Trader Joe's Uniquely Good Items

Trader Joe's is an excellent grocery store with a good mix of affordable staples and unique, tasty specialty items. They have low prices without the worry of coupon-cutting or privacy-violating loyalty cards or club cards.

Below are some of my recommendations for unique items that are particularly tasty, different, healthy, or all three. I have made a shopping list with these items, as well as a complete shopping list including affordable staples.

  • Jumbo Cinnamon Rolls: This package of five refrigerated, ready-to-bake rolls produces delicious cinnamon rolls: flaky crust on the outside, moist on the inside. The included icing is enough for a generous topping for all rolls. Ready in 20 minutes, these are tasty breakfast you'll find yourself returning to again and again.
  • Pizza Olympiad: This personal-sized round pizza has kalamata olives. It has a slightly strong flavor and is a delicious meal.
  • Righteous Rounds: This bag of chocolate chip cookies has fruit and vegetable purees blended in. While those ingredients are near the end of the ingredient list and therefore not terribly plentiful, their addition (and a special baking process) makes these crunchy cookies slightly healthier and have an interesting and pleasant (in my opinion) taste.
  • Frozen Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls: This package of 16 cookie-size balls of chocolate chip cookie dough makes fresh-baked cookies easy, quick, and neat. Make them all at once or just bake what you want to eat. The ingredients are just like what you'd use making them from scratch. And they taste great.
  • Banana Chocolate-Chip Muffins: These moist muffins have a strong banana flavor and a medium amount of chocolate chips. Very tasty.
  • Mini Peanut Butter Sandwich Crackers: These small sandwiches have a dollop of peanut butter between two small, tasty crackers. You can eat a bunch without overdoing it.
  • Orange Cardamom Star Cookies: These are star-shaped shortbread cookies with strong orange and cardamom flavor. The combination of tastes is very good. They are sold around the holidays.
  • Frozen Danish Pancakes: These crispy hemispheres of baked dough are delicious for breakfast. They heat up quickly in the microwave but still remain crispy. They have a hint of lemon and are enjoyed by all.

Last modified on 9 Jun 2012 by AO

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