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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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    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

                    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!!!