Trader Joe's Greatest Hits

Discussion in 'Food & Drink' started by DaleBrennan, Oct 23, 2016.

  1. DaleBrennan

    DaleBrennan Chicken

    What are your favorites? What did you impulse buy and regret?

    Love:
    Gorgonzola gnocchi (frozen)
    Wild jumbo scallops (frozen)
    Pumpkin rolls (dairy)
    Lambrusco (wine)
    Boxed sauvignon blanc ($11.99, yes please)
    Joe's O's (their spaghetti o's)

    Skip:
    Their sugar. It doesn't dissolve in coffee no matter how much you stir!
    Cream cheese (weird consistency)

    They used to have this creamy cheese with cranberries and walnuts that came in a container. I haven't been able to find it in a few years and it makes me sad.
     
  2. moose

    moose RINGWORM GIRL :(

    Love:
    - riced broccoli/cauliflower
    - spanakopita
    - reduced guilt spinach dip
    - reduced guilt macaroni and cheese
    - mini Brie wheels
     
  3. CoolWife

    CoolWife Chicken

    Since it's fall now:

    Love:
    Pumpkin bagels
    Pumpkin Joe-Joes
    Pumpkin pop tarts
    Orange chicken (frozen)
    Fried rice (with and without chicken) (frozen)
    Corn and chile tamales (frozen)
    Roasted corn (frozen)

    Leave:
    Spiced cider (it's weird tasting apple juice)
    Wassail once it's Christmas
    Frozen pizza
     
  4. Canaligator

    Canaligator Barbie Police

    Love:
    Dark chocolate peanut butter cups
    Penne arrabiata (frozen) - we try to keep several bags in the freezer for emergencies
    Butternut squash ravioli (frozen) (not sure if they still have this)
    Pizza Olympiad (I think they changed the name and they might have discontinued it).

    Leave:
    I've had bad luck with produce there, which is why when I go I tend to stock up on the frozen stuff.
     
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  5. TaterTot

    TaterTot Rulebitch Staff Member

    Dark chocolate peanut butter cups.

    Chocolate-covered peanut-butter-filled pretzels.
     
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  6. Old Waxy

    Old Waxy Chicken

    From refrigerator case
    Butternut squash ravioli
    Lemon Ricotta ravioli

    I keep looking for Cauliflower rice there but have yet to see it. Maybe I'm looking in the wrong place-the freezer?
     
  7. DaleBrennan

    DaleBrennan Chicken

    @Canaligator, I'm not crazy about their produce either. My reasoning is that because it's all from CA, by the time it gets to us east coasters it's got a really short shelf life. I do love their bagged arugula though, and their flowers.

    The chocolate covered pretzels! How could I have forgotten? I need those in my life right now.
     
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  8. DaleBrennan

    DaleBrennan Chicken

    @CoolWife, those pumpkin pop tarts got me through my first trimester.
     
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  9. Honey

    Honey Historian Staff Member

    I really miss their curry naan.
     
  10. Roo

    Roo Chicken

    Oh, this explains a lot.
     
  11. nym711

    nym711 THIS IS MY LIFE NOW

    Cheese
     
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  12. Fitz

    Fitz Leslie Knope Monster

    Chocolate covered pretzels (I think theirs are the best, hands-down)
    Dried "Just Mango Slices", but you have to get a good bag, not too sweet or grainy
    My go-to if I don't have a lunch is their butternut squash and cranberry salad - with mixed greens, quinoa, wheat berries, goat cheese, and a sesame dressing
    Animal crackers
    Cinnamon Graham Crackers
    Dried broccoli snack
    White chocolate peppermint pretzel thins (seasonal)
    Cookie butter
    Greek coconut yogurt
    Buried Treasure
    Everything Pretzel Thins
     
  13. Imabug1002

    Imabug1002 Chick pee

    If you could stop buying peanut butter pretzels that'd be great... We can't make enough and I'd prefer not the work through the holidays. Kthanks.

    Also, I need more dark chocolate PB cups.
     
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  14. Fitz

    Fitz Leslie Knope Monster

    Waaaaaaaaaiiiiit @Imabug1002 I knew you worked in a warehouse. Are you our resident TJs Chicken??
     
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  15. Canaligator

    Canaligator Barbie Police

    Omg this is huge.
     
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  16. CoolWife

    CoolWife Chicken

    I promise not to buy any more if a case falls off a truck and lands on my porch @Imabug1002. I'll even share with @Roo.
    Man I cannot wait for white chocolate peppermint covered pretzels.
     
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  17. Honey

    Honey Historian Staff Member

    World Market makes PB pretzels too. I don't know how people eat those things, though. The combination of peanut butter and pretzel just sucks all the moisture out of your mouth.
     
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  18. Imabug1002

    Imabug1002 Chick pee

    Not TJs, I work in food (pretzel) manufacturing/warehousing. We make the WM pretzels too. Actual, our only competitor burnt down. We make all the PB pretzels. Our company also owns a chocolate plant that enrobes and makes the PB cups (plus like 45 other private label plants.)
     
  19. Canaligator

    Canaligator Barbie Police

    ....very interesting :evil:
     
  20. Honey

    Honey Historian Staff Member

    WM orders so many of those fucking pretzel tubs. I used to be the manager of the gourmet department in one, and some weeks we would get entire pallets of PB pretzels. They always sold through, though. WTF is wrong with people.
     
  21. Imabug1002

    Imabug1002 Chick pee

    We make over a million lbs a week of those stupid things. It's unbelievable. WM is super small volume compared to some of the other brands we make! If they stopped ordering I probably wouldn't even notice. They consume my life trying to make sure we can make enough or have enough supplies to keep running or trying to explain why when I'm projected to be 98% capacity constrained I can't take on more customers.

    And @Canaligator, it was their own doing. Luckily no one was hurt!
     
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  22. CoolWife

    CoolWife Chicken

    The guys here love those things from Costco. I eat a few once in a while but they plow through the whole tub in less than a week. Boss points. :wink:
     
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  23. Imabug1002

    Imabug1002 Chick pee

    I prefer the Costco ones to the TJ or other ones but still would rather have a regular pretzel dipped in PB.
     
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  24. android

    android Founding Messiah Staff Member

    Great thread idea!

    TJ's frozen gyoza (pork or chicken)
    frozen fried rice (I prefer the veggie but the other flavors are good too)
    Crispy Crunchy Chocolate Chip cookies (mini cookies in a tub)
    the pre-shelled edamame in the produce section
    Rosemary Italian Style crackers
    Bite Size Everything Crackers
    Pecan Pralines
    Roasted Corn (frozen)
     
  25. moose

    moose RINGWORM GIRL :(

    Love the cilantro lime salad dressing
     
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