Have you ever been stuck without a present for the tutor/coach/babysitter? On your way to a holiday party, only to realize you have nothing for the hostess? Make sure that never happens again by picking up the above items the next time you’re at Trader Joe’s. Each holiday season TJ’s offers a delicious array of treats in super cute packaging that are just right for gifting. This year’s options are particularly alluring: the Trader Joe’s Jingle Jangle tin is a mix of dark and milk chocolate covered pretzels, chews, peanut butter cups, and popcorn – something for everyone and so good. The English Toffee with Nuts is crunchy, buttery, sweet perfection, and the Almond Snowman cookies are just right for little ones and big ones alike. Each one comes in a festive container that only needs the addition of a pretty ribbon to be presentation ready. Grab a few the next time you do the marketing and you’ll never be stuck empty handed again.
Have you ever been stuck on the starch part of dinner? Bored of rice? Tired of pasta? Sick of the same potatoes, quinoa, and couscous? Feel like having fun? Well, then go to the Trader Joe’s frozen food section and pick up some Trader Potato Tots. Yes, these will remind you of the school lunches and TV dinners from your childhood, but because they’re from TJ’s the bad stuff is gone and only delicious, crunchiness remains. Be the dinnertime hero and go for tots – your kids will be impressed!
Trader Joe’s Candied Pecans are my secret shortcut to the Bibb Lettuce Salad I make every Thanksgiving. Usually I make the candied pecans from scratch. Which is raw pecans drizzled with honey and corn syrup spread over a cookie sheet and baked in the oven at 350 for 15 minutes. It isn’t that difficult, but thanks to TJ’s I have one less thing to prepare for Thursday. This culinary loop hole saves me because I have been known to forget about the pecans in the oven, scorching them and rendering them useless. Fairly annoying on a day when you have a million things to do and not much room for do overs.
I know I’ve talked a lot about pumpkins recently, but every year, from October until the end of November, I can’t get enough. I’m the person who gets super excited about Starbucks pumpkin spice lattes, the person who eats pumpkin pie for breakfast the day after Thanksgiving, the person who actually orders the pumpkin pancakes. And now, I’m the person who makes pumpkin muffins. Trader Joe’s seasonal Pumpkin Bread & Muffin Mix is super easy to make and quick to bake. The muffins only take about 20 minutes to put together and come out deliciously light with a hint of spice. They are ideal to grab in the morning or for an afternoon snack, not to mention the Thanksgiving potluck at school. And if I can make them, well, pretty much anyone can.
Trader Joe’s Sweet and Salty Kettle Popped Popcorn Chips with Chia Seeds, Flax Seeds, Whole Quinoa and Sunflower Seeds!!! That’s a mouthful, no pun intended. Seriously though it’s a lot to say, but they’re so yummy. Sounds like a weird combination and I guess it is, but they are REALLY tasty. Good snack to munch on and through into lunches, fabulous.
Almost as good as the original!
One of my most favorite decadent treats is Garrett’s Popcorn from Chicago – especially the Garrett’s Mix. If a popcorn could be considered luxurious, this is it. With a just right savory/sweet combination of carmel corn and cheese corn (which sounds weird, but is amazing) it’s so good and completely addictive. Sadly, the things that make it so good, also make it super high in calories which is not so good.
Luckily, my addiction is kept in check by two things:
1. You can only get it in Chicago or order it online – so it’s totally inconvenient.
2. It’s ridiculously expensive for a snack that disappears in like, two hours.
For these reasons, I could only enjoy my Garrett’s fix a couple of times a year, making it practically guilt-free. It was the perfect balance.
I was in TJ’s last week and in the chip aisle was my worst/best nightmare: Trader Joe’s Chicago Mix Popcorn!!!!!
It’s great. It really is. The perfect indulgent snack. Try it if you dare – but don’t say I didn’t warn you…