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Cocktail Stirrers

December 26, 2016 in Category: What's New

Are you ready to party? Are we invited? How about if we bring the cocktail stirrers? Lest you think we’re simply offering to bring super-skinny straws, we’d like to introduce you to Trader Joe’s Cocktail Stirrers—mini, plastic skewers hand-threaded with a gherkin pickle, baby onion, green chili pepper, red bell pepper chunk, carrot piece, and Manzanilla olive. Yes, each mini skewer features all of those things, marinated in spicy brine with garlic and dill. In Spain, you’ll find similar skewer-stirrers, with the moniker...

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...

Festive Finds

December 22, 2016 in Category: Guides

“On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…” Unless you’ve mentally ended that sentence with “a personal shopper,” it’s likely you have gift-gathering that needs to be completed. There’s still time! Fuel up with some Wintry Blend Coffee, grab your ugly sweater (you only have a few days left to wear it, after all) and head to Trader Joe’s. We’ve got festive finds for everyone on your list—and for anyone you may have forgotten!

Billionaire Shortbread Truffles

December 21, 2016 in Category: What's New

We’ll take your millionaire’s shortbread and truffle it! Billionaire Shortbread Truffles were developed in honor of a traditional Scottish indulgence, by a descendant of a storied Scottish clan, in partnership with a longtime Irish confectioner. Just hearing that, you know they’re going to be rich. We’ve taken the classic components of millionaire’s shortbread—shortbread, caramel, and chocolate—and twisted them into...

Soft-Baked Biscotti with Dried Figs

December 19, 2016 in Category: What's New

While we have the utmost respect for authenticity when it comes to food preparation, a deviation from tradition every now and then can yield curiously delicious results. Take biscotti, for example: its traditionally crispy crunch is achieved by being baked not once, but twice, creating a firm biscuit that is ideal for dunking in a beverage. A few tweaks to the cooking process and you have something entirely different, yet still delicious, on your hands. Trader Giotto’s Soft-Baked Biscotti with Dried Figs are made by hand in a well-established bakery in Tuscany...

Clean Up Your Act Grooming Kit

December 16, 2016 in Category: What's New

Men of America, clean up your act! Do it in style with Trader Joe’s Clean Up Your Act Grooming Kit. This is a comprehensive collection of citrus-scented Clarifying Shampoo, sandalwood-scented Cleansing Body Wash and Close Shave Shave Cream, and unscented Hydrating Face & Body Lotion. The components are made for us using quality ingredients like keratin, Argan oil, shea butter, aloe vera, and coconut oil (see the individual bottles for specific formulations). In fact, from a quality and value perspective, we think...

Crispy Crunchy Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cookies

December 14, 2016 in Category: What's New

We’re not usually in the prediction business, but we’re going to go out on a limb and predict that Trader Joe’s Crispy Crunchy Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cookies will be the breakout sensation of the season! Why the uncharacteristic overconfidence? These cookies are just that good. When we first tasted them, we tasted promise; we also tasted way too much peppermint. Our cookie buyer went back to the baking sheet and directed our supplier to take it easy on the herb. The supplier complied, and the resulting cookies are nothing short of perfection. Small, round, crispy, crunchy perfection. Crispy Crunchy Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cookies are packed with...

Blackberry Spritzer

December 12, 2016 in Category: What's New

We would like to propose a toast. To whom, you ask? Why, to you! At Trader Joe’s, we are thankful for our customers every single day. Our cup truly runneth over with gratitude—and, right now, our cup also runneth over with Trader Joe’s Blackberry Spritzer. No, seriously. We can’t get enough of this stuff. Made with the juice of 17 whole blackberries, our lightly carbonated Blackberry Spritzer is rich with warm, sweet berry flavor and just a touch of tart. We fine-tuned this profile with a bit of cane sugar and a little lemon juice. This Spritzer is so fresh that some of the real fruit purée...

Worthy Wines to Pair and Share

December 12, 2016 in Category: Wine Insider

December holds many opportunities for celebration. Which wines are party-worthy? Here are five we’ve chosen (there are many more on our shelves). We think each one of these wines is worthy to share—whether entertaining in your home among family and friends, or presenting with a bow at your neighbor’s doorstep. We’ve also paired these wines with five diverse cheeses in hopes that as this year comes to a close, Trader Joe’s can help you create a few more occasions worthy of remembrance…