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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...
If we decide to carry a food item in our stores that has links to a specific cultural context, we like to do it right. From our perspective, that means: authentic ingredients, family recipes, and traditional methods. Trader José’s Handmade Pork & Red Sauce Tamales nails each one of these, and in so doing, provides one of our consummate examples of doing it “right”! We’ve gone to the source for this Mexican cuisine. Our supplier is located in...Read More
Because of their shape—with no end and no beginning—for centuries, bagels have been considered emblems of the continuity of life. Being a noteworthy phase in the life cycle, the harvest is deserving of a dedicated bagel. That’s our assertion, at least. Actually, it’s more than our assertion. It’s our new Harvest Bagel. Working with one of Massachusetts’ bagel innovators, we...