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Trader Joe's holiday items [Old]

Since lots of reports on holiday items are buried in TJ's threads over 100 posts long, I thought I'd start a separate one just for items available during the holidays.

Candy Cane JoJos are back, and now there's a chocolate covered version as well

Candy cane truffles (the soft French-style truffles rolled in crushed candy canes)

Chocolate "palatte": a stack of eight different 1.5 ounce single origin dark chocolate bars tied with a ribbon -- a pretty good deal at $9.99 (for 12 ounces total) and a nice gift or way to organize a chocolate tasting party, since there's info about the bars and their origins

Chocolate covered gingerbread -- a 10 oz tin of gingerbread cookied nuggets covered in dark chocolate. These are evil -- do not buy unless you're sure you have enough to share.

Buche de Noel in the frozen dessert section

Shortbread stars in a vaguely Hanukkah looking blue and sliver box -- I bought these last year and they were very good

Sea salt caramels, both plain and chocolate covered -- I had the chocolate covered last year, and they're pretty good (especially for the price), if you don't mind a faint coconut flavor from the coconut oil in them

Organic eggnog (no HFCS) -- TJ's label, don't know if it's the same as the Rockview Farms I reported on two years ago: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/352413

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  1. also:

    steamed, peeled chestnuts
    pumpkin butter

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    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

      i love that pumpkin butter. it's especially great in a bowl of the mccann's old fashioned (not quick cooking) oatmeal.

      1. re: artemis

        pumpkin butter is great in cottage cheese and greek yogurt

        1. re: artemis

          Try adding a spoonful of whipped cream cheese with the pumpkin butter. Awesome.

      2. The Trader GIotto's pannetone, imported from Italy.~$6
        The Weissella, soft gingerbread coookies, product of Germany. These taste like Christmas to me. Just a pite of gingerbread, nuts and fruit.~$2
        The fresh cranberry sauce and fresh cranberry orange relish.
        Pfeffernusse in a box, not in the plastic tub.
        Buttery Almond toffee in milk chocolate (in a box) (different than the English toffee in the plastic boxes)
        Shortbread almond snowman cookies.

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        1. re: Cathy

          I've stocked up on my Weisella lebkuchen (gingerbread cookies)-- both sugar-glazed and chocolate covered. Last year they sold out in early December and I never got my fix!

        2. I bought a gingerbread cake/cookie mix.

          I saw the eggnog, and I wondered if it was any good. Like worth a lactose intolerance reaction good. If you've tried it, I would love to know how it is!

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          1. re: cheesecake17

            Love that gingerbread mix- you'd never know it came from a box- really moist and spicy!

            1. re: sweet ginger

              I baked it the other day and it came out really good. I used applesauce instead of the oil. Loved it with vanilla ice cream. Have you tried it in the cookie form?

              1. re: cheesecake17

                Not yet- glad to hear the applesauce version turned out well.

                1. re: cheesecake17

                  do you happen to know if it contains egg or must have eggs added to it? looking for an egg free cookie mix

                  1. re: toutefrite

                    It called for one egg, but I'm sure you can use an egg replacer. I don't remember if there were eggs in the mix itself. It was marked OU or Kaf K (forget which) Dairy, so it's definitely not vegan. I'm going to get another box Sunday, so I'll let you know.

                    Sweet Ginger
                    It turned out probably a little chewier than if I made it with oil, but I really loved the flavor. My husband couldn't tell it was made applesauce, so it passed the test, because he's the cake eater around here.

                  2. re: cheesecake17

                    I made cookies with the TJ's gingerbread mix. I rolled the dough nice and thin, and decorated them with pieces of candied ginger. They were crisp and spicy and quite good.

                    1. re: chompy

                      How did you alter the mix to make it for cookies? I want to do the same but am not sure what to omit/change.

                      1. re: freshchester

                        The box has directions for cookies and for a cake.

                        1. re: cheesecake17

                          Yeah, I just used the directions on the box, and added candied ginger on top for decoration.

                  3. re: sweet ginger

                    Just bought another 2 boxes this past weekend to make cakes- layered them (1 box per layer) with cream cheese frosting- heaven!

                2. The Mexican Hot Cocoa cookies are in a Christmas-y looking red and green box, so I figure they're probably a holiday item as well.

                  Not recommended - really dry and they taste more like cinnamon than chocolate. I did discover that they're not bad crumbled into vanilla ice cream, though.

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                  1. re: chompy

                    that's pretty creative chompy. I'll remember that for the next time I have leftover cookies that I am tired of but don't want to toss.

                  2. I looked in vain last night for their peppermint bark--has anyone seen that in their store?

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                    1. re: coney with everything

                      i could swear i saw it in one of their NJ stores today.

                      you should ALWAYS ask someone at the customer service desk - they're really very helpful.

                      1. re: coney with everything

                        I some some today in Minneapolis. They had all of the holiday stuff out.

                        1. re: phimoez

                          I thought the holiday peppermint bark (in candy bar form) was NOT good.
                          Artificial chocolate taste. A little off subject-however, haagen dazs peppermint bark ice cream (limited for the season) is GREAT!!!

                      2. I picked up a box of the choc. covered candy cane jo jos (they are covered in dark chocolate) yesterday and, yes, they are as good as they sound! Good thing there are only 12 or so in the box!!!

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                        1. re: mdepsmom

                          If you want to stretch out your consumption you can put them in the freezer and eat them frozen -- sort of like mint cookies and cream ice cream without the ice cream!

                          1. re: Ruth Lafler

                            ooh I have to try these next time. I bought the regular candy cane JoJoes and half the box is gone!

                            1. re: Ruth Lafler

                              Ruth, that's precisely what we used to do with Girl Scouts Thin Mints...they were excellent frozen! [as were the peanut butter Tagalongs].

                              1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                Thin Mints.. I can't wait for girl scout time to come around this year

                          2. Fresh gingerbread, in a flat square in the bakery section backed with cardboard may be my favorite TJ's item ever, but I am a gingerbread fiend. It's chewy and topped with a crunchy glaze. I also love the Weissella Lebkuchen that only show up around the holidays.

                            1. Thanks for this post. I was at TJ's in Napa yesterday and the sheer number of holiday items was daunting.

                              They had samples of the Buche de Noel which was good. Not a buche but more of a frozen mousse covered with chocolate.

                              They had their brand of oreos in mint. That was good too.

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                              1. re: rworange

                                Not spefifically a holiday item (meaning "limited")
                                - although certainly very appropriate for the holidays- i tried for the first time the cinnamon almonds- and they are incredibly delicious (healthy, too!)...although the big trick is not to eat too many in one sitting, as they are VERY addicitive!

                                1. re: chicken kabob

                                  Strange, I've bought those at least three different times and they've always been very stale and hard.

                                  1. re: Pandora

                                    Pandora- I only bought 1 bag so far and I thought it tasted fresh and tasty.
                                    I hope my next one is as good.

                              2. I had the gingerbread coffee this morning. Really yummy, in a dessert sorta way.

                                They used to carry a coffee blend called "Winter Blend" that was great. (I don't remember exactly why!) Now they carry a spice loaded "Wintery Blend" that is different. Not bad, had peppercorns, cloves and cinnamon in it , I think.

                                1. Munching on a snowflake right now, pretzels coated in a sweet and tangy yogurt coating topped with crunchy non-pareils. I was going to share the tin tomorrow but it doesn't look like that's happening.

                                  1. Bold statement but all things Gingerbread or Ginger that come out of their shop during the holiday season are always spectacular.

                                    The sea salt caramels you mention sound enticing. Thanks.

                                    1. Alas, no Double Rainbow Pumpkin ice cream this year. *Sheds a tear*

                                      1. I tried the Peppermint Cremes, 12 oz. It's a pretty good product, the center filling being softish and creamy in texture, that is, not grainy and sugary. Also has a nice scent and flavor of peppermint. My only real objection is the amount of packaging inside the box: two molded plastic trays with one patty per slot, then each tray is topped with padding and shrink-wrapped.

                                        1. Damn you Trader Joe! You ran out of Vintage Ale before I got to the store on Friday! AAAHHHH!

                                          1. Since people have mentioned that they've see holiday items trickling into the stores, I thought I'd bump this thread.