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Trader Joe's Crunchy Salted Peanut Butter with Flax & Chia Seeds

This post is lonnnnng overdue. I picked this up when there was a flashy "new product" sign dangling in my face. That was months ago. And yes, I only got it because of the words "flax & chia seeds." PSA: If y'all haven't heard, flaxseeds & chia seeds fall into the super-trendy-health-food category.  There's some purported health benefits, some more scientifically backed than others. But hey bottom line --flaxseeds help with constipation.  Fun fact - apparently Martin Luther struggled with constipation toward the end of his life. That can definitely make a man miserable (or possibly in his case, anti-Semitic?)  Just sayin. So maybe some of y'all may be interested in jumping on this bandwagon if you know what I mean. Ain't nobody got time for that. :P

Trader Joe's Gingerbread House Kit

Someone must have read my last post on the polar bear tea, because when I waltzed into TJ's three days after Christmas it was GONE. YESSS. But so was the other holiday tea I didn't get to try. Matter of fact, Trader Joe's cleaned up their holiday stock so ridiculously fast it was a little disorienting. Most of the holiday garb was gone, except for the trio of hot chocolates, the coffee sampler, and a few other random things. I did spot a lone box of the gingerbread house kit above the ice creams, which methinks someone returned because I haven't seen a single kit in stock at my TJ's since November. Poor abandoned kit, wondering why he hasn't gotten adopted like all of his other friends. Which means unless you stumble upon the lonely abandoned kit, you probably can't find another one in stores until next year. 

Trader Joe's Candy Cane Green Tea

Doesn't the polar bear looks so cute in his Christmas sweater and his mug of hot beverage? What a funny picture. The polar ice caps are melting, and the bear isn't swimming for his life but enjoying himself a cuppa'. 

Trader Joe's Dark Chocolate and Milk Chocolate Crisps

It is a time-honored holiday tradition to give gifts. And to receive them. And to steal them. No crimes were committed or children harmed for the making of this post. I walked away with these chocolates from a snack-themed White Elephant gift exchange. My strategy? Have my gift stolen so I can steal back my own gift given my bias for the salty and crunchy. 

But anyhow, shoutout to SWIRLS and the benevolent YAFers that neglected to steal these chocolate crisps away. These chocolates are available year-round in the frozen food/sweets aisle. And look! One-third of the packaging equates to one serving! Good news for chocolate lovers. 

Contrary to the deceiving packaging, these are not chocolate-covered potato chips, which is kind of a letdown. At least chocolate-covered potato chip carries some novelty and has the sweet-savory factor.  There is nothing potato chip-y about these crisps besides the stackable shape. But let's not accuse TJ's of false advertising - no potato chip pro…

Trader Joe's Giant Peruvian Inca Corn

I'm always so pleasantly surprised by the cultural competence Trader Joe's demonstrates. I went to a school, where "cultural competence" was and still is a trendy buzz word that you insert into every essay to automatically earn you extra points. And I had no idea, Inca corn was a thing. Thank you Trader Joe for promoting diversity. 

Trader Joe's Speculoos Cookie Butter Cheesecake

Disclaimer: I'm not a fan of cheesecake. It's one of the lower ranked desserts in my book. Not my least favorite dessert but if we compare it to the current NFL rankings, cheesecake would be somewhere down there with the New York Giants or Jets. Hey I don't make the rankings. They are what they are. :P 

Trader Joe's Cornbread Stuffing Mix

Thanksgiving was so last month, and by the time this post goes live, you probably won't be able to this stuffing mix in stores anymore. Which is a shame. What if I want a Thanksgiving meal in July? I guess that's what Boston Market is for. 

Trader Joe's Hot & Spicy Chicken Wings

So this happened. Wait what? The queen of vegetables and wings?? 

Trader Joe's 100% Honey Crisp Apple Cider

Trader Joe's French Vanilla Coffee

Disclaimer: I am not a coffee connoisseur. But hey! I drink it! And it's at Trader Joe's! So here goes nothing. 

Trader Joe's Harvest Blend Herbal Tea

Dear friends, I am sipping this tea while I write this post. It is my second cup of the day. It is that good. Foxes and fall? I'll take that and another cup of tea please. The other day I went to pick up a box for a coworker, and they were completely out of stock! (This reminds me of that time TJ's was out of some pumpkin spice cereal, and out of desperation I bought it [for someone else] with Amazon Prime because I thought they had pulled it from the shelves. Lo and behold, three TJ's trips later, there it was back on the shelf). You better believe I'll be stocking up on this seasonal baby to last me through the cold winter. It's $1.99 for a box of 20 tea bags, which by the way is CHEAPER and BETTER than any Tazo tea.

Trader Joe's Spicy Chicken Sausage

I got duped. Again. 

Trader Joe's Jalapeño Greek Yogurt Dip

Trader Giotto's Kale, Sweet Potato and Butternut Squash Pizza

What have I learned from shopping TJ's on an empty stomach? Nothing apparently. Everyone knows the stomach takes over the decision-making process when empty. That's what happened here. I came hungry, found these at the free samples counter, decided it was decent, and purchased. Plus, I LOVE kale, so I fell into the free sample trap. For the record, free samples are a scam. Except for the time TJ's offered speculoos ice cream. That stuff deserves to be sampled everyday.

Trader Joe-San Wasabi Peas

Trader Joe's Country Pumpkin Spice Granola Cereal

This post is a long overdue. I bought this cereal maybe a month ago, but it's been sitting because cereal is no longer consumed frequently at my house. The college kid moved out, and ain't nobody got time to sit down and pour a bowl of cereal anymore! Anyway, of the 34 or so pumpkin variety products, this one looked moderately appealing. I really want to call it Country Bumpkin Pumpkin Spice granola cereal. I imagine little kids pounding their fists and chanting, "Country Bumpkin Pumpkin Spice! Country Bumpkin Pumpkin Spice!" 

Speculoos Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches: Review + Recipe

My dear friends, this is it. This is the perfect 10. No, I don't mean the cookies. These two things BEG to be together. Like Romeo and Juliet, but less tragic. 

Lazy Girl Dinner: Thai Carrot Soup

A few years ago, my Trader Joe's-obsessed-self requested the I Love Trader Joe's College Cookbook (ILTJCC) for Christmas, and I got it thanks to a small group (HI SWAG!) secret santa exchange. The cookbook contains recipes that are allegedly "tasty," "affordable," and "convenient" for dorm-room kitchen/pseudo-kitchen set-ups. I tried a few recipes before I quickly realized it wasn't financially sustainable or THAT delicious...

Fast forward a few years and I landed my first salaried job! Near a Trader Joe's! And started a Trader Joe's blog! Oh the damage...I'm trying to finish/purge one item for every new item I buy to review. Easier said than done. For instance, I bought the Thai Red Curry Sauce and used it once, and it's since sat in the back of my fridge. By the way, this curry sauce's shelf life is FREAKISHLY LONG. Anyone know the average shelf-life of a bottle of curry sauce?

Insert Thai Carrot Soup to the rescue! Would…

Trader Joe's Pumpkin Biscotti

Trader Joes Dark Chocolate Speculoos Cookie Butter Cups

I spotted these beauties last week near the checkout. They called my name and begged me to take them home. That trick grocery stores do where they tempt you with sweets and other attractive things at the checkout totally worked! But in my defense, how could I not try these, especially after that ice cream?

Trader Joes Speculoos Ice Cream

Taken from my instagram...

I'm really quite surprised that I haven't seen this ice cream out of stock at my Trader Joe's. Or maybe they just do a good job of restocking the shelves. Anyway, if you haven't hopped onto the bandwagon that is this wonderful ice cream, you are missing out! Probably. But of course, if you're not a speculoos fan or an ice cream fan (gasp), then you can move along and clear the frozen food aisle so the rest of us can get to this ice cream. 

Notice that the first ingredient in this is REAL CREAM. Ain't nobody got time for that artificial stuff. If I'm going to have ice cream, I want the real deal! I like that the speculoos bits are sprinkled throughout the ice cream rather than contained to a handful of big chunks. That way every bite has the gingerbread-y, cinnamon-y/spicy flavor.  And don't you just hate it when half the container of a cookie dough ice cream is just ice cream without cookie dough? Not a problem with this baby…

My Rating System

Q: How did you devise your rating scheme?
Excellent question! My rating scale was inspired by What's Good At Trader Joe's? blog. They seem to know what they're doing and have been reviewing items much longer than I have. Actually their rating scale also inspired the rating scale my boyfriend and I use to rate new restaurants that we try. Which is kind of irrelevant to what I'm doing here, but I like it and decided to adopt something similar for the TJs products I review.
I plan to review things by myself but also with the help of friends, because 1) I don't have the stomach capacity to eat EVERYTHING that I buy from TJs, 2) my sister who would help eat my food is away at school, and 3) it's nice to get a second, third, fourth, etc. opinion. 
When I review something by myself, I rate it on a scale of 1-5 (with only 0.5 intervals allowed), 5 being close to absolute perfection, double it, and come out with a number from 1-10. BUT WAIT, why don't you just rate …

Trader Joe's Pesto Tortellini

After 5 years of loyal patronage, it's about time I started a Trader Joe's blog. So thanks to the friends that have spoken and my own soft spot for trying new things, here it is!

I picked up this Pesto Tortellini from the refrigerator case last week, with the intention of making a few lunches for work. My coworkers are under the impression that I can't cook because my loving mother sends me off nearly everyday with a lunchbox. I'm not a baby, just blessed and enjoying this for as long as possible. :D

$2.49 for 3 servings doesn't sound too bad. Boil for 5-6 minutes and you've got yourself a lunch! Somehow, it was too good to be true.

Pardon the poor picture quality, but the cross section shows a rather wimpy-portioned filling. I picked up the pesto flavor because I LIKE pesto. Pasta experts, please enlighten me. Is it normal to skimp on the filling? I bit into this expecting a sudden burst of olive oily, basil-y, pine nutty goodness. What I got instead was a fla…