Trader Joe's Top 2011 Products

<p>We haven't had a TJ's thread in awhile!!!!</p>

<p>According to TJ's website and email see top 2011 products below:</p>

<p>TJ's 2011 Most Favored Favorite Products:
1. Frozen Mandarin Orange Chicken
2. Triple Ginger Snap Cookies
3. Greek Yogurt
4. Hummus (Chipotle, Jalapeno Cilantro, Mediterranean)
5. Candy Cane Joe Joe's Cookies*
6. Frozen Chocolate Croissants
7. Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups
8. Valencia Peanut Butter with Roasted Flaxseeds
9. Frozen Mac 'n Cheese
10. Charles Shaw Wines
11. Dark Chocolate Almonds
12. Speculoos Cookie Butter**
13. Roasted Seaweed Snack
14. Olive Oil Popcorn
15. Raisin Rosemary Crisps
16. Dark Chocolate Almonds with Sea Salt & Turbinado Sugar
17. Soy Chorizo
18. Frozen French Onion Soup
19. Meyer Lemon Cookie Thins
20. Frozen Fire Roasted Bell Peppers and Onions
21. Frozen Turkey Meatballs
22. Chocolate Covered Potato Chips
23. Bananas
24. Steamed Lentils
25. Frozen Palak Paneer
26. Frozen Chicken Potstickers
27. Lemon & Triple Ginger Snap Ice Cream
28. Frozen Pear Tarte </p>

<p>Any here that are regular additions in your cart? Any products here that you tried but gave a thumbs down to??</p>

<p>Regulars for us include hummus, frozen mac and cheese, chocolate peanut butter cups. </p>

<p>I'm going to have to try the Frozen Orange Chicken again - I swear we bought it a couple of years ago and weren't really impressed....</p>

<p>Greek yogurt, hummus, olive oil popcorn, and for special occasion, Meyer Lemon Cookie Thins. Considering how often I shop there, I've never put most of these things in my cart.
My favorites are their frozen fish- especially their Alaskan Salmon and Mahi Mahi, their vanilla ice cream, their cheese, their flavored coffees and the good prices on instant oatmeal (DH takes to work) and other cereals, as well as their organic berries, which they seem to have more often than other places. I also love their flowers. Oh, and those great little pop-up sponges that cost twice as much at Williams-Sonoma!</p>

<p>We are frequent TJ shoppers. We used to buy the Mandarin Orange Chicken, but haven't for some time, I can't remember why we stopped. The frozen Mac n Cheese is quite tasty, but I switched to the Guilt-free because of calories, it isn't quite as good, but not bad either. I buy the french onion soup a lot and also the bananas. I haven't tried the Chocolate Peanut Butter cups, but I think I will look for them. Charles Shaw wine gives me a headache but I buy a lot of the TJ wines. Other regulars in my cart include the ice cream, either the Ultimate Chocolate or the Chocolate/Vanilla caramel swirl (just like Gold Medal Ribbon at Baskin Robbins), the frozen mini morning buns (small flaky cinnamon rolls), the pizza dough, the sparkling water, flowers and eggs. We used to buy the plain penne pasta in the frozen section (all you had to do was microwave) but they don't have it anymore I guess we were the only ones who were that lazy.</p>

<p>Thanks, abasket. I really needed to know that they carry chocolate covered potato chips! ;)</p>

<p>can't believe the Chicken/Pork pot stickers are not on the list. Manytimes I was there, they ran out of them and need to call the stock boy to bring them out. The orange chicken(#1) next to it is always full.</p>

<p>The pear tart was quite good, as I recall. I don't buy Greek yogurt at TJs because it is much cheaper at our Costco. Ditto bananas. Otherwise, I must be quite an odd TJ shopper, because I don't see anything else on that list that regularly ends up in my shopping basket. :)</p>

<p>TJ's frozen meatballs, heated in a sauce made with TJ's tangy/zesty barbecue sauce and TJ's organic grape jelly. Their recipe calls for 1 jar of barbecue sauce to one-half jar of grape jelly, but I like to cut down the grape jelly a bit so it isn't quite as sweet. Brought this dish to a new year's eve party and it was a hit! Served it in a crock pot, but it is also good over rice or egg noodles.</p>

<p>We shop at Trader Joe's ALL the time, but the only things on this list we buy on a regular basis are hummus, bananas, and potstickers... Maybe because we're afraid to keep some of the other yummy things in the house (if I bought the peanut butter cups, I would probably eat the entire thing in one sitting, ha ha!). We tried the orange chicken a few years ago but we weren't super excited about it (not huge fans of dark meat). I don't know how people can eat roasted seaweed... ; -)</p>

<p>Lol jambaby! I love the roasted seaweed snack; especially the wasabi flavor. It's thin sheets of seaweed kind of like nori (the stuff used to wrap sushi rolls), but thinner and seasoned. Yummy with green tea. </p>

<p>The only other item on the list I regularly buy is hummus. I stick mostly to produce and plain frozen fish. I love the sweets, but the temptation of having them around the house is too great!</p>

<p>You're quite welcome Sweet Babboo! :)</p>

<p>I will have to look for the Potstickers next time...sounds great RIGHT NOW!</p>

<p>Tofurkey Italian Sausages. Three packages per week.
Cottage Cheese.
Shelled unsalted pistachio nuts.
Tofu.
Soy Chorizo.
Wheat Bites.
High Fiber Cereal.
Frozen Turkey Meatballs.</p>

<p>Love the tofurkey italian sausages too. The cookie butter was interesting...sort of gingerbread like but consistency of peanut butter. We made some peanut butter blossom cookies over Christmas with it. I liked them better than the pb version.<br>
We are big fans of the apple blossoms. A nice light dessert. Just apples, and the pastry. They are yummy. </p>

<p>TJ's also makes my favorite premade pie crust. If you don't make it yourself, these are much better than the ones made by Pillsbury, etc. They don't have that artificial, too much shortening taste. </p>

<p>I won't even talk about the dark chocolate pb cups. Ridiculously good. If you buy them you will eat them too quickly.</p>

<p>I tried the cookie butter when they had them as samples - I wouldn't dare eat them otherwise. They are not good for a low-carb diet.</p>

<p>I usually look like an ad for a protein-based diet when I go through the checkout line.</p>

<p>We don't shop there often, but we like the fact that they offer vegetarian versions of many of their frozen products. The veggie meatballs are the only kind my on-again off-again vegetarian will eat.</p>

<p>Wow, the two buck up-Chuck made the list!</p>

<p>We just tried that lemon ginger ice cream for the first time. My SIL took a bite, her eyes went wide, and she reached for the container, saying "all of this is for ME." :) </p>

<p>Who are these people who are buying all of the chocolate croissants, chocolate peanut butter cups and chocolate almonds, and could I please have their metabolism?</p>

<p>Very amusing to see the soy chorizo on the list. We buy it, but I thought it was a total niche product. Just a very large niche.</p>

<p>Our regular grocery store has low prices but for some reason, their soy products are through the roof. They price them at about twice what Trader Joes sells equivalent products for. The soy chorizo is about $2.65/pound at Trader Joes. The Tofurkey Italian Sausages are about $3.50/pound. The soy chorizo is an absolute bargain if you're doing low-carb and you don't mind the extra sodium.</p>

<p>Our local Trader Joes has been putting more of the soy products on the shelf. Several months ago, they would be out of these products when I arrived and I'd have to wait for the next shipment. They seem to be reasonably stocked now as I haven't had this problem for a while.</p>

<p>Something that my son loves there are the Curried Tuna packs. He prefers the green curry as it is hotter than the red curry.</p>

<p>Peppermint Joes and Peppermint Pretzels-The best cookies and pretzels ever...but a Christmas seasonal item. As much as I want to stock up before they are all gone, my New year's resolution was to eat healthier--it is a dilemma!</p>

<p>Frozen eggplant parmesan--yum. Tarte d'Alsace in the frozen pizza department is delish--thin crust with Gruyere cheese, ham and onions--makes a great appetizer.</p>

<p>^^ that does sound good.</p>

<p>My kids like the chicken tacquitos. We all like the fresh stir fry mix in the fresh veggie section. Combine this w/a bag of their frozen tail off shrimp and a little stir fry sauce over rice - so good.</p>