Trader Joe's is the Chili & Lime Flavored Rolled Corn Tortilla Chips, which the supermarket's copywriters describe as “spicy, ire-zest-tible little scrolls made from stone ground corn masa.”What days does Trader Joes restock? ›
Experienced customers will share that the days to shop at TJ's are Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. All fresh fruits and vegetables arrive every morning and are restocked every day. The most popular items, which often include some non-refrigerated foods, are often gone by mid-afternoon.How often does Trader Joe's release a fearless flyer? ›
Trader Joe's iconic newsletter, the Fearless Flyer, only comes out eight times a year. It highlights the newest products hitting shelves for that time of year, so customers can get a heads up on all the seasonal offerings.Does Trader Joe's have fall items yet 2023? ›
Trader Joe's Finally Released Its 2023 Fall Products, And We Want Them All. Pumpkin cheesecake croissants, people. Trader Joe's just rolled out its fall products, many of which are pumpkin-flavored and some of which are inspired by fall flavors (we see you, Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese).What is the hidden item in Trader Joe's? ›
At most stores, the employees hide a stuffed animal somewhere among the shelves and stacks in the store. It's the perfect way to distract kids during a shopping trip. If your kiddo finds the stuffed animal, bring it to one of the employees for a special reward.What does Trader Joe's do with unsold food? ›
For one, Trader Joe's donates nearly 100% of its perfectly edible products that end up going unsold, thanks to its Neighborhood Shares Program. These donated goods go to local food recovery organizations and several community-based non-profit partners that provide food to those in need.What is the best company to work for Trader Joe's? ›
The top company to work for in 2019 is Trader Joe's! Find out why it's the best, and why shoppers love it, too. The results are in! Forbes just released its annual report ranking the best companies to work for in 2019.
Geoffrey Owens, actor and Trader Joe's employee, sparked a debate about how we value work. The actor, who played Elvin on the Cosby Show, said he hopes the conversation around how we value menial labor will continue.Who is the average Trader Joe's shopper? ›
Analytics firm Numerator found that the typical Trader Joe's shopper is white or Asian and between 25 and 44 years old, according to its data. She typically has a bachelor's degree or above and an annual income of more than $80,000.Is Trader Joe's doing well financially? ›
Trader Joe's's revenue is $13.3 billion.
Trader Joe's peak revenue was $13.3B in 2022.
Turnover at Trader Joe's is less than 10%, incredibly low for the retail industry where part time turnover is around 67% and full time turnover is around 24%.Does every Trader Joes have a hidden thing? ›
If you're like us, and you didn't know, Trader Joe's actually hides stuffed animals all around its stores. Once we let that news sink in, we were on a mission to figure out why.How often does Trader Joe's come out with new products? ›
Trader Joe's new items change so frequently that it's almost impossible to keep up — and with intriguing Trader Joe's new products appearing in-store seemingly every week, it can make you vulnerable to expensive impulse buys.Does Great Falls have a Trader Joes? ›
Trader Joe's, 322 Vaughn South Frontage Rd, Great Falls, MT, Local Passenger Transportation NEC - MapQuest.What to get from Trader Joes December? ›
- Gluten-Free Triple Ginger Muffins. I've said it before, but Trader Joe's gluten-free muffins are freakishly moist and I don't trust them. ...
- Super Seedy Cheese Snack Bites. ...
- Dried Cantaloupe Slices. ...
- Mini Chocolate Mousse Desserts. ...
- Coconut Flavored Almonds. ...
- Cinnamon Bun Flavored Kettle Corn. ...
- Cassava Chips. ...
- Ratatouille Bites.