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Foods you love at Trader Joe's that got discontinued? [OLD]

That other foods you love...thread I started has gotten unwieldy. Anyway, I was just at Trader Joe's this morning and I fear they've discontinued the cereal I love! It's Trader Joe's label with dried cranberries, granola clusters and flakes. Sad :(. Other things I'm sad they no longer carry: the 4 oz. packages of snackmasters turkey jerky, the awesome bloody mary mix they once had and the pumpkin butter (I know it'll be back around in the fall, but I wish this one wasn't seasonal).

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  1. I mourn the loss of the frozen gyoza. The Thai gyoza are not as good. From what I hear, TJs is planning to bring them back when they can find a producer, since the old producer went out of business, but I don't know if I can make it until then ;)

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    1. re: pamalamb

      I haven't been able to find the veg. chili the last few times I've been to TJs. I hope it's not gone. Does anyone know? Throw in a little frozen corn and a dash of hot sauce and it's a low-cal, high fiber lunch. (Or it was.)

      1. re: pamalamb

        I miss the gyoza as well. I like the Thai shrimp gyoza well enough, but the regular was far better.

        1. re: pamalamb

          Yes, miss the Gyoza too, and the marconi almonds -- without rosemary.

          1. re: jillita

            I'm in Los Angeles... I have recently seen marcona almonds, but they are now in much smaller bags (and are much cheaper than they used to be). By the way, Costco sells a big tub (much more than TJ's) of marcona almonds for about $7.

            Mr Taster

          2. re: pamalamb

            Agreed...I almost cried when I found out that my pork gyoza fix would have to be sustained elsewhere!

            1. re: beksis1

              I loved their Pork Potstickers! I thought I was the only one! I also miss their shiritaki tofu fettuccini, the blister peanuts they always seem to be out of, and their morello cherries.

            2. re: pamalamb

              They're back!! I just bought 2 bags of the chicken gyoza (and I've already eaten half a bag). Here's to hoping the shrimp or veggie versions make an appearance soon.

            3. I mourn the loss of the Yin Yang peanuts. (Wasabi and honey roasted mix.)

              D*mn you, Trader Joe.

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              1. re: paxamicus

                I mourn the loss of their garlic pistachios...

              2. Long, long ago (years) they carried soy beef taquitos. Every time I go I get my hopes up high in the sky that they might, just might, have returned. And then I peek into the freezer section and get crushed when the reality sets in that they're just not coming back... Sniff.

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                1. re: spyturtle008

                  I agree - almost guilt-free taquito that tasted great... we used to have them at least once a week!

                2. Several years ago I got a great modena balsamic that was aged 10 or 15 years ... very very thick and sweet, and amazing, and cheep (comparatively) .... every time I go I hope to see it again .....

                  1. I loved the Drunken Ravioli. It was so cheap, like $3 or something. It was frozen ravioli and came with a little bag of sauce. It was sooo good.

                    1. Sardinha's Chicken Chorizo

                      1. Used to have a great salad dressing, its been so long I can't even remember that much about it.

                        1. They used to have these crackers which were perfect for Cheese... Somewhat Seedy Crackers. Sadly they DC'd them, but the original producer still makes them.... But even sadder the original producer only sells in the Bay Area... I stock up everytime we go...



                          1. I haven't been able to find my beloved soy nuggets in the frozen food section. In their place, I saw chicken flavored soy nuggets and gave them a try. They are disgusting - they taste like cheap, soggy chicken nuggets from a school cafeteria. The box is prettier but the product is gross. I hope against all hope I will be able to find the original soy nuggets in the yellow and black box on my next trip but I'm not counting on it.

                            TJs has also apparently discontinued vanilla cat cookies. Boo.

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                            1. re: swissgirl

                              The soy nuggets are back! (at least at the Union Square location in NYC) I checked several times in the last year and i too thought they were discontinued but now they are back.

                              1. re: edbk

                                Yes, they're back in Scarsdale too. The power of prayer works wonders... :)

                              2. re: swissgirl

                                They used to carry the original Gardenburger and now my TJ's only has these nasty Gardenbuger brand BBQ riblets.

                                1. re: swissgirl

                                  The soy nuggets had better not disappear! I love the ones in the yellow box. They are a favorite lunch of ours--just dip in some mayo. :)

                                2. It seems they have discontinued all three or four of the frozen bowl meals that I liked, even though when I asked a few weeks back they said the one was just on temporary out of stock. (I guess he could still be right, but I'm not counting on it.) What's left is lame. My favorite was the chicken "vindaloo" (that's the one I asked about). Also missing is mussaman chicken, thai lemongrass and I haven't seen the kung pao recently either now that I think of it. Just as I was thinking of those as my go-to lunch for work, they're gone....

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                                  1. re: CrazyOne

                                    I bought the Thai Lemongrass rice bowl a week ago.

                                    I too noticed that the Chicken Vindaloo, Kung Pao and Mussaman Chicken were gone and worse, there weren't shelf labels for any of those items.

                                    I also did not see the Pad Thai Noodle bowl.

                                    1. re: CrazyOne

                                      I too mourned the disappearance of the frozen bowls. I ate them all the time at work. Just when I'd come to grips with knowing I'd never have them again, one variety popped up last time I was at TJs. It had literally been gone for months. So who knows why and when they get new products....maybe they'll come back!!

                                      1. re: uberkelly

                                        The only frozen bowl I really like right now is the Tandoori Chicken with Spinach. All the others I mentioned above have still been missing in action for months. But yeah, I guess there's hope of them coming back if they sold okay. Not holding my breath of course.

                                        At least the Veggie Masala Burgers weren't actually discontinued, just out of stock a few times we were there. On the contrary, it looks like these have simply gotten popular and sell fast.

                                        1. re: CrazyOne

                                          Heh, so two days after I posted that, I walk into TJs and find the Vindaloo and Mussaman bowls I've been missing for a few months. Whaddya know? I guess they were right when they said temporarily out of stock. I didn't think that meant 4 months, but whatever, they're back!

                                    2. I really liked their chocolate-hazelnut spread (their equivalent of Nutella). Why oh why did they do away with this?

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                                      1. re: bulavinaka

                                        3 or 4 years ago they had prickly pear punch that was a concentrate but all fruit juice,super refreshing especially made with sparkling water. also have the dumped the passion fruit/orange yogurt?

                                        1. re: bulavinaka

                                          Actually I thought it far superior to domestic Nutella, and it didn't have any trans fats,
                                          domestic Nutella does.

                                          1. re: EAH

                                            Yes - aside from the health issues, the TJ product could be drizzled on ice cream as well! I noticed that it was sourced in Turkey - maybe that's the problem - Turkey is a long long ways away...

                                            1. re: bulavinaka

                                              Did they discontinue that? I thought I'd seen it recently.

                                              I just opened my last bottle of marinated red peppers from Hungary they had years ago. Best jarred red peppers I ever had.

                                              The Chocolate Decadence frosting makes excellent fudge sauce if you melt it in the microwave.

                                              1. re: Ruth Lafler

                                                Unfortunately I discovered a few weeks ago that they've discontinued that great chocolate frosting. However, I believe it was supplied by King's Cupboard, available as Triple Chocolate Frosting (you can order direct or through Amazon). The nutrition label and ingredients for both are virtually identical. I wrote to TJ's and asked who their supplier was for the frosting but they would not tell me. I bet it's KC, though. I have yet to order it but if and when I do I'll let everyone know if it's the same stuff.

                                          2. re: bulavinaka

                                            I bought this in the past month at the New York, Union Square store.

                                          3. The Scoville Scoundrel (mango habanero) sauce. It was the perfect addition to the coconut shrimp.

                                            1. I miss their "Haiga Mai" sticky rice. I just use Calrose now but that rice was so good. Also I miss the bagged granola they used to have.

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                                              1. re: Oh Robin

                                                Not sure if you're talking about the vanilla almond granola, but they do still carry it except that now it's in a box.

                                              2. Haven't seen my Soyzels in awhile. Great high protein mid-day crunchy snack.

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                                                1. re: JugglerDave

                                                  I was a huge fan of those as well. I always brought 3 or 4 bags back from California... I will miss them, and I can't find any substitutes online.

                                                2. The Pistachio Mousse Cake imported from Italy in the frozen food section for 6 bucks. For something that delicious, it's hard to believe the amazing price and that it was frozen. Last time I went, I didn't see it there anymore. Perhaps people bought it all the day that I went? Here's to hoping...

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                                                  1. re: santorinii

                                                    I never tried that but just reading your post makes me want to cry.

                                                    1. re: santorinii

                                                      Loved, loved, loved the Pistachio Mousse Cake. Loved it so much that coworkers walked several blocks in sweltering heat one summer to get it and surprise me with it for my birthday at work one year. I will never forget them...or the cake. Sniff.

                                                    2. I can't tell if they discontinued the Thai Chicken Pizza or if their supplier is just sporadic and regional. I used to get it frequently when I lived in Los Angeles, but there were plenty of times when the stores were out. Now that I shop at various Massachusetts locations, I never see it. And it wasn't in any stores when I visited California last, either. [sniff!]

                                                      If you never had it, it was a GREAT version of the Thai-style pizzas they make at CPK, but with a thinner crust. The peanut sauce was my favorite element. It was rather small, packaged just like the BBQ Chicken Pizza that is still around.

                                                      1. I used to get an udon soup packet, with noodles and flavoring that you added to boiling water with veggies, etc. It was tasty and quick. Haven't seen it in a looong time. :(

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                                                        1. re: jujuthomas

                                                          Is that the one that was in the refridgerated section and came with a deep fried tofu square? Although the one I miss was discontinued a couple of months ago, I'm not sure what you meant by "looong." That refridgerated udon was the BEST packaged udon ever, way better than anything I've ever bought from any asian grocer (and I've tried a bunch). Plus, it actually had a soup base with bonito and kelp in it and no MSG, and was liquid base, not a salt pack like most are. Even the dehydrated veggies were good quality. Anyone know where to get something similar (in the Bay Area, specifically)?

                                                          1. re: Ozumo

                                                            Wow, they have them again!!! I just bought three of them of them! Best noodle soup product to make at home ever! Get the "Age", it's the better one! You only harm yourself if you do not purchase these for yourself!

                                                            1. re: Ozumo

                                                              No, the one I'm thinking of was in the soup section. It's been several months, possibly a year since I saw it there. It was a plastic bag-type package containing ingredients for 2 batches of soup. It had noodles and a flavor packet. you added those to boiling water along with veggies, egg, etc. as you wished.

                                                              1. re: jujuthomas

                                                                Well now that the refridgerated one is back, do yourself a favor and pick (at least) one up! I never tried the one you had liked, but I would bet this one is better, due to the ingredients, which are better than any other home udon soup I've ever seen.

                                                                1. re: Ozumo

                                                                  It's gone again. I haven't seen them in over a month! I would buy 8 at a time of both flavors.

                                                                  1. re: kelela

                                                                    Yeah, I saw on my last trip. :-( All my favorite packaged noodle soups keep disapearing.

                                                          2. TJ used to carry these wonderful fresh blue corn tamales with jack cheese and green chiles that came with an awesome red sauce. I LOVED those tamales, but alas they are dropped. They were from the same company that currently stocks TJ with fresh tamales. Why did they have to disappear?

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                                                            1. re: Sacto_Damkier

                                                              I too mourn the loss of the various varieties of Corn Maiden tamales. I suppose they were discontinued due to supply/demand issues. I've considered mail ordering from Corn Maiden (they do ship) or making them myself (so labor intensive for one person)

                                                            2. About ten years ago, they had these delicious ginger cookies - I think they were windmill-shaped? Very thin and decadent-tasting. I loved those things. Haven't seen them in a long time - so sad...

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                                                              1. re: aching

                                                                Those are probably German Spekulatius cookies, a Christmastime specialty here. Maybe you can find them somewhere else.

                                                              2. Garlic pistachios and Mario Batali ragu sauce.

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                                                                1. re: whs

                                                                  oh that Mario sauce was good --the one with fennel esp.

                                                                  1. re: coconutz

                                                                    Loved those sauces - can't find them anywhere now. I use Rao's instead, but the Batali one was a bit more "fresh" and homemade tasting, and a bit less exensive too.

                                                                2. They used to have Reduced Sugar Marionberry Jam that was wonderful, but it wasn't selling well enough. I liked it because they just use less sugar, instead of replacing it with artificial sweetener. They carry other varieties, but the marionberry was my favorite.

                                                                  1. The former samosas were better than the new ones. Also they used to carry orange and lemon sorbet is a hollowed out orange or lemon. So good and impressive for a dinner party dessert. They also had coconut ice cream in a coconut shell. haven't been able to find these for years.

                                                                    Finally, they no longer seem to carry any fat free cheeses. We used to love the ff mozzarella.

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                                                                    1. re: lisaf

                                                                      Lime curd, it was to die for.

                                                                      1. re: EAH

                                                                        Ahh, yes - spread it on a shortcake fresh out of the oven, some strawberries and a little creme freche and this was bliss...

                                                                      2. re: lisaf

                                                                        I've seen the sorbets in the shells at Costco

                                                                        1. re: justagthing

                                                                          Those sorbets were a big hit with the boys as well as everyone else on our son's basketball team. A parent brought a big box and all soon vanished within ten minutes... If I remember correctly, orange, lemon, coconut and pineapple were the flavors, and all came in their respective shells. The only problem is this product, like many at Costco, is only there periodically... maybe that's ok in this case, as it makes it that much more special when they appear in their freezers again...

                                                                      3. I was just there today and didn't see the prepared, frozen brown rice or any other rice. Please please tell me this is just temporary. They also discontinued the low-carb English muffins. Also the caviar, most regretably the salmon caviar, is gone.

                                                                        1. I loved their Meyer Lemon Cake Mix. Not sure if it's discontinued or is just temporarily out of stock. I'm hoping it's only temporary!

                                                                          1. of course the gyoza, dumpling things with port or chicken.
                                                                            and the peanut butter has been differnet for about 6 months--plastic jar and different maker. ugh.

                                                                            1. really miss the frozen cheese blntzes, tried other brands and found them inedible

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                                                                              1. re: linsue

                                                                                My husband loved the frozen cheese blintzes, I asked about them and they told me they did not meet TJ's standards and were looking for a new supplier. That was probably a year ago, never saw cheese blintzes again.

                                                                                1. re: marilu

                                                                                  I saw cheese blintzes at TJs this morning. Didnt try them so cant vouch for quality

                                                                                  1. re: jes

                                                                                    The tofu blintzes are oddly wonderful. Of course I fry them in a pan with real butter...
                                                                                    The tofu is sweet; its very nice for breakfast plain or with some jam...

                                                                              2. They used to carry these miniature chocolate truffle bites that were amazing, and only 100 calories each. I still look every time I go.

                                                                                My past few trips, I haven't seen the chicken pot pie. I'll be so upset if it's gone.

                                                                                1. jalapeno BLUE cornbread!!! now i'm sad. =/

                                                                                  1. Very good but very sad topic:

                                                                                    California Rice Trilogy (wild, brown, white), the best rice ever, my boyfriend and I have half a bag left, we have been rationing it out. I now buy the brown rice medley or whatever it is called...it is not the same.

                                                                                    Thai Spicy Peanut Sauce - inexplicably, they stopped making it. I copied down the ingredients and spent a LONG time trying to recreate it. Here is my best attempt to copy it in case anyone else mourned the loss:

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                                                                                    1. re: HomeCookKirsten

                                                                                      they used to carry their own brand of wild rice, I would stock up whenever I was in CA (lots of Hawaii people include a visit to TJ's when we travel). the prices of wild rice in the grocery store is crazy.

                                                                                      1. re: HomeCookKirsten

                                                                                        Kirsten...I loved that Thai Peanut Sauce. Just the right amount of kick. I used it on so many things, and couldn't understand the discontinuing of it. I will give your "best attempt" a try, for sure. Thanks!

                                                                                          1. re: sonofoodie

                                                                                            I like the refridgerated peanut salad dressing as a dip.

                                                                                          2. re: HomeCookKirsten

                                                                                            ugh! i would thin it out with their coconut milk and it was amazing- a bland dumb chicken would be amazing wwith that sauce drizzled and some colorful garnish!

                                                                                          3. One thing I miss, though its been a really long time, were their Chinese steamed buns (I can't remember the proper name for them). They came in packs of four and where stuffed with this delicious meat with some sort of sweet sauce.

                                                                                            Also, I haven't looked for these in a while since they're bad for you in any case, but I don't think I've seen the salt-free Habeus Crispus (Hawaiin Potatoe Chips) in quite some time. These days they've got them in all sorts of different flavors (the salt and vinegar ones are downright sinful), none of them salt free. Too bad, they tasted really good plain.

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                                                                                            1. They had these cakes - basically loaf-shaped pound cakes - soaked with liqueur. One was amaretto, another was cointreau. Last time I saw them was some time last year. They were good, and not very expensive.

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                                                                                              1. re: nsxtasy

                                                                                                I think those are holiday items, I would expect to see them again in November. They are good, I agree with you.

                                                                                                1. re: Ozumo

                                                                                                  Yep -- those are holiday items. I've seen them for the past two holiday seasons. The gingerbread with similar packaging is also very good.

                                                                                              2. Frozen ratatouille--it was a very tasty, lowfat dish. Also, gone for years, the sun-dried tomato crostini.

                                                                                                1. Has anyone seen any articles on their food-rotation philosophy and marketing? It's kind of interesting how they decide what to carry and what not to - I mean, what other chain markets have such a loyal following extolling the virtues of the general range of products they carry? They've got something very special going on, and it makes for interesting economics given their price points.

                                                                                                  As an OT aside - you think you guys have it tough: My favorite ice cream is Valley Forge Fudge, which Baskin Robbins only made for the U.S. bicentennial... in 1976.

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                                                                                                  1. re: Cinnamon

                                                                                                    There is usually some sort of blub about how much they purchase and how it is distributed among x number of stores inside each Fearless Flyer, Cinnamon.

                                                                                                  2. Sadly, they appear to have discontinued the artisanal Italian fresh pastas that they used to have. They came in gorgonzola & walnut and porcini mushroom flavors and were a great midweek quick meal. I find the other TJ's branded ones to be too doughy...

                                                                                                    1. They had THE best frozen Butternut Squash Ravioli - I used to buy as much as I could to stock up my freezer...oh how I miss it.

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                                                                                                      1. re: garnishgirly

                                                                                                        Oh yeah, that was good. They also had really good frozen artichoke ravioli -- better than the fresh version in the refrigerated section.

                                                                                                        They had pink grapefruit marmalade that was wonderful, and they also used to have apricot syrup that was delicious.

                                                                                                      2. My last two visits I haven't been able to find the organic black bean and corn enchiladas. We keep very little on hand in the way of frozen meals...but they were tasty and healthy for a quick lunch when we haven't made something to pack. I hope this is a temporary thing!

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                                                                                                        1. re: ziggylu

                                                                                                          Have seen these recently in IL but they are often out of stock, esp if you go at busy times. Hope it's temporary for you - these are one of our mainstays, too!

                                                                                                          1. re: LAWoman

                                                                                                            Good to hear! Hopefully it is just temporary! Most of the other frozen meals are so high in calories and fat. This and the roasted vegetable enchiladas are the only ones we buy regularly...

                                                                                                            1. re: ziggylu

                                                                                                              I found exactly ONE of the black bean and corn enchiladas on a visit last night. So at least they're hopefully not gone forever...but just seem to be in short supply!

                                                                                                              1. re: ziggylu

                                                                                                                Our store in Reno, NV always seems to have them :-)

                                                                                                        2. I am so, so sad. It looks as though they have decided to stop carrying the Snackmaster's brand of turkey jerky (which I love so much) in favor of their own line of turkey jerky. I tried this stuff and actually physically gagged. When I checked the ingredients, the second ingredient is sugar which, to me, makes the jerky completely unpalatable. I'm so disappointed!

                                                                                                          1. Whether it is 'out of stock' items or discontinued items, my local TJ (Center City Philadelphia) is driving me crazy! Almost every single visit, I can not find 2 or 3 out of 10 items on my list. Yesterday... out of breaded halibut. Time before that... no Empire cut up or whole chicken. Time before that, no "high fiber cereal" which was actually missing for 2-3 months.

                                                                                                            I know they think discontinuing items and getting new ones keeps the store 'exciting and fresh' and brings people back, but stock management for many of my staple items is getting worse it seems.

                                                                                                            1. Oh how I miss the balsamic syrup...I still look everytime I go, and its been off the shelf for about 2 years now! My mashed potatoes just aren't the same :-( I also miss the canned tomato sauce with portabellas.

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                                                                                                              1. re: nancyhudson

                                                                                                                Take some basic balsamic vinegar and reduce it to syrup consistency...not hard, amd cheaper!!

                                                                                                              2. One thing that I cannot find anymore are the All-Natural Maraschino Cherries. They were complete with stems and made without artifical colors, flavors, or corn syrup. These were a perfect addition to my cocktails, and not a bad quick sweet snack.

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                                                                                                                1. re: Sacto_Damkier

                                                                                                                  Gosh I thought I was the ONLY person who bought these! I saved my last empty jar. Whole Foods has a corn syrup free product- but the jar is 8.00 as opposed to 2.99 at TJ. There aren't any similar marischino cherries anywhere else.

                                                                                                                2. Well, I fell in love with their frozen appetizer version of escargot en croute. I know it sounds strange but they were buttery and delicious. BUT after about two years of not seeing it, they suddenly started carrying it again a few months ago! The last time I went in, they didn't have it again, so I'm hoping it hasn't made another inexplicable disappearance...

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                                                                                                                  1. re: sarahvagaca

                                                                                                                    They still pop up here in So Cal every now and again...

                                                                                                                  2. Today when I went, there were no more organic peanut butter sandwich cookies! Like Ritz's bits, only a hundred times better. The staff said they "hadn't seen them in awhile."

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                                                                                                                    1. re: superkatie

                                                                                                                      They have them in my local branch in So. CAlifornia and I love them too!

                                                                                                                      1. re: superkatie

                                                                                                                        My dogs really miss the Blue Dog Bakery Molasses and Peanut Butter Biscuits. I found them at Petco for double the price. Too bad.

                                                                                                                      2. They stopped carrying the Scharfenberger unsweetened chocolate, at least at the one I went to this week. Bummer I have to make my chocolate tart crust with Hershey's.

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                                                                                                                        1. re: coconutz

                                                                                                                          Hoping they can restock their Fleur de Sel caramels next holiday season.Knowing their
                                                                                                                          growing season is short will enable me to stock up. The replacements available are quite
                                                                                                                          pricey compared to TJ's, especially with shipping.

                                                                                                                        2. sweet and savory nut mixes- every variety GONE! they now have only fruit and nut combos, most with lots of sunflower seeds and pepitos- the lightly salted mixes with just a touch of fruit and yummy nuts(cashews, almonds, etc. were such a treat to eat in my car when not able to get to a meal! i questioned pulled items and they told me that it was a nation-wide scaling based on national sales of the item- guess minnesota, etc, isn't favoring my nut mixes!

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                                                                                                                          1. re: yeshana

                                                                                                                            I miss their cranberry and brie hor d'oeuvres....they were awesome!

                                                                                                                          2. Their chocolate covered caramel popcorn was unreal! We called when it was first discontinued and they brought it back briefly. But, it has been gone for a good 7 years now. Too sad.

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                                                                                                                            1. re: veghead04

                                                                                                                              we have it here in westchester, ny

                                                                                                                            2. I know they aren't discontinued but just seasonal...but I can't be the only one waiting impatiently for the Candy Cane JoJo's to come back! How I wish they'd change the name on those to Peppermint JoJo's and just carry them year round! (though my waistline is probably better off with them being seasonal!)

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                                                                                                                              1. re: ziggylu

                                                                                                                                Oh my, those are yummy. I guess I'm not the only one capable of eating the whole box....

                                                                                                                                1. re: bards4

                                                                                                                                  I loved the peppermint bark, which I hope comes back at Xmas. Half the price of Williams Sonoma and I thought it tasted better. It made a great "aunt" gift!

                                                                                                                                  As far as discontinued items--they used to have an "ultimate chocolate sauce", not chocolate frosting or syrup, that was fantastic! Also miss the canned coffee they had; the TJ's brand they carry now is a sorry substitute.

                                                                                                                              2. Sumatra Lintong coffee and toasted coconut meringue candy.

                                                                                                                                1. omollyo-T.J.'s over the years have had so many great things that they've DC'd. Just the other day I remembered a fab cuban dish thay had some years back. - rice/beans/toms/sauce. Gone gone gone. Also loved the vege hamburger style soy product that I used to make my "meatloaf" with. gone, gone, gone. Now, I can't find the wonderful bean medley in a can that I liked. Had large cannelini, kidney and a small white bean. Used to make a lovely vege dish from that. Gone, gone, gone...And, come to think of it, I haven't seen the frozen asparagus tips either..Now, I'm in love w/the yogurt and dill papadums. Going rid rid of those too????
                                                                                                                                  Where have all the good things gone...........:( KQ

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                                                                                                                                  1. re: Kitchen Queen

                                                                                                                                    LOL! I'm sitting here right this minute munching those yogurt dill pappadums -- they're much (much) spicier than I thought they would be from that description, but they're addictively delicious.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: Ruth Lafler

                                                                                                                                      Ruth -
                                                                                                                                      Try with egg salad or tuna instead of making a sammy -OYUM -it's a religion! :)KQ

                                                                                                                                      1. re: Ruth Lafler

                                                                                                                                        No one has mentioned the Cappucino Chips they used to carry. I used to make all of my holiday candy with those!! I was good friends with the California State manager at TJ's.. and he told me that they DC products that don't sell very well. Every month they run a list.. and if it is doing poorly... out it goes! :) Nothing is sacred I guess.

                                                                                                                                        And... I haven't been able to find the pack of Fresh Roma Tomatoes anymore....

                                                                                                                                        1. re: tolsonhouse4

                                                                                                                                          Every time they get a low-fat crunchy snack it seems to disappear. Last year, they had a square puffed rice cracker that would satisfy my need for crunch and salt, but it quickly disappeared. I've looked for substitutes, but the wontons are too greasy and I don't like the low-fat kettle chips.

                                                                                                                                          Re frozen brown rice: it disappeared from the Ann Arbor store for about a month and you would have thought the sky had fallen. Apparently the warehouse ran out, since they didn't have it in the new Novi store, either. But it's back so don't lose hope.

                                                                                                                                          The five-minute meals in the refridgerator case come and go (I like the salmon with jullienne veggies but I haven't seen it in months. The shrimp one pops up every so often.)

                                                                                                                                          1. re: brendastarlet

                                                                                                                                            Last month they advertised a newl organic evoo in a round bottle. It was wonderful. 1 month later it's gone. If they get rid of their smooth and creamy mediterranean hummus it may incite me to riot.

                                                                                                                                            1. re: EAH

                                                                                                                                              You may want to begin rioting, EAH. I went to my local TJ's here in Tucson Sat. night and there was NO Mediterranean hummus and no sign for it on the case, which means it's likely gone, gone, gone....I'm heartbroken....

                                                                                                                                      2. re: Kitchen Queen

                                                                                                                                        Kitchen Queen-
                                                                                                                                        I just visited the TJ's on 3rd and La Brea in Los Angeles, and they had the frozen asparagus tips. I stocked up on a few bags in case they disappear again.

                                                                                                                                      3. I was just at TJ's today and I didn't see any Spelt Flakes in the cereal aisle. 8<(

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                                                                                                                                        1. re: Bob W

                                                                                                                                          I haven't seen the wild salmon chowder since we moved to Michigan a few months ago. It was my favorite canned soup. Is it anywhere else???


                                                                                                                                        2. not sure if anyone remembers, its been YEARS, but they had the BEST stir fry noodles, it came in a very small package w/ vaccum sealed noodles, one bag of veggies and the powder that you mix w/ water to make this amazing sauce. best flavor ever.. they have the chicken/veggie chow mein.. but there is no comparison. it litterally has been over 10 years i think, but i can still remember how great it was =(

                                                                                                                                          1. Dark chocolate "Enigmas" -- seasonal item that's not even seasonal anymore -- crispy butterscotch-y cookies robed in chocolate. It's not fair to get people seriously addicted and then pull them.

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                                                                                                                                            1. re: mooms

                                                                                                                                              I remember those, mooms! I share your grief. :(

                                                                                                                                            2. They just discontinued their "Queso", which was pretty good for nachos, considering it was fat-free. I'm afraid to get attached to a product, for fear they will kill it.

                                                                                                                                              1. Argh, I think the Veggie Masala Burgers have joined the list. None in the freezer bin today and no price sign. We were quite attached to these.

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                                                                                                                                                1. re: CrazyOne

                                                                                                                                                  These are still around, at least at the TJ's on Sepulveda and Palms in West LA, but now I'm feeling nervous and thinking that I should start stocking up!

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: spkspk

                                                                                                                                                    Naw, I posted that a year ago. I've seen them since, although we've cut back on our intake, finally overdid it a bit. ;-) It's been a few weeks since we were last in (slightly out of the way), but I think they had them at the time. I'm the one who got overly nervous; I think these are sticking around for now.

                                                                                                                                                  2. re: CrazyOne

                                                                                                                                                    I LOVE those!!! Now I need to check at my local TJ - I hope they were only sold out. I get cravings for them.

                                                                                                                                                    The other thing was the Orange/Cranberry bread mix. I wanted to make it for a brunch, and couldn't find it. Hopefully it will return for the Holidays!

                                                                                                                                                  3. Does anybody remember the Frozen Moo Shoo Pork that they had years ago? I remember really liking it but I havent seen it in years.

                                                                                                                                                    1. I'm going through withdrawl. I moved from Phoenix to Virginia three months ago and there's no TJ's here. I'm in DC every other week, so I stop into the Tyson's Corner location. I've only been getting canned things, because I have a three hour drive, but next week, I'm bringing my cooler. I'm super sad about the Gyoza, I didn't know about that.

                                                                                                                                                      Three faves that I miss:

                                                                                                                                                      From about seven years ago a Ginger Simmer Sauce. It was kinda like a gingery tomato sauce. A super quick meal, great with chicken over rice.

                                                                                                                                                      Sweet & Hot Pepper Relish. I loved that stuff. It was so good on a sandwich and perfect on top of fish or chicken under the broiler.

                                                                                                                                                      Picadillo Simmer Sauce. So much easier than making your own. Perfect with ground turkey or beef.

                                                                                                                                                      So sad.

                                                                                                                                                      1. Out of excitement for the topic I am going to post my reply before I read.
                                                                                                                                                        KEY LIME CHEESECAKE!!! Last month, I was sitting at work trying to think of a dessert that I could buy that would last a few days and not break my budget. I immediately remembered the Key Lime Cheesecake at TJ's. My mouth watered for two hours in anticipation. (Yes, it was that deep) After work, I went to TJ's - pumped up and ready. Only to find the cheesecake section filled with NY cheesecake under the Key Lime Cheesecake sign. I flagged down a stockboy and asked him to find out what was going on. He returned and said they were no longer carrying that item. What am I going to do????

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                                                                                                                                                        1. re: dream_of_giusti

                                                                                                                                                          DH loves their Pfefferneusse cookies and we haven't seen them for about 2 +/- years at any of the 3 TJ's we frequent.

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Gio

                                                                                                                                                            Only there in Nov-Dec/Christmas...3 years ago there seemed to be a huge shortage of the pfefferneusse(sold out and no new deliveres from about Dec 14 on) and then the last two years they seem to have too much- so much so that there are still a few buckets into the new year.

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Cathy

                                                                                                                                                              Thank you for that, Cathy. I'll make sure DH knows this.

                                                                                                                                                          2. re: dream_of_giusti

                                                                                                                                                            TJ's employees are nice and helpful, but sometimes they don't know what they're talking about. I've had them claim they've never carried something that I'd bought before, and sometimes they'll tell you something isn't available and it's available at other stores. In other words, what he might have meant was not that it was discontinued, but that your store may have decided they didn't sell enough of it to stock it. They might stock it if you make a request.

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Ruth Lafler

                                                                                                                                                              So true about the employees. Especially younger ones who insist they know more when they just got started working at a newly built store. It is extra frustrating when a customer has been a TJ's shoppers since the 80s (when there were a fraction of the stores there are now) and used to depend on the item as a standard staple for years before the employee was even out of diapers...

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: ofijr

                                                                                                                                                                Some times they are just plain rude. I remember one time I was looking for the lemon juice in the lemon containers and the guy just made some rude remark about getting a lemon and squeezing it. If I only need a tablespoon of lemon juice I DON'T WANT to squeeze a lemon for it and if I did I wouldn't have asked in the first place.

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: SuperGrover

                                                                                                                                                                  As a long time TJ's shopper (store #38 is still my fave.), and a one time employee (although 11 years ago) of TJ's, I have to speak on behalf of the employees. They see waaayyyyyyy more rude customers than you can even imagine. I know professional service is always appreciated (and expected by most). But it is really rare that I encounted less than very friendly service at any of their stores I shop at. It's sad that the customers don't hold themselves to the same standards. I loved working there, but just couldn't handle going into work in a great mood just to have several customers walk in and start YELLING at me right when they got in the door. I can't believe how many of those crew members can do it for so long and keep those smiles on their faces like they do.

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Rizza

                                                                                                                                                                    Where, pray tell, is store #38?

                                                                                                                                                                    Mr Taster

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Mr Taster

                                                                                                                                                                      Redondo Beach. #38 just indicates how long it's been around.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Rizza

                                                                                                                                                                        Rizza, you would def not be the type of employee I am thinking of. You obviously would KNOW your information correctly for sure. I do not refer to all employees but the ones that work in there and try to tell a familiar customer they don't know what they speak of. In my assumption (I could be very wrong) they are usually lame transplants, who didn't grow up with trader joe's, yet act like a 40 something native californian is an idiot. Yeah, for sure, I feel for the ones that suffer from rude customer issues. I'm sure there are plenty of rude customers but when one very busy but respectful customer runs in quickly and politely asks, "are you out of blankety blank" but gets treated like crud it does feel crappy and infuriating.

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: ofijr

                                                                                                                                                                          Wow, your TJ's sounds like the biggest exception to the rule I've ever heard. Admittedly, I've only been shopping at TJ's for 10-12 years now, not since the 1980's like you, but I can count on one hand (and really only about 2-3 fingers), the number of times I've ever encountered a rude TJ's employee. I have been in dozens of TJ's, in at least five or six different states (always look for them when we travel), and am constantly amazed at how helpful and polite their employees are. Even those 2-3 weren't really rude, actually, just unhelpful.

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: queenscook

                                                                                                                                                                            Lucky you queesncook. Although I suppose the line between rude and unhelpful can be a fine one depending on how its delivered. Unfortunately, as it is these days I've had the experience of rude, know-it-all workers in probably about 4 out of 8 TJs stores I stop at around the SoCal area.

                                                                                                                                                                            The store closest to my home is not on the list. The folks there (Cerritos) and in the original Huntington Beach Five Points store actually deserve kudos for their sweetness and helpfulness most or all of the time. Including making lovely suggestions for an affordable wine pairings party.

                                                                                                                                                                            The store I was going to in the 80's was in the Long Beach Marina Pacifica and moved across the street. The employee turn over rate there seems often these days. They probably hire many students from surrounding University which otherwise wouldn't be a bad thing at all except for the fact this is the primary place where new employees try to correct seasoned customers.

                                                                                                                                                                            Also I've gotten the know-it-all bad attitude from a few employees in the newer HB store in the Harbour, the newer Los Altos store on Bellflower Blvd. and the Bixby Knolls store guy that wouldn't assist me in finding the pancetta the day after xmas is not forgotten. He had me thinking for that trip Trader Joe's no longer carried the stuff. Pancetta! wth

                                                                                                                                                              2. re: Ruth Lafler

                                                                                                                                                                >>> I've had them claim they've never carried something that I'd bought before, <<

                                                                                                                                                                LOL. i know this is quite old as a post, but i thought it is so true of sales staff in so many different types of places. i'm thinking of cosmetics, for the examples in my memory.
                                                                                                                                                                "oh no, we've never carried that." and i ask, "so, tell me, how long have you worked for estee lauder? ten years?" "oh no, madam, i've worked for estee lauder for six months"). <sigh>

                                                                                                                                                              3. re: dream_of_giusti

                                                                                                                                                                Our store in Reno, NV has them...sorry.

                                                                                                                                                              4. Mint chocolate chip meringues. The still carry other flavors, but I loved the mint choc ones since it was the right mix of chocolate with some mint to cut the cloying sweetness. Every time I go to TJs I cross my fingers that they will be there, but always leave sad :(

                                                                                                                                                                1. This topic could go on forever. I think I'm over loosing the sugar free cookies they used to carry in like 1989. But I can't get over the tomato tzatziki from about 9 years ago. Funny that I'm wearing one of my TJ's sweatshirts right now from when I worked there 8 years ago. It is true that if something doesn't sell well chain wide they will d/c it. And it has to sell extremely well. It's how they keep their prices so low on what they do carry, and why I will always shop there. But couldn't you all have bought more tomato tzatziki?

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                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Rizza

                                                                                                                                                                    what was the tomato tzatziki? It sounds interesting!

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Rizza

                                                                                                                                                                      can anyone tell me about the tomato tzatziki? Was it just reg tzatziki with tomatoes in it or something unique?

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: dockhl

                                                                                                                                                                        Ha! Sorry...haven't looked at this thread for so long. It prety much was just tzatziki with diced tomatoes in it....but it was sooooo good. The flavors seemed to meld really well.

                                                                                                                                                                    2. I have a couple of additions to this list:

                                                                                                                                                                      The Pomi Marinara Sauce in aseptic boxes. I can buy this elsewhere, but TJ's sold it for about a dollar less than my local Italian deli.

                                                                                                                                                                      Trader Joe's refrigerated full sour pickles made by Strub's in Canada. They still sell the half sours, but I don't like them and they don't age to full sour.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. My favorite nut/fruit mix is gone: Confetti Mix
                                                                                                                                                                        almonds, pecans, dried cranberries, yogurt chips

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                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: mamamia

                                                                                                                                                                          A savory snack mix called Mayan Mix or Aztec Mix (can't recall). I tried it a few years ago when I visited San Diego and was crazy about it. Now that I lived in a city with several Trader Joe's, I haven't been able to find it!

                                                                                                                                                                        2. Bitter Grapefruit Marmalade. Great in homemade cranberry sauce and with roast chicken.

                                                                                                                                                                          1. And yes, about the Hungarian red peppers. They are the best.
                                                                                                                                                                            And yes, for the liquour soaked pound cakes they sold at holidays. I made the best trifle with them. I'm getting hungry.
                                                                                                                                                                            And yes, to the gyozas.
                                                                                                                                                                            And last visit I couldn't find any crystalized ginger.
                                                                                                                                                                            Why doesn't someone send this to the head office in SO. Pasadena?

                                                                                                                                                                            1. Frozen sweet potato fries! I loved them--so great with homemade chili mayo. So much more convenient than peeling and slicing all those potatoes.

                                                                                                                                                                              Oh well. *sigh*

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                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: IndyGirl

                                                                                                                                                                                Are you sure these have been discontinued? I just saw them at one of the suburban Chicago stores w/in the past couple weeks.

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: LAWoman

                                                                                                                                                                                  I haven't seen them in two states in at least a year. I'm talking about the frozen SP fries. They have the garlic regular potato fries and I think some crinkle-cut ones or something, but no sweet potato ones. :( I really hope I'm wrong. Maybe I need to get in that freezer bin and dig around a little more.

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: IndyGirl

                                                                                                                                                                                    Yes - frozen sweet. Haven't had them b/c I usually make my own but they were definitely spotted at a Chicago area store.

                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: IndyGirl

                                                                                                                                                                                  The sweet potato chips are great!

                                                                                                                                                                                3. I'm still mourning the loss of the frozen falafels they had. Delicious, filling and very low in calories.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: OCKevin

                                                                                                                                                                                    I to mourn the loss of these delicious treats! I would get those with garlic nann and tzatziki! Oh the horror when I was told they weren't going to carry those any longer. It did force me to cook my own ahead of time and throw in the freezer. Sniff, sniff.. still not the same.

                                                                                                                                                                                  2. I am aching over the loss of my beloved Spinach and Tofu Eggrolls. They were low-cal, low-fat, high fiber nutritious goodness in a whole wheat non-oily "eggroll shell" that crisped up in the toaster.

                                                                                                                                                                                    They might not have sold well because non-tofu people would see "tofu" in the name and not want to try them, but the filling did NOT even taste like tofu. The creamy, luscious substance got all melty with the spinach when you heated them in the toaster oven, and tasted more like a cheese and spinach mixture than tofu and spinach. Sigh. And *still* they were low in fat and high in fiber and a wonderful "feel like you're being bad" treat.

                                                                                                                                                                                    The worst part is that I still have one left in my freezer, staring at me. :(

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                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: scarletcerise

                                                                                                                                                                                      This always happens to me with their cheap wine!

                                                                                                                                                                                      One thing I really miss is their refridgerated potato-cheese and green chili enchiladas. They have different kinds, now, but not that kind. The new kind gets all soggy and gross. I used to eat those for lunch at least once a week!

                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Their butternut squash ravioli which was so very yummy and the McCann's Maple and Brown Sugar Instant Oatmeal.

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Soy Chick'n Gyozas. Only had them once then they were gone. SO SAD!

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Back in the late 80s/early 90s they had a frozen pesto lasagna that I LOVED. Yum.

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. claire de Lune - Portland OR

                                                                                                                                                                                              TJ used to have cured pork loin very thin slices, just a few per pack in the meat/deli section. It was my substitute for ham, because it is the closest in taste to the low sodium French ham I grew up with--always served thin--often just with a dab of unsalted butter on fresh bread. I think later they replaced it with something else--a bunch a slices per pack, but it's just the same. Regular low sodium ham, whether from TJ or other stores, just does not taste the same. I'm also sorry they don't keep some of their seasonal items--I love the cointreau flavored poundcake. I do love gyoza as well. I think they still have them--or got them again.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: claire de lune

                                                                                                                                                                                                wasabi oil...great for dizzling on raw fish

                                                                                                                                                                                              2. The soy ginger carrots - 4 minutes, and awesome side dish with slivered almonds. It was sooo gourmet.

                                                                                                                                                                                                Vineyard Lunch - I know it's just fruit and cheese and crackers, but it's a picnic date in a box, too!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: brekkie_fan

                                                                                                                                                                                                  TJ's at the Naval Training center had this last week.....

                                                                                                                                                                                                2. I miss the Jambalaya in the jar - it made a great quick, lowfat dinner - had good spice - also, I mourn (along with my children) the Strub's pickles, Sandwich Stackers (thin sliced, cold dill pickles) - so yummy straight from the jar - and lately, no rice pudding!! what's up with that

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Shrimp egg Rolls - yummy & low fat - Tried the chicken - wierdly flavored.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. The Tuscan White Bean dip. It was great with the Middle Eastern flatbread, but it was discontinued several years ago.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: LeftCoastRider

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Always available here in IL. Have enjoyed the white bean dip all summer for picnics, etc.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. The only place i know of in my East Coast location to buy tri tip, which we were turned on to by our Santa Barbara relatives. They still carry it but have switched over to Australian beef only. Australia is a beautiful place but their beef is tough. Very very disappointed as it was a treat for our friends who never ate it before!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: sandy stern

                                                                                                                                                                                                          try freezing it and cooking it from frozen. for a 2 1/2 lb tritip, it takes about 1 1/2 hrs @ 325* to get to 130*, rest for 15 min and it'll be 140*. perfectly pink and juicy and much more tender.....

                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Alas, I no longer find the frozen cubes of garlic anymore, only the frozen basil. those little cubes were so handy to pop into a preparation, each one comprising about a clove's worth of garlic joy.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: MsDiPesto

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Also just bought the garlic cubes about a week ago at a store in suburban Chicago. They have been repackaged - look for red and white (not the green packaging like the basil).

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: LAWoman

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Thanks for the tip LAWoman, I'll keep my eyes out for it, I bought the jarred kind today to tide me over.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. They had turkey burgers this summer that where southwestern themed- very delecious when grilled up... they seemed to go bye-bye... but I have learned to be patient with TJ since my wine and sauces seem to always make comebacks after dissapearing :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. i miss their frozen mushroom medley more than anything. it was so convenient, and a heck of a lot cheaper than dried mushrooms.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              their bottled pepperoncini [with whole cloves of garlic in the bottle!] disappeared a few months ago too, and they were so much better than the scary glow-in-the-dark artificially-colored crap you find everywhere else.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. UFO's. Chocolate mints, tasted like girl scout cookies without the cookies.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Panko Bread Crumbs. ARRRRRGH!!!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: shaebones

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I just bought the Panko Bread Crumbs at TJ's in Hioocrest a few days ago.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: wrldtrvl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I was told by customer service @ a Massachusetts store that they were discontinued. Hope he was wrong.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: eberhard49

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Twice TJ's here in Illinois discontinued cheeses which I liked and recommended to others: bleu d'Auvergne, which they never carried again after 4-5 years of doing so; Madrigal cheese (a nice nutty hard cheese similar to Jarlsberg but much better tasting). They were out of Madrigal for 5-6 weeks, then got some in but in lesser quantity.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. There was, years ago, a nice Indian curry paste. I think it was called Instant India. You could fry up pretty much anything w/ it, and it was very tasty.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      More recently, the disappearance of the Spaghetti w/ Meatballs has been a bummer for my child.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The curried tuna pouches are not reliably in stock (and they're so yummy).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Anyone remember the Mac & Cheese w/ tomato on top? That hasn't been around in years, and it was always reliably satisfying.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. does anyone else remember and miss the raspberry wedding muffins? They haven't carried them in at least 10 years, but I still think about them sometimes...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Just reading this* made me doubly impressed with TJ's. They've tried so hard to bring a great variety of food to their customers.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          That being said, I miss the Israeli halva they had in the refrigerator section, which is where halva should be stored--fresh, almost crisp and sesame-fatty. Delicious. They continued to carry nasty chocolate covered halva out of refrigeration. Greasy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          *it's raining and my husband is working and I'm waiting for him to be ready to go out or at least to not whine if I go out alone

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. The Mushroom Risotto in the fridge section that came in the black oval plastic container. Cheesy, mushroomy, gooey... *tear*

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Of course, the Nutella sub.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. The butternut squash mezzinni and the crab ragoons!!! Where are you?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. The frozen green beans .... best I've ever had...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Stupid $#&**% discontinued Trotolle pasta!!!! Hooked me, strung me along for a year, then pulled the plug. Grr!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I did, however, buy every last bag they had at an out-of-the-way store that had just put out its last stock of the stuff.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. I really miss these thin cheese wafer crackers that were in the shape of butterflies. They were so delicious.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Pumpkin butter is back on the shelves for fall!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. The complete selection of different frozen naan breads are not all available anymore, not sure if its only Jersey.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          One new find had been the freeze-dried lychees.. unfortunately, very odd tasting and not nearly as good as the other fruits they still offer.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. The candied cashew /peanut mix. And thats a relatively new item!!! TJ's is killin' me.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: shaebones

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              That did come and go, much to the BF's dismay... He does still love the Pecan Pralines though...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Can't believe no one's mentioned the Chicken Masala frozen entree in the yelllow box. Deelish red curry chicken w/brown rice I've eaten at least once a week for probably 20 years. All of the sudden it's gone...look everytime i'm there for the last 3 or 4 months.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. I miss the powdered corn soup. It was similar to the miso soup, but corn flavored. So what if it tasted like corn MSG in a box? I still have one in the back of my cupboard...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Though it was about 7-8 years ago, I still miss these things that looked like a cheesy siu mai, for lack of a better description. They were six to a box, and were in the refrigerated section. It was, basically, cheese in a thin bread shell. I don't know why they didn't continue them...people were buying tons when I first saw them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Only one time, I got this red mole sauce that was Delicious! Could never find it again. It was in the refrigerated section for some reason. That and the Mayan mix they had. Man I really miss that mayan mix. I could eat a bag of that in about 20 minutes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. I used to buy this roma style marinara sauce from trader joe's. It was like $1.99 a jar. It was out of this world. The hands down best marinara sauce. One day I couldnt find it anymore. I called trader joes and they said that it is sold at italian stores under different packaging. But they could offer no info. I went to the italian store on lincoln looking for it. But cant find it. Does anyone know of this sauce? It discontinued a year ago. Help!!!!! I love it!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. We still kinda miss the chocolate tea. Haven't seen that since I dunno, probably almost a year ago now. Sounds kinda weird but gave you a nice hint of chocolate taste without it being a rich and calorie loaded hot cocoa drink.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Little hope of finding my go-to marinade, with Rosemary, molasses and Maple. Gosh, that was wonderful on any kind of meat.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. jasmine rice with red quinoa and golden flax (precooked, heat in microwave for 90 seconds). i KNEW i should have just bought every single package each time i was at TJ.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          that, and the vanilla soy granola. i still have a package of the vanilla soy granola dated 2004.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          my new resolution is not to be frugal and just buy one of something that i love. i'm clearing out the shelf each time i go to the store. my only love right now is the 6g fiber bread, and i can't stockpile that! :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Just found out they stopped carrying my favorite low fat goat cheese. Sigh.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Every time i go to TJ's I find one of my staple foods has been discontinued. My favorite was the black bean jalapeño chips. I loved eating them with the Boursin light cheese which they also have stopped carrying. There were also these veggie calzones with artichoke. That was quite a while ago though. And the Inca chips as well...the replacements are close but not quite right. I could go on and on...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. I love the blueberry syrup( its made with real maple syrup and blueberry juice). Its gone : (

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                A lot of stuff they discontinued because they arent buying anything from China anymore. I used to love the asian mushroom blend( frozen)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. The formaggio di capri frozen pizza. It was the best frozen pizza I had ever had. Fortunately, they still carry the second best frozen pizza I've ever had, their pizza margharita

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. I was in Trader Joe's this morning and I cannot believe they have discontinued both the peach and apricot sauces. The apricot was my all time favorite thing in the store. They said sales were low, but it seemed like it was sold out half the time. I wonder if it has to do with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Euro as the apricot sauce is made in France. How can I live without it?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Add this one to the list: the regular and whole wheat couscous. They were the only ones who had plain couscous; every other store I've tried has couscous "blends" (i.e., added flavorings). Bummer.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. I miss the stewed packed tomatoes (passata). This made the best pasta sauces. I am also annoyed that they never carried lobster bisque in my local TJ's. My friend in Chicago kept telling me how good it is and I can't get it over here in my area.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: FoodieKat

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I mourn the loss of Ultimate Burgers (stuffed with blue cheese and bacon!!). At least we don't have them in MA any more.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Meyer Lemon cake mix (my Mom has her fingers crossed it will reappear someday)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Their line of soups in thin glass jars, especially roasted garlic/tomato

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: jamie

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The Meyer Lemon cake is seasonal - spring/summer. Try making it with butter rather than oil, and a cup of shredded coconut. So good! It doesn't even need that cream cheese frosting, but what the hey!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              YES! The mojito simmer sauce was terrific; we used it with fish with lots of added cilantro. The curry simmer sauces work okay.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            3. I sadly miss the Thai chili peanuts. I was addicted to the lime leaves contained therein & recycled the dried chili peppers when I needed to spice up a dish. I haven't seen this item in months.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: otto_pivner

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I can't believe they discontinued those! They seemed to be very popular. Maybe they're just changing suppliers.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  re: absence of Thai peanuts

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The manager of a store here in VA told me they were having supplier problems and they were going to be carrying Thai Cashews. I've seen the new product but haven't tried them yet.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: yvetteski

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I don't like cashews, and they're much more expensive than the peanuts were, anyway. I really miss those thai chili lime peanuts. Does anyone else sell them in the US? Is there an online source for them?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: MisterBill2

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      MisterBill, even if you were a cashew-lover like me, you probably wouldn't like TJ's Chili-Lime ones - they're *gnarly*...almost as bad as their Tom Yum Cashews.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: otto_pivner

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Good news -- I was at TJ the other day talking to a crew member (looking for burrata, which seems to be the newest entry on this list of discontinued items, although the shelf tag was still up he told me they were looking for a new supplier), and said "oh, like the Thai chili lime peanuts". He asked if I had tried the new Thai chili lime mixed nuts. I got the last bag on the shelf and they are excellent. It's almonds (small ones, they taste almost like pistachios), peanuts and cashews. Nice and spicy with lots of chilis and lime leaves like the peanuts. The only problem is the cost -- $4.99 for 10 ounces, which is more than the cashews (which don't look to be the same anyway, no lime or chili pieces). Now, if only they'd bring back the peanuts for a cheaper price, since clearly they have solved their supplier issue.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: MisterBill2

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Burrata (curd filled mozzarella balls) is definitely a discontinued item. No sign for it on the cheese shelf in the cooler yesterday.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Mandarin Orange sauce....was I sorry to see it go. It was fabulous mixed with their gyoza dipping sauce and brushed over grilled salmon.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: MartiniQueen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I miss the frozen green garbonzo beans. They were fabulous.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Does wine count?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        They had the best price point for Columbia Crest Semillon Chard for $2.99 and it was perfect wine for entertaining without breaking the bank.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. back in the early 90's, they had these blue corn tortilla chips with a tangy spice seasoning on them. they were so much better than anything they've done since, tortilla chip-wise.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Has anybody noticed the lack of Kosher beef?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: agibney

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I haven't seen any Kosher beef the Studio City or the Sherman Oaks stores for almost a year +/- Other items that I miss: the dried black been soup in the paper carton; the spicy tomato juice from about 10 years ago; I'm not sure I've seen my favorite very spicy, very crisp ginger cookies for a year or so; do they still carry the Ghirardelli bulk chocolate?, haven't seen those for a while. I'm sure there's more I'm forgetting.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: agibney

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Yes, that was very convenient since we keep kosher and TJ is closer than our butcher. Haven't seen it in a long time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. I not only noticed the lack of Kosher beef, but what happened to the beef tenderloin filets? They were priced at about $13.99/lb and were as good as the butcher's $20+/lb steak. No sign indicating the steaks were still in distribution, either in San Francisco or in Seattle.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: sjb

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Spelt with red and green peppers. My all time favorite side dish.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: moshok

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I LOOOVVVEEEDD this stuff!!! So upset its gone!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Chalk up another convenience TJs has discontinued: their frozen cream puffs. I use them to fill in sometimes as an impromptu dessert, but alas...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. I miss those smallish jars of "natural" maraschino-ed cherries. They made me feel a lot better about eating a jar at a time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. The canned tuna packed in olive oil, I learned yesterday, has been discontinued until further notice. Something about the source being unreliable/inconsistent. I bought this stuff lots, alas.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: otto_pivner

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        the japanese noodles repackaged by trader joes but made by habakaku (sp.). Super cheap $1.99 each. Double rainbow ice cream, soy cream

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I am near florham park

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: koshergourmetmart

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I keep looking for the Wonton Chips but it seems they're gone :(

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. I haven't been able to find the red pepper dip which really bums me out. I cook with it alot!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. The lemon dill sauce is gone.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Lori D

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Sniff. I haven't found anything anywhere similar. Any ideas?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: BullCityChow

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Sounds like pretty easy stuff to make. Was it an oil-and-lemon juice based sauce, or more of a mayonnaise consistency?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Let me guess - olive oil, lemon juice, dijon mustard (emulsifies these sorts of things beautifully!), dill, salt, pepper, maybe a pinch of other herbs or spices (me, I'd add some cayenne for heat). Throw it in a blender, pour into a bottle - voila!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  And it can only taste better for being made with fresh ingredients.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: BobB

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    no idea - never had the stuff. just trying to help out the CHers who were mourning the loss. but i do agree with you that fresh is always better :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Ditto here. I can see mourning stuff that's difficult or time-consuming to make at home - I still haven't forgiven them for discontinuing their hot & sour soup-in-a-jar two years ago - but if you can replace something with less than three minutes effort and get it fresher to boot, what's the point in crying?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. They had a bottled green curry that was awesome. They discontinued it and only had the red for a while. Then they got a new green one, but it wasn't the same.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. They just discontinued their regular key lime pie. RIP awesome little pie :(

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. I can't find the BBQ Chicken Pizza anywhere in the LA area. I'e looked in Westchester, Culver City, W-LA, Torrance and Rancho Palos Verdes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I'm sad. :(

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. I haven't scene any Thai Tuna Curries in the past few months. I imagine they are trying to find a better source because I can't imagine they would discontinue such a popular item.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: babaoriley7

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      It is official, Thai Tuna Curries have been discontinued.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Honey lemon fruit tea!! I loved it years ago and it disappeared :( I also miss the portabella mushroom burgers they had in the refrigerated section

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. I think my favorite Tarte D'Alsace, with ham and caramelized onions and Gruyere, has been discontinued, or at least I can't find it in MA. My arteries will probably thank me, but it was such a good quick weekend lunch.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: abs294

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          God, I hope you're wrong about that, abs! One of my favorite always-have-on-hand dinners.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: abs294

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Nooooooooo! I hope you're wrong. That and the croissants are my absolute favorite items at TJs.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: emily

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I found them last week in MA and bought 2 - hoping it was just out of stock temporarily!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: abs294

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                There were about 10 in the freezer case in Devon, PA this week.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: abs294

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I don't think these are discontinued - they were a featured item last week at the TJ's in Brookline, MA, they were handing out free samples. I can't imagine they'd do that for a discontinued item.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: abs294

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                abs294...just had the Tarte d'Alsace last night. I'd never had it before and a clerk was right there stocking the pizzas so I asked him about it and he said it was their 2nd best seling just behind a Margherita. Definitely not discontinued here in Caifornia.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: onedrummer

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  they've actually been know to discontinue items that sell very well. sometimes they lose their source for an ingredient, or their cost increases to an extent that they'd have to jack up the price too much in order to continue making a profit on the item. it just happened recently with their whole, raw cashews. (apparently they're looking for a new source, but i'm not holding my breath.)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. I found out last night that the frozen apple tart that I used to really enjoy has been discontinued. It had nice, thin slices of Granny Smith apple on top of a custardy sauce and there was a small packet of cinnamon/sugar to sprinkle on it once it was baked. It was yummy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. My beloved 100 calorie Cinnamon Toucan Grahams are gone. :( I also miss the black truffle oil, the Greens with Envy frozen veggie mix, the sun dried tomatoes (in the baggy, not the oil) and the shaved beef.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: ralix

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Apparently, no love for the Toucans. The whole wheat crackers have been gone for some time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: LAWoman

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I was just there the other day and I swear they discontinued the NO ANCHOVIES Caesar Dressing. All I saw was some ROMANO Caesar Dressing. The week before was when I saw the NO ANCHOVIES Caesar Dressing. Hmmm :( ??

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. For the love of god, they just discontinued the Organic Rooibos Orange Spice Tea. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. I went in the other day (brookline MA) and they no longer had the organic blue agave sweetener (syrup) that I have come to rely on- only have blue agave maple syrup now. anyone know if this is discontinued or out of stock? the store was madness i couldn't find anyone to ask

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: CoryKatherine

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Just to add a couple from the olden days (well, a few years ago anyway..) --
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Cilantro Noodle Salad (yum! with peanuts and a coconut-cilantro dressing I wished they had bottled at least!! no such luck)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Just Shrimp -- fresh peeled shrimp --- they stopped this and added Just Salmon, Just Chicken and Just Teriyaki Chicken (not so much)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: CoryKatherine

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          CoryKatherine, i doubt they stopped carrying the agave - it's a pretty hot item. look for it the next time you're there.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. As of this weekend, no more sweet hot mustard in the little hexagonal jar. :(

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: oaktowngirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Peppermint marshmallows. They appeared during Christmas 2007 but did not return during Christmas 2008. They were wonderful in hot chocolate.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Also, the gorgonzola and walnut salad disappeared.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: brendastarlet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Hmmm, just got the gorgonzola/walnut salad a week or two ago. Maybe the disappearance you noticed was a temporary one....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Gone to TJ's Valhalla, though, is their Ginger Spread -- just ginger and cane sugar in a ginger-jar-shaped bottle, but very tasty and versatile.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: NoNatto

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                It's no doubt more expensive in the branded version, but that ginger spread is the same as the Ginger People brand's, which you may be able to find at other markets. It's made in China, which is prob. why it's gone from TJ's.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: oaktowngirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I was SO unhappy to find that out last weekend. I have this yummy morning routine using the mustard on a toasted onion bagel, tomatoes and voila a perfect breakfast. Alas, no longer. Why do they discontinue a successful product? How cruel!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            3. The Calabacita & Cheese Quesadillas! I loved those things but have not seen them in my local Trader Joe's for a few months now.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Linara

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Ummm I couldn't find Croutons the other day I was in there, I was going absolutely batsh*t looking for them too. Finally asked one of the peons working there and they were like um were out or perhaps that was meant to mean we no longer sell them. I am like how the heck do you have salad and no croutons!!?? He said do you want me to order some?? I am like will they be here before I leave the store in 3 minutes? Golly Gosh..

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. OK, so it's been a couple of year since i've had the opportunity to pop into TJs. Yeah, it's only about 40 miles up the freeway, but it's been an interesting couple of years.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                My favorite is missing, and when I mentioned it today, the clerk knew what I was talking about, but it'd been so long (before his time) that he looked at me like I was a freak: fortune cookie crackers. Those things were addictive and I'd stock up on them!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                On things that other people have missed in this thread, I didn't take complete notes as I read through the posts on what I saw today, but I did pick up Pork Gyoza, saw frozen green beans, Blue Agave sweetener, Marcona almonds with and without rosemary.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I mentioned this thread to the clerk and he went on about how TJs doesn't have their own farm and has to rely on suppliers, which, being a CH, made total sense to me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I was still able to pick up 2-buck Chuck, which in Oregon is actually 3 bucks, and a couple of tubs of basil to make pesto. And they had the best price on Cotswald cheddar that I've seen in a long time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Trader Joe's Just Discontinued King Arthur Flour. Here's a note from the King Arthur flour blog


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  "Trader Joe’s mission has always been to offer as many TJ’s branded products as possible. And now they’re ready to offer their own flour. So soon, you’ll see Trader Joe’s flour on the shelves at TJ’s, not King Arthur Flour.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Our long relationship is ending."


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Still on the shelves at the TJ in Hadley MA as of 3/5/09.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      How very sad. They carried at the best price around. We are avid bakers and almost always head for KA products. Has anyone tried the TJ's brand?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Hot & sour soup in a jar. Discontinued over a year ago and I still miss it, that stuff was better that many restaurant versions I've had. And just recently, habanero pistachios. Too little demand, they told me. Just when they get me hooked on something...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: BobB

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I was hooked on the habanero pistachios, too. So tasty! I am down to one last bag of them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. I loved their thai spiced roasted peanuts with the chilis and dry basil. Now they only have them in the cashews.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. This has been a fascinating post for me to read. Am I the first person to mention that Trader Joe's merchandises their stores regionally? And that even in the same county you will find some items at one store and not at another?? An old friend of mine used to work for TJ corporate and told me that himself. I've noticed this merchandising here in CA and when I was living in MA. That might explain why some of you haven't been able to find some things - they could have been moved to another store...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: hbpthomas

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Am surprised no one else mentioned this.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            But here are my "losses", from the western MA area: used to get a refrigerated pesto, made with olive oil. Haven't seen that in a long time, was the best pesto art the price. Now buy a great local product (Buddapesto), but at 3 times the cost.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            And recently I fell in love (lust?) with the chili-lemon pistachios, got a few bags on 2 different visits (I live 1.5 hrs from nearest TJ's) but haven't seen them last 2 visits.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: mjoyous

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              At the TJs in Chicago I usually go to, there was this great gourmet popcorn sold by the bag that was relatively inexpensive. Just as good as Garret's, without the waiting in line. They have some unique flavors like jalapeno and cinnamon, but my favorite was always the chocolate drizzle. Unfortunately TJ's seems to have discontinued selling it. Here's their website though: http://www.thebigpopper.com

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: mjoyous

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                i think that pesto-Trader Giottos Genova Pesto is still available...at least it is in Southern CA. If it's the same one (a) I also love it and (B) perhaps they can order some for you, if it's just a matter of not selling well in your particular store? good luck---cuz it's great stuff!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                edited to add--sorry--this was in response to mjoyous's post, but looks like a reply to foodiedoser's...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: chez cherie

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  We've bought pesto from the refrigerated section in Pittsburgh recently. I can't say if it's exactly the same one that you're missing, but it was good and about 3 bucks I think.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: CrazyOne

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Thanks to chez cherie; I will ask if my (not so) local TJ can get the genova pesto, as I think that was the one made with olive oil. They do carry another refrigerated version, but at last check it was made with canola oil. Ah well!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: mjoyous

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      That's the one we got, with the canola oil. I never looked before buying, but went to look because I thought we still had the container. Oh well. :-( I suspect this is the only version they are selling now. It does have some olive oil in it as well, but the oil is mostly canola. I can't speak with certainty to the others here, but I suspect this is the version they got as well.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. The random-weight, saran-wrapped chunks of dark, milk, and baking chocolate feauted during the holiday season are gone because Ghirardelli no longer wanted to supply it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. plugra butter DISCONTINUED???? dear lord, it can't be true!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: chez cherie

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The one near me still has plugra butter, both salted and unsalted.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: givemecarbs

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    buy it while you can. our captain showed me the bad news in print. "discontinued due to slow sales". i grabbed the last 8 lbs. in our area, and froze them. supposedly they are coming out with their own version of a "euro-style cultured " butter....like they have just donw with King Arthur flour. we shall see....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: chez cherie

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I think we need to distinguish between items that are discontinued at TJs but still available elsewhere, and those that are not available elsewhere. Plugra butter and King Arthur flour may no longer be sold at TJs but you can get them at other stores, or even by mail order if you can't get to a place that carries them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Their wonderful hot & sour soup in a jar, which I loved but they discontinued a while back, was bottled just for them and can't be had anywhere else for love or money. That's a true tragedy, not just a inconvenience like the former.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: BobB

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        sorry--i was responding to the title of the thread.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        plugra is discontinued at trader joe's, where i shop for 90% of the food i purchase. it's a bit of a tragedy for me. i will not stop purchasing plugra, but tj's discontinuation will necessitate a trip to another store. i wonder if they factor this in---if i need to make another stop, i'm likely to spend more food dollars at that other store, while i'm there. when they discontinue staple items like this---i've bought plugra for at least 10 years at tj, they are inconveniencing their customers to the point where they will go elsewhere for certain items. not smart. not smart at all, in my opinion, and i''m a huge tj fan. c'mon, joe...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: chez cherie

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          No doubt these things are annoying. As a company gets bigger it has to come up with a strategy to maximize business given the complexity of blending local demand with volume efficiency. If plugra is a best seller at your local TJs you'd think they wouldn't want to give up that business but they have to make decisions based on criteria on a broader scale. It happens to every consumer product retailer as it grows and is the source of much of the bemoaning of the loss of local merchants in today's world.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Some large retailers find they can work on a combination of national, regional and local demand. Others wind up not servicing the local part because they determine it's just not profitable enough. They have space issues as well as situations where they can't maximize their buying power if they go too local. I don't think they are missing your point on this but they have to decide what works best for them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I miss my frozen turkey panini, but I understand. BYW, my local TJs manager will special order certain items for you if they are available on whatever master list they have.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    chez cherie

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I realize this is an old posting and you may have found the Plugra butter by now. I saw it at the local Shaw's Market in Falmouth MA last week. It was $2.99 a half pound.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  3. Looks like we can now add frozen panini to the list. I had become semi-addicted to the turkey panini when my wife bought a package and I found them to come out of the microwave > toaster oven process with a really good crispness and taste. I do doctor them up a bit with other fillings, but they were great.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    After not finding them in their regular place for a few visits I asked the manager yesterday. He checked and said that they no longer have the turkey panini on their availability list. They DO have the beef version that can be ordered in but he wasn't going to do that except on special order because they didn't sell when he used to stock them.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Midlife

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      My local TJs now has the roast beef panini in stock again. Tried them and find them nowhere near as good as the turkey variety. Didn't take time to check with the manager to see if turkey will return as well, but last word was turkey was 86ed permanently.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. I went tonight to get some pomegranate glaze on the rec of another chowhound and my local (brookline ma) representative told me she thought they weren't carrying it anymore. anyone know if this has been officially discontinued? I've never even tried it!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: CoryKatherine

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The store staff, or better yet the Manager, has access to that information. There could be regional availability situations but, as I said in my post, they seem to be able to special order things that are available to them. Whether that's a regional thing or not should be part of what they can tell you. TJ's staff seems to always be great about this kind of thing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Midlife

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The store was (obviously) madness. I asked a girl who worked there and she said that she didn't think they were carrying it anymore and I sort of accepted it. I will be sure to ask the manager next time though. thanks.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: CoryKatherine

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          i have the sad news straight from the corporate office today. pomegranate glaze no longer avaiable to order, west coast, east coast--no coast. so if you see it, snap it up. ain't no more where that came from.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        3. They used to carry this strawberry fermented soy drink which was great. Also miss the big frozen vegetarian quiches (they had for like half a minute), frozen vegetarian quesadillas and frozen chocolate Celebration cake. Usually if I really like something it's a strong indication that it will soon be discontinued.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Trader Joe's lessons of impermanence, a funny road to Buddhist understanding.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The smoked trout in tins is fabulous, if you like that kind of thing, and seasonal. The shelf season should be ending soon, if last year is any indication.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: pitu

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              "Trader Joe's lessons of impermanence, a funny road to Buddhist understanding."


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. YES! Last week they advertised 1 liter of Sauza's Hacienda Reposada for $9.99.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Get outta here. I bought 2 to test the waters and went back 3 days later to find they had sold out and probably wouldn't get any more. BOO. I should have bought 4 or 5 and used them as hostess gifts.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I just got 4 bottles of La Loggia Barolo before they were gone. Would have gotten more but don't have the proper storage.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. The Organic Ginger Snaps & the Corn Meal Crust Sausage Pizza (refrigerator case) are gone. According to the Rockridge management they are are both discontinued. Those ginger snaps recently scored 2nd in a San Francisco Chronicle taste test - the non-organic ginger snaps they continue to sell came in 4th.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: trhirsh

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Are these different from the gluten-free ginger snaps? Those were amazing and now I can't find them. Tracking down management at my TJs at the time I shop is tough too

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: trhirsh

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I saw the Organic Ginger snaps last month

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Anyone seen organic jasmine rice lately? (Not precooked.) Haven't seen it lately in the L.A. TJs in which I shop. Very good, if yours has it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Miss the sugar free, fat free merengue shells.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. They discontinued the two things I bought the most.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1: Whole bean espresso. They now have an organic one that's OK, but I now get my coffee from Wegmans (own brand), where it's super cheap and very good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. They had this Bulgarian spicy eggplant and pepper dip in a short, squat jar, that I would buy 3 or 4 of at a time. That stuff was so good, and then "poof", just like that, it was gone...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: berbadeerface


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          After posting above, I did a quick Google search, to see if I couldn't find any of that dip, and was quite flabbergasted by what I found:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Traders Joe’s Eggplant Garlic Spread in glass jars. A traditional Bulgarian Recipe of Eggplant, Garlic & Ferreroni Peppers. Net Wt. 12 oz. (340g). Product of Bulgaria, Recall # F-679-5
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Lot #’s: 43009 and 42909
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          RECALLING FIRM/MANUFACTURER
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Recalling Firm: Trader Joe’s, Needham, MA, by email on August 10, 2005 and August 12, 2005.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Manufacturer: Konex-Tiva Ltd, Sofia, Bulgaria. Firm initiated recall is complete.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The product contains filth.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          VOLUME OF PRODUCT IN COMMERCE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          123 cases
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          CT, DE, IN, MA, MD, NJ, NY, OH, PA and VA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          RECALLS AND FIELD CORRECTIONS: DRUGS - CLASS II

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          August 2005 was exactly around the time I remember it vanishing. Crazy. Contains "filth"? Can we be more specific? On second thoughts, perhaps it is better not to know! I ate a LOT of that stuff...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: berbadeerface

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The spread is known as ajvar. I regularly dine at a place in the LA area that is owned by a couple of brothers who are from Serbia (Metro Cafe in Culver City). They produce their own version that is head and shoulders above the TJ version. I bought a jar at TJ's to have it on hand but was pretty disappointed with the flavor. Evidently, this type of spread is very common throughout that general part of Europe. You might try googling the product or call around local shops/delis that offer foods from that part of the world.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: bulavinaka

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I was in TJ's yesterday - the store I go to (in West LA/Palms) still carries this product. I was pretty tempted to ask the clerk, "hey - what is this sh!#?" :) Also, just to confirm how available this condiment is, I was in a local Latino grocery store - I found three varieties of ajvar in their "ethnic" section. I also found a Greek variation at our local Sunday farmers market in Mar Vista. It's called, aywar.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: bulavinaka

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                No...it's similar, but it's not the same as the stuff that was withdrawn. I think they started selling ajvar to replace the filth stuff.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: berbadeerface

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Well, the good news is it obviously wasn't fatal (for you, at least).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: berbadeerface

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  It's BAAACCKKK....I bought, and used, it just in the last month or two, not having seen this. "Filth" in the form of insects and vermin droppings having permissible levels in a number of spices and other items, according to regulations, I wonder just what was in it. I guess there's no use getting panicky about this sort of thing, since clearly we are all consuming icky freebies of which we are unaware.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. here's one product that *should* be discontinued: fresh summer rolls. not one bite of flavor in the whole thing -- save the sweet generic dipping sauce.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: CoryKatherine

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ;-). i thought about it. but these *fresh* (cough, cough) summer rolls got their own special post!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      It's a shame. Great summer rolls are so good. And due to TJs there have to be people walking around thinking summer rolls are terrible. (For me, that's anything wrapped in a lavash currently. I suspect I've just never had a good wrap.)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Cinnamon

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        speakin' of wraps, cinnamon: one "yay" that i hope they don't discontinue, though, for wraps is the whole grain tortillas. they are a quickie substitute for indian roti bread -- great with curries.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        another fave "wrap" (not from tj's, but easily concocted): nice garlic-herb marinated chicken, with that lebanese "toum" sauce (basically garlic, oil and salt, thick and stiffer than mayo), turnip pickles, all wrapped in lavash. the garlic in that combo will make you swoon. well...even the garlic sauce alone is a revelation. so simple. so heavenly!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. PECAN STICKY BUNS...in the frozen section. the manager told me they were discontinued due to low sales. we bought tons of the them!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Once, just once, they had a Thai chicken fried rice in the freezer section. MUCH better than the standard frozen chicken fried rice they normally have. Alas, I never saw it again.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. The "Cheese style" Greek yoghurt - TJ's label. My Hugs loves this stuff.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Unsweetened baking choc. Fabulous flavor, great price, GONE.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Boo HISS.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. I know it's not a food, but I liked their Refresh citrus body lotion, which I can't seem to find in any TJ in the Northeast.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: adkatz

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          really? i've seen it in my local North Jersey stores.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          when it comes to TJ's, it's always worth a visit to the Customer Service desk to inquire about products that seem to be out of stock or discontinued. they're usually super-helpful.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: adkatz

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            adkatz I love their Refresh shampoo too. I used to use johnson's baby shampoo but I read somewhere that it is bad for you so I switched. They have it at the TJs near me in the suburbs of Philly. They have the bath and body lotion too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. I had to join just so I could pipe in here. I love Trader Joe's but I have become so frustrated with them constantly discontinuing my favorite things! They had a flourless chocolate cake bite that was out of this world and the perfect portion size. It was an intense hit of dark chocolate - bliss! Giant Grocery store has something similar in their Simply Enjoy line but it's not the same.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Then, they discontinued the Tuna in Yellow Curry Sauce that I used to make a nice Tuna Nicoise over their frozen potato medley with some Moroccan oil cured olives and shallots in a balsamic vinegar. YUM. I was really bummed about that.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I nearly had a heart attack when I was convinced for a few weeks that they had discontinued the chocolate raspberry sticks but they were just out of stock for a while. Whew!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: maianajewel

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              There is a flourless chocolate cake in stock as of January 2011 in Media, PA. Don't know if this is the same one you mean. They used to have a frozen one I tried that was under a brand name other than TJs and was so bitter I actually got my money back. The one they have had more recently is on the table with their other baked goods at room temperature. It is definitely dark chocolate but not at all bitter and outstanding. Which of course means it will probably be discontinued in 5 minutes. LOL.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: PantomimeLion

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                i always just bypass the entire bakery section so i never would have known that they carry *any* GF items over there aside from the corn & brown rice tortillas. is it this one?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                looks like an *awfully* long ingredient list.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  just had to chime back in to say that i somehow remembered to stop by the baked goods section today to look at the label since i couldn't read the details in the online photo... i was pleasantly surprised to see that it's actually not loaded with a bunch of preservatives and other crap. more than half of the space is devoted to parenthetical detailing of the ingredients in a couple of forms of chocolate :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  it may not be health food, but it's certainly a better option than most of the packaged GF junk out there!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. I am still mouring the Mojito Simmer sauce. It was incredible in he crockpot with pork loin & the cuban black beans on the side. I was sure they had gotten rid of the rosemary ham in the deli section, but it reappeared in new packaging a couple months ago.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Also their frozem white & brown rice in the frozen section is hit & miss. I am not sure if it's just really popular or they are phasing it out...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: modfood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                yeah, we were mojito simmer sauce fans, too -- even though ostensibly it is so easily "copied" from scratch....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                we'd just toss some leftover cooked chicken into it, doctor it a bit, and serve it with rice.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. If they ever bring back the ginger jelly, I will buy it by the case!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Also miss the herbed dipping oil they had - heaven!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. I just found out the TJ's discontinued their BBQ shredded pork and chicken. :/ They were great with the broiche rolls.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Balsamic Glaze (yeah, I hoarded the last bottle THAT long).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Apricot Sauce--so much nicer than the ubiquitous applesauce.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Puff Pastry--what happened to that? It was sooooo much cheaper than what one could buy (with butter) anywhere else.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    WHAT has happened to the dried Blenheim apricots? They were lovely and tangy. The new Patterson variety is MUCH too tart--and I like VERY tart things. Ugh for eating.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Longer ago: the frozen apricot tart from France.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The good news: I had been told their gingerbread had been discontinued. On a whim, I decided to check whether it was back as a seasonal item--and it is! it is so moist and yummy. (Try layering it with a pumpkin pie type filling, whipped cream and candied ginger for a nice trifle-type of thing.)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: ErstwhileEditor

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      If you are up for a splurge, order dried Blenheims from apricotking.com. I discovered these folks when looking for dried pears. The small, tree-ripened Blenheims are packed with flavor, but my favorite, available only sporadically, are the large dried pit-in Blenheims. The pit contributes a hint of oaky amaretto which is hard to describe.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: ErstwhileEditor

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        "Balsamic Glaze (yeah, I hoarded the last bottle THAT long)."
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        when i discovered that they discontinued the pomegranate glaze *again* last year, i bought out the stock at a local store. currently hoarding my remaining 6 bottles :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: ErstwhileEditor

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I've seen the puff pastry recently as well--I think it's seasonal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: ErstwhileEditor

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            You must really like apricots!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            On another note, we should start a thread about rumors of soon-to-be-discontinued you items. Thus, if you're a fan of something, you can stock up before it's gone.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Jacey

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              unfortunately there's usually no warning - things just suddenly disappear from the shelves. i really lucked out when i figured out they were once again yanking my beloved pomegranate glaze *before* they ran out - i bought every bottle left in the store!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Once when I griped to a stocking clerk about how often products disappear, he pointed to something on the shelf label that was an indicator that it was going to be discontinued but for the life of me, I don't remember if it was a code/ color/ or whatever. And it could have been he meant discontinued in a seasonal, rather than permanent, sense. I once asked a different staffer, on a later visit, and got a blank look.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: greygarious

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ooh, i'll have to as someone at one of my local stores to see if they know...although twice in the past 2 weeks i've been given incorrect information - at 2 different stores!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. I haven't found their sharp provolone cheese in ages.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. chicken chorizo sausages

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. I really miss the Tuna in Curry Sauce. The Tuna in Red Panang Curry, the Tuna in Yellow Curry (with potatoes). Didn't much care for the Tuna in Green Curry, but had it from time to time too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Came in a shelf stable foil packet, which could be boiled for easy heating. Tuna was usually pretty tender, and it made for a quick meal mixed with pasta or over rice.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I can't imagine it was discontinued due to poor sales, as they flew off the shelves at the local TJs. When I found out they were disappearing, I bought 15 of the last pouches they had.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: missinglink

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I was also very bummed about this. It made for such and easy and relatively healthy lunch.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: missinglink

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    maybe they couldn't secure the supplier at a good enough price.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. my dad really liked the canned sweet potato and butternut squash puree and I went to buy him some BUT, alas, no more

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Add tomato chutney to the casualty list. I can't imagine what I'm going to do w/o this stuff.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: LAWoman

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        was that the one with indian flavors? i think patak's has a tomato relish that we discussed a while back as a potential substitute.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: LAWoman

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          i remember that one - i bought a jar of it several years ago and IIRC it contained a lot of sugar and i think it was a bit too sweet for me. but you can probably make a reasonable facsimile at home relatively easily. if you post the ingredients list i'm sure we can all help!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            For about a year or so they carried Carnegie Deli (a famous Jewish deli in New York and Las Vegas) pastrami. Since I live in Jewish deli deprived San Diego, I really miss being able to obtain high quality pastrami.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Encinitan

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              i feel your pain, neighbor - i'm in Solana Beach :) oh, how i wish we had NYC-quality nova & sable around here!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              you could always take a road trip to Langer's in LA for the pastrami...