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Sep 21, 2013 07:02 PM

The Great Pumpkin has descended on TJs!!!!

Wow does my TJs in Montgomeryville/North Wales have a lot of new pumpkin products. Pumpkin macaroons, pumpkin bread mix, pumpkin ice cream and so much more. I was intrigued by the pumpkin frozen croissants that I spied. They are like the chocolate and almond ones that you let rise. Didn't buy them yet.
There were also mini frozen pumpkin pies that I think you have to bake and of course regular pumpkin pie. Anyone try any of the pumpkiny goodness yet?

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  1. Woohoo
    Going shopping tomorrow :)

    1. Pumpkin spice coffee, which was sold out very quickly the last two years was being put on shelves Saturday morning.

      Pumpkin bar baking mix; I grabbed the last box on the shelves yesterday morning-if you see it, get it.

      Pumpkin cider (alcoholic beverage in a single bottle); hubby loves the pear cider from here, so hoping the pumpkin is as good. (Just bought yesterday and he will try today; will report back if he does NOT like it.)

      1. I'll add their jarred pumpkin butter (always a seasonal item), pumpkin ravioli, and pumpkin risotto.

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        1. re: HillJ

          My TJs in San Jose doesn't have pumpkin risotto, and it's not in the computer inventory system. Do you mean the butternut squash risotto?

        2. Pumpkin ice cream? Has anyone seen it?

          I'm quite far from a TJs (2+ hours) and, while I need to make a trip, am not willing to go just to see if it's there.


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          1. re: Dee S

            i've seen it in Southern CA, but if I had to drive as far as you do, I'd call the TJ in question, ask them if they have it, and if they do, to hold a couple aside for you. They'll do that, especially if you explain your commute!

            1. re: Dee S

              My Tjs in Penna has a lot of the frozen pumpkin items in the same section including the pumpkin ice cream. I've managed to resist the ice cream so far but I had the pumpkin croissants today. The toasted pumpkin seeds topping is brilliant. As expected I loved the croissants.
              A fellow hound on another thread reported that there wasn't enough pumpkin filling in these but I thought the amount was perfect. I adore the chocolate and almond croissants as well but the pumpkin seems more like everyday food. I like that because I prefer to save the other flavors for special occasions if that makes sense?
              I'm planning on making the pumpkin bars soon and my TJs also has small sugar pumpkins that they claim are perfect for baking. I got one as they were only two dollars but now I have to look up the recipe again for toasted pumpkin seeds.

              1. re: givemecarbs

                I had a box of the pumpkin croissants in the freezer that I finally got around to proofing last night. I put them out, uncovered, on my baking sheet as instructed. When I got up this morning the surface of the croissants was kind of dried up. Also, they didn't rise much as my house is rather cold right now. This morning I spritzed them with some water, covered them with clling wrap, and set the sheet on top of the furnace register (yay for floor registers in this old house!) and they seem to have recovered. Baking now. But I wonder if others have had the same experience with proofing them uncovered? I don't think I'll do that again...

                1. re: Leepa

                  I have always proofed all the TJ croissants, including pumpkin, uncovered, but in either the turned-off oven, toaster oven, or microwave. None had been used, so there was zero residual heat. No problem, ever, with the rise. I suspect your problem is the low house temperature. I hope they bake up well and that you enjoy them. I am not a major pumpkin fan but I liked them very much.

                  1. re: greygarious

                    Rehydrating them did the trick. I think next time I'll put them in the microwave to proof. Thanks for the idea.

                  2. re: Leepa

                    The croissants also typically don't rise as well after they've been in the freezer for a few months. I think either on the December or November thread I put some pictures of fresh and older ones side by side. The difference was dramatic.

                    1. re: AmyH

                      I'll look that up. Thanks. Here's a photo of mine from this morning after rehydrating and baking.

                2. re: Dee S

                  Our Crew tasted the pumpkin ice cream on Tuesday (In NCA) and it seemed to have a little more cinnamon & allspice and a slightly lighter, less creamy texture than last year's batch. Everyone really liked it. Made me think a late harvest Gewurztraminer would make a nice pairing.

                  1. re: BigWoodenSpoon

                    Would you describe the pumpkin ice cream as "fluffy?" One of the few things I've ever returned just because I didn't like it was the lemon triple ginger snap ice cream everyone raved about because the texture seemed whipped and not what I'd expect from a super premium ice cream. I believe it has since been discontinued, so I must not have been the only naysayer! I love the rich, creamy texture of the coffee ice cream, if that gives you an idea of the type of texture and mouthfeel I'm looking for in an ice cream.

                    Also how do you get to do a crew tasting? Is it a marketing thing? Or do you have to work there? I've heard employees mention "tastings" before when recommending products and it seems like they get to sample a lot of the new items, which is cool!

                    1. re: ohmyyum

                      I've only eaten a little bit from our container, but it's not quite as dense as I'd like from a super premium ice cream. I don't think it's quite up there, honestly.

                      I just bought it because I love pumpkin ice cream, but between the texture (which seems to be fairly consistent across TJ ice creams) and the taste - I think there is barely any pumpkin flavor, and it's overly sweet - I'm not a fan of it. I won't buy it again, and it's been sitting in our freezer for a week and a half now, and there's barely a dent in it.

                      1. re: SarachkaInBrooklyn

                        Well that totally bums me out! The pumpkin ice cream used to be this uber rich textured "tastes like pumpkin pie" ice cream. It was so rich that you could only eat a little bit and was not super sweet.

                        So sad.....and I so need a TJs shopping trip!

                3. How many croissants to a box on the pumpkin version?

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                      1. re: HillJ

                        NP. I really like the pumpkin spice rooibos tea herbal blend. I found it with the other teas in a metal tin with a charming picture of a pumpkin shaped tea pot. I admit it, I bought it because of the picture. /sigh. But it is tasty.

                    1. re: HillJ

                      I loved these! Chocolate are my favorite, but a great fall version.