17 New Trader Joe’s Products to Stock Up on ASAP
Plus, some old favorites make a triumphant return.
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Mo W. February 4, 2021
let's not forget the Rosemary and Sea Salt Marcona Almonds. A great house gift with a bottle of wine or cocktail napkins.
Barbara B. February 3, 2021
I’ve been thrilled with TJ’s frozen cooked shrimp with tails removed. That’s a time-saving blessing when making stir fries with their frozen stir fry vegetables! I also always pick up a container of wine-country chicken salad. Yummy.
Patty W. January 12, 2021
Chili-lime chicken burgers, gyoza, the bag salads, French baguette, pancake bread, omg~ their cheeses, the fiocchetti (pasta “purses” in pink sauce), the inside-out gnocchi, I love their ready-made boxed miso soup along with their chicken/cilantro wontons, pepperoni Mac and cheese, ALL mac and cheese there, mushroom risotto, the refrigerated tikka masala and chicken medallion coconut red curry sauce-TO DIE FOR, IMO- desserts, sorbets...And I’m just getting started! 🤣🤣
tkp January 11, 2021
Really wish they'd do delivery or online ordering. There's just no way we're going into that tiny store during the pandemic.
Gammy January 11, 2021
Timing is everything. Most times of the day our local TJ is no more crowded than our Publix grocery store. TJ also puts limits on in-store shoppers and has areas outside for a waiting line. I have noticed that they also have a greater ratio of staff to shoppers than the typical grocery store. Make a list and you will breeze thru.
Mellen January 9, 2021
I like the dark chocolate espresso beans. Miss that my TJ’s no longer has the instant onion dip mix - no preservatives and just simple ingredients.
Gammy January 4, 2021
I STILL wish Trader Joe's would bring back the Mango Bon-bons from a couple summers ago. So yummy enrobed in that dark chocolate.... Sigh......
Ms. S. January 4, 2021
Woooweee! Have you tried the all year around tamales?! It doesn’t matter which ones you try, they are all delicious. Chicken, Beef or cheese and green Chile.
Heidihelm January 3, 2021
mint chocolate covered shortbread stars! Also the cauliflower gnocchi are surprisingly good and a simple dinner. The frozen french green beans (haricot verte) are also a freezer staple for me.
Mo W. January 3, 2021
We also love the Indian Butter Chicken and usually pair it with the TJ Indian Vegetable Biryani with dumplings. My husband and I split the two dishes and it is as good as if not better than local Indian restaurants. Easy peasy when there isn't time to cook. I also loved the frozen stacked eggplant.
MLHE January 12, 2021
Because of this comment, I tried the Butter Chicken (and I really try to be vegetarian). Just: thank you. Thank you. (Sorry, chickens.)
scoot87501 January 3, 2021
No Trader Joe list I have ever seen includes Butter Chicken. I can't imagine why. For me and my wife it is by far the best item in the frozen section. I buy two so she gets one and I get one. It comes with Basmati rice. It is a bit spicy so she adds some yogurt to hers. I like to pair it with the Chana Masala for a knock-out Indian meal. It tastes just like it came from the best Indian restaurant.
Hannah January 3, 2021
For a little while I saw the joe-Joe’s ice cream pints in my TJ’s, but not anymore. I so wanted to try it!!
Rockstargirl January 3, 2021
Aaaah, those cornbread bites are a party in your mouth. I also really love the sweet and spicy jelly, with a baked brie. The TJ Puff pastry is amazing and also seasonal, so I tend to stock up on it, as well as the cornbread bites. They each have their own sections in my freezer.
Cynthia F. January 3, 2021
Wish these lists didn’t focus so much on snacks and sweet items. Would love to see more savory and substantial items reviewed.
Jen January 3, 2021
My life and my freezer isn't complete without the Frozen Veggie and Frozen Chicken Fried Rice. They both seem like such simple things but they are the best tasting and most convenient building blocks for the rest of my meals.
Mo W. January 3, 2021
The box of chopped yellow onions are fabulous to sauté and add to anything. Brioche French toast, all prepared and ready to warm in the microwave is a huge hit at our house. We also adore the scallion pancakes - just warm them in the over as a super side dish for fish or chicken. T J Mac'n Cheese is as good as it gets. Our new favorite is the marinated chicken thighs all ready for the grill. I buy several of the pre-made Southwestern salads to use for lunch. Only $3.95 and 210 calories and so fresh and delicious.
MLHE January 3, 2021
Do you know how many complete boxes of Peppermint JoJos I've eaten all by myself? Neither do I, but with each one consumed, my mouth was on vacation.
barbara S. January 3, 2021
Get your hands on a jar of Trader Joe's Black Truffle Cashew Pesto Sauce! OMG it is amazing on crostini with goat cheese and a drizzle of honey
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