It’s not a secret that I love Trader Joe’s. Did you know that Trader Joe’s is owned by Theo Albrecht, one of the two brothers that own the popular German chain store Aldi (which has expanded to the US by now, but has not made it to California yet. What gives?)? Anyway, Trader Joe’s has been one of my favorite grocery stores ever since I moved to US and we’re lucky that we have a couple of TJ’s stores in Sacramento and it’s always one stop (of three) during my weekly grocery haul.
I thought I’d round up some of my favorite Trader Joe’s items for you (because I know that people are always interested in that kind of stuff). I tried to pick stuff that is specific to Trader Joe’s – it doesn’t mean that you can’t get something similar at another store, but these items are popular and well-known among TJ enthusiasts.
Vanilla & Cinnamon Black Tea. This is a seasonal item and they just got it back in stock a couple of weeks ago. I usually eat and drink anything with vanilla and cinnamon all year round, so I usually stock up on this when I can.
8 Mini Croissants (in the freezer section). You guys, these are SO GOOD. You take them out of the freezer, let them rise over night and pop them in the oven in the morning for a delicious breakfast treat.
Gingerbread Coffee. This is also a seasonal item (obviously), but I’m usually looking forward to this coffee for weeks and weeks before the holidays. If you haven’t tried it, you have to pick some up the next time you visit Trader Joe’s.
Unsweetened Almond Milk. I usually buy the original, but the vanilla variety is also pretty good. What I love about this almond milk is that it’s unsweetened and carageenan-free! This can’t be said for all almond milk out there. Have you checked your labels?
Speculoos Cookies. Those cookies are delicious, especially when you dunk them into your coffee or tea. They also remind me of home.
Kettle Cooked Olive Oil Potato Chips. If you like salty snacks (like me!), you need to try these potato chips. They’re delicious!!
Crumbled Goat Cheese. I am a big fan of goat cheese and this crumbled kind can be spread on a piece of bread, but also sprinkled on your favorite salad. It’s super-creamy and just melts in your mouth.
Organic Brown Rice Pasta Fusilli. For the longest time, I was hesitant to try brown rice pasta (I had heard that it was even ‘chewier’ than whole grain pasta, which, by the way, we have gotten used to and like), but this pasta is really, really good.
French Cornichons. Most pickles that you can get in the US, I don’t really like, because they’re not crunchy enough for me and somehow too sweet?! I usually buy the German kind at the World Market, because I like my pickles really crunchy and sour. But these little cornichons are a great alternative, and a great snack!
Now, tell me one of your favorite Trader Joe’s items! Or, if you don’t have a Trader Joe’s where you live, which one of these items would you like to try the most?