Must-Have Items to Buy Next Time You Go to Trader Joe’s


Gabi Eimbinder, Staff Writer

Trader Joe’s is like Disney World for a foodie. With the shelves stocked with over 4,000 items, it is important to know which items are worth buying. I would consider myself a Trader Joe’s fanatic as I shop there weekly, trying the newest products. Here are my ten favorites that you need to put in your Trader Joe’s shopping cart: 

  • Crunchy Curls
    • This is just the perfect snack. I know some people refuse to try them because they are made of potatoes and lentils, but they are missing out. They have a potato flavor with a touch of butter. With the fun shape, you will find yourself being addicted. Trust me. 
  • Mini Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups
    • With each cup being the size of your fingernail, these are the perfect bite-size dessert. Put these in the freezer and they are even better. They have just the right mix of chocolate and peanut butter. 
  • Everything But the Bagel Sesame Seasoning Blend
    • How could this seasoning not be on the list? Everyone loves this seasoning. You can put it on everything, but I love putting it on my avocado toast. It is the perfect final touch to any dish. 
  • Dark Chocolate Espresso Beans
    • Disclaimer: You do not need to like espresso to enjoy this snack. With its salty and sweet flavor, it will always satisfy your cravings.  
  • Chili & Lime Flavored Rolled Corn Tortilla Chips
    • These are an all-time favorite. I think that these Takis copies are actually better than the real Takis. They are less spicy, and the lime juice touch makes them superior. 
  • Elote Corn Chip Dippers
    • Are you struggling to find the best chip to dip into your guacamole? These corn dippers are the best. These dippers are covered in seasoning and enhance the flavor of the guacamole. 
  • Cashew Butter Cashews
    • I know it sounds ridiculous, and this snack is more of a dessert with the sweet cashew butter, but it is seriously addictive. Don’t knock it until you try it. 
  • Scandinavian Swimmers
    • Best. Gummies. Ever. Red berry, huckleberry, orange, and strawberry. Each flavor is a different shape, making it fun to eat them. 
  • A Dozen Macarons Variés
    • This is my favorite dessert at Trader Joe’s. There are six different flavors: Apricot, Coconut, Fig, Salted Caramel, Lemon, and Pistachio. Salted Caramel is my personal favorite.
  • Hash Browns
    • These hash browns can serve as an alternative to bread or a side. For avocado toast or scrambled eggs, nothing is better. Put them in the air fryer for less than ten minutes, and the outside becomes crispy. 
  • Chocolate Chip Hold the Cone
    • A mini ice cream cone–what is not to love? With the chocolate chip ice cream dipped in chocolate, and a cone with a special surprise of chocolate on the bottom, I can promise that you won’t be disappointed. They have different seasonal flavors. Right now, they have Coffee Hold the Cones.  

These are my favorites right now but my shopping list is ready for the next trip. Stay tuned for my next article where I will review the items below. Maybe one of these will take the lead? 

  • Cool Desserts Chocolate Raspberry Swirl
  • Dark Chocolate Drizzled Plantain Chips
  • Peanut Butter Filled Pretzel Nuggets
  • Sriracha Sprinkle Seasoning Blend
  • Cool Desserts When Life Gives You Lemons Make Ice Cream
  • Calabrian Chili Spicy Pasta Sauce
  • Chocolate Crepe Wafer Cookies
  • Soup Dumplings
  • Dark Chocolate Bark