It is possible for dessert to be quick and simple, yet also elegant. It is possible for that dessert to be convenient for weeknight supper, easy to have on hand for unexpected guests, and also entirely impressive served to guests at a formal holiday gathering. We have a good number of desserts at Trader Joe’s that fit this bill, including the newly introduced Petite Fig, Pear and Cranberry Tart. This is a classic, French-pastry-inspired tart that begins with...Read More
Amaretti cookies are traditional, crunchy, Italian sweets found across Italy. In the U.S., they’re primarily found in small Italian specialty shops. This year, we have Trader Giotto’s Crunchy Amaretti Tradizionale, made exclusively for us by a company in Italy’s Ligurian region that’s specialized in this particular type of cookie for more than 150 years. These crunchy cookies with the subtle flavor of almond are made with just three ingredients—sugar, apricot kernels, and egg whites. No almond? Nope. The small, almond-shaped kernel that’s found within an apricot’s pit is...Read More
In the heart of California’s Santa Ynez Valley, just north of the coastal oasis of Santa Barbara, there lies a small city steeped in Danish history and culture. That city, Solvang (which translates, from Danish, to “sunny field”), has celebrated its founders’ Danish roots for more than 100 years. The manifestations of Solvang’s “Danishness” comes in many forms, from the annual Danish Days festivities and the windmills & traditional Danish architecture, to the shops selling cookies in adorable little pails. What do cookies in pails have to do with Denmark? We’re guessing...Read More
Oh, sure, we could have called these rich, smooth, creamy, velvety blends of cocoa “Three Chocolates.” We could have. But we didn’t. We didn’t, because we knew that evoking the French would romanticize everything about Trader Joe’s Trois Chocolats, and all that these blends represent the epitome of—at least as it can be applied to hot cocoa. These Trois Chocolats were created using our signature Sipping Chocolate as a jumping off point. Our goal was to...
If we decide to carry a food item in our stores that has links to a specific cultural context, we like to do it right. From our perspective, that means: authentic ingredients, family recipes, and traditional methods. Trader José’s Handmade Pork & Red Sauce Tamales nails each one of these, and in so doing, provides one of our consummate examples of doing it “right”! We’ve gone to the source for this Mexican cuisine. Our supplier is located in...Read More
Because of their shape—with no end and no beginning—for centuries, bagels have been considered emblems of the continuity of life. Being a noteworthy phase in the life cycle, the harvest is deserving of a dedicated bagel. That’s our assertion, at least. Actually, it’s more than our assertion. It’s our new Harvest Bagel. Working with one of Massachusetts’ bagel innovators, we...
Yup. We’ve done it. You should come along for the ride. It’s a delicious drive along decadence highway, with stops at Elation Avenue, Fabulous Freeway, and Gotta-Get-Me-Some Boulevard. Depending on your point of view, it starts at Cookie Butter and ends with Cheesecake... or it starts with Cheesecake and ends with Cookie Butter. But like simple addition, the commutative property applies—no matter where you begin, you end with happiness. A family-owned Chicago company that specializes in cheesecake is...Read More
Bagels across America are standing up and demanding to be toasted. Now. They want to experience the flavor explosion that is Trader Joe’s Honey Walnut Fig Cream Cheese. They’re on to something. Who knew bagels could be so smart? The idea for Honey Walnut Fig Cream Cheese came to us as the result of the huge success of our Pumpkin Cream Cheese. If folks liked pumpkin flavors in the fall, we figured, why not sweet & nutty flavors during the holidays? And so a new flavor of schmear was born, and all who beheld it...
Fine olive oil—like fine wine, coffee, and chocolate—has distinct characteristics. When one gets beyond simply cooking with ‘whatever’ oil is available, a whole new world of flavor and opportunity opens up. For those who have yet to experience the pleasure of exquisite oils, our Sicilian Single Varietal Extra Virgin Olive Oil Collection is a wonderful place to start. It includes three of the best-tasting oils we could find. The Biancolilla olive is grown on the high hillsides of Central Sicily, between...Read More