What's Your Pie-sonality?
According to some food historians, the original, 17th century “pumpkin pie” was a hollowed-out pumpkin filled with milk, honey, and spices—and sometimes even apples. Well, that sounds a bit unwieldy to eat, but if history is your thing, recreating this Thanksgiving treat would be right up your alley. (From a pie-seller’s perspective, we wouldn’t even know how to package such an item, TBH.)
Lucky for us (and you), our shelves are replete with pie products to appease the many personalities at the Thanksgiving table this year. And if you’d rather go the recipe route, we’ve got you covered with step-by-step instructions and a how-to video!
Confused about making your selection for the final course of the meal? Consult the primer below to determine your pie-sonality, then head to your neighborhood Trader Joe’s, where you can stock up on the necessary provisions for a crowd-pleasing pie platter—and everything else you need for a tasty, triumphant Turkey Day.
To you, Thanksgiving is all about tradition: turkey & stuffing, mashed potatoes & gravy, and the flagship Thanksgiving dessert, pumpkin pie.
Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Pie is as tried-and-true as they come: a tender, handcrafted crust filled with silky, sweet, and cinnamon-spiced pumpkin custard—made with real pumpkin purée, of course. Because this Pie has no preservatives, you'll want to pop it in the fridge if you aren't going to enjoy it right away. Just set it out on the counter 30 minutes prior to serving (whipped cream optional, but encouraged). You’ll find 27-ounce Pumpkin Pies on our bakery tables for $5.99.
If you’re looking to branch out on the dessert buffet this Thanksgiving, look no further than Trader Joe’s Sweet Potato & Marshmallow Pixie Pie Mix. Somewhere between a brownie and a pie in texture, it boasts a buttery crust and gooey, fork-ready, moist sweet potato filling & creamy marshmallow spread.
The dreamy, caramelly-sweet dessert calls on familiar Thanksgiving flavors, but showcases them in a whole new way (and who doesn't like marshmallow swirls?!). Each 17-ounce box is $2.99.
If you want to live that from-scratch life this Thanksgiving, the thin skin and naturally sweet flesh of Trader Joe’s Pie Pumpkins are excellent for eating and relatively painless to prepare. And because they're smaller than decorative pumpkins, there are fewer seeds and fibrous strands inside, making the "scooping out" process a little simpler as well.
Take the handy recipe on the label, throw in some dough rolling, light stirring and a can-do attitude, and you’ll have a pie worthy of your Thanksgiving spread. We’re offering medium-sized Pie Pumpkins (about two pounds each) for $1.99. You'll find them in our produce bins.
NOTE: Since posting, the details of this item may have changed due to fluctuating market prices, federal regulations, currency rates, drought, pestilence, bandits, rush hour traffic, filibusters, clowns, zombie apocalypse, punctilious product developers... Contact our Crew for current price and availability.