For most of my life, Trader Joe's was an exotic, destination grocery store. The closest one was 45+ minutes away, and nobody had time for that. A few years ago, though, one opened just a couple of miles from my parents house, and all of our lives were changed. Which isn't hyperbole, this grocery store was life changing. I've tried a borderline ridiculous number of their products. Most are good, some are better than good. Below are my favorites!
Coffee Concentrate // I go through about 1 of these a week. Iced coffee with no extra fuss. I dump one of these jugs into a pitcher, then fill the jar up with water and add that, then milk as I'm serving. It lasts a full week and it's goooooooood.
Raisin Rosemary Crisps // Honestly, I never expected triscuits to get bumped as my favorite cracker, but these babies are awesome. I highly recommend pairing them with all varieties of cheese, but goat and blue are my favorite.
Coffee Latte and Cream Bars // The first time I bought these, I ate the entire box in 2 nights. I basically inhaled them and have never been happier. They are bomb. They taste like a really good cup of coffee, aren't too sweet and don't have horrifying nutritional facts.
Just a Handful Tempting Trail Mix // Like every other patriotic American, I find portioning out trail mix nearly impossible. I love that these little bags are the perfect mix of sweet and salty, without going overboard in calories etc.
Frozen Cherries // Dessert, every single day. I don't know what's different about TJ's cherries, but they are WAY better than other frozen cherries. I eat them by the bagful, typically solo, but if I'm feeling decadent, I drizzle them with chocolate sauce because #treatyoself
Broccoli and Kale Slaw Salad // The salad that changed my opinion about salad. I love the mix of crunchy and soft, sweet and bitter. It's an awesome mix and way more satisfying than eating a bowl of leaves.
Soyaki // Perfect on veggies, tofu, rice, pasta, all of the things. It's one of two condiments I refuse to be without and find that this is, more often than not, the thing that makes my meals delicious, rather than ordinary.
Popcorn in a Pickle // Here's the deal. I hate pickles. I think they are gross. But I eat this popcorn with the kind of reckless abandon typically associated with the gold rush or Walmart on Black Friday. This shit is delicious and I could and would hurt people for it.
Flowers // Like every other girl in America, the Trader Joe's peonies and 5 dollar tulips make me go a little cray cray. They are damn good, last forever and always look beautiful.
Honorable/Holiday Mentions // Both the Candy Cane Joe Joe's and Peppermint Green Tea are huge favorites of mine, though only available in the winter. I stock up on both when they're around and typically my stockpile lasts about 2 weeks because I have no self control