34 Trader Joe’s Products That Are Totally Worth It

  The fine folks over at Buzzfeed asked their readers to come up with their favorite items at Trader Joe’s and this is what they came up with.   I’m pretty sure that most of said readers are overweight, since most of the items on this list are not exactly found in the healthy foods section.   But then again, if you wanted to eat healthy you’d be shopping at Whole Foods or Sprouts, and not in a place famous for $2.00 bottles of wine.  (Which by the way, isn’t 2 bucks any more.)
    There’s a grocery list at the end you can cut out for your next visit to TJ’s.   As for me, I’m going to have to try the chocolate covered potato chips, but I’m also going to get the Guilt-Free Guacamole With Greek Yogurt because they will cancel each other out, just like when you drink a Diet Coke with a Snickers bar.   That’s true, isn’t it?

1. Sea Salt & Turbinado Sugar Dark Chocolate Almonds

Sea Salt & Turbinado Sugar Dark Chocolate Almonds

“I was deployed to Afghanistan and these were wildly popular. If you didn’t come back from break in the States with a couple boxes of these little pieces of heavenly crack, you were doing it wrong.”
Van City Corgi

2. Ultimate Vanilla Wafers

Ultimate Vanilla Wafers

They have the power to literally bring a tear to my eye. Every time I bite into one, I’m transported to my Nonna Des’s ‘special cabinet’ and my place at her tiny kitchen table, just waiting for the dunking to begin.”
Diet Coke Head

3. Cookie Butter

Cookie Butter

“Like Biscoff cookies that have been kissed by the gentle breeze made by angels’ wings as they fly by.”

It makes Nutella look like an amateur in deliciously sweet spreads. I put it on bagels, pretzels, cake, and bread for a snack any time of day.”
Ellen PDX

4. Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Butter and Sage

Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Butter and Sage

Soft pillows of deliciousness that melt in your mouth. I’ve used them for brunch; add a fried egg on top with Trader Joe’s uncured turkey bacon!”

“I buy at least five bags every time I go!”
Shel Stew

5. Baconesque White Cheddar Popcorn

Baconesque White Cheddar Popcorn

“To DIE for. We recently moved 2+ hours away from the closest TJ’s. On our latest trip, I bought 12 bags of this popcorn and promptly ate one sitting in my car.”
Kelly H

6. Mini Cinnamon Sugar Churros

Mini Cinnamon Sugar Churros

“I cannot go without the new mini churros.”

7. Triple Ginger Snaps

Triple Ginger Snaps

“They will change your life! I have to hide them from myself so I don’t eat the whole container in one sitting.”
Kelli K

“Sharp, buttery, crisp, perfect.”
Stacey Patonk

8. Diner Mac and Cheese

Diner Mac and Cheese

“It is so horribly good. So many cheeses and it takes literally five minutes to microwave. I often microwave to eat half as a side and then have the other for breakfast the next morning.”
Diana Sussmant

9. Green Dragon Sauce

Green Dragon Sauce

“The best thing that has ever happened to me. It’s a jalapeño-based hot sauce with garlic and cilantro hanging out in the background. I haven’t eaten Sriracha since discovering it.”
—Del Brown, Facebook

10. Dark Chocolate Covered Powerberries

Dark Chocolate Covered Powerberries

“A snack, a dessert, a fruit, a candy… I never feel guilty about eating them. And when you bite into them, it’s like eating a chocolate-covered Gusher! Yum!”
Katie E

11. Chocolatey Coated Chocolate Chip Dunkers

Chocolatey Coated Chocolate Chip Dunkers

“Four stars according to my Grammy. Dunkable in hot cocoa and milk.”
—Alison Casey, Facebook

“They are the best chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever had!”
Sour 918

12. Chickenless Mandarin Orange Morsels

Chickenless Mandarin Orange Morsels

“It’s to die for, and this is coming from a person who doesn’t consider a meal a meal unless there’s meat involved.”
Caroline S

Get the recipe for this chickenless wrap here.

13. Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Filled Cupcakes

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Filled Cupcakes

“Oh holy crap. I bought them the other day and ended up eating the last one that was supposed to be for my boyfriend. Made a special trip Friday evening to buy more. I had to have him hide the last one so I wouldn’t eat it again. They’re incredible.”
Katie M

“Honestly these are some of the best cupcakes I’ve ever had (including homemade, Magnolia, and Georgetown.)”
Kahlil G

14. Blueberry Vanilla Chevre

Blueberry Vanilla Chevre

“If you serve it with crackers at a party your guests will be really impressed.”
—Megan McClintock, Facebook

15. Milk Chocolate Covered Potato Chips

Milk Chocolate Covered Potato Chips

“I never would have thought to try them, but I read a rave review online… and I’ve been buying two bags every time I go to Trader Joe’s since.”

16. Reduced Guilt Chunky Guacamole with Greek Yogurt

Reduced Guilt Chunky Guacamole with Greek Yogurt

“Just try and dare me not to finish it in 30 minutes.”
—Alison Casey, Facebook

17. Goddess Dressing

Goddess Dressing

“It’s like crack.”
Sarah M

18. Pumpkin Pancake and Waffle Mix

Pumpkin Pancake and Waffle Mix

“I live for it. Then spread a little bit of cookie butter on top. OH MY GOSSSHHHH.”
Dani Clone

19. Shrimp Toast

Shrimp Toast

“Amazing! I bake them in the morning and have them for lunch and the bread is still crunchy!”
Mariah P

“I bought them on a whim one time and may or may not have eaten all eight of them in one sitting…”
—Lauren Goldenberg, Facebook

20. Steamed Lentils

Steamed Lentils

“I’ll eat them straight from the package, plus they’re perfect on salads, as a side, or mixed with eggs and spices to make “meatballs.”
Props Pixie

Get the recipe for a three-ingredient lentil dip you can make with these here.

21. Gummy Tummies

Gummy Tummies

They have little bellies of liquid! I eat the whole bag and then my little belly hurts.”

22. Naan


“Amazing, great for grilled cheese, toasting for breakfast, or dipping in hummus.”
Kathryn H

23. Mediterranean Hummus

Mediterranean Hummus

Michelle Calva-Despard / hometown-pasadena.com

“I like to make hummus at home, but this even beats that—it’s the best hummus I’ve ever had. OMG now I’m hungry.”
Diana Leigh

24. Belgian Chocolate Pudding

Belgian Chocolate Pudding

“It has replaced Ben & Jerry’s when Aunt Flo visits!”
Josie R

25. Mushroom & Black Truffle Flatbread

Mushroom & Black Truffle Flatbread

“I believe it is what we will eat in heaven.”
Ryan A

26. Chocolate Croissants

Chocolate Croissants

“So legit y’all. I let them sit overnight in the cold oven to let them proof, then you just turn the oven on when you wake up. I always scald my mouth on the hot chocolate because I can’t even wait for them to cool.”
—Janai Lax, Facebook

27. Bacon Cheddar Ranch Dip

Bacon Cheddar Ranch Dip

“I’m Canadian, and I drive over the border just to go get it from the nearest location!”
Harold H

28. PB&J Milk Chocolate Bar

PB&J Milk Chocolate Bar

“I literally never leave the store without getting one from the checkout area. It’s my entire childhood in a chocolate bar. Truly magical.”
—Karishma Pinto, Facebook

29. Maple Leaf Cookies

Maple Leaf Cookies

“My boyfriend and parents send boxes to be on the regular. I can’t live without ‘em.
Becca B

30. Thai Lime and Chili Cashews

Thai Lime and Chili Cashews

“I could eat them all day. And I do.
Maddie F

31. Garlic Salt

Garlic Salt

“As a Canadian, I go to the States specifically for it. It’s great for seasoning basically anything! Veggies, fries, wonton chips, meats…. Whatever you decide to put it on will be amazing!
Gillian G

Alice Mongkongllite for BuzzFeed

32. Flowers


“Makes my house feel like spring all year long. They last for weeks, they’re cheap, and absolutely beautiful. One of the cashiers gave my toddler a little bundle of daffodils for free one day and she still remembers her personal bouquet of flowers.”
Olivia Jadel

33. Greeting Cards

Greeting Cards

“They’re so beautiful and 99 cents each!”
N. Rios

34. Honey Mango Cream Shave

Honey Mango Cream Shave

“I swear I have to shave less when I use it. It leaves my legs so smooth and I think the hair grows back finer. Plus, it smells great.”
M. Piquette

Got all that? Good.

Got all that? Good. 😎