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givemecarbs Sep 21, 2013 07:02 PM

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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    cheesecake17 RE: givemecarbs Sep 21, 2013 07:16 PM

    Woohoo
    Going shopping tomorrow :)

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      Cathy RE: givemecarbs Sep 22, 2013 08:04 AM

      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.)

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        HillJ RE: givemecarbs Sep 22, 2013 08:20 AM

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

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          ssfire RE: HillJ Oct 6, 2013 08:48 PM

          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?

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          Dee S RE: givemecarbs Sep 23, 2013 10:56 AM

          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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            chez cherie RE: Dee S Sep 23, 2013 11:20 AM

            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!

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              givemecarbs RE: Dee S Sep 23, 2013 05:19 PM

              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.

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                Leepa RE: givemecarbs Jan 4, 2014 05:45 AM

                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...

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                  greygarious RE: Leepa Jan 4, 2014 11:55 AM

                  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.

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                    Leepa RE: greygarious Jan 4, 2014 02:46 PM

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

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                    AmyH RE: Leepa Jan 4, 2014 01:44 PM

                    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.

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                      Leepa RE: AmyH Jan 4, 2014 02:49 PM

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

                       
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                  BigWoodenSpoon RE: Dee S Sep 26, 2013 04:09 PM

                  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.

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                    ohmyyum RE: BigWoodenSpoon Sep 26, 2013 05:43 PM

                    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!

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                      SarachkaInBrooklyn RE: ohmyyum Oct 2, 2013 05:02 PM

                      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.

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                        Dee S RE: SarachkaInBrooklyn Oct 7, 2013 10:42 AM

                        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!

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                  HillJ RE: givemecarbs Sep 23, 2013 05:21 PM

                  How many croissants to a box on the pumpkin version?

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                    givemecarbs RE: HillJ Sep 23, 2013 05:42 PM

                    Four

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                      HillJ RE: givemecarbs Sep 23, 2013 05:44 PM

                      Thanks,, g.

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                        givemecarbs RE: HillJ Sep 24, 2013 02:53 AM

                        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.

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                      brilynn79 RE: HillJ Oct 22, 2013 02:09 AM

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

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                        HillJ RE: brilynn79 Oct 22, 2013 06:14 AM

                        Glad you enjoyed them, bri!

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                      bugablue13 RE: givemecarbs Sep 24, 2013 08:13 AM

                      Are they pumpkin/coconut macaroons? I was hoping they'd have the macarons. Sometimes they have them at my Devon store in the freezer section. Very limited though.

                      Regardless, I'm going to grab some of the croissants and I heard their fat free pumpkin yogurt is really good.

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                        HillJ RE: bugablue13 Sep 24, 2013 08:31 AM

                        I swirl their pumpkin butter into plain Greek yogurt-so tasty!

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                          bugablue13 RE: HillJ Sep 24, 2013 08:38 AM

                          That sounds amazing. I usually put some of their fruit spread in it. Great idea with the pumpkin butter. I bet that would be great on top of cream cheese on a bagel. UGH I'm so hungry now.

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                            HillJ RE: bugablue13 Sep 24, 2013 08:42 AM

                            It is good on plenty of other items. I usually load up on the jarred butter because it makes a nice house gift for way under $5.00. I can make homemade but not at that price.

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                              HillJ RE: HillJ Sep 24, 2013 12:51 PM

                              Okay, my daughter just called to inform me she picked up TJ's pumpkin croissants, pumpkin pie, pumpkin cheesecake, pumpkin spice latte mix, pumpkin ice cream, 3 jars of pumpkin butter and a .69 cent baking pumpkin to make mousse.

                              Lordy, that girl loves pumpkin stuff!

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                                bugablue13 RE: HillJ Sep 24, 2013 01:14 PM

                                I'm going to need that pumpkin mousse recipe!

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                                  HillJ RE: bugablue13 Sep 24, 2013 01:21 PM

                                  http://www.marthastewart.com/258156/p...

                                  This is the one we like the most. We usually get four large ramekins out of one batch.

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                                Savour RE: HillJ Oct 1, 2013 09:45 AM

                                I stock up every fall. It's one of my favorites in oatmeal.

                                The pumpkin frozen waffles are not bad, too.

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                                  AmyH RE: Savour Oct 1, 2013 09:56 AM

                                  They have pumpkin frozen waffles??? I might have to make an extra TJ's trip this week... tonight!

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                                ohmyyum RE: bugablue13 Sep 26, 2013 11:32 AM

                                The pumpkin cream cheese tastes like pumpkin cheesecake filling. I guess that makes sense though because it's probably got all the same ingredients.

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                                AmyH RE: HillJ Oct 1, 2013 08:42 AM

                                Thank you so much for suggesting this, HillJ. It's delicious and so much better than their cups of pumpkin greek yogurt. I actually use their non-fat plain European style yogurt, since that's what I prefer. But it doesn't matter, the main star here is the pumpkin butter.

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                                  HillJ RE: AmyH Oct 1, 2013 08:57 AM

                                  Oh I'm so happy you enjoyed the combo.

                                  This week I used Chobani plain Greek yogurt, swirled w/ TJ's pumpkin butter then topped with Costco edamame trail mix (which contains pumpkin seeds) for lunch and it's very tasty.

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                                    AmyH RE: HillJ Oct 1, 2013 09:56 AM

                                    Nice idea!

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                                givemecarbs RE: bugablue13 Sep 26, 2013 12:12 AM

                                Not sure about the coconut bugablue. I was trying not to linger in front of that pumpkiny case. I'm enjoying the acorn squash sold for 1.50 each instead of by weight. I love to bake them with butter in a pan with water for a warm snack. Oh and toast the seeds.
                                I haven't seen this yet but doesn't TJs usually have pumpkin cream cheese this time of year?

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                                  Cathy RE: givemecarbs Sep 26, 2013 03:17 AM

                                  Yes. The pumpkin cream cheese was on the shelf on Saturday.

                                  Jarred pumpkin butter also.

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                                  ohmyyum RE: bugablue13 Sep 26, 2013 11:33 AM

                                  No they are macarons not macaroons!

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                                    bugablue13 RE: ohmyyum Sep 26, 2013 11:39 AM

                                    YEAAAAA! I was wondering how they'd pull off pumpkin macaroons, happy they are macarons. Now I will definitely stopping on the way home!

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                                      ohmyyum RE: bugablue13 Sep 26, 2013 11:48 AM

                                      Call first! I work right down the street so I duck in fairly often and they didn't have them the first 3 times I went.

                                3. AmyH RE: givemecarbs Sep 26, 2013 05:31 AM

                                  The pumpkin toaster pastries (aka pop tarts) are really good! Nice pumpkiny flavor, spices not overwhelming, not too sweet. They make a very nice snack.

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                                    chinchi RE: givemecarbs Sep 26, 2013 01:34 PM

                                    I picked up the pumpkin spice coffee, an annual must for me.

                                    I also spied, but did not purchase, pumpkin cream cheese muffins in the fresh dessert section, pumpkin bagels in the fresh bread section, and pumpkin spice granola (in a box this year...I remember it being bagged in years prior).

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                                      HillJ RE: chinchi Sep 26, 2013 01:40 PM

                                      I was disappointed that the pumpkin spice coffee was pre-ground, so I passed. I hope you enjoy it though. I don't go through flavored coffees as quickly as regular roast so I was concerned about aging.

                                      Let me know how it tastes!

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                                        chinchi RE: HillJ Sep 27, 2013 09:22 AM

                                        I'm a big fan of TJ's Pumpkin Coffee (and their Gingerbread Coffee, which comes later in the holiday season). It's strongly spiced and great for chilly mornings and holiday atmosphere. That said, I normally drink TJs pre-ground French Roast, so I am not averse to ground coffees.

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                                          HillJ RE: chinchi Sep 27, 2013 09:41 AM

                                          I tried TJ's pumpkin spice chai latte powder this morning and didn't get wowed. I also don't think 1 scoop (provided in can) to 6 oz of water works out. This stuff is better suited as a sub for powdered milk in a recipe (like pumpkin muffins, bread, bundt cake) than a drink mix. A very sweet ratio as well.

                                          So for me this was a miss.

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                                            buzzardbreath RE: chinchi Oct 6, 2013 01:43 PM

                                            Glad to hear about the Gingerbread Coffee. I don't often buy flavored coffees either as I am the only one in my house that drinks it but I could easily finish a package of Pumpkin or Gingerbread quickly during the Autumn and Winter months. :)

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                                            HillJ RE: HillJ Sep 28, 2013 06:20 PM

                                            I was disappointed in the frozen pumpkin pie. The flavor was fine but the pumpkin filling was too soft against a very hard crust. Bummer.

                                            This one you don't have to bake; just defrost so the time savings was a factor in my giving it a try.

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                                              HillJ RE: HillJ Sep 29, 2013 02:16 PM

                                              The pumpkin cheesecake was surprisingly good. Nice ratio cheesecake to graham cracker crumb (I like a little bit of crumb) and plenty of rich, pumpkin spice flavors. The cardboard box was a pita to open without a sharp knife, but otherwise a real good value and flavor. HIT!

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                                                givemecarbs RE: HillJ Sep 30, 2013 01:41 AM

                                                Ooo thanks HillJ I will have to snag that before it is gone. Was also eyeing some sort of pumpkin chocolate mousse cake also in the frozen section. Tried the organic pumpkin pop tarts and they smell fantastic even before they are toasted. Not bad but prolly won't buy again because there are so many pumpkiny options to explore.
                                                I'm almost out of the pumpkin coffee and I drank almost all of it myself.

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                                                  HillJ RE: givemecarbs Sep 30, 2013 05:30 AM

                                                  So that's a thumbs up for the pumpkin coffee, lol!
                                                  I bought but haven't tried the pumpkin croissants yet.

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                                                    ohmyyum RE: givemecarbs Sep 30, 2013 01:57 PM

                                                    Nay on the frozen pumpkin mousse cake. Just underwhelming, particularly with all the other pumpkin treats to choose from. I much prefer the pumpkin cheesecake.

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                                                      HillJ RE: ohmyyum Sep 30, 2013 02:26 PM

                                                      Good to know!

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                                                        givemecarbs RE: ohmyyum Oct 2, 2013 12:21 AM

                                                        Thanks you took one for the team. Ok the pumpkin organic pop tarts are gooone. I thought they were decent but someone else inhaled them. Might have to buy more since he likes them that much.

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                                              bugablue13 RE: givemecarbs Sep 27, 2013 04:30 AM

                                              Okay, made the stop yesterday to my TJ's. I purchased the usual things I can't get at Wegman's like the chicken salad with grapes and walnuts. I also went a little pumpkin crazy....

                                              Pumpkin macarons (to DIE for.... box gone)
                                              Pumpkin butter
                                              Pumpkin granola bars
                                              Pumpkin granola
                                              Pumpkin yogurt
                                              Pumpkin tarts

                                              They didn't have the croissants as they had sold out, so I guess I'll just have to take one for the team and go back!

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                                                givemecarbs RE: bugablue13 Sep 28, 2013 02:48 AM

                                                Baked up the mini pumpkin pies last night. Yummy and fun to eat. I was going to add whipped cream to them but my friend and I gobbled them up before I could.
                                                I was surprised that the pumpkin coffee was pre ground but I'll deal I'm enjoying it and I haven't gotten tired of it yet.

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                                                bugablue13 RE: givemecarbs Sep 27, 2013 09:31 AM

                                                Just an aside... I mentioned to the team member ringing me up that I was stocking up on pumpkin products because of info from CH. He had no idea what this site was but brought his manager over to hear about it. I told him to get on here and give us the scoops directly!

                                                1. AmyH RE: givemecarbs Sep 28, 2013 01:23 PM

                                                  The pumpkin biscotti are excellent

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                                                    cheesecake17 RE: givemecarbs Sep 28, 2013 05:00 PM

                                                    I bought two smallish pumpkins.
                                                    Planning to use them this week to make a soup that's baked inside the pumpkin

                                                    1. viperlush RE: givemecarbs Oct 1, 2013 06:55 AM

                                                      Tried the pumpkin spice coffee at the store and immediately tossed it. No real coffee flavor and tasted like a watered down chai. BF agreed, but he at least drank his sample. Keep in mind though that we aren't usually flavored coffee drinkers. But, we do normally enjoy the non flavored whole beans from TJS.

                                                      Tried the pumpkin macarons and plan to return the rest. Mushy, no real pumpkin flavor and didn't enjoy the spice. But I've never had the other frozen macarons so I can't compare them.

                                                      Really enjoyed the pumpkin frozen croissants. Just a smear of pumpkin filling (similar to a pumpkin pie). I don't like it when croissant fillings are heavy or overwhelm the taste of the croissant. Not too sweet or spicy with a good pumpkin flavor. I'm a big fan of the frozen chocolate and mini croissants at TJ.

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                                                        HillJ RE: viperlush Oct 1, 2013 07:44 AM

                                                        Enjoyed a pumpkin croissant from TJ's myself this AM. Of all the pumpkin products my daughter purchased from there this season, the croissant were def. my favorite.

                                                        And now I'm over it and ready to enjoy the bushel of apples she picked at the orchard.

                                                        Roasted squash and Thanksgiving sides aren't far behind :)

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                                                          cheesecake17 RE: HillJ Oct 1, 2013 05:13 PM

                                                          Bought the pumpkin croissants today. The pumpkin & almond flavors were kosher!

                                                          Also bought a ginormous spaghetti squash!

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                                                            HillJ RE: cheesecake17 Oct 1, 2013 06:27 PM

                                                            Enjoy, cheesecake! How do you plan to use that squash?

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                                                              cheesecake17 RE: HillJ Oct 2, 2013 06:52 PM

                                                              So I roasted it last night (or should I say forgot it in the oven)
                                                              I got maybe 6-7 cups of cooked squash.
                                                              Combined some with oil cured olives, grape tomatoes, salt, pepper, oregano, garlic powder. Baked it till hot and tomatoes burst. My 2yo loved it!

                                                              Using some of it tomorrow night to make baked cheesy spaghetti squash. (Think Mac n cheese with spaghetti squash). But since its only me and the kiddo for dinner, I'll use goat cheese instead of mozzarella.

                                                              If there's any left ill make the spaghetti squash fritters from this month's cooking light. They were a hit with our guests last week!

                                                              Now....just need some ideas for the 2 sugar pumpkins, butternut, delicata, and 2 acorn squashes on my counter...

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                                                                HillJ RE: cheesecake17 Oct 2, 2013 07:41 PM

                                                                Oh my how inspiring; you're kicking Oct off right!

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                                                                  cheesecake17 RE: HillJ Oct 3, 2013 12:53 PM

                                                                  Yep! I bought the pumpkins to make soup cooked Nd served in them. But it's currently 80 in NYC!

                                                                  I have a soft serve machine and I'd love to attempt a pumpkin frozen yogurt

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                                                          Cathy RE: viperlush Oct 1, 2013 08:09 AM

                                                          We only try one or two pumpkin spice lattes at Starbucks each year and the coffee has that flavor without any of the syrup/sugar. Otherwise, we don't drink flavored coffees either. (OK, had one egg nog latte last year and it was tasty but needed more coffee added).

                                                          Agree about the croissants. Excellent every time. Will try pumpkin butter with the plain ones next time.

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                                                            viperlush RE: viperlush Oct 23, 2013 11:09 AM

                                                            Also tried the pumpkin cream cheese and the pumpkin toaster pastries. Love them both. I eat the cream cheese on TJ's mini plain bagels (perfect size) and BF likes it on wheat thins. Not too heavy of a pumpkin flavor. I haven't had any other TJ's toaster pastries and I was never a fan of poptarts. However, I really liked it. The crust wasn't too sweet and filling was enough.

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                                                            elise h RE: givemecarbs Oct 2, 2013 04:34 PM

                                                            TJ now has a pumpkin body lotion. I've used the TJ coconut lotion, which was excellent. But, I don't want to have a pumpkin aroma on me!

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                                                              viperlush RE: elise h Oct 2, 2013 04:58 PM

                                                              Is it pumpkin pumpkin or pumpkin spice pumpkin?

                                                            2. hlk RE: givemecarbs Oct 3, 2013 02:54 PM

                                                              Ah, I just posted this in the yay/nay thread, but it probably goes better here:

                                                              NAY to the pumpkin bar mix with chocolate chips. There is a perfume-y quality to the spices that doesn't work for me, at least in this particular blondie type of bar (and I love pumpkin bread, the TJ's pumpkin ice cream that I think a lot of people aren't that into, and many other spiced/pumpkin products). The chips seem sort of clove-y or something in a way that reminds me of soap.

                                                              On that note, YAY to the pumpkin ice cream, which is very sweet and very spicy but also very pumpkin-y, in my opinion. The intensity of flavor and smooth texture remind me of Italian gelato.

                                                              YAY to the pumpkin toaster pastries as well. A tad dry, but good flavor that pairs well with the graham cracker-like whole grain crust. These are the same as Nature's Path brand toaster pastries, but I haven't seen pumpkin flavor at other stores yet (and they're cheaper at TJ's).

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                                                                shellsbutt RE: hlk Oct 3, 2013 03:32 PM

                                                                I definitely agree with you regarding the pumpkin bar mix! I couldn't put my finger on what the taste was, it was so bizarre. Maybe an artificial pumpkin aftertaste? I wanted to like it but had to throw it out. YAY also to the pumpkin "pop tarts". They just need a little more filling! The pumpkin butter is great as well.

                                                              2. AmyH RE: givemecarbs Oct 3, 2013 03:58 PM

                                                                Yay to the pumpkin soup in the box. Not quite as good as my homemade, but good and easy. Nice pumpkin flavor. Maybe with a pinch of curry powder it would taste like mine. I'll have to try that next time.

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                                                                  Trixie Too RE: AmyH Oct 29, 2013 01:36 PM

                                                                  The pumpkin soup is really good. I added a bit of cumin, threw in some toasted pepitas and added a dollop of sour cream. Fantastic!

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                                                                    AmyH RE: Trixie Too Oct 29, 2013 03:38 PM

                                                                    I think because it's not overtly spiced, it makes a great base for personalizing with whatever spices and extra ingredients you like best. I wish they had it all year.

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                                                                      MariaFeliz RE: AmyH Oct 29, 2013 03:50 PM

                                                                      I wish they had that soup all year long as well. Our TJ's tasting area added a can of the organic pumpkin with a dollop of honey greek yougurt. I did nearly the same with mine, added a bit of pumpkin spice, but topped with their honey goat cheese

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                                                                        AmyH RE: MariaFeliz Oct 29, 2013 06:09 PM

                                                                        Interesting! So many ways to personalize it.

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                                                                  HeyImBack RE: givemecarbs Oct 7, 2013 12:21 PM

                                                                  NAY to the frozen pumpkin waffles. No pumpkin or spice flavor whatsoever (although they had a nice spicy smell while toasting). I'm going to return the remainder of the box.

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                                                                    AmyH RE: HeyImBack Oct 7, 2013 06:18 PM

                                                                    Sorry to hear that! I had big hopes for them and bought 2 boxes but I haven't tried them yet.

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                                                                      Savour RE: AmyH Oct 8, 2013 09:33 AM

                                                                      They're fine. Not BAD, just very light on the pumpkin flavor. Good spread with a little cream cheese and pumpkin butter, though ...

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                                                                        AmyH RE: Savour Oct 9, 2013 04:57 AM

                                                                        I had the pumpkin waffles for breakfast this morning and thought they were pretty good. I detected the pumpkin flavor, but very little spice flavor, which was fine by me. Many of the other pumpkin products are overwhelmed by cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves in my opinion.

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                                                                      jujuthomas RE: HeyImBack Oct 8, 2013 11:28 AM

                                                                      Eggos had a pumpkin spice waffle last year that was lite on flavor as well. thanks for the heads up on TJs.

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                                                                        janethepain RE: HeyImBack Oct 19, 2013 09:42 AM

                                                                        Pumpkin waffles: Not a nay, more a meh for me. Pretty light on the pumpkin/pumpkin spice flavoring overall, but totally fine as far as frozen waffles go.

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                                                                          Ariadanz RE: janethepain Nov 8, 2013 03:49 AM

                                                                          I thought they perked up nicely when spread with the pumpkin cream cheese and eaten like a bagel. Or alternately peanut butter and a sliced banana

                                                                      2. janethepain RE: givemecarbs Oct 8, 2013 04:33 PM

                                                                        Sampled some pumpkin soup while in store, not bad! They're sold in little tetra-pak boxes. More savory than sweet, had some spices going on in there. Great for a quick soup, could pass for homemade and you can probably add more spices to it to taste.

                                                                        1. greygarious RE: givemecarbs Oct 12, 2013 12:48 PM

                                                                          A friend's daughter went to TJ last week, returning home with bags that included one containing nothing but pumpkin products. She told her mother that "the Great Pumpkin threw up all over the store"! I've been a regular TJ shopper for many years and cannot recall ever seeing THIS many pumpkin items there. I am not a major pumpkin fan but I do think the croissants are wonderful, and a great item for someone like me, who likes an occasional pumpkin dish but lives alone and doesn't want an entire pie. The mini pies would fill the bill, too.

                                                                          I hope they go similarly overboard with the holiday items!

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                                                                            givemecarbs RE: greygarious Oct 14, 2013 03:39 AM

                                                                            I agree! Seems like they should be called Pumpkin Joes these days. They were sampling the pumpkin bagels with pumpkin cream cheese today. I liked the bagels so I brought a bag home but thought the bagel cream cheese was overkill so just got regular.
                                                                            I'm considering hoarding some pumpkin spice rooibos tea as I am on my second tin box of it.

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                                                                              HillJ RE: givemecarbs Oct 14, 2013 07:41 AM

                                                                              Last year we hoarded TJ's Cinnamon tea. As a beverage it was wonderful but when my husband got the flu he said it saved his sore throat. I also wound up using the tea as a concentrate in baked goods calling for a liquid & powdered cinnamon and it was a decent substitute.

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                                                                                ohmyyum RE: HillJ Oct 14, 2013 08:24 AM

                                                                                Which one was that? Did it have an animal on the package? Was it in a box or tin? It sounds great, I will have to look for it this year.

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                                                                                  HillJ RE: ohmyyum Oct 14, 2013 08:26 AM

                                                                                  It was in a box tin, cinnamon red enamel in color and it only states cinnamon tea on the front. The net tea bags (& don't we love net bags over paperish!) are filled with both chunks and powder cinnamon.

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                                                                                    AmyH RE: HillJ Oct 14, 2013 10:06 AM

                                                                                    That sounds a lot like Harney & Sons Hot Cinnamon Spice tea. So good!!

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                                                                                      HillJ RE: AmyH Oct 14, 2013 10:57 AM

                                                                                      AmyH, it could very well be...dressed in TJj's clothing!

                                                                                      I know I've seen the H&S teas at Barnes & Noble cafes and the price diff btwn them and TJ's is considerable.

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                                                                                        AmyH RE: HillJ Oct 14, 2013 11:45 AM

                                                                                        They sell some of the H&S teas in our local Hannaford supermarket and the price is pretty reasonable, IIRC. But H&S is a relatively local company and Hannaford prides itself on carrying local products, so you might not get it in your supermarket. It can be ordered online directly from the company or from Amazon if you're jonesing for it and TJ's doesn't bring it back.

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                                                                                  greygarious RE: HillJ Oct 14, 2013 09:56 AM

                                                                                  Cinnamon is the predominant flavor in this year's newbie, Harvest Blend herbal tea, which I like a lot.

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                                                                                    HillJ RE: greygarious Oct 14, 2013 10:02 AM

                                                                                    Thanks for the heads up, greyg. I'll look for it.

                                                                            2. macca RE: givemecarbs Oct 14, 2013 10:00 AM

                                                                              Funny! I said the same thing last week after I got the Fearless Flyer in the mail. Did not know there were so many pumpkin products! This weekend I picked up their boxed pumpkin bread mix. Made it in small angel food cake molds. Made 6 small cakes- so good- made come cream cheese frosting to top them off. Also bought some of their frozen pumpkin pie tartlets- the kids love anything pumpkin. Also- could not resist the frozen Parisian carrots (they look like mini pumpkins). Had them with dinner- glazed with butter and brown sugar. Have to make another trip to buy more of the bread mix- and this thread will also result in more pumpkin products for me, I am sure.

                                                                              1. coney with everything RE: givemecarbs Oct 17, 2013 04:36 AM

                                                                                We just tried the pumpkin bread pudding last night and it was a super YEA in our house. Texture was great, with good pumpkin flavor

                                                                                Might have to stock up on these babies.

                                                                                1. tracylee RE: givemecarbs Oct 19, 2013 02:44 PM

                                                                                  Yay so far: Pumpkin biscotti, pumpkin croissants, and pumpkin bars.

                                                                                  Bought but haven't yet tried: Pumpkin bread pudding, pumpkin granola and pumpkin toaster pastries.

                                                                                  I love the flavor of pumpkin, and so far, these are all hits!

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                                                                                    cookfood RE: givemecarbs Oct 19, 2013 02:56 PM

                                                                                    yay to the croissants in general !!

                                                                                    a NAY to the pumpkin spice chai latte mix-the salted caramel was my favorite treat. the pumpkin spice-blech.but I LOVE the pumpkin spice roobios!

                                                                                    the pumpkin seed/cranberry pita chips are yummy but i wont go running back to the store when the run out.

                                                                                    mini pumpkin pies are very tasty! 1 for dessert is just enough (some days haha).

                                                                                    the pumpkin granola is also good on yogurt-id buy it again.

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                                                                                      givemecarbs RE: cookfood Oct 20, 2013 04:37 AM

                                                                                      My Tjs was out of the pumpkin spice roobios the other day and I am addicted to it now. Haven't seen the pumpkin pop tarts in awhile but I'll look for the pumpkin bread pudding this week. Sounds divine.

                                                                                    2. coll RE: givemecarbs Oct 21, 2013 04:47 AM

                                                                                      How the pumpkin craze started, or so they say
                                                                                      http://qz.com/136781/psl-untold-histo...

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                                                                                        HillJ RE: coll Oct 21, 2013 05:50 AM

                                                                                        Yeah I'd agree with that article, coll. Coupled with the fact that Starbucks won't sell the "sauce" to the consumer on its own, won't reveal the ingredients and only offers it for a short period of time, the hype and 'need' to get your pumpkin spice fix was quickly picked up by other retailers and brands to satisfy the interest.

                                                                                        Now we're all so spoiled by the abundance of pumpkin spice, we're starting to see comments on how 'sick of pumpkin' people have become. Funny that.

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                                                                                          coll RE: HillJ Oct 21, 2013 06:23 AM

                                                                                          For every action, there is an opposite and equal reaction!

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                                                                                        wontonfm RE: givemecarbs Oct 22, 2013 06:13 PM

                                                                                        I'm partial to the pumpkin butter. I eat it on toast or rice cakes with some almond butter and it's pretty addictive!

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                                                                                        http://whatsonmyplate.net

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                                                                                          AmyH RE: wontonfm Oct 23, 2013 06:43 PM

                                                                                          Try stirring some pumpkin butter into some plain yogurt. Amazing and so much better than the pumpkin flavored greek yogurt they sell.

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                                                                                            BigWoodenSpoon RE: AmyH Oct 23, 2013 07:42 PM

                                                                                            Supply Alert: Most of the pumpkin products are on their way out of stock for the year already. Don't wait, stock up now!

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                                                                                              kt1969 RE: BigWoodenSpoon Oct 25, 2013 05:06 AM

                                                                                              Yup, as of yesterday at my store in MA there were no more "A Pumpkin Walks into a Bar" and I was told they are seasonal and are all gone. He said the new flyer comes out next week and they are making space for more stuff. Which is great, but somehow I expected those to stick around longer.

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                                                                                                BigWoodenSpoon RE: kt1969 Nov 7, 2013 08:13 PM

                                                                                                The bars are usually one of the first things to go. The Cranberry is available now.

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                                                                                              HillJ RE: AmyH Oct 23, 2013 08:07 PM

                                                                                              So glad you're enjoying the combo. I really like it myself. I went back to TJ's this afternoon and bought a dozen jars of the stuff and a dozen boxes of the croissants. I didn't see any out of stock pumpkin items (as BigW alludes to) just yet..but I did ask an employee about their holiday offerings and they will be rolling out in 10 days. Keep an eye out for the cinnamon tea bags in the metal tin!

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                                                                                                janethepain RE: AmyH Oct 24, 2013 08:50 AM

                                                                                                SEcond this, amazing. So good in fact, I ate an entire container of TJ's greek yogurt for lunch, just mixed with some pumpkin butter and a handful of their high-fiber twigs cereal.

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                                                                                              HillJ RE: givemecarbs Oct 29, 2013 06:24 PM

                                                                                              Today I was sitting in a small recently refurbished diner for lunch and noticed small place cards with the words " fresh brewed Pumpkin coffee" in the center of every table. I asked the waitress where they sourced their seasonal brew from...wait for it...TJ's!!

                                                                                              It tasted wonderful. Now I'm sorry I didn't buy the grounds when I had the chance!!

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                                                                                                givemecarbs RE: HillJ Nov 7, 2013 10:32 PM

                                                                                                I am missing the red bush pumpkin tea the most. And boy was that little tin cute. /strokes empty tin longingly

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                                                                                                  HillJ RE: givemecarbs Nov 10, 2013 03:06 PM

                                                                                                  I haven't found the holiday cinnamon tea in the red tin yet...still hoping the item returns!

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