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The Original Mortadella with Pistachio Nuts

December 22, 2014 in What's New

Before you got your bologna from the grocery store deli aisle, you got it from the Compagnia del Salaroli—a brotherhood of cold cut makers in the Emilia Romagna region of Italy who were practiced in the art of preserving meats and cheeses. We’re talking way before—like the thirteenth century. They developed the first recipe for Mortadella, which is very similar to the recipe still used today in the region. We think Trader Giotto’s The Original Mortadella with Pistachio Nuts would make those first salumiere very...

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Belgian Flaked Truffles

December 19, 2014 in What's New

According to confectionery chronicles, good chocolates should melt on your tongue like butter. We think that Trader Joe’s Belgian Flaked Truffles reset the bar. Beyond buttery, the chocolate in these truffles is exceptionally rich, yet it melts away smoothly and quickly, like it’s been whipped with air. (If creamy chocolate could be spun into cotton candy, then we’re pretty sure this is how the texture would translate.) And there are layers of delicate chocolate flakes that feather the exterior, activating yet another dimension of delight. Needless to say, the texture of these truffles was...

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Squisito Biscotto Selezione

December 17, 2014 in What's New

Frequent late night strolls through Boston’s famous North End—Little Italy—have landed our buyers in long lines wrapping around the street corners, waiting to buy a box of assorted Italian cookies from one of the small, family-run bakeries. It has become a coveted ritual, the best part of which is the enjoyment of the cookies, which usually lasts for several days and includes the company of family and friends. Since we can’t bring all of our customers to the North End, we're bringing one of the...

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Belgian Chocolate Shoppe

December 15, 2014 in What's New

If you’re happy and you know it, take a bite. If you think you might be happy, but you’re not completely sure, take a bite. Aw heck, if you’re not happy at all, but you really want to be, take a bite. Because we can nearly guarantee that once you take a bite of any of the chocolates in Trader Joe’s Belgian Chocolate Shoppe, you will be happy. The result of a close collaboration between Trader Joe’s and a renowned Belgian chocolatier, our Belgian Chocolate Shoppe is a collection of...

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6 Year Aged Cheddar Cheese

December 12, 2014 in What's New

Last year, we partnered with a renowned Vermont cheese cooperative to present a Cheddar that had been aged for five years. It was a revelation. Mature in all the best possible ways, we knew this cheese could improve even more if aged under the right conditions. When we went back to the cheesemaker with our thoughts, we discovered that they’d already had the same thought, and had set aside considerable quantities for more extensive aging. Luckily for us, we got first crack at it, and luckily for you...

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Triple Tiered Chocolates

December 10, 2014 in What's New

It might be time to forget all you know about chocolate. Wipe its memory from your mind, clear out everything you’ve known before, and start entirely from scratch. That way, when you happen upon a box of Trader Joe’s Triple Tiered Chocolates, you’ll have no prior chocolate experience with which to compare. This is a good thing. It will allow you to savor every bit of these delicately layered bites, without having to...

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Petite Fig, Pear, and Cranberry Tart

December 08, 2014 in What's New

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...

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Crunchy Amaretti Tradizionale

December 05, 2014 in What's New

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...

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Cookies Beyond the Pail

December 03, 2014 in What's New

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...

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