Treat yourself every day in December (and November, I don’t judge) with one of Trader Joe’s 24-day milk chocolate calendars. Or, if you don’t have a sweet tooth, pick up one of their newest “12 Days of Scented Candles” calendars featuring vanilla, eucalyptus, lavender and other wonderful scents.
2. Balsamic Glazed Bone-In Beef Short Ribs
These balsamic-glazed short ribs are sure to hit the spot during the colder months. And don’t worry about the bone; the meat on these ribs is so tender that it easily falls away from the bone. Pro tip: Plate these with some mashed potatoes for the ultimate chilly-weather comfort meal.
3. All Butter Puff Pastry
If you’re a baker, this pre-made puff pastry pack is necessary to keep on hand. Whether preparing for a fancy Sunday brunch, whipping up a last-minute appetizer or simply getting experimental with your puff pastry combos, this pre-made dough is a lifesaver.
4. Autumn Maple Coffee
This light roast seasonal coffee will do just the trick for waking you up in the morning. Combining Arabic coffee beans from Colombia, Brazil and Central America with sweet notes of Vermont maple syrup, this coffee will give you that extra pep in your step with flavor.
5. Pumpkin Pie
Not everyone has the time, energy or frankly, the desire to bake entire pies for Thanksgiving dessert. Luckily, Trader Joe’s has you covered, per usual, with this premade pumpkin pie. While you may not fool your guests into believing it’s homemade, it is just as delicious as any other bakery-bought pie.
6. Nantucket Style Cranberry Pie
Deviate from the typical rotation of Thanksgiving or holiday pies featuring apple, pumpkin, berry and more and switch things up with this cranberry pie. Pre-baked and frozen, all you have to do is leave it on the counter for a few hours or warm it in the oven and it’s ready to serve.
7. Butter Toffee Pretzel Bark
This is hands-down the best snack of the season combining sugary toffee and salty pretzel pieces blended in. On the go, a movie time snack or afternoon pick-me-up, this delightfully sweet and salty snack brings all the best flavors of holiday cheer.
8. Cream of Portabella Mushroom Soup
Fall and winter are optimal soup seasons, the weather is frosty and a warm comfort bowl of soup is just the thing to warm you right up. This new cream of portabella mushroom soup from Trader Joe’s will satisfy your soup cravings whether eating it by itself with some bread and a topping of fried onion crisps, or combining it in a classic green bean casserole.
9. Incanto Prosecco
Coming straight from an Italian winery specializing in prosecco, this bottle is made of Glera grapes which are known for their aromatic flavors. Featuring notes of apricot, peach and almond, this bottle is perfect for whipping up brunch mimosas or enjoying all by itself.
10. Wine-Based Eggnog
Don’t nog it til you try it. It’s quite literally an adult milkshake mixing creamy eggnog, cinnamon and wine. While this beverage is limited to certain locations, the eggnog liquor is available nationwide and is a tasty alternative using brandy and spiced rum instead.
11. Peeled and Cooked Chestnuts
We all sing about “chestnuts roasting on open fire,” but how often do you actually see chestnuts sitting around on your local grocery store shelves? Well, Trader Joe’s is extra festive this year because you can now enjoy some chestnuts pre-cooked and ready-to-eat from the package. Fair warning to those who have never tried chestnuts: The texture is a little unexpected.
12. Truffle Dip
If you are as passionate about truffle-flavored everything as me, this dip should come as a pleasant surprise. Grab it now because this dip is limited edition and too delicious to pass up on. Parmesan, ricotta and cream cheese blend together in a creamy base with the addition of black truffle paste and white truffle-infused olive oil. Simply divine.
13. Apple Blossoms
This customer favorite is hitting the frozen food aisle again for nearly 20 consecutive years. That’s right, TJ's hears the love for this tasty dessert loud and clear and they're happy to reshelf it yet again for the holidays. All it is is flaky pastry filled with sweet and spiced Northern Spy apples for the best mini-apple pie dessert, paired best with vanilla ice cream.
14. Maple Espresso Black Tea
If you're more of a tea drinker over coffee, Trader Joe's has you covered with this flavorsome alternative to the autumn maple coffee. Drink a cup with a slice of pie or enjoy it during breakfast to start your day in fall-fashion.
Cranberry sauce is a non-negotiable at the Thanksgiving dinner table, but it's also great to keep in the fridge all November and December long. Add it to your turkey sandwiches, toasted pieces of bread or anything you want, it’s just that good. For a slight upgrade from traditional cranberry sauce, give the cranberry orange relish a chance, it may make your sandwiches that much better.
16. Thanksgiving Stuffing Seasoned Kettle Chips
All of Trader Joe’s chips are unbelievably mouthwatering, from the dill pickle chips to the Everything But the Bagel seasoned chips and now — Thanksgiving stuffing-seasoned chips. Herby, salty and — an added bonus — gluten free, these chips are great by themselves, on turkey sandwiches or dipped into cranberry sauce.
17. Brined Bone-In Half Turkey Breast
On par with the premade pies, if you can’t be bothered with cooking this year, just opt for this cooked half turkey breast brought to you by yours truly, TJ’s. This rich, slow-roasted turkey is ideal for smaller Thanksgiving gatherings and weekday dinners but can easily meet the needs of your bigger get-togethers with a couple of bags.
18. Nuts About Rosemary Mix
Making its way back to shelves for the season, this Nuts About Rosemary nut mix is perfect for snacking or hosting. Whether plated for an elegant soirée or snacking straight out of the canister, this mix is something to go nuts over. Almonds, cashews, hazelnuts and pecans are tossed together in a sea salt and rosemary coating, creating a deliciously aromatic snack.
19. Non-Dairy Oat Cinnamon Bun Flavored Creamer
Going off of the oat creamer line, there’s a new flavor hitting the shelves to get excited about. This limited edition flavor takes the same base as the beloved Brown Sugar Oat Creamer, adding in the spice of cinnamon to make delightful cinnamon bun-flavored coffee.
20. Christmas Sprinkles
It wouldn’t be the holidays without some sprinkle fun to garnish your baked treats. These cutesy red and green sprinkles coming in holiday-themed shapes are just the icing (I mean sprinkles) on the cake to complete your desserts, whether they be cupcakes, sugar cookies or some ice cream.
21. Dutch Griddle Cakes
Made by their supplier in the Netherlands, these Trader Joe’s griddle cakes are a tasty addition to your morning breakfast. Thicker and spongier than traditional pancakes, these griddle cakes can be eaten with syrup like more dense pancakes or used to make your own at-home McGriddle.
22. Candy Cane Chocolate Covered Almonds
If you love chocolate-covered almonds and peppermint, then these are just the pick for you. Roasted almonds are coated in a rich, dark chocolate, then dipped in a coat of peppermint-flavored white chocolate to make this decadent snack. Sweet, mildly salty and maximally pepperminty, these almonds will put you in the holiday mood.
23. Peppermint Bark
Again for the chocolate and peppermint lovers, there’s nothing that will hit the spot quite like traditional peppermint bark which Trader Joe’s naturally has back on the shelves. This bark is straight perfection, no notes. Pick some up for holiday gifts and for yourself, of course.
24. Jingle Jangle Pretzel Twists
Inspired by the infamous “Jingle Jangle” holiday tin from Trader Joe’s, this new item is the ultimate indulgent sweet treat to snack on while curled up watching Netflix or at a holiday party. Large pretzels are coated in peanut butter, then dipped in crushed Joe-Joe’s cookies and mini chocolate candies to make this yummy snack.
25. Double Chocolate Croissants
Last but certainly not least, if you love the chocolate croissants from the frozen section, just wait til you try out these double chocolate croissants. Cocoa is added to the croissant dough to make the chocolate extra chocolatey and darken the hue of the pastry. This perfectly crispy croissant, with twice the chocolate, will now pair wonderfully with the autumn maple coffee.