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Four-pound Box of Peaches or Nectarines

June 19, 2015 in What's New

Sometimes pre-packaging produce is just a sneaky ploy to get rid of the lesser pieces of fruit. Bags or boxes of ‘mostly good’ fruit are mixed in with one or two ‘bad apples’—those pieces no one would choose if they were offered loose. Trader Joe’s won’t touch this approach. We what do “touch,” are each and every Peach or Nectarine that makes it into one of our Four-pound Boxes. Actually, it’s our San Joaquin Valley supplier (in the business since 1948) who...

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Veggie Kabobs

June 10, 2015 in What's New

Veggie Kabobs are back! These are perfect for summertime barbecues. We’ve done all the cleaning, chopping and skewering for you. All you have to do is heat up the coals and away you grill. As with our past versions, these Kabobs are loaded with plump crimini mushrooms, tender zucchini, colorful and sweet bell peppers, yellow squash, and white onion. Each piece of vegetable is cut to be about the same size to help your Kabobs cook...

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Classic Colomba di Pasqua

March 18, 2015 in What's New

The image of a white dove brings to mind things like love & peace, the Olympics, Noah’s Ark, and... bread. Yes, bread. At least, that’s what the average Italian thinks of when a dove is spotted in the springtime. The Colomba di Pasqua, literally “Easter Dove,” is sweetened bread that has been an annual tradition in Italy for hundreds of years. The Colomba di Pasqua is a holiday treat similar to the...

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Irish-ish for a Day

March 11, 2015 in Entertaining

On March 17, everyone’s Irish for a day. Hungry folk of Irish ilk (and many who are just Irish-ish) flock to their local pub where simple sausages become “Bangers” and regular potatoes, “Mash.” However, if you were to pull up a bar stool at the public house in Dublin, Ireland on that day, you’d find your beer to be markedly dark—not green. Corned Beef would be as elusive on the menu as a four-leaf clover, and the only “Kelly” at the bar might be that Celtic fella several stools down. Guinness gracious, what gives?!

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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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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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Petite Fig, Pear, and Cranberry Tart

December 08, 2014 in What's New

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...

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Crunchy Amaretti Tradizionale

December 05, 2014 in What's New

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...

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