31 of the Best Things to Buy at Trader Joe’s

Today’s the day! Here are the BEST things to buy at Trader Joe’s! My obsession with Trader Joe’s is REAL. I insta-story my way around the store on a fairly frequent basis and and it’s high time I spill my secrets. So here we go…31 TJ’s products you can’t live without!

What to buy at Trader Joes:

Greek Feta in the Brine. Trust me, this will change your life. You’ll be buying feta in the brine forever and ever – it’s the only way to go.

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Port Salut – it’s the best soft and creamy cheese for your cheese boards!

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Dark Chocolate Caramel Balls!! Actually, you probably shouldn’t get these if you don’t want to eat all of them in one sitting. Addictive doesn’t even come close to describing them,

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Quinoa! I buy it in bulk because I go through about 1 bag a week!

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The organic frozen blueberry selection at TJ’s is fantastic. We go through 1 bag a day for our smoothies and these are reasonably prices and VERY delicious!

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I know I said I don’t buy produce at TJ’s but I make an exception for 2 things… one of which is avocados! I buy them when they are rock hard so they can ripen on my counter at home. And if you need to speed up the ripening process, throw them in a brown lunch bag with a banana!

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Chocolate Chips!! DUH! In case we need cookies, or banana bread, or melted chocolate… better to be safe than sorry!

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And the 1 lb chocolate bars! OMG these are actually incredible

Sometimes we need Mandarin Chicken for dinner that tastes like Panda Express without having to leave the house. No judgement here – I love this stuff!

Refried Beans. Mandatory for nachos!

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Some of my favorite crackers ever – perfect for a cheese board! And way cheaper than the variety at Whole Foods.

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Easily the best blue corn tortilla chips on the market. The salt ratio is spot on

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THIS Dark Chocolate Bar is basically everything you need in life!

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The other produce exception I make at TJ’s is their Broccolini! Mostly because I eat about a pound of it daily and I use it up so quickly!

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Cauliflower Pizza Crust! It took me a while to get on the cauliflower pizza train but I’m into it!

Cauliflower Gnocchi. I didn’t want to love it but I actually do!

TJ’s has the best nuts at super reasonable prices! Their coconut cashews are my go-to 3pm snack!

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Chocolate Covered Grahams. I mean, enough said!

If you’ve never had Garlic Spread before… you’re missing out. It’s that dip they put on the side of every order when you go out for Lebanese food. It’s like the most pungent garlic sauce that you’ll want to slather on EVERYTHING.

Peanut Butter Filled Pretzels. Literally my husbands life line.

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Quick cooking farro – because with this dinner can be ready in 10 minutes plus a little prep time.

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These savory thin mini crackers are THE BEST for dipping in hummus and my homemade tzatziki!

This is one of my fav nut butters because there is NO PALM OIL in it. Just the almonds. Perf for my morning smoothies!

Prosciutto – cause we need this for cheese boards!

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Fresh Mozzarella. No explanation needed.

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THIS is easily one of my favorite vinegars ever. It makes a killer salad dressing!

Don’t tell anyone but sometimes I buy this spinach artichoke dip when I’m too lazy to make it from scratch and claim that it’s homemade.

Sea Salt Butterscotch Caramels!! These are hands down one of the best things to buy at Trader Joe’s. Great in cookies, brownies or just by the handful.

Roasted Corn!!! Use it in all of your recipes that call for corn. It’s loaded with flavor from fire roasting and I want it all day, every day!

Zhoug  Sauce. OMG this stuff is addicting. It’s great in addition to hummus, on top of protein, with veggies, mixed into quinoa extra. I am fully hooked.

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This Chili Onion Crunch is new and it’s VERY delicious when spooned over just about everything.

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What should I not buy at Trader Joes:

To be honest, I only buy a few kinds of produce from TJ’s because I find that it goes bad rather quickly! So I get produce from the farmers market and other stores. But TJ’s wins hands down for just about everything else…)

What did I miss at Trader Joes:

What did I miss? Any of your favorites miss my list? Shout out your best things to buy at trader joe’s recs in the comments section so I can snag them and try them next time I pop in!

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166 comments

  1. Francie

    The gluten free bread is the best I’ve tasted (for us gluten free”ers”) Totally agree about the produce spoiling way too quick!
    Any tips on how to prepare the cauliflower gnocchi? I can’t seem to get it to be anything but mooshy 🙁

    • Helen

      Somebody made them in the air fryer and said they were good that way. I’m going to try them as an appetizer that way

    • Beverly

      In the oven at 400 for about 22 minutes. Watch it for golden color. It’s the best!

    • Maria Goodwin

      I agree about the gluten free bread. I miss sourdough bread and the tj’s gluten free white bread tastes like sourdough to me.

      I also love the bourbon vanilla and the bourbon barrel maple syrup. I have both in my latte with oat milk everyday.

    • Lauren

      you have to roast the cauli gnocchi in the oven on a baking sheet! (can also sautee but roasting is so simple and makes for a one pan oven meal!) add your other ingredients -time-phased- to the tray with the gnocchi too! and no water!!! enjoy!

    • Megan

      I sauté them in butter from frozen. Don’t boil at all! Just butter salt and pepper. They’ll get a little crispy and absolutely delicious!

    • Jordan

      Lay them out on a plate and come to room temperate and break them all apart. Then pan fry in olive oil. Make sure to leave them to get the crispy on the first side and then turn them to get all sides get crispy. Works perfectly every time!

    • Elissa

      Don’t follow the instructions on the bag. I learned that from a cashier & a few TJ fan accounts on Instagram. I pan fry them. I’ve also heard they come out really good in an air fryer

  2. Sherri

    Frozen section: Wild Caught Argentinian Shrimp
    Glass bottle: Juice:To the Power of 7 Organic Juice Blend

  3. Pat

    Thank you!!! I have just started going to Trader Joe’s and you gave items to try!!!

  4. Mackenzie

    Dark chocolate almond butter cups on the daily. So good crumbled and mixed in with their coconut milk chocolate ice cream! Also love their vegan fresh pesto. Tastes great with the cauliflower gnocchi

  5. Debbie Edwards

    My favorites are Marcona almonds with truffle salt. They also have them with rosemary salt.
    Love your spices Gaby but there chili lime and everything bagel, and umami mushroom seasoning blend. Lastly there small jars of caramel and fudge sauce are awesome

  6. Hellen

    You *must* try their Sweet &Spicy Jalapeños. An employee told me to get them cause “they’re so yummy and they don’t hurt going in, don’t hurt going out!”

  7. Rose Mary

    I love going to Trader Joe’s , they have amazing prices and a great selection of everything. Everything you said you liked is spot on. Not to mention the selection of wines is wonderful.

  8. Jackie Sueyres

    Olive tapenade and Italian Bomba Hot pepper sauce. I add to marinara to add salt and spicy or just drizzle over cauliflower gnocchi.
    Dark chocolate covered almonds with turbinado salt

  9. Maureen

    Brilliant as always. Gaby this is like shopping with you- so helpful. Thank you for the enthusiasm!

  10. Holly

    All great ones and some new to me! I like their Gorgonzola crackers for cheese boards

  11. sher shepps

    The Oriental Veggie pancakes in the freezer section, the pastry pups (better than regular pigs in the blanket) – we keep them in the freezer for emergency appetizers.

  12. Lynn

    Organic Coconut Aminos, Chili Lime Chicken Burgers, Spicy Italian Chicken Sausage, Cocoa Almond Spread, Corn & Chili Pepper Salsa, Mushroom & Blk Truffle Flatbread, Almond Oatmeal Soap (exfoliating), Veggie Fried Rice, Chicken Tikka Masala, Palak Paneer, Naan, Butter Chicken Sauce….I could go on, these are just a few of my TJ’s favs.

  13. Kaitlin

    I’ll probably end up picking up several more jars of the Chili Onion Crunch on my next TJ’s trip because it is amazingggg! So far I’ve cooked salmon with it (put it on top of each piece in foil packs), topped scrambled eggs & added it to some veggie soup. Definitely top three TJ buys along with Everything But The Bagel seasoning & their dark chocolate peanut butter cups.

  14. Piper

    Ooooo so so glad i found your blog/website!!!!! Your recipes look AMAZING. And this post! I didn’t understand the Trader Joe’s hype until a few years ago…and now it’s one of the main places I shop. Thanks for the recommendations, can’t wait to try some of the new (To me) stuff out!!

  15. Robin

    Rosemary Marcona Almonds on a cheese board – YAASS
    Free Range Chicken Broth – really tastes and smells of chicken. Great for soups and sauces
    Sweet and Hot pickled jalapenos – nuff said
    Pastrami Style Smoked Salmon – so good!
    Organic Frozen Brown Rice – Brown rice in 3 minutes!

  16. Sarah

    I know you aren’t thrilled with their produce, but I loooove getting their trimmed leeks. Leeks are one of my favorite things to cook with but I typically find them such a pain to cook with. Problem solved with them already trimmed by TJs!

  17. Cindy

    Multigrain Blend with Vegetables, I let it sit out to thaw then add avocados, scallions, and tomatoes. Sometimes I add Greek cheese. I dress it with olive oil, lemon, salt & pepper.

    So many things I need to try! Thank you for the list!

  18. Jen

    Dark chocolate peanut butter cups
    Dark chocolate bar filled with speculoos cookie spread
    Peanut puffs

  19. Dani

    I’m from Canada so I only get to Trader Joe’s once or twice a year. I was just there on the weekend and bought a ton of goodies! My kids love the Smores Bites. Also really enjoy the Ground Blue Corn Tortilla Chips with Sprouted Amaranth, Quinoa, and Chia Seeds, Pita Crisp Crackers, Cowboy Caviar salsa and Dark Chocolate Almonds with Sea Salt and Turbinado Sugar. This time I also bought the Umami Seasoning, Black Truffle Alfredo Sauce, Buffalo-Style Hummus, Chili-Lime Rolled Tortilla Chips, green Thai curry sauce, 21 Seasoning Salute and more! Plus, I finally was able to buy the Mandarin Orange Chicken because I went to the store right before I drove home and put the bags on ice – can’t wait to try it!

  20. Heidi Rae Weinstein

    The Hummus Dip ( I too use it as a cheat)
    The Mirepoix (great soup starters)
    Totally agree on the Muscat Vinaigrette! It needs very little oil.
    The Organic Rustic Italian bread, makes epic garlic bread.
    The GF Rice Crumbs are epic

    🙂 Chef Heidi Rae

  21. Dixie McKie

    Their eggs, orange juice, low fat cottage cheese and Tejava Ice Tea are great. Also their Cold BRew Coffee Concentrate.