5 Amazing Pumpkin Products at Trader Joe's

'Murica
'Murica
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Pumpkin: the edible symbol of America; the squash that represents togetherness (read: gluttony). The annual autumn muse of Trader Joe's.

Okay fine, pumpkin is everyone's muse during the fall. But Trader Joe's is different. It's that overachiever in class everyone wants to hate, but can't because they actually are good at everything (and they're actually really nice and friendly, too).

Name any general item of food, and you'll find its pumpkin version at Trader Joe's. While you're doing that, here are five of the overachiever's greatest accomplishments.

1. Pumpkin Ale

Have a drink!
Have a drink!
Photo by Kristine Hoang

If you think about it, the second half the year is really about eating. Thanksgiving is when everyone subconsciously pretends they're preparing for an eating contest (is that just me?) and Christmas is, well, the same.

Since you'll be eating so much anyway, you might as well do it right - you know, with a bottle of pumpkin ale in your hand. Trader Joe's carries pumpkin ale from Kennebunkport Brewing Company and, let me tell you, it's sexy. The pumpkin is subtle in taste and the spice salient. It's the ideal partner for roasted bird and carbs come Thanksgiving.

2. Pumpkin Macarons

Oui, oui!
Oui, oui!
Photo by Kristine Hoang

Ah, les macarons. These beauties are an American play on a French classic - in other words, leftover pumpkin pie in the form of macaroons. Take a bite and you'll see: the pumpkin custard emulates a pumpkin pie's body and the thin cookie layers a soft, flaky crust. Their texture is just like any other macaron: crumbly and chewy.

As these macarons are of the frozen type, it's suggested you defrost them for thirty minutes before consumption. However, they're delicious frozen, so rules can be broken.



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