(ALSO Trader Joe's gets major points in my book for selling recycled paper products at pretty much the best price you can find. Everybody switch to recycled toilet paper and napkins! Let's kill fewer trees in the process of wiping our mouths and butts, people! ;P)
Over the course of being avid Trader Joe's shoppers for the last five years or so, we've come across a number of unusual, extra tasty, and appealingly affordable items that aren't
necessarily well-known (unlike, say, "Two Buck Chuck," the cheap Trader Joe's wine) but are awesome. Hence this blog post!
Here are 5 of the BEST Trader Joe's products that you probably didn't know they sell.
(and if you're a fellow Trader Joe's aficionado, feel free to treat this photo as a pop-quiz... 5 points for each product you can identify at a glance!!)
scroll down when you're ready for the reveal... ;P
From left to right -
Trader Joe's Beef Liver Begging Treats for Dogs - our dogs go nuts for these! We humans like that they are CHEAP, and contain no nasty chemical additives or fillers. When my dog is trying to be extra persuasive she also argues that liver is basically a super food with lots of good nutrients, so these treats should be considered doggy-vitamins. I don't fall for that though. Usually I don't, anyway.... it's those puppy-dog eyes!! What can I do?
Organic Liquid Stevia - my husband and I were using powdered stevia in our coffee for a while, but kept reading about how horribly processed and bleached the powdered stuff was. This organic liquid stevia extract is just water, alcohol (like real vanilla extract), and stevia leaf. We use it in coffee, smoothies, and baking if I'm feeling adventurous... a great non-calorie, non-chemical sweetener option!
Organic Sriracha Ranch Dressing - oh my gosh, this stuff is crack! I've eaten way more salads since discovering it, and my husband likes to use it as a marinade for chicken on the grill. YUM!
Roasted Plantain Chips - so good! A marginally healthier stand-in for regular chips or if you're just craving salty snacks... I have to really work to make a bag last longer than two days. ;P
Trader Joe's Fireworks Chocolate Bar - you've got to try this candy bar at least once! It's like pop rocks and a Crunch bar had a delicious, spicy baby. (think Mayan chocolate on the "spicy" part) Though I really try to eat organic dark chocolate most of the time, I have to admit that I love an occasional Fireworks bar as a treat! Even if you don't end up loving it, it's a fun experience for your taste-buds, hence my saying you've got to try it at least once!
Okay, your turn to talk! How did you do on the pop-quiz? And what's your favorite unusual item at Trader Joe's?? I need some new recommendations here, people!
Also, if you're working on switching to a healthier diet be sure to stay tuned... I'll be posting again soon with a list of which Trader Joe's organic and natural products are the biggest bargains! :)
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