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Fig & Olive Crisps

September 11, 2014 in

Figs are fruity, honey-like, and intensely sweet. Olives are briny, savory, and can be a little fruity, too. For years, food lovers have made fast culinary companions of this pair. Figs and Olives have been pulverized together in tapenades, sliced fresh on hors d’oeuvre platters, and stewed with meat for a rich potage. We’ve chosen to take these two complimentary tastes and present them inside a crispy cracker. Trader Joe’s Fig & Olive Crisps are like...

Sardines in Harissa

September 09, 2014 in

Korea has its Gochujang. Mexico has its Achiote. But, what does one ask for when seeking a hot chili condiment in the Maghreb? The magic word is Harissa. Trader Joe’s Sardines in Harissa brings together two classic Northwest African foods in one can. Wild caught sardines, harvested in the Mediterranean off the coast of Tunisia, are some of the best we’ve tasted. These large (for sardines) fish are packed in soy oil and Harissa. Our chili paste is made from a traditional recipe, consisting of fresh red hot chili peppers, garlic, coriander, caraway, and salt. Sardines, in general, provoke...

Cowgirl Bark

September 05, 2014 in

Interest in dark chocolate gets darker and darker, and on the opposite end of the spectrum, white chocolate is piquing palates, particularly among non-traditional chocolate lovers. We don’t have an ample selection of white chocolate in our candy section presently... hmm... As we paused to ponder that potential, we took note that our New Orleans-inspired Cowboy Bark was wrangling in strong sales and popular opinions. Cowboys can get lonely on the range, so creating a Cowgirl companion seemed savvy and dovetailed with our desire to find an unconventional and spunky way to debut a new...