Cannelés de Bordeaux

March 08, 2017 in Category: What's New

Despite its simple ingredients, the traditional cannelé (“kan-uh-lay”) has always been challenging to make, requiring a persnickety pastry chef. Fortunately, Trader Joe’s Cannelés de Bordeaux have been pre-made for you (our chefs are persnickety enough) and frozen to make your enjoyment of this gastronomical gift a cinch. Our Cannelés are made in the tradition of pastries first created in the city of Bordeaux (southwestern France). These little cylindrical cakes are baked in miniature, fluted molds, which create a pattern of ridges around the outside of each one. They sort of look like shrunken, elegant Bundt cakes. Very simple ingredients...

Chocolate Almond Butter Tarte

February 20, 2017 in Category: What's New

When you think “French tarte,” you might first think fruit fillings: apples (of course!), berries, lemon… Certainly, there are French tartes filled with chocolate; but we’ve got one you’ve likely never seen (or tasted) before—in France, or anywhere else. Trader Joe’s Chocolate Almond Butter Tarte was initially conceived as a Chocolate and Salted Caramel Tarte. On second thought, we decided this new dessert needed a different, more decadent twist. That twist is almond butter. We replaced what would’ve been the caramel layer with a creamy, smooth spread made from...

Mudd Pie

February 10, 2017 in Category: What's New

When one of our Product Innovators announced that she and one of our most trusted dessert suppliers were joining forces to develop a TJ’s version of Mississippi mud pie, we couldn’t have been more thrilled. Any excuse to consume that much chocolate-y goodness is fine by us—and consume, we did. And when we finally settled on a version worthy of our name, Trader Joe’s Mudd Pie was born. (We added the second ‘d’ for funsies… and to make sure nobody thinks this thing is made out of actual mud. Because that would be gross. And this pie is delicious.) Mississippi mud pie came about sometime during...

Organic Kabocha Squash

January 23, 2017 in Category: What's New

Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Season has gone, for now. While some may be glad for the pumpkin pause, for others, the end of our annual pumpkin-product parade results in a serious pumpkin-shaped void. If you’re having a hard time waiting for next fall, good news—we’re now selling Trader Joe’s Organic Kabocha Squash. The Kabocha squash (aka Japanese pumpkin) was introduced into Japanese cuisine from Cambodia in the mid-sixteenth century. Since then, this squash has become...

Vanilla Eclairs with Chocolate Fondant

January 16, 2017 in Category: What's New

Pro tip: When searching for the best éclairs, one should begin and end in France. Food historians tend to agree that the éclair originated there sometime in the mid-19th century. Though its name evolved over time (its original moniker was pain à la duchesse), the goodness that makes éclairs so very delicious has remained constant. We ventured to France to find Trader Jacques’ Vanilla Eclairs with Chocolate Fondant… and they were worth the trip! Éclairs are made with choux pastry, the same type of dough used for...

Wild Caught Crab Meat

January 11, 2017 in Category: What's New

Long ago, someone thought it would be a good idea to cook crab. How did they know these spider-like ocean creatures would taste so wonderful? It’s up for debate, but luckily, someone did cook crab, and we are thankful. An even better question: How on earth did they get the crab meat out of its shell without those tiny little forks we use now? We’re not sure about this one, either. We do know that you won’t need a fork to enjoy Trader Joe’s Wild Caught Crab Meat. Our Crab Meat comes from blue swimming crabs caught in...

Pear & Persimmon Tarte

December 23, 2016 in Category: What's New

The persimmon’s warm, faintly cinnamon-flavored flesh is a delight when eaten fresh out of hand, but when cooked it becomes an otherworldly pleasure. Knowing persimmons are primarily available as an end-of-the-year treat, and also knowing that their prep can be a pain, we wanted to take advantage of their glowing goodness and feature them in a celebratory seasonal dessert, namely, Trader Joe’s Pear & Persimmon Tarte. The base of this tarte is formed with traditional Rugelach dough, made with wheat flour, rich butter and...

Korma Fish Curry

November 04, 2016 in Category: What's New

The curry-based dish known as “Korma” originated in medieval India, at a time when the Persian Mughal Empire ruled the subcontinent. This food first emerged in the north as a meal of meat or vegetables, braised in a spicy sauce. Trader Joe’s now presents a twist on traditional Korma, introducing some unconventional elements from the south (coconut milk, tamarind), and putting fish at the center of the plate. Trader Joe’s Korma Fish Curry starts with Swai, a fish native to...

Root Vegetable Galette

October 19, 2016 in Category: What's New

When can a pie be considered health food? When it’s called a galette and it’s filled with vegetables, that’s when? Okay, okay, Trader Joe’s Root Vegetable Galette isn’t exactly health food; but it is more or less a hand-folded, free-formed “pie,” and it is filled with vegetables. (Vegetables are healthy, right?) Here’s the scoop on this rustic take on a “pie”… We asked one of our longtime suppliers, a Canadian company that works mostly in the sweets trade, to indulge us with an indulgent take on a side dish. We asked for flaky pastry, something in which they’re well-versed. They delivered. Inside that flaky, buttery...