Spicy Pickled Vegetables

January 25, 2016 in Category: 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...

Mini Butterscotch Shortbread Buttons

January 22, 2016 in Category: 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...

Molten Macarons - Chocolate or Salted Butterscotch

January 20, 2016 in Category: What's New

It’s time we set the record straight: the word macaron is not an alternate spelling of macaroon. Macarons are French almond-meringue dessert sandwiches, whereas macaroons are sweet lumps of shredded coconut that have a toasted, golden crust. Both are delicious confections—but that’s where the similarities end. Having cleared that up, let us introduce you specifically to Trader Joe’s Molten Macarons. You might say these are really a combination of...

Fire Roasted Diced Green Chiles

January 15, 2016 in Category: What's New

The only U.S. state with an official question is New Mexico. That question is simply, “Red or green?” This is not a question of stoplight preference or favorite Christmas tones; it refers to chiles. The chile is a pepper cultivar native to New Mexico. Ripe chiles are red, and can be quite spicy. Green chiles, on the other hand, are harvested before they reach ripeness. They can range in heat, but are typically not as hot as red chiles. Regardless of...

Convivial Cookie Collection

January 13, 2016 in Category: What's New

Our European Cookie Collection (featured only during the holidays) is popular. With twelve varieties and more than 100 cookies, it’s well suited for a season when large gatherings of family and friends are frequent. But it’s a little much for daily, non-holiday consumption. Sticking with the cookie combination concept, we thought we should create a smaller version more fitting for everyday cookie eating... so we did! Trader Joe’s Convivial Cookie Collection is an...

Mini Cinnamon Sugar Churros

January 11, 2016 in Category: What's New

For a number of years, we searched for a source to make churros for us. We knew we wanted them frozen so you could take them out at home and heat them up whenever the mood struck. We also knew there were a good number of suppliers who already made churros. Unfortunately, not a single one of those suppliers made churros without a bunch of artificial junk and preservatives—and we’re not at all fond of that stuff. But we...

Oak Wood Cold Smoked English Cheddar

January 08, 2016 in Category: What's New

The smell of smoke is redolent of winter. Pouring out of stalwart chimneys into the midwinter chill, smoke conveys the promise of warmth emanating from hearth and home. What about the aroma of a smoky cheese? The feeling is the same—only you get to eat it, too. That’s why we’re pleased to introduce our Spotlight Cheese of the Month, Trader Joe’s Oak Wood Cold Smoked English Cheddar. Our cheese-maker is...

Scandinavian Swimmers

January 06, 2016 in Category: What's New

Trader Joe’s Scandinavian Swimmers are soft, chewy candies, in the shape of sea creatures, bursting with fruity flavors, and colored with spirulina and fruit & vegetable extracts (pumpkin, carrot, black carrot, black currant, and apple). The creatures within the aquatically-themed pouch are some you might encounter in the ocean, or perhaps an aquarium. There’s a blue dolphin (huckleberry flavored), a red lobster (berry flavored), a sea horse (mango peach flavored)...

Tarte à l'Oignon (Alsatian Style Onion Tart)

January 04, 2016 in Category: What's New

This Alsatian onion tart is a new addition to our freezers that’s worthy of your attention. It’s similar in style to other tarts we have in our stores, but without any custard. Rich and buttery, it has a unique crust and topping you might expect to find in a fabulous continental restaurant... not in the freezer case of a grocery store! Trader Jacques Tarte à l’Oignon begins with true...