Nothing feels more like Christmas morning than Trader Joe’s releasing new food and drink products to the masses. And while the beloved grocery chain has yet to debut the peppermint and gingerbread flavors we covet into December, there are still a dozen new seasonal drinks, apps, mains, and desserts to celebrate the arrival of the holiday season.
Check out Trader Joe’s latest offerings below, any of which would be perfect for your next holiday get-together.
Miss Thanksgiving already? No problem. It’s the mash-up you never thought you needed in your life, but one that makes entirely too much sense. Phyllo dough is the vessel for these casserole bites, complete with green beans, mushrooms, heavy cream, and cheddar cheese. They’re then topped with fried onions, of course, and can easily be popped in the air fryer for an hors d'oeuvre that will undoubtedly hold you and your guests over until the main event.
Between holiday shopping, potlucks, traveling, school and work events, and gearing up for Freeform’s 25 Days of Christmas, there isn’t much time to slice and dice vegetables for an elaborate dinner spread. Enter TJ’s holiday vegetable hash: a quick and easy solution for home cooks who simply want to toss vegetables in a pan, sauté, and serve. Sure, you can creatively add this butternut squash, sweet potato, red onion, celery, and herb blend to fried eggs, stuffings, or even soups, but it’s just as scrumptious on its own, and a quick and easy way to bring a healthy option to your dining table.
Nothing beats the harmonious balance of sweet and salty foods, which is why Trader Joe’s has hit it out of the park with a white Stilton that is chock-full of dried cranberries. Serve it on top of your favorite cracker or melted on a Thanksgiving-leftovers sandwich. Thank you, England, for this fine export and sure-to-be holiday staple.
December marks the official arrival of peppermint season, but if traditional bark isn’t on your list of holiday must-haves, Trader Joe's brownies may be the perfect alternative. The dense, fudgy squares have peppermint cooked right in the batter with white chocolate chips and a white chocolate drizzle, making them equal parts decadent and festive.
Where's the beef? It’s in these puff pastry bites that take everything we love about a classic beef Wellington (mushrooms, shallots, herbs, and wine) and present it in bite-size form. Simply pop them in the oven for 12 to 14 minutes and you’ve got an appetizer that nobody needs to know is store-bought.
Eggnog and lactose-intolerance have never really gone together…until now. Trader Joe’s has released an oat-based variety that maintains all of the beloved flavors of the holiday drink, but without the dairy milk. Sip it on its own, mix it with brandy, or use it as a base for over-the-top bread pudding. No matter the preparation, you'll be asking Santa for more in your stocking this Christmas (if that stocking is in the refrigerator, of course).
These southern Italian staples are the perfect accompaniment to any bottle of red wine. In fact, many people actually dunk them directly into their glass to take full advantage of happy hour. Accented only with olive oil and sea salt, the fun-shaped, breadstick-esque delights are crunchy, crumbly, and everything you could want in a cracker and then some.
8. Everything But the Leftovers Seasoning Blend
Those days after the holidays when you have a fridge full of food but no will to leave your pajama pants to do anything with them? No problem. Savory herbs and spices like celery seed, dried sage, rosemary powder, and dried thyme will certainly remind you of the holidays, but can be cleverly incorporated into everyday dishes like mashed potatoes, grilled cheese sandwiches, and even hummus. We also love to shake some out over vegetables like carrots and broccoli before roasting them in the oven.
Cheers to surviving another year with this effervescent blend of pomegranate, pineapple, orange, and apple juices, punctuated with notes of spicy ginger. You can drink this directly from the can, over ice, or mixed with vodka (especially if Thanksgiving is at the in-laws').
No ideal holiday morning is complete without homemade French toast, and this maple streusel bread is going to take your carb binge to the next level. Glazed and coated in a streusel topping, you’re already two steps closer to turning your dish into dessert, which is entirely the point, right? Right. Needless to say, it’s impossible to hate this cakey, moist delight that also tastes fantastic with just a simple smear of salted butter.
11. Cranberry Orange Bars
If you’re a fan of lemon bars during the summer, here is your answer for the colder months. This “wonderfully wintry” combo of tart cranberries and sweet orange peel makes for the perfect seasonal indulgence. Not only are they delicious, but the hot-pink curd atop crumbly shortbread is also beautiful.
12. Double Chocolate Hot Cocoa Stirring Spoon
We know that new products are essentially holiday gifts for adults, but Trader Joe’s had kids in mind when they concocted this fun hot-cocoa-on-a-spoon that features both milk and dark chocolate and mini marshmallows. Simply heat up a cup of milk and stir the spoon directly into it, allowing for the chocolate to melt and the marshmallows to rise. And then voilà! Rich, silky, oh-so-comforting hot cocoa to sip on as you watch the leaves fall and fireplace crackle.
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