Thursday, December 2, 2010

New Trader Joes

A Trader Joes opened in my town the weekend of the Blathering and I still haven’t been there. I have no interest in food or grocery stores at the moment. The list of things I’d like to try just keeps getting longer and longer, though (so far none of it is actual meal-type foods).

Not too long before the store opened I asked if anyone knew of good decaf chai. Elizabeth told me the Trader Joes brand decaf chai was really good. I mistakenly told her we weren’t getting a Trader Joes until next year. I was quite surprised (and happy) when I saw a press release the very next day telling me the store was opening the day after that. I must live under a rock or something. I’ve been wanting the decaf chai ever since, but not enough to actually go, I guess.

Then this week everyone started posting about holiday treats at Trader Joes and now I’m desperate to go get some. Somebody said Candy Cane Joe-Joe’s are like a mix between an Oreo and a Thin Mint and I am SO IN. They sound fantastic.

I also want to try Trader Joe’s Peppermint Bark, which Erik (Elizabeth’s husband) said was almost as good as Williams-Sonoma’s. I agree Williams-Sonoma’s peppermint bark is the best thing ever and sadly every year I make myself wait until after Christmas to buy it, because I’ll only buy it on clearance (that stuff is EXPENSIVE)!

Anyone have any real food recommendations for Trader Joes?  Or more sweet stuff, that's OK, too...


  1. european style chocolate yogurt - so good, seems like the best dessert ever but really not that bad for you

    TJs frozen pizzas - awesome. The really plain ones are like $4 and from Italy. I buy a TON of them and we have them for fast dinners. Sometimes we add toppings and sometimes not

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  3. Everyone around here is OBSESSED with Trader Joe's, but I have to admit that I just don't get the appeal. I've tried to go there a bunch of times, but I always leave frustrated. It's not the kind of place where you can do all of your shopping, obviously, if you want, say, Zip Loc bags or Coke or something. Maybe I just don't know it well enough to be able to make a list of what I should get there, so I end up wandering around aimlessly.

    As for peppermint bark, did you know you can make it yourself pretty easily? Someone had linked to the recipe a couple of years ago on Faith & Family, and I gave it a try. My only problem was getting the white and dark chocolate layers to stick together as you break up the bark, but it was still delicious! Here's the recipe I used:

  4. Have you had the Ghiradelli Peppermint Bark-like stuff? Almost as good as Williams-Sonomas and cheaper, plus you can buy it in the little squares, so smaller servings (for those, like me, who have trouble stopping with one little bit of torn-off bark from W-S)