Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Great Finds at Trader Joe's

My family and I just love shopping at Trader Joe's and it is a big bonus that we live just a couple blocks away from one. As regular costumers of the store we still keep finding new and yummy (my apologies for using this way over-used word - but it is fitting) foods.

This is what it says on their site: "The thrill of discovery? We believe you can never get enough of it. That's why we are dedicated to continuously creating exciting, delicious products that you can discover at your neighborhood TJ's."

So if you shop at a Trader Joe's in your town, what kind of great finds have you discovered lately? Here are some of mine:

  • Applesauce Crushers ~ I took my older son to the store with me and he doesn't usually look around, but on that particular day he discovered these crushers. They come in a tube and have a twist top. It looked healthy enough so I went ahead and bought it. Turns out both my boys love it and it is perfect to put in their lunches because it doesn't require a spoon or take on a soccer day so they can eat between games. They even like the carrot one! Here is what Trader Joe's has to say about their item:
Enhancing the convenience of the consumption of applesauce has challenged applesauce purveyors throughout the ages. We’ve crushed that challenge. How? With our Applesauce Crushers. We’ve taken all natural applesauce and packaged it in unique pouches that allow you to squeeze, squish, crush the delicious fruit sauces straight into your mouth. Yes! Right into your mouth – no spoon is necessary. Made just for us in France, these unique snack pouches are perfect for lunch boxes, briefcases and slip into a decent sized pocket with ease. Kids love to crush ‘em! And could there be a more fun way to get a good supply of Vitamin C? Doubtful. Each package of four 3.17 oz. pouches of Applesauce or Apple Carrot Fruit Sauce Crushers is $2.99.
Serving Size: 1 pouch, Servings per Container 4
Amount Per Serving: Calories 50 Calories from Fat 0
  • Baker Josef's, Semi-Sweet chocolate Callets (for baking, melting, & nibbling) ~ If you are a chocolate chip and dip in peanut butter eater, this is for you. They are callets firm enough to dip into the peanut butter and requires no spoon. There is also a chocolate mouse recipe on back that I want to try.
Please share with us some of your finds at Trader Joe's or any other interesting food speciality store in your neighborhood.


  1. OOH!!! This is my type of post, Sharon!!! :) I LOVE Trader Joe's (and the people that work at mine!)

    I can't wait to try the items you shared! YUM!! and I thought I knew all the goodies-- that's another plus to TJ's... there's always something new and tasty for our palates! :)

    My most recent faves:
    *chocolate chip bon bons (in the freezer section) I'm seriously not an "Oprah & Bon Bons" type of girl, but I like Bon Bons now! :)
    *chocolate chip ice cream sandwiches-mm!!!
    *dark chocolate pomegranate seeds
    *the already-marinated tilapia fish (we use it for fish tacos! sooo cheap and yummy!)
    *multigrain pancake mix

    I could go on and on... i'll stop for now! :)

    I hope more people share their faves!

  2. What a fun blog this time, Sharon! We LOVE Trader Joe's! One of the downfalls of living where we do is that the closest TJ's is 2.5 hours away :-( We happen to be going to Portland this weekend and TJ's in on our list of places we must go to. One of the fun things that my daughter told me about is their ready made pizza dough in the fridge section. She and her friends buy the dough, I believe they have sauce as well, and have 'make-your-own' pizza parties. FUN! Their peanut butter filled, chocolate dipped pretzels are one of my most fav things there and 2 of my kids love the Mochi (sp) in the freezer section...and they have the best dried fruit and nut section of any grocery store. Not to mention their salad dressings, flat bread and hummus...etc. Yes, time to stop. Since I don't get there more than 4 or 5 times a year I'm a little out of touch with their new items. I never have enough time to just brouse when I'm there :-( ~Suzy

  3. If you love apple butter on your toast then you should try Trader Joe's Pumpkin Butter...mmmm! It's like a slice of pumpkin pie :)

  4. OK Sharon, You asked for my Trader Joe's list so better late than never. I just take this list with me and buy whatever I'm out of. We just have about 10 meals that we make over and over

    Ronda's TJ's List

    Sparking Mineral Water
    Complete Protein Sprouted Bread
    Traditional Marinara Sauce
    Peanut Butter (organic)
    TJ Mayonaise
    High Fiber O's Organic Cereal
    Kashi 7 Grain Crackers
    TJ's Cooked Natural Bacon
    Organic Old Fashioned Oatmeal
    TJ's Blueberry Cereal Bars
    Lowfat Cinnamon Cat Cookies
    Grilled Chicken Breast Strips (both fresh & frozen)
    TJ's Cream Line Plain Yougert
    TJ's Cottage Cheese
    Parmesan Ranch Salad Dressing
    Organic Omega 3 Brown Eggs
    Organic whole wheat pasta
    Chicken Drumettes Breaded
    Turkey Meatloaf- already cooked (YUM)
    Swiss Madrigal cheese (YUM)
    Organic Beef
    Organic Romain Hearts
    Spice- 21 Seasoning Salute
    Sunflower seads, Almonds
    Tongol Tuna
    Brown Rice Sushi

    (We get our produce from Be Wise Ranch so I use TJs for most of the other goodies).