Trader Joe’s “Hold The Cone” MINI ICE CREAM CONES


Hold The Cone! Mini Ice Cream Cones

These seem to be pretty popular so I checked them out. My take was they are super cute for one thing if you serve them to someone. Taste wise, they’re pretty good. The chocolate coating was good, the ice cream good (but not as good as TJ’s “premium” coffee bean ice cream). The cones had a slightly stale texture especially at the bottom. So while OK, frankly these wouldn’t make me want to give up a scoop of TJ’s excellent “super premium” Coffee Bean Ice Cream instead of these if given a choice. So while really cute to serve to someone, personally I would prefer a scoop of the better ice cream. The MINI CONES come in a package of 8 for $3.79. If I had a choice of picking this product over a quart of ice cream which is almost the same price don’t think I would get these. I’d get the bigger ice cream, better taste and value, over the “cute factor”.

Trader Joe’s DARK CHOCOLATE COVERED PRETZELS


“Mini Pretzels” with a thick coating of good dark chocolate. Sweet and a little salty. A match made in heaven folks. Love Them! A 12 oz bag is about $3.29. I would buy them again. There is also a milk chocolate version too (no thanks i’ll stick with the dark)

Trader Joe’s BLUEBERRY FIELDS CHEESE


TERRIFIC NEW TRADER JOE’S ITEM!

BLUEBERRY FIELDS is an outstanding new cheese from Trader Joe’s. When I first tasted this, I was impressed. First off while BLUEBERRY FIELDS may have a cute name, this is a “serious” cheese. Don’t assume this is a fruity cheese like say the goat cheese logs coated with blueberries or cranberries (and don’t get me wrong I do like those fruit coated goat cheeses on occasion). TJs BLUEBERRY FIELDS cheese is nothing like those cheese with fruit. Here there is only the barest hint of a blueberry taste.

The BLUEBERRY FIELDS is a delicious cow’s milk, RAW MILK semi-hard cheese (you don’t see to many “raw milk” cheeses here in the US). It has only a barest subtle hints of “blueberry” from the edible rind which has been washed with a blueberry essence. I’d say a millimeter of the rind has been imbued with the blueberry coating which is not sweet and matches perfectly with the flavor profile of the cheese. Don’t cut off the rind, its very much part of the cheese (just in case you are one of those people who always cuts off rinds from cheese, like my wife)! Tasting notes: Tastes like a high end farm cheese. It’s excellent with a subtle nuttiness with a complex “European” taste to it, though I believe it’s produced right here in the good old USA. My wife said I don’t even taste blueberries. It’s that subtle. This would be scarfed up on a cheese board. Delicious on a cracker, or with apples, grapes or other fruits. I would buy it again gladly. This is well worth trying especially if you are a cheese freak like yours truly. An 8 oz piece sells for $4.99.

Trader Joe’s ROLLED OATS (recipe: overnight oats)


All Natural. WHOLE GRAIN. GLUTEN FREE. Loaded with fiber. What’s not to like?

Trader Joe’s ROLLED OATS are good. Among other uses, I use these to make OVERNIGHT OATS which make a terrific breakfast. Need a no-recipe recipe? Here you go: Put some rolled oats into a container and cover them with your favorite ‘milk’ (I use TJ’s Oat Milk) and add some Kefir or yogurt. Stir, cover and leave the the container in the fridge overnight. Options? Maybe add a hint of a little natural sugar, some dried fruits: raisins or cranberries. The next morning you will have yummy but not mushy Overnight Oats ready and waiting for breakfast. These DIY ones are better (and way cheaper) than the prepared overnight oats TJ sells already made in the refrigerator, which for me are way too mushy from having sit “overnight” for a few weeks (!) To Serve: top your Overnight Oats with some fruit, sliced bananas perhaps, and maybe something crunchy, like cereal or Granola. Maybe some chia seeds too! I tried TJ’s “toasted rolled oats” but I didn’t taste any toasted notes any different from these oats (those say organic and cost more of course. So I stick with buying the bag of these rolled oats. This large bag of Trader Joe’s Rolled Oats is $3.99 (for 2 lbs, or $2 per pound). Of course you can cook these oats up for hot oatmeal. Personally I do prefer the texture of TJ’s Steel Cut oats for oatmeal and buy those as well. Use these oats for baking, and cooking too. I mix these into meatloaf for the binder.

GLUTEN FREE of course.

Trader Joe’s Peanut Butter Filled PRETZEL NUGGETS


Trader Joe’s Peanut Butter Pretzel Nuggets are a classic, hugely popular snack item. Bags of these are said to fly out of the stores every day. Not only are they a hit with customers, they are also a hit with the staff and always a STAFF PICK item and are on TJ’s employees own top ten lists. Why? Well, they are just really that good for what they are. Short pretzels with a bit of salt that have a bit of peanut butter inside them. They’re kind of addictive, once you start eating them it’s hard to stop. Well at least it’s hard for me. Sure I know these may not be not the healthiest snack you could pick but every once in a while you just want something like this to munch on (TJ’s also carries a version without salt). If you can put 10 in front of you and that’s it they’re only 150 calories. Very good value as well. These sell for $2.49 a hefty 1 lb bag. There is also a GLUTEN FREE version of the I believe.

TJ’s says:

“…each real-peanut-butter-filled pretzel nugget is coated with coarse salt, and delivers crunchy and creamy and salty. They’re great party nibbles with cocktails or beer, juice or even sparkling water, and they make satisfying snacks for lunchboxes or after-school.”

Trader Joe’s LATTEMIELE TEA COOKIES


Product of Italy

Nice little Milk and Honey cookies that are terrific and a great price. I’m calling them tea cookies as they are perfect with tea, or milk, or coffee, or pretty much anything. $2.49 a package. Very tasty. I would buy them again.

Trader Joe’s MOCHI ICE CREAM


Mochi is a very Japanese food product being “sticky” or glutinious rice pounded or ground for a long time until the texture becomes very chewy. Mochi has that wonderful chewy texture prominent in many Asian food cultures. Trader Joe’s MOCHI ICE CREAM product is a terrific combination of this plus ice cream and you can find it in the frozen desserts. TJ’s took a hockey puck of ice cream which has the soft chewy mochi dough wrapped around it to encase it. This combination is delicious. TJ’s mochi ice cream treats come in 3 flavors: Strawberry, Vanilla and a Green Tea (Matcha) flavor. All the flavors are really good and worth trying. These little Mochi Ice Cream treats make for an unusual, interesting and yummy dessert that everyone seems to love. I know we do, we buy them all the time, and yes a box seems to go pretty fast. You get six pieces in the box, and the package now goes for $4.79. Well they are a bit special, its not just ice cream. They’re a special dessert, and these are well worth a try. TIP: keep them frozen as it says on the package and take out just before eating (defrost for 3-4 minutes) If they get too melted its very messy to eat but with a plate for run-off you will be safe and yes you will be licking your fingers like we do.

TJ’s BLARNEY SCONE (Irish Soda Bread)


SEASONAL ITEM (ST. PATRICK’S DAY)

I guess someone at Trader Joe’s thinks naming this “Blarney Scone” is pretty funny, huh? It’s Irish Soda Bread just so you know, and not a scone. It’s quite good. Loaded generously with raisins (or are they currents?) I like this best sliced thin and lightly toasted, spread with good butter. Yum! The Irish Soda bread goes for $3.99 for a 20 oz loaf. If you want some, grab it up as I don’t think Trader Joe’s will stock this much more than a week or two around St. Patrick’s Day every year.

TJ’s Dark Chocolate Mini Graham crackers with sea salt


Trader Joe’s DARK CHOCOLATE COVERED HONEY GRAHAMS WITH SEA SALT

My favorite new treats! Perfect blend of sweet and savory. Thick chocolate covering. Delicious…and addictive.

TJ’s ULTRA CHOCOLATE PREMIUM ICE CREAM


RAVE

Trader Joe’s Ultra Chocolate Super Premium Ice Cream is a chocolate lover’s dream. This TJ’s ice cream is super rich, intense chocolate flavor that will satisfy any chocoholic’s cravings — and as a self confessed chocoholic I promise you I know what I’m talking about. This is a really terrific high quality premium ice cream, so good it can be a bit hard to stop yourself from having, “Just one more spoonful.” So be warned. Lest you find the 1 quart tub of ice cream half empty and wonder what just happened? It doesn’t come with a Warning label, but it should.

TIP: Sometimes I will grind up dark espresso beans very finely, and sprinkle a bit of espresso coffee over this ultra chocolate ice cream for one of the world’s best combos, coffee and chocolate. The bitter espresso matching perfectly with, and tempering the rich unctuous chocolate. In fact one might match a scoop of this dark chocolate ice cream with a scoop of the also outstanding TJ’s COFFEE BEAN blast ice cream to make another heavenly combination of coffee and choclolate ice creams. Uh oh, I’m getting cravings, just writing that.

Speaking of tempering, let this soften up a wee bit before eating it to enjoy the full flavor. Like any premium ice cream, it’s dense, not full of air like cheap brands of ice cream.

This super premium ice cream goes for $3.99 for a quart tub.

PRICE INCREASED! 4.29 (APR 2022)

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