I remember the first time I ever stepped foot in a Trader Joe’s. I was visiting my sister in Connecticut and we had to stop by Trader Joe’s for a few items. I immediately fell in love with the place. It wasn’t a big store, but aisle after aisle was filled with new and interesting products.
Thankfully, a few years ago Trader Joe’s took my advice and opened one a few minutes from the house. (Just kidding about them taking my advice, but I did fill out a fair share of comment forms on their website asking when they would be coming down here!) I’d like to think I helped them make the decision.
Below are the Trader Joe’s products that I stock up on.
Mini Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups
The first thing that got me was how cute they are. Then you eat one, and you can’t stop. They are just the right amount of chocolate to peanut butter and perfect for a movie snack (or a handful while you are passing the pantry).
Candy Coated Chocolate Drops
One of the first things that I took out of the boys’ diets after reading article upon article is artificial colors. Scanning a lot of the ingredient lists of their favorite snacks, I was enraged at what crap was in some of them.
Both of my boys love chocolate so M&Ms was a hard break for them. I was introduced to Trader Joe’s candy-coated chocolate drops and we haven’t looked back since! They taste exactly the same as conventional M&Ms (I believe as do my boys) and are colored with natural ingredients – beets for the red coloring, etc.
Cold Brew Latte Dessert Bars
Another stumbled upon GREAT find are the cold brew latte dessert bars. Yum. Especially in the summer!
I purchased these on a whim as the boys love gummies but I won’t let them in the house due to the preservatives and artificial colors that are usually found in most brands. I was super excited to find out that the Scandinavian Swimmers were free of them!
They taste like Swedish Fish, but even better. I love the shapes (especially the lobster). These sweets don’t last long in our house!
Hold the Cone Mini Ice Cream Cones
Just the right amount of ice cream, cone, and chocolate. They are a hit with the kids (and adults actually, who am I kidding?).
The name was the first thing that caught my eye…This Apple Walks into a Bar. These yummy breakfast bars contain no synthetic flavors, artificial colors, or preservatives. I buy two boxes at a time.
Whenever I am on the way out the door I grab one as an on-the-go snack. Be careful though, they are super soft and have been known to squish in my bag.
For the longest time, my little one would ask me to buy him pop tarts. His friends would always bring them to school for snack/breakfast. I couldn’t do it – the artificial colors and preservatives alone made me cringe.
I was SO happy when I stumbled upon Trader Joe’s Organic Frosted Toaster Pastries. I grabbed one of each kind, with the brown sugar and cinnamon variety hitting a home run with the little guy!
Truffle Marcona Almonds
Oh. My. Gosh. These don’t even make it to the charcuterie platter. They are that delicious. My sister introduced them to me last time she visited and they have become a staple on our platters ever since.
We were shopping at Whole Foods and she pointed them out to me but mentioned that Trader Joe’s had them for a lot less. Not only were they a lot less expensive, they had the truffle version (for a lot less than the regular ones at WF). We also bought the rosemary version which was yummy but if you have to pick one, I would grab the truffle bag!
Triple Cream Wild Mushroom Brie
I can eat this with a spoon. No crackers needed. It is SO delicious.
Bananas are only $0.19 each…I grab a bunch every time I shop. You can’t go wrong! And if you have some at home that gets soft and brown…make banana bread!
I am super picky when it comes to gluten-free bread. I’ve tried just about all of them and can say that the only one that doesn’t taste like cardboard and makes my grilled cheese sandwiches yummy is Trader Joe’s gluten-free sliced bread.
I am a big salad eater – they type that likes a lot of “stuff” in my salad. I’d rather have a lot of different tastes and textures in the salad than add dressing. This is where the Cruciferous Salad by Trader Joe’s comes in. It contains chopped kale, Brussel sprouts, green cabbage, red cabbage, and broccoli.
I like to toss in some craisins, chickpeas, and either sunflower seeds or almond slivers. Add chicken for some added protein and it makes a delicious lunch or side dish!
Soup dumplings wouldn’t conventionally be classified as a basic, but in my house they surely are! When I went to Hong Kong, I tasted the most delicious soup dumplings at Din Tai Fung and couldn’t find anything that remotely came close to them once back in the States.
The box of soup dumplings caught my eye on a visit to TJ’s and I had to try them out. We broke out our bamboo steamer (make sure to use either a large piece of lettuce or paper lining when steaming) to see if these could even hold a light to the deliciousness I enjoyed in China.
They were VERY comparable and soon became a staple in our house. There is never a time that we don’t have two boxes in the freezer – for snacks or an app for one of Rich’s homemade Asian meals.
Trader Joe’s Own Two Buck Chuck
Known originally as Two Buch Chuck, Trader Joe’s offers a very inexpensive line of wine (it’s $3 by me, $2 in Cali where it originated). We stock up on the reds and whites for cooking purposes but I wouldn’t turn my nose to it for parties and other events where you need bottles of wine.
Trader Joe’s wine selection is great, above and beyond the two (three) buck chuck listed above. I’ve found the employees to be super helpful in helping you find the right bottle for any occasion or meal.
Flavored Sparkling Water
First introduced to their sparkling wine for a news segment, I quickly became a fan. The flavor choices are great and the pricing is even better! I believe I paid under $1.00 per bottle!
What are your favorite Trader Joe’s products? Please comment below because I’d love to learn of new ones to try out!