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Thyme Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette

February 10, 2016 in What's New

We like food products with fewer ingredients. They just seem purer, simpler. Our Thyme Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette has just three—extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and thyme honey. No emulsifiers. Nothing else added. We also really like when the ingredients for a single product all come from the same place. The oil, vinegar, and honey for our new Vinaigrette are all produced in the Greek region of Lacadaemon (Sparta). In fact, Thyme honey (i.e. honey made by bees only exposed to thyme blossoms) is indigenous to...

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USDA Choice Premium Angus Beef Filet Mignon Steak

February 08, 2016 in What's New

Trader Joe’s Choice Premium Angus Beef Filet Mignon Steak is one of four cuts we offer on the Choice Grade tier (the grade just under USDA Prime, typically found only in fine restaurants). Mignon means “cute” in French, implying the dainty and tender nature of this cut. Coming from a non-weight bearing muscle on the animal, the filet has significantly less connective tissue, making it the most tender—and arguably, the most desirable—Steak. Our cut of Premium Angus Beef comes from the upper two-thirds of the “USDA Choice” grade-range. This means it has ample marbling, making it more...

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Organic Brown Sugar BBQ Sauce and Marinade

February 05, 2016 in What's New

We sell about a half-a-dozen BBQ sauces. As with most of the other food items we carry that customers use on a regular basis, we offer a number of styles and flavors of BBQ sauce to appeal to a variety of tastes. But flavor isn’t our only concern. We also know a growing number of our customers prefer 100% organic products. Our new Organic Brown Sugar BBQ Sauce and Marinade should appeal to our organic customers, while it also offers a new and attractive...

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Artisan Reserve Vermont Cheddar

February 03, 2016 in What's New

The Cheddaring process was originally codified in 19th century England, but it wasn’t long after that that Americans started producing their own excellent versions of Cheddar cheese. Vermont is one of those places renowned for its premium American Cheddar, and this is the state from which our February Spotlight Cheese comes. We featured Trader Joe’s Artisan Reserve Vermont Cheddar once before, back in 2012—now we’re bringing it back again for...

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Organic Ranch Dressing

February 01, 2016 in What's New

Ranch Dressing. It’s a staple in so many American homes. And yet, the big national brands of this cultural touchstone of American cuisine are loaded with preservatives and artificials. What do these preservatives and artificials accomplish for the big national brands? One, they lower costs—cheaper ingredients equal lower finished cost for the manufacturer. Two, they allow the national brands to maintain a lower pH in their Ranch, which allows the buttermilk flavor to really pop, and ultimately, gives the dressing its...

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Thai Sweet Chili Veggie Burger

January 29, 2016 in What's New

We’ve got a robust line-up of frozen burger patties at Trader Joe’s, including options for everyone. We’ve got burgers from the pastures (Ground Buffalo Burgers, Grass Fed Beef Burgers); burgers from the sea (Simply Seasoned Tuna Burgers, Mahi Mahi Burgers); burgers for the birds (Turkey Burgers, Chile Lime Chicken Burgers); and even several “meat-less” options (Vegetable Masala Burgers, Pizza Veggie Burgers, Quinoa Cowboy Veggie Burgers). Is there room for one more? Always! Our new...

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Cocoa Dusted Truffles with Toffee Bits

January 27, 2016 in What's New

So much chocolate is available these days—much of it just ‘ho-hum’—it’s easy to begin believing that “chocolate is chocolate is chocolate.” But, Trader Joe’s Cocoa Dusted Truffles with Toffee Bits stand out among the rest, proving that extraordinary chocolates do still exist. These Truffles are an eating experience—a study in the joy of textural contrasts and the balance of delicate flavors. Made in Belgium of real Belgian chocolate, each one possesses an especially smooth filling made from aerated milk chocolate, cream, and butter. (Incidentally, the use of cream in a truffle is rare and...

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Spicy Pickled Vegetables

January 25, 2016 in What's New

Pickled things are surging in food culture. We’ve seen evidence of this in the popularity of our Sauerkraut with Pickled Persian Cucumbers. Now, we’re adding to our pickled deli items with Trader Joe’s Spicy Pickled Vegetables. It’s our own version of Jalapeños en Escabeche... with a twist. Jalapeños en Escabeche is traditionally a mix of pickled peppers, carrots, and onions. We’ve given this Mexican condiment a twist, adding...

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Mini Butterscotch Shortbread Buttons

January 22, 2016 in What's New

These buttery, crunchy shortbread cookies hail from Scotland, where modern-day shortbread is said to have originated, perhaps as long ago as the 12th century. Our supplier is a family-owned company that’s been making its signature shortbread cookies for more than 100 years. Given their history, they tend to make a very traditional shortbread cookie. Nothing wrong with that. But we like to mix things up, and when we discussed this possibility with them, we found out that they, too, like to...

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