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Trader Joe’s inspires fervent customer devotion like that of few other grocery stores. The chain’s combination of friendly employees who offer top-notch customer service and unique, oddly flavored and cleverly-named snacks, spreads, dips, meals, and other foods has earned the store a distinct reputation as an affordable haven for food lovers.
And for good reason: Trader Joe’s has a lot of options you just won’t see elsewhere. In fact, they might just have too much to choose from, so we’ve lined up our favorite seven Trader Joe’s items here for your consideration.
- Bamba Peanut Snacks
This snack looks like cheese puffs or Cheetos, and it’s just as airy and light. The major difference is that it tastes like peanuts rather than cheese. It takes only a handful or two of these to feel full, and a bag sells for just 99 cents, so you’re getting serious bang for your buck with this snack.
2. Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups
Trader Joe’s sells a plastic baggie just about the size of a fist for 99 cents, but the taller plastic tub that sells for $4.99 is well worth the spend. These bite-sized chocolate peanut butter cups replace the milk chocolate commonly found in peanut butter cups with dark chocolate for an addicting, flavorful snacking experience.
3. Speculoos Cookie Butter
A jar of delicious Speculoos Cookie Butter is about the same size as an ordinary jar of peanut butter, so it can go fast. Both spreads can be used for many of the same purposes. Speculoos makes three varieties of cookie butter: Creamy, Crunchy, and Cookie and Cocoa Swirl. A jar sells for just $3.69.
4. Peanut Butter Cartwheel Cookies
According to the widely followed Trader Joe’s review blog What’s Good At Trader Joe’s, this snack is a nine out of 10 — a rare ultra-high score from the blog. We agree: these cookies, which are sold in packs of nine, are crumbly, stuffed with peanut flavor, and oddly filling for such modestly-sized dessert.
5. Everything But The Bagel Seasoning
Trader Joe’s has realized that the combination of seeds and spices found on everything bagels makes for great seasoning for all kinds of foods. In one 2.3-ounce container of this seasoning, which sells for $1.99, you’ll find onion, sesame seeds, poppy seeds, and garlic. Use it to season your next dinner and be prepared for an unusual delight.
6. Tomato & Basil Hummus
Although hummus can be found at many grocery stores, the texture of Trader Joe’s Tomato & Basil Hummus resembles something else entirely. This dip, which sells for $2.49, is so creamy it’s hard to believe it’s hummus. The tomato and basil flavors absolutely burst forth without disguising the signature chickpea taste that makes hummus such a popular dish.
7. Vegan Kale, Cashew, and Basil Pesto
At $3.69 per tray, this entirely vegan pesto is as useful as a spread as it is in pasta dishes and sauces. It’s not as oily as traditional pesto, so even dairy- and meat-eating health nuts might want to consider this pesto. It certainly passes for its non-vegan counterpart.
What are some of your favorite Trader Joe’s purchases? Let us know in the comments!