Between its fresh food, vegan options and natural beauty products, Trader Joe’s is the ultimate stop for families and singletons alike. Always on-hand to offer budget-friendly buys, we’ve compiled a list of the latest and greatest for you to pick up at your local store. Whether you’re a stressed mom looking to treat yourself and the kids, a baked goods connoisseur on the lookout for seasonal ingredients, or a wellness guru looking to eat healthily on a budget, this list has something for you.
Read with caution, as you might want to buy everything. And don’t go shopping on an empty stomach…
Pretty-looking makes for eye candy. Edible makes for regular candy. Festive, customizable cookies that can be hung on your tree sound like a good combination of both. At $5.99 a kit, the Decorate Your Own Holiday Ornaments Cookie Kit would be a nice addition to any friends or family gathering.
A Quick-Fix Mix
Mix it up this holiday season with Trader Joe’s Chocolate Peppermint Loaf & Baking Mix. Instead of just making cake, like the mix of Christmas Past, this new-and-improved version allows you to make cookies, too. Grab a box for $2.99.
The Countdown Begins
Can’t wait until December 25th to open up gifts? Make those last few pre-Christmas days easier by gifting yourself a 12 Days of Beauty advent calendar. Filled with goodies for skin and hair care, you get 12 products for $19.99. And hey, you can even play twinsies with your cat!
Make it a Cone
There’s nothing better than a mini ice cream cone, right? Wrong! Enter Trader Joe’s Mini Cheesecake Cones at just $3.99. Straight from Italy, these cuties can be picked up from your local TJ’s freezers throughout the holiday.
Candle in the Tin
Is there anything that screams ‘holiday mood’ more than scented candles? We don’t think so. Trader Joe’s are no stranger to seasonal candles. This holiday season, they’re selling a trio of new Cranberry Pine, Fresh Currant and Nutmeg scents. Pick up the pack for $7.99.
Let Them Eat Cake
Holiday seasons usually bring family gatherings, and family gatherings usually bring stresses about who’ll cook or bake what. Trader Joe’s I Dream of Chocolate Cake might just be a saving grace. It’s chocolatey layers will likely go down well with most guests (and hosts). Plus, it’s only $6.99. Now that’s dreamy!
Bring a taste of your fave Chinese restaurant home with this $3.99 jar of goodness. The subtle spiciness of Chili Onion Crunch is sure to warm your insides (most notably, your stomach lining) while the garlic and onion blend makes it complimentary to pretty much anything. Well, we can’t personally imagine it on cereal, who are we to judge?
No, actually, we’ve got a dairy-fee alternative. The perfect substitute for vegan or lactose-intolerant drinkers, this creamy Oat Beverage is great in smoothies, lattes, tea blends and bowls of your preferred cereal. It comes in two sizes too, so little and large households are covered. Grab for $2.29/$3.99 depending on which size you opt for.
Color Me Surprised
Colorful snacks are appealing to both kids and adults alike. But usually the more colorful, the more artificial additions. Not with these Organic Dehydrated Carrots, where the only flavoring is a sprinkle of sea salt. These are healthy for both body and wallet at $2.99 per resealable bag.
I Scream, You Scream…
Not in a horror movie way, in a dairy way. As in, we’re screaming for ice cream. Maple Ginger Cookie Swirl Ice Cream, to be exact. And at $2.99, the price is pretty tasty, too. Mmmmmmmm…
The Soup of the Season
Soup is the best way to warm your body, heart, and soul. And you can do all of that in the most autumnal manner thanks to Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Bisque. Pick up a 25-ounce jar at your nearest store for $3.99.
Move Aside, Banana Bread
Maple Streusel Bread is here and it looks like banana bread’s more on-trend sister. Is it really a bread, or is it more of a cake? You’ll have to sink your teeth in to confirm. Grab a loaf for just $3.99.
Coffee, But Make it Autumn
Pumpkin spice lattes not your thing? Not to worry, you can still get your fall caffeine fix thanks to the new Autumn Maple Coffee ($7.99). You can’t get anymore autumnal than that. No, really, you can’t. It literally says ‘autumn’ in the name.
Sugar, spice, and all things…cider? Trader Joe’s Apple Cider Jam looks like apple pie in a jar. The thick, spreadable jam is made of apple cider, apple chunks, and a variety of spices (including apple’s biggest complimenter, cinnamon). Available for $3.99.
A Snack That’s Poppin’
It would be fair to assume that at some point in your life, you’ve probably eaten buttery popcorn. You’ve likely tried toffee popcorn, too. Hey, maybe you’ve even given chocolate and popcorn a go. But have you ever had Maple & Sea Salt Kettle Corn? We doubt it, and we think you should. Grab a bag for $2.49.
A Drink Sweet as (Pumpkin) Pie
Not everybody enjoys a holiday drinking streak. If you’re looking for the bottle-in-hand and bubbles-in-mouth effect but want to skip the headaches that often follow, try Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Pie Spiced Ginger Brew ($2.99). It’s a non alcoholic sparkling beverage that’s fit for the season.
Just when you thought we were done writing about Trader Joe’s many, many pumpkin products, we add the most surprising to the list. Pumpkin Spice Biocellulose Face Mask is friendly to both your skin and the environment. The sheet itself is made of a lab-created compostable material (Biocellulose), so you can relax without feeling guilty for enjoying some single-use skincare. The mask also aligns with the contours of your face more securely, bringing the natural ingredient-packed serum into closer contact with your skin. Get ’em before they’re gone at $2.99 each.
Cinnamon buns = great. Cinnamon buns in a jar = better, because then you can make things that aren’t cinnamon buns taste like cinnamon buns. That’s exactly what Trader Joe’s Cinnamon Bun Spread does. For a $3.49 jar, you get all the flavor without the bun.
Spill the Spiced Chai
Making at-home spiced chai lattes has never been easier thanks to the new Spiced Chai Black Tea Concentrate bottles ($2.49). Just mix with hot water or milk, stir, and you’re good to go. Orrrr if the above picture tickles your appetite, use the mixture as a substitute for plain water during your usual pancake-making routine. Spiced chai pancakes? Count us in.
It’s a Date
Want company on a cozy night in? Make a date with Trader Joe’s Chopped Medjool Dates. Fruit is basically nature’s candy, and with these being rolled in coconut flour, they’re more than enough to satisfy your sweet tooth. Tubs come in at $4.99 for a limited time during the holiday season.
I Scream, But Lighter This Time
Who says treating yourself has to be unhealthy? Not us, and apparently not Trader Joe’s. Their Light Ice Cream options are tasty, protein-packed, and contain less than 400 calories per pint. They’re also Kosher-certified. As light on your budget as they are in calories, tubs come in at $2.99.
Less Stresses, More Natural Tresses
Damaged or dry ‘do? Get your hair back in shape by taming frizz and adding shine with Trader Joe’s Hair Serum. Essential oils are, well, essential to your hair’s moisture (and overall health), and this bottle is full of them. Argan oil, coconut oil, shea butter mix with keratin, Vitamin E and Pro-Vitamin B5. But most impressively, it’s free from harmful and drying parabens, sulfates, phthalates, and surfactants, which isn’t usually the case for store-bought haircare. Salon quality for $3.99!
Made Down Under
Need a healthier alternative to breadcrumbs? Look no further than these Gluten Free Rice Crumbs, available for $3.29. Made in Australia, the crumbs solely consist of salted medium-grain white rice. Pair this grind with seasoning that suits your taste buds to give traditional breadcrumbs a run for their money.
Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch…
Ranch dip needs buttermilk to be ranch dip, right? Wrong! Substitute buttermilk for a coconut cream base, add the usual seasonings and you’ve got Vegan Ranch Dip. Thicker than dressing, it’s the perfect companion to burgers, nachos and more. Tubs are available for $3.49.
When Life Gives You Blueberries…
Cakey texture and generous helpings of blueberries? That sounds good no matter the time of day. Trader Joe’s Blueberry Muffins are tinted with lemon zest for that extra something. Pick up a 4-pack for $3.99 in the bakery section of your nearest store.
A Chocolate Surprise
We know, this sounds weird. But don’t knock something ’til you’ve tried it! Texture-wise, Chocolate Hummus is just like regular hummus. But it’s sweeter…and it’s chocolate. Garlic and eggplant have exited the building in favor of cocoa and sugar to make the perfect dipping partner for fruit. Try it out for $1.99 a tub.
Spice Up Your Life
Tacos, burritos, and nachos, oh my! Mexican food is great, especially when paired with spicy sauce. But taco sauce needn’t be exclusive to tacos. Or Mexican food, for that matter. Spice up burgers, chicken breast, salads, whatever you want with Organic Spicy Taco Sauce. Bottles sell for just $1.99.
A Taste of the Sea…from Brooklyn
Pita bread is yum. Pita chips are yummier. But Pita chips made with organic ingredients have a snacking power that appeals to the masses. Baked in Brooklyn, NY, Organic Pita Chips with Sea Salt make for a healthier substitute than nachos. Their subtle saltiness also allows for them to be eaten straight from the bag with or without dip. Available for $2.29.
Do as the Romans Do
What better way to honor an Italian bread than by baking it the Italian way? A tribute to its ancient Roman roots, Focaccia Bread is tile-baked in a stone oven and topped with olive oil, herbs, roasted tomatoes, and grated parmesan. Please excuse us while we wipe away the drool from our mouths. Grab a loaf for $3.99.
Cashew on the Flip
Dairy dodgers rejoice! Trader Joe’s have released an Organic Creamy Cashew Cultured Yogurt Alternative suitable for vegan, Kosher, and lactose-intolerant diets. Containing absolutely no dairy, these $1.69 tubs are made from a base of crushed cashews mixed with filtered water. Add in some natural sweeteners and thickeners, and it tastes just like a real yogurt. They’re available in vanilla and strawberry too, so you can switch up the flavor to whichever takes your fancy.