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10 Must-Buy Items at Trader Joe

Trader Joe’s has a well-earned reputation for offering unique and delicious food items found nowhere else. In addition, it’s also a place where you’ll find some amazing bargains. Here are 10 must-buy items from Trader Joe’s.

Speculoos Cookie butter
Trader Joe’s

A truly unique product you’ll only find at Trader Joe’s. It’s so delicious and popular you should consider yourself lucky if you find it on the shelf — and you should grab it immediately! As the label describes, it’s a “deliciously unusual spread reminiscent of gingerbread and made with crushed biscuits.” Perfect with pancakes, as a sandwich, or right from the spoon.

9. Mandarin Orange Chicken

Mandarin orange chicken
Trader Joe’s

Trader Joe’s frozen foods section is unmatched by any grocery store out there. A perfect example is this delicious mandarin orange chicken that sells for $4.99 a bag. Customers voted this their favorite TJ’s product, and once you try it, you’ll see why. It blows away takeout. One bag easily feeds two.

8. Bloody Mary Salsa

chips and salsa
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Trader Joe’s Bloody Mary Salsa contains no alcohol, just the uncanny tangy tomato flavor of its namesake, and is one of those amazing products you can’t find anywhere else. It goes well with so many things, such as tortilla chips, tacos, burgers, chicken, burritos, or with a crunchy stalk of celery.

7. Everything But The Bagel Sesame Seasoning Blend

Everything but the Bagel Seasoning
Trader Joe’s

This seasoning blend has achieved cult status with Trader Joe’s shoppers and fans. It might seem like an odd combination, but trust everyone who’s tried it, this blend of sea salt, garlic, onion, and more elevates anything you sprinkle it on. It’s delicious on chicken breasts, eggs, olive-oiled pasta, and even buttered popcorn. The sky’s the limit!

6. Cauliflower Gnocchi

Cauliflower gnocchi
Trader Joe’s

Trader Joe’s Cauliflower Gnocchi is so popular people have been known to buy bags and bags of the stuff. If you’re lucky enough to find this in the store, snatch it up quickly! Its flavor and texture are so beyond it’s easy to forget it’s made up of healthy vegetables. There are countless ways it can be prepared.

5. Fig & Olive Crisps

Fig and olive crisps
Trader Joe’s

If you have a taste for something that blends salty and sweet without too many calories, check out Trader Joe’s Fig & Olive Crisps. These thin-sliced crackers are wonderful. And while they’re yummy on their own, they’re even better with cheese spreads, dips, and toppings, and go perfectly with soups.

4. Peanut Butter Filled Pretzels

Peanut butter pretzels
Trader Joe’s

These pretzels are crimped-edged and salt-freckled and feature a delightful nugget of peanut butter in the middle. Salty and crunchy and creamy never tasted so good together. It’s the perfect snack to eat while watching TV. These are a Trader Joe’s favorite. They’re absolutely addicting. The cost of a one-pound bag is bargain-priced at $1.99.


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3. Gone Bananas 

Gone Bananas
Trader Joe’s

If you’re looking for a healthy treat in the frozen aisle you have to check out Gone Bananas. These bite-sized frozen treats feature dark chocolate over banana slices. So simple and so delicious. An eight-ounce box goes for only $1.99. At that price, you’ll probably want to get two boxes.

2. Chile Lime Chicken Burgers

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For a quick and healthy meal that’s absolutely delicious, try these Chile Lime Chicken Burgers. This favorite from the frozen food aisle has garnered rave reviews. While they’re great served as they come right out of the pan, they’re easy to dress up with avocado, grilled onion, or baby spinach leaves for texture.

1. Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups
Trader Joe’s

We all know the famous brand that features milk chocolate, but Trader Joe’s version is made with dark chocolate, and it’s absolutely decadent! It’s the perfect balance of salty and sweet. Be careful though, these are perfectly sized for popping one in your mouth and it’s way too easy to eat way too many.