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...