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Oct 28, 2007 06:25 AM

New Trader Joe's items

Went to my local (Burlington, MA) store yesterday to meet a friend (she comes up from Providence every couple of months to stock up at the newer store built near me) and picked up a couple of new items (at least to me).

Back at the coffee bar/sample area, they were baking little pumpkin cake samples from their boxed mix. My friend and I tried it; both of us thought it was "eh". I figured I could do better with canned pumpkin and lots of spices. However, I did see someone else with a gingerbread box mix in their cart, and found it in the "New Items" end cap. Looked nice and dark with molasses, and I figured I could add more ground ginger or minced crystallized ginger if it wasn't gingery enough for me.

I made the gingerbread and added the crystallized ginger bits before tasting the batter - and I probably didn't need to add the extra ginger! Tasting the batter off the spatula, it had a nice deep flavor of molasses and a surprisingly nice bite of ginger.

Also was looking for some ice cream, and they have a seasonal one out - Double Rainbow Pumpkin Ice Cream. Thought that would be a good addition on top of the gingerbread.

Well, the gingerbread turned out very nicely - perhaps not as high as I would like (instructions say to bake in a 8x8x2 pan), but very good. And the pumpkin ice cream? Oh wow this stuff is good! Nice pumpkiny flavor; smooth, creamy taste. I've had other of the Double Rainbow ice creams, and have never been disappointed.

The perfect dessert for a fall day. No whipped cream for on top, but that would have been gilding the lily. :-)

I'm definitely going back for more of both of these items. I suspect the pumpkin ice cream won't be around for much past Thanksgiving. Get it while you can.

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  1. Thanks for the update! I'll definitely be visiting a TJ's soon (probably the one in Cambridge) to scout for the pumpkin ice cream. The Double Rainbow coffee is one of my favorite ice creams ever -- extremely coffee flavored -- so if the pumpkin is anywhere near that good -- wow.

    1. Add almonds coated in dark chocolate with turbinado sugar and sea salt. I tried the first batch that came out about a month or two ago and wasn't impressed. I thought I'd give them another try last week, and they were much better. The dark chocolate flavor was more intense. I got this a second time around because my sister, who is a vegan, loves almonds and chocolate - this one has no dairy in it so it was perfect as a snack for her visit.

      1. Uh-oh, I see us bringing the Double Rainbow pumpkin home on our next visit, assuming there is any in the case. I have fond memories of the Double Rainbow blueberry we once bought at TJ's. Try not to get too much, and ice cream in the summer can be slightly iffy because we have a long ride home after. But now.... ;-)

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        1. re: CrazyOne

          And if you ever get a chance to try the ginger from Double Rainbow, do. VERY good!

          1. re: LindaWhit

            O that ice cream! It's is super seasonal, and Double Rainbow has run out in past years waaaay before Thanksgiving.
            (It's sold at my food coop. I hope the TJ connection has encouraged DoubleRainbow to increase production.)
            DoubleRainbow coconut sorbet is also delicious. TJs only sells a couple flavors or theirs at a time, right?

            Anybody know when the mint Jo Jos are back?

            1. re: pitu

              No pumpkin here in Pittsburgh the other day, though, and it doesn't look like there had been any, although it's possible they just filled up the empty spot. In fact, there was not much Double Rainbow at all, although given how far it has to come, it's possible we were in right before a new shipment or something. Who knows? We were just in and out quickly, not concerned enough to ask, but we'll look again and maybe ask next time.

              Haven't seen the peppermint Jo Jos either. Completely missed them last year and I hope to get a chance to try them. I'm guessing sometime in the next few weeks....

              1. re: CrazyOne

                We found the pumpkin ice cream and peppermint Jo Jo's in St. Louis and really liked those. I didn't like the vanilla patisserie buttercream cake however. It was very dried out so it is hard to tell what it might have tasted like when it was fresh. I probably won't be back for a year so I won't be able to get my money back for it but no matter. They had a seasonal chocolate cake a couple of years ago with mint fondant frosting that I really liked-I wish they would bring that back!

              2. re: pitu

                I spotted the pepermint JoJos at the Union Square TJ's in NY yesterday. So hopefully they make it your way soon.

                1. re: corgette

                  Well yesterday here still no Jo Jos but we did get the pumpkin ice cream. It's possible I even missed it the last time because what they normally carry of Double Rainbow here is in quarts, and the pumpkin is in pints so kinda hiding down there at the bottom of the freezer. Really, really good. Tastes kinda like pumpkin pie, but mild, just the right flavor. (A real contrast to a typical regular store ice cream we tried last week that was apple pie flavored. That one was terribly artificial tasting. We're ready to throw out the remainder.)

                  I should have asked when they are getting the Candy Cane Jo Jos. Although when I see people saying they're going to go in and buy 20 or 30 boxes, I don't hold out much hope that I'll see them. They'll be gone in hours!

                  1. re: CrazyOne

                    20 or 30 boxes? JoJos don't have preservatives, so it's a bad idea to horde them...
                    Thx for the tipoff on Union Sq

                  2. re: corgette

                    OMG I just bought them today. They smell exactly like Girl Scout thin mints, but have a great oreo-ish taste and candy cane crunch inside the creme. YUMMY.

                    1. re: momof3

                      Well, I was thinking when I went to TJ's yesterday they might already be out of candy cane JoJos. But no, they had a fair number in a big display in front. Should be there for a bit anyway. I'm not sure they're the epic experience I was seeing described by some of you ;-) but they're good. I brought a box to work to share with everyone.

                      Double Rainbow pumpkin flavor is still going strong too. Plenty of pints in the freezer there yesterday. Just $2.49 which is quite good for a pint of premium ice cream. (Haagen-Dazs and Ben & Jerry routinely sell for $4 and up and meet that $2.50 level only when on sale.) Maybe we'll see the pumpkin ice cream through Christmas. Dunno when they stop making it, wish it wasn't seasonal because it's good anytime!

                      1. re: CrazyOne

                        i still have the two containers of that pumpkin ice cream in the freezer. i'm thinking i have to try it again to see if it is good.

                        1. re: alkapal

                          I'm not sure if our TJ's still had pumpkin ice cream last week, but they still had it in April, so not so seasonal anymore?

            2. At my local TJ's (new Oakland, Ca. store) they were giving samples of Double Rainbow Vanilla with warmed Pumpkin Butter on top - spectacular!! The Pumpkin Butter is not dairy - comes in a jar.

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              1. re: trhirsh

                there is another thread in home cooking on tj's pumpkin butter.

              2. In Jersey, the dried baked apple crisps are solid. Heading out to get some of those right now.