The Top Trader Joe’s Products of All Time, Ranked
If you’re fortunate enough to live near one of the 475 plus Trader Joe’s stores that can be found in this country, we probably don’t need to spend any time extolling their virtues to you. Anyone who lives near a Trader Joe’s has experienced firsthand how easy they make it to stock up on fruits, veggies, pantry staples, and healthy snacks.
The first Trader Joe’s branded store opened in 1967, but it remained a local California chain for the next 20 years, until a new CEO expanded the company into neighboring states, and finally across the country. Now, the chain is known for their fun Tiki theme, the frequency with which they offer samples, and their responsiveness to customer feedback and regional preferences.
80 percent of Trader Joe’s products are their own name brand, and of those, many are environmentally friendly and produced locally. If you’re heading into a store for the first time, here are some of their best products, ranked by popular opinion.
1. Speculoos Cookie Butter
One of the first Trader Joe’s products to experience a real cult following was their Speculoos Cookie Butter — a delicious spreadable paste made from blended spiced cookies. It’s amazing on a sandwich, drizzled on ice cream, or even just eaten straight from the jar with a spoon. Trader Joe’s has since capitalized on its success with the release of Speculoos Ice Cream, Speculoos Butter Shortbread Cookies, and Speculoos-enrobed chocolates. Each 14.1 oz jar only costs $3.69, and it comes in both smooth and crunchy varieties.
2. Everything but the Bagel Sesame Seasoning Blend
Everything but the Bagel Sesame Seasoning Blend is one of TJ’s most popular spice or seasoning blends and must have been engineered by a real bagel aficionado — everyone who tries it swears that it tastes exactly like the toppings on an everything bagel. This mix can be used to top homemade bagels, avocado toast, eggs, or anything else that needs a bit of a savory kick. The only problem is that it’s so tasty you’ll probably need to buy multiple jars, which cost $1.99 each.
May I add a suggestion? The Everything But the Bagel Sesame Seasoning Blend. I started buying this when I moved to LA a year ago because I miss NYC everything bagels. I sprinkle it on toasted, buttered sourdough bread. pic.twitter.com/s31fS3Ttm3
— Dee Phunk (@DeePhunk) February 27, 2018
Everyone knows that homemade sauces are better than their store-bought counterparts, which are often filled with additives and so much salt that it’s impossible to taste the ingredients. TJ’s Soyaki is the rare exception — it’s one of the chain’s most popular sauces because of its piquant taste, and ability to serve as both a marinade, stir-fry sauce, and dip. It contains plenty of whole sesame seeds, and tastes equally amazing on veggies or meat. Buy it for $2.99 per 21 oz bottle.