Bring up Trader Joe’s in a conversation and your bound to get some passionate opinions. Trader Joe’s is an amazing American chain grocery store that sells everything from fresh organic produce to delicious snacks, frozen treats and meals, and even a wonderful selection of wine and beer. Trader Joe’s has become a household staple and favorite for so many American families we almost can’t imagine what we would do without it. There is so much to choose from at Trader Joe’s and everything is so delicious it is sometimes hard to decide what to get.
Whether you’re a Trader Joe’s novice or just looking for more delicious things to try look no further. Today’s post has all the must haves with everything from sweets to snacks and meals. But don’t just take our word for it, today’s round up includes favorites from all of you. We got input from Instagram, blog posts, and our online community! Check out more of our Trader Joe’s recs with the 22 Best Frozen Foods From Trader Joe’s and The Best Snack Foods at Trader Joe’s.
20 Must Haves From Trader Joe’s According to the Internet
Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups
Made from real peanut butter, these Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups will be your new sweet obsession. Made with high quality cocoa beans, the dark chocolate is perfectly smooth, creamy and rich. Makes a great midday pick me up or something to enjoy when lounging on the couch at the end of the day.
Mini Dark Chocolate Mint Stars
My friend recently pulled these out at a girls night and they disappeared in seconds. The Mini Dark Chocolate Mint Stars are a favorite amongst children and adults alike and not only during the holidays, but all year long. They would pair nicely with a cup of hot cocoa on a snowy winter day.
Gone Bananas! Chocolate Covered Banana Slices
I had a serious addiction to the Gone Bananas! chocolate covered banana slices in college and would always add them to my cart each Trader Joe’s trip my roommate and I would make. There is something incredibly satisfying and yummy about those frozen banana slices covered in dark chocolate. Makes a great snack or dessert!
Sea Salt Brownie Petites
It’s hard to find a store bought brownie that encompasses the rich, fudgey consistency we all love in a homemade brownie. These delicious Sea Salt Brownie Petites are just that with delicious little chocolate chips spread throughout and a touch of sea salt to give you that dynamic sweet and salty combo.
If chocolate isn’t your thing, try these yummy French Macaroons which are crispy, chewy and airy all at the same time! These authentic macaroons were created using a French technique and come in a variety of delicious flavors including: apricot, coconut, fig, lemon, salted caramel and pistachio.
Half Moon Cookies
The Half Moon Cookies from T.J.’s are another fan favorite, giving you a little bit of chocolate and vanilla so you don’t have to choose. These cookies are incredibly cake-like and soft and have a hint of citrus after taste. They won’t last long in any household!
Vegan Cookies & Cream Vanilla Bon Bons
Made with frozen coconut milk and coated in chocolate and vanilla bean creme sandwich– these sweet treats are amazingly yummy. They are in perfect bite-sized pieces you won’t be able to resist.
We love all the dried fruits from TJ’s but the mango is a personal favorite! The Dried Mango is such a nice snack that provides a little sweetness without the added sugar. The delicious mango flavor tastes so good when fresh or dried and these Organic Dried Mango Unsulfered & Unsweetened deliver! One of our readers said her friends call them “adult fruit snacks”. We love!
Peanut Butter Filled Pretzel Nuggets
Watch out because these Peanut Butter Filled Pretzel Nuggets are addictive and you won’t be able to stop eating them! Made with real peanut butter filled pretzels coated in salty goodness. They make great snacks for kids lunches (or adults!) and are also always a crowd pleaser placed out for an appetizer or on game day!
Cinnamon Graham Crackers
Hard to say whether this is a sweet or a snack, maybe a little of both, but the Cinnamon Graham Crackers are top notch. They make a great pairing with milk, tea or ice cream and can be enjoyed by both kids and adults!
Meditteranean Style Hummus
TJ’s hummus is top notch and the Mediterranean Style Hummus is your classic hummus that pairs nicely with everything from chips, cheeses and olives, to a sandwich spread and more. Made with garbanzo beans, tahini, lemon juice and garlic this smooth and creamy “whipped” spread is topped with pine nuts, parsley, red pepper and olive oil for the most perfect combination of yumminess.
Chips in a Pickle Potato Chips
For all pickle fans, Chips In a Pickle Potato Chips are an amazing invention! These tangy, kettle cooked chips go well with a beer or try dipped in your favorite greek yogurt dip. They make a great game day snack or pairing with a yummy sandwich.
Everything But The Bagel Seasoning
Everything But The Bagel Seasoning has been a favorite for many for a while now. This seasoning is great for everything from sprinkling on top of avocado toast to seasoning chicken or buttered popcorn. The options are endless! YUM!
Vegan Kale, Cashew and Basil Pesto
The Vegan Kale, Cashew and Basil Pesto is a household staple you won’t want to live without. The combination of the kale, cashew and basil make for an extra creamy, robust, freshness that makes a great dip, sauce or spread.
Chicken Tikka Masala
Another fan favorite, the Chicken Tikka Malasa is often a winner of the Customers Choice Awards at TJ’s. Roasted chicken amongst a creamy, mildly spicy, tomato-based curry flavored sauce is just perfection. Love the Chicken Tikka Masala? Try the Tikka Masala Burritos— the same delicious chicken in curry sauce along with peas, yogurt, mango chutney and cilantro all wrapped up in a delicious tortilla.
Steamed Chicken Soup Dumplings
Readers of the blog love the Steamed Chicken Soup Dumplings from the frozen section. These Chicken dumplings are called “Soup Dumplings” because they are filled with soup and must be eaten carefully but are so incredibly delicious! Love the chicken soup dumplings? Try the Steamed Pork & Ginger Soup Dumplings.
Mandarin Orange Chicken
The Mandarin Orange Chicken is another staple for your freezer. This is a great dish to whip up in a jiffy and serve over rice or vegetables. The sweet and spicy orange sauce over crispy, breaded chicken is divine!
Cacio e Pepe Ravioli
Now TJ’s has lots of ravioli flavors and varieties, but if you can only choose one ravioli, make the Cacio E Pepe Ravioli your choice. It is quick, easy, delicious and tastes luxurious and authentic. It cooks in less than 6 minutes and the raviolis are filled with delicious pecorino Romano, ricotta cheese and the pepper adds the most amazing flavor.
Roasted Garlic and Pesto Pizza with Deep Fried Crust
With so many flavors, toppings and options to choose from, The Roasted Garlic and Pesto Pizza with Deep Fried Crust is an absolute favorite. The combination of mozzarella, parmesan, burrata and provolone with the pesto make this simple yet exquisite. The cheeses and pesto combine for the most amazing creamy, salty and sweet pairing.
BBQ Chicken Teriyaki
We are clearly big fans of all the frozen TJ’s chicken dishes. The BBQ Chicken Teriyaki is equally scrumptious! In this dish, BBQ dark chicken meat is combined with a delicious soy-based sauce that is delicious served over rice and vegetables.
What are your Trader Joe’s must haves? Let us know in the comments below.
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