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Sweet Sriracha Uncured Bacon Jerky

December 26, 2014 in What's New

With such an abrasive name, you’d think that “jerky” would be one of those lonely foods—pushed around on plates like peas, or left to spoil in the back of pantries. No sir! Jerky has proven historically to be far from contemptible—having been enjoyed by pre-historic Peruvian farmers, and modern-day earth-orbiting astronauts, alike. (Incidentally, it would take a long time to spoil in the back of your pantry.) For those who have somehow never...

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Picholine Olives

December 24, 2014 in What's New

These French-born olives boast je ne sais quoi. Bronzy-green and distinctly torpedo-shaped, Picholine [Pee-show-leen] are mildly fruity, nutty and firm, with a snappy, clean finish. They are perfect for snacking (especially when paired with sharp cheese) and are famously found cradled in the “v” of a martini glass. Fans of these pedigreed olives, we’ve struggled to find a supply of Picholines with a price that makes sense. Typically grown in...

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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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Guide To Avoiding Abominable Cheese Platters

December 15, 2014 in Guides

Learn how to turn your cheese platters from monstrous to marvelous in three easy steps! Step 1: Don't Overdo It. Too many cheese varieties will overwhelm your palate and your guests

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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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