Most people either love or hate Trader Joe's. I hear plenty of people say that they just don't get it. It's small. Most products are store brands. And they don't carry the same products all the time.
Yes. Yes. And yes.
Endless options, florescent lighting, and mile long aisles make me anxious.
But, nice people in Hawaiian shirts with tasty samples and coffee just make grocery shopping a little less of a chore.
Granted, I don't do all of my shopping at Trader Joe's, but they're a great place to stock up on staples...especially if you're trying to eliminate GMO's, artificial colors, and synthetic sugars from your cart.
Oh, and also if you want to save a little money doing it.
Since Trader Joe's is celebrating 50 years, they've compiled a list of customer and crew Top 50 products.
5 of my favorites made the list...
- Corn & Chile Salsa: I have a mild obsession with this one. Sure you can add it to tacos or eat with chips, but add black beans and avocado for the easiest...addictive...dip ever. Or kick up chicken salad to a new level.
- Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups: um...dark chocolate...peanut butter...no fake crap...do I need to say more?
- Hold the Cone! Because tiny foods are freakin' adorable...and it's the perfect size ice cream cone for a satisfying treat without kicking yourself in the ass for eating the whole damn thing.
- Pre-Sliced Fresh Mozzarella: Ok, I'm including other cheeses into this one too: goat cheese trio, manchengo, triple cream brie, colby jack...they're great prices, ideal portions for sampling or indulging, and no growth hormones.
- Organic Corn Chips: Because you need something to scoop up your corn & chile salsa/black bean/avocado dip and you'd prefer to skip the name-brand, gmo-laden "scoops."
...but these seven should've been included in the Top 50 too.
- 10 Minute Farro: Couscous too bland? Wish rice had protein? Farro is the perfect solution- heartier like rice, but also a complete protein like couscous.
- Crisp Rice Cereal: Same snap, crackle, and pop that you know only this one's non-GMO...and $1.99
- Salt Water Taffy: I picked this up on a whim for my daughter's birthday party. Let's just say that one bag may or may not have been entirely eaten before her friends ever saw it. If you see it- get it- otherwise you're waiting until next summer. Though, their Scandinavian Swimmers are another year-round favorite.
- Mexican Style Roasted Corn with Cotija Cheese: Can't get enough elotes? Yeah, you'll love this.
- Brownie Truffle Baking Mix: For those days that "from scratch" isn't happening. No one will know they came from a box...and you'll know that there's no partially hydrogenated garbage.
- Gnocchi Alla Sorrentina: Always in my freezer for those "on the fly" nights, or something simple the kids can cook up for nights when they're on their own.
- Organic Crunchy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter: Because this fun fact about peanuts means I'll only buy Valencia peanut butter.
Here's a tip if you're ready to take your first trip to Trader Joe's, anything you buy that you don't like...you can get your money back. So go ahead and try all of my favorites, and let me know what you think.
Which favorites of yours missed their Top 50 list?
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