TJ’s ULTRA CHOCOLATE PREMIUM ICE CREAM


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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)

TJ’s Old Fashioned CINNAMON GRAHAM CRACKERS


As a kid, I always loved graham crackers and these kind of remind me of the grahams we used to eat (which I am guessing were Nabisco’s). Except for one thing. TJ’s are Trader Joe’s version of these classic graham crackers are WAY BETTER! These TJ’s grahams are thicker, heartier, and have a bigger cinnamon flavor. I think of these as “gourmet graham crackers for adults” – though the kids will like them too.

When we both tasted these after dinner for the first time, the two of us immediately gave a big thumbs up at how good these are. They were delicious with milk, tea and coffee, they went great with some ice cream, and of course were great just on their own. I will be buying these again for sure in future. Trader Joe’s Old Fashioned Cinnamon Graham Crackers are $3.99 for a 1 lb box.

Bakers: If you make graham cracker crusts with these I bet they would be fabulous.

Trader Joe’s FRENCH APPLE TART


My wife picked up one of these tarts the other day at Trader Joe’s, and I’ve got to say I was pretty impressed just looking at it. This looks like something that camew from an upscale bakery and I would imagine might cost about $15 or more. At TJ’s it’s $7.99. Wow. But does it taste as good as it looks? OMG, yes. It’s delicious! It tastes as good as it looks like it was made in an upscale bakery. There are a ton of sliced apples that stil look like apples, not some mushy canned apple pie filling loaded with cornstarch that came from a can that even some store bought apple pies have in them. The apples in this tart still have a bit of texture, and it’s not overly sweet, nor overly thickened. The taste is just the way it looks like it is, apples. You can see the quality of the baking. We found this tart to be absolutely delicious especially when we served it, paired up with a spoon of French Vanilla ice cream, a match made in heaven. The crust is perfect too.

If you served this to guests, I’m sure you will get a ton of compliments and questions about where you bought it. Or even “did you make this?”

This is seriously good!

TRADER JOE’S FRENCH APPLE TART – $7.90 for a 1 lb, 4 oz tart

TJ Christmas MARZIPAN STOLLEN Cake


This is a Seasonal item that will be in stores for a limited time !

Trader Joe’s is selling these German traditional Marzipan Stollen at the moment (post Thanksgiving / Holiday season). Stollen are a traditional holiday German cake filled with dried fruits and marzipan. These are Made In Germany by “KuchenMeister”, the same brand TJ’s has carried in years past. They are pretty good, loaded with raisins and candied orange and lemon peel and are completly covered with powdered sugar., which looks like snow. So they look nice and Christmas-y. There is a decent amount of soft tastyyellow marzipan in the center of the cake (I cut the end so you don’t see it, as it starts a few slices in). The cake was pretty tasty served with coffee and tea. For $3.99, this is a good buy. I’ve bought them from specialty stores, and they were about $15-20. Of course those were loaded with butter, and this cheaper one is doesn’t list butter which is where they cut some costs. I once bought one for $20 from a special German style bakery and when I tasted it could not help thinking it was not worth 4 times the price of this cheap one, which does have a fair amount of marzipan and lots of dried fruits and frankly for just four bucks it’s not bad especially if you warm it up before serving. If you find these, I’d say try one as they are perfect for the holidays and a nice thing to give friends and neighbors. That is if you can find them, they are only there for a month or two around Thanksgiving/Xmas.

“KuchenMeister MarzipanStollen – A German sweet fruit filled bread that makes a great gift for friends and neighbors

https://www.kuchenmeister.de/en/productDetail/articleId/EP07110/

TJ’s Belgian thin Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel Bars


These are simply incredible, a must try for chocoholics. They are spectacularly delicious chocolate bars made with Belgian dark chocolate with a liquid-y center of yummy salted caramel. They come in a pack of 3 individually wrapped bars of 25gm each for $1.99. Imported from Belgium. SUPER WOW

Trader Joe’s Apple Cider DONUTS (seasonal)


If you like donuts, you will like these old fashioned donuts. Trader Joe’s has these as Fall Seasonal items. These are really tasty. Now personally I would not call myself a real donut person as I do try to eat healthy. I maybe eat about 2 donuts a year. Still, tasting these I could not resist them. I just ate two with some coffee – my Bustelo Cafe Con Leche – I have to say the combination of thes with coffee was heavenly. These are “old fashioned” cake style donuts with sugar and cinnamon. They kind of remind me of the old fashioned donuts I used to get in the 80’s back at Chock Full of Nuts (Google it kids, kind of the original Starbucks back in the day) They’re seasonal items so if you really like them, grab two and freeze them. They are $4 for 6

TJ’s CRISPY COOKIES with Belgian chocolate


Trader Joe’s CRISPY COOKIES filled with Belgian chocolate

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There are my new favorite cookies. They are just delicious, and frankly very addictive. I can tell you the whole box went quite fast chez nous ! Well, they are small and there are only 18 in a box. Though TJ’s CRISPY COOKIES cookies don’t have butter listed in the ingredients they taste very good and are delicious due to the fact they are so loaded with a thick layer of nice Belgian chocolate in the middle. The outside cookie complements the chocolate well and as you can see, the chocolate layer is as thick as the cookie. These cost $2.49 a box. I may have to buy 2 boxes at a time in future.

And hide one for myself!

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups


Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups are one of the best products TJ sells. These chocolate goodies frequently show up on “Best Things At Trader Joe’s” lists, and for good reason, they’re fantastic, not too mention dangerously addictive. I think of these as “Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups For GrownUps”. Don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy Reese’s cups on occasion but not like these peanut butter cups, because, let’s face it, these things are FAR, far better quality. These are the “adult” version of Reese’s. For one, these have better chocolate (and its real chocolate, the dark kind! Everyone knows Dark is the only chocolate if you are a real chocolate lover (count me in). These have better peanut butter stuff inside too. These cups are irresistible. I have an internal fight all the time, after eating one… “Umm, so good. I just need one more…” (I usually can stop at 2 or 3….or god help me, 4) But its not easy, they are that delicious. Sometimes you need a treat. Especially these days?

A one pound tub is $4.29. Would I buy them again? Just try and stop me!

CHICKEN BREAST STRIPS TREATS FOR DOGS (AND CATS!!)



INGREDIENTS: DRIED CHICKEN BREAST FILETS
These are simply all natural, strips of chicken breast that have been dried. They are sold as Dog Treats. Now I don’t have a dog. But I have 2 cats. They love chicken. I thought I am going to get a pack of these “dog treats” and see if my cats like them. Did I say “see if they like them?” Who are we kidding? When I opened the package up, they could smell it instantly and went nuts, pawing at me to give it to them. Relax, I don’t give my cats a whole strip, first I break one into smaller pieces, easy to do as they have score marks on them. When I give these to my cats and they go crazy…chewing, chewing, chewing….crunching them up till they are gone as they devour these treats. Who says, “these are just for dogs”! Equality, people! Cat rights!!

One of my adopted cats came with some dental issues. I have been taking good care of his teeth and gums since I got him. A (holistic) Vet told me the act of chewing is the best thing for his teeth and gums. She suggested I give him raw organic chicken with tiny bones, and especially chicken necks as chewing up the chicken necks are really good for his teeth and gums, yes crunching up the little bones and all. So I buy chicken necks but also give these dried strips which is very good chewing exercise. I break a strip into a long piece and hold it so my Siamese cat Aspen can gnaw and really get into chewing it, switching sides of the mouth. Just watch your fingers, as he gets carried away whenever I break these out. Your cat will love these I’m sure.

Of course your dog will too!

Summary: Great product. All natural. $4 a package. Whether you have a dog, or cats like me, your pet will love these treats. If you give to your cat, just break up a piece into smaller pieces for them, and watch them carefully as they eat these.

DOGGY TASTE TEST : I gave these treats to my neighbor’s dog, and Blue loved it of course. So I’m saying these are good treats whether you have a dog or a cat! Equal Opportunity treats.

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Bench & Field, Holistic Natural Feline Cat Treats


Bench & Field Holistic Natural Cat Treats

I can tell you I buy these treats for my two cats regularly. I have to have them in the house at all times. Both my two cats go bonkers for them.

The photo with the crazed Siamese cat who is acting as my “guest reviewer” is my Siamese cat, ‘Aspen’, in the middle of a taste teste. I think you can you tell they get his 100% seal of approval. It was impossible for me to get a clear photo, as he kept tugging my hand holding the treat with his massive (polydactyl) paws.

“ASPEN APPROVED”

These treats are sold under their own brandname, “Bench & Field” a natural pet food company who’ve been in business quite some time. They are labeled “HOLISTIC NATURAL FELINE TREATS with Added Vitamins and Minerals.”

They’re shaped like a little fish, and fish (anchovy and sardine) is the first ingredient, with a bunch of other natural ingredients. Chewy.com sells them for $6 a jar. TJ’s sells them for half of that, $3 a jar! TradeJoe’s makes cash deals with vendors to lock in a good price. I’m pretty sure your cats will enjoy these treats, especially if they like fishy things like sardines and tuna. My cats are crazy about these treats.

More info can be found at Bench and Field’s own site: https://www.benchandfield.com/product/holistic-natural-feline-treats-subscription/

UPDATE SUMMER 2020 – Reported MIA by many Readers here. I asked my store’s Captain if they were discontinued afraid they were… but she said they were just on BackOrder & Out Of Stock awaiting more production. Likely caused by Covid. The Trader Joe’s Cat Treats ($2) they are carrying for the time being are not even close. First ingredient is Potato Flour (!?!) 

UPDATE – FALL 2020 – The treats were finally back in stock at my Trader Joe’s !! My cats are ecstatic.