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Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Bagels

Pumpkin Bagels are one of Trader Joe’s most anticipated seasonal items to return every year. Are they worth the hype or are they just a lot of hub-bub? Read on to see everything we have to say about them and for our Exclusive Cart Rating!

A bag of Trader Joe's Pumpkin Bagels on a white marble counter.

Bagels are a staple of morning life in the Northeast and after living my entire life in the Tri-State area and now in Maine – where, believe it or not, we have fantastic bagels! – I consider myself a bagel connoisseur.

Needless to say, I feel incredibly confident in giving you the low-down on Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Bagels.

What are Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Bagels?

Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Bagels are kind of what you think they would be with just a couple of exceptions.

Nutrition Facts on the back of a package of Trader Joe's Pumpkin Bagels.

First off, they’re chewy bagels that toast up beautifully and smell like a delicious pumpkin pie when the pop out of the toaster. Yum!

What makes them different from other pumpkin bagel recipes I’ve seen is that they’re made with pumpkin flour – a mix of pumpkin (canned, I’m sure) and rice flour – and studded with pumpkin pie bits.

Despite being made with rice flour, they’re not gluten free bagels since the first ingredient on the list is enriched flour which contains wheat and barley flour.

The pumpkin pie bits are pretty scarce throughout the bagels so don’t expect much from them.

Ingredients on the back of a package of Trader Joe's Pumpkin Bagels.

Where In the Store?

You can find these Pumpkin Bagels in the bakery area of Trader Joe’s nestled among the other breads, rolls, and bagels.

What Goes with Pumpkin Bagels?

If you’re a bagel purest, a schmear of plain cream cheese is going to be your go-to for these bagels.

However, to boost the fall factor, you’re going to want to spread a thick layer of pumpkin cream cheese after toasting these bagels. Bonus points if it’s TJ’s pumpkin cream cheese!

I’ve also eaten them with salted butter and thin spread of pumpkin butter; both of which were great on these bagels!

The Review

Let’s start by saying that Trader Joe’s isn’t really known for the their bagels. Well, the only exception to that statement might be their gluten-free bagels. But since I haven’t tried those, I can’t say either way.

ANYWAY. These pumpkin bagels left a lot to be desired for me.

I didn’t hate them but no where could I find ANY pumpkin flavor in these bagels. After toasting them, the bagels smelled great and I had such high hopes that the pumpkin pie scent would carry over into the flavor but nope!

They fell completely flat.

Texture-wise, they’re your standard packaged grocery store bagels. And I’m not talking about the decent ones from the bakery area. I mean the ones you find in the bread aisle.

If you skipped reading the first part of this post, I’ll say it again: I’ve eaten a LOT of really, really good bagels in my life. Call me a bagel snob, if you must. I’m ok with it.

Bagels in the Northeast are a breed of their own. You know what I mean if you’ve ever eaten one.

But if you have never had access to great bagels, the Trader Joe’s pumpkin bagels will likely be just fine for you.

Buy It Again?

I was never one to buy bagels from Trader Joe’s to begin with and so I won’t be sad to pass their pumpkin bagels over when I’m shopping there again this fall or in future years unless they make some big improvements. Oh well!

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