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Pumpkin Pie Mochi Ice Cream

September 26, 2014 in What's New

Mochi is a traditional Japanese food made from steamed & pounded sticky rice and sugar. It’s chewy and slightly sweet, and quite unlike anything else. In the early 1990s, our supplier—an enterprising Japanese American entrepreneur—invented the popular fusion dessert known as mochi ice cream. The chewy, sticky coating embraces the cool and creamy quite unlike anything else. So, when we challenged them to incorporate pumpkin pie—yet another swooned-over dessert profile—into the mix, we were confident the result would be...

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Organic Mixed Baby Kale

September 23, 2014 in What's New

You’ve heard of baby spinach, baby lettuce, and Baby Huey—okay, perhaps we’re dating ourselves with that last one. So let’s replace Baby Huey with Baby Kale, Organic Baby Kale. Since Kale is the current darling of the food scene, and Baby Huey was once the darling of the Saturday morning cartoon scene, we think it’s a good switch. Trader Joe’s Organic Baby Kale consists of several varieties of kale that have been naturally bred (using ages-old hybridizing techniques) to be more tender and less bitter than their “adult” counterparts. How can this be? It’s the...

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Trail Mix Cookies

September 22, 2014 in What's New

Cookies originated from cakes. In fact, the name cookie comes from the Dutch koekje—“little cake.” Ergo, inherently, cookies are special treats. Over time, new attitudes have formed about these sweet, dry, single-serving cakes. While still appreciated as treats, they are often expected to have energy-sustaining attributes, admirable ingredients, and flavors that provide an experience. To us, these...

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