Ice Cream/Frozen Desserts

The Only Trader Joe's Product I *Always* Keep Stocked in My Freezer

It's small, sweet, and simply perfect.

September 18, 2019
Photo by Trader Joe's

When it comes to the Trader Joe's frozen section, I fall in and out of love.

One minute I was completely obsessed with their Chicken Tikka Masala (I brought it to work for lunch three days in a row once), the next I had moved on to their Chicken Burrito Bowl (as good as, if not better than, Chipotle in my opinion). Senior year of college, my roommate and I made their Wild Mushroom and Truffle Pizza every single Sunday; by the next year, I had graduated to their Burrata, Prosciutto, and Arugula Flatbread—so much more adult.

But of all the Trader Joe's frozen foods that have come and gone, there is one thing that I always keep stocked: their Hold the Cone! Mini Ice Cream Cones. The only times you won't find them in my freezer is after I've made a trip to TJ's only to find, catastrophically, that they are sold out.

These cute, crispy cones are filled to the brim with soft, perfectly sweet vanilla ice cream that's crowned in a thin layer of chocolate (you'll also find a little chunk of chocolate at the bottom of the cone). Pro tip: You can also buy them in chocolate or peppermint ice cream.

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Some nights, I'll eat one of these cones in just two bites, delighting in the way that it makes my teeth instantly cold as the ice cream breaks free of its cony shell, which has the most satisfying crunch. Other nights, I'll take at least 10 minutes to eat one, savoring every moment. First, I'll carefully nibble off the layer of chocolate, slowly making my way through the ice cream, and then carefully pick at edges of the cone until I've finally reached the bottom.

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“I was obsessed with their frozen danish pancakes ( Aebleskiver). They were yummy and even better than the ones I have had in Solvang! But sadly, they discontinued the product couple of years ago I think. I remember I used to diligently look for it every week hoping to find it hidden somewhere in their frozen section but no luck so far 😞”
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No matter which way I eat them, 10 times out of 10 they satisfy my craving for something sweet, chocolatey, and crunchy in one perfect little package. A single cone—and no more—is just enough.

And in case I still haven't sold you yet, here's a mesmerizing video that shows you how they're made:

What's your favorite Trader Joe's product? Tell us in the comments below!

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5 Comments

SarahWarn September 19, 2019
NOOOO! My local store has had trouble keeping these in stock, I think as more people have found out about them. They are truly perfect. And I love how they were significantly improved about four years ago - putting quality back IN to a product is really rare these days. They're also the perfect size for bribing little kids.

But really, we need to make it a secret until they can bump up the supply chain. We were stuck having mochis for a few weeks there :\
 
Lavanya M. September 19, 2019
I was obsessed with their frozen danish pancakes ( Aebleskiver). They were yummy and even better than the ones I have had in Solvang! But sadly, they discontinued the product couple of years ago I think. I remember I used to diligently look for it every week hoping to find it hidden somewhere in their frozen section but no luck so far 😞
 
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Erin A. September 19, 2019
There's nothing worse than finding out your favorite TJ's item is discontinued. Hoping it never happens with these mini cones!
 
Ingrid D. September 18, 2019
I really hope they bring back the pumpkin ones this year! A lot of the pumpkin stuff I could take or leave, but these are a must-have!
 
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Erin A. September 19, 2019
Me too!! Keeping my fingers crossed.