Last year, we complied a list of some the 12 most crack-like products at Trader Joe’s, the homegrown chain of charming and somewhat mysterious grocery stores that has grown into a national fascination. Fans know T.J.’s best for its ridiculously cramped parking lots, the reliable availability of “Two Buck Chuck,” and of course, it’s ever-growing array of massively craveable snack foods.
With the roster of Trader Joe’s foodstuffs constantly changing and expanding, we decided to list 10 more snacks we can’t live without:
Speculoos Ice Cream
We really hope that whoever came up with the idea to introduce Trader Joe’s to Speculoos—that amazing spiced shortbread cookie butter from Belgium—is a multi-millionaire by now. This frozen dessert is the latest incarnation: vanilla ice cream swirled with cookie butter and studded with crumpled chunks of shortbread cookie. It’s like a one-two punch of awesome.
Thai Lime & Chili Almonds
Flavored with tangy lemongrass and kaffir lime leaves—plus the right amount of spicy kick—this Tom Yum-tinged snack is exactly what you want inside your desk drawer when pre- or post-lunch cravings hit. They’re also really good alongside a cold beer.
You still drinking basic orange juice, son? You need to up your brunch game with OJ’s sweeter and tangier cousin, the nectar of the delicate and floral tangerine. Trader Joe offers tangerine juice in smaller-sized jugs that go quickly once opened, but trust us, the fresh juice is worth every penny.
Cheddar & Horseradish Potato Chips
One bite of these and a distinct, lingering heat creeps onto your tongue. That’s interesting, you think. Pretty soon you’ve blown through the whole bag, enticed by the ingenious pair of rich Cheddar seasoning cut with the subtle potency of horseradish. This is one classy potato chip.
Cookies & Creme Cookie Butter
This is a game changer, guys. This addictive substance is pretty much spreadable Oreos (uh, we mean Jo-Jos). It’s made by blending vanilla creme filling with dark chocolate cookie butter flecked with little crunchy cookie bits. You can put it on toast and such, but let’s be honest: you’ll probably just eat it by the spoonful.
Sweet Chili Sauce
Trader Joe’s answer to Mae Ploy, the extremely popular Thai sweet chili sauce, is less garlicky and spicy than the original, but that doesn’t make it any less addictive. This sticky sauce adds the perfect amount of sweet heat to just about anything, from rotisserie chicken to Chinese take-out leftovers. We only wish the bottle was bigger.
Pork Gyoza Potstickers
Speaking of things to put chili sauce on, a trip to Trader Joe’s is never complete with out at least one bag of their ever-popular potstickers. Fried up in pan with a little sesame oil, or steamed in the microwave, these plump dumplings are the ultimate pinch-hittter for those times who you feel as hungry as you do lazy.
Another addictive spreadable, Trader Joe’s English-style Lemon Curd is wonderful on waffles and other breakfast pastries, but really proves it’s worth during dessert time when dipped in a batch of fresh sugar cookies. If all else fails, a spoonful from the jar works too (sensing a theme?).
Curry Chicken Salad
Yes, we know curried chicken salads can be found at every bad deli and grocery outlet in town these days. But this is the real O.G.: white meat chicken blended with mayo and curry powder, plus green onions and roasted cashews to add a little texture. Whether on crackers on into between two slices of bread, it’s a lunch time all-star.
Dark Chocolate Cookie Butter Cups
Remember what we said about Speculoos? This is yet another brand new variation, with a bit of silky cookie butter hiding inside a foil-wrapped dark chocolate cup. Regular peanut butter cups? So passé.