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Kosher holiday finds at Trader Joe's

Some fun sweet treats that I spied (OK, I did more than spy them . . . I bought them!) at Trader Joe's last week: OU-D Chocolate Break-a-Part Oranges, both the dark and milk varieties, Chewy Egg Nog Cookies (Kaf-KD), a nice OU-D 1 pound box of assorted chocolates (pre-wrapped in a vintage wintery wrapping, which looks a bit Christmasy, but really isn't), and a 21 oz. box called "Trader Joe's and the Astounding Multi-Flavor Joe-Joe's," which is a box of "A collection of past & present Joe'Joe's sandwich cookies decadently enrobed in various chocolates with drizzles and sprinkles." The box contains six each of Double Chocolate (in dark chocolate with a milk chocolate drizzle), Peppermint (in dark chocolate with peppermint sprinkles), Peanut butter (in milk chocolate with a dark chocolate drizzle), and Ginger (in white chocolate with ginger snap sprinkles). The hechsher is the Star-D.

I haven't tried them all yet, but the box of chocolates seems to have a nice variety of stuff, including two pieces of salted & chocolate-covered caramels, which I had been hoping to find a kosher version of for as long as I've heard of them. It also come with a printed key to which chocolate is which, which is always better than guessing and being disappointed!

The couple of Joe-Joe's I had were nice, but at 130 calories each, this box had better last me the entire season!

I'm a major eggnog lover, and these cookies smell amazing, but don't taste as good as they smell. They're OK, though.

Haven't opened the chocolate orange yet, but remember from last year that it's fun and tasty!

I imagine there's lots more available, but this is what interested me the most. And with all the calories in what I have already bought, I don't plan to be trying much more!

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  1. Thanks for the tip about the oranges! YUMMY!

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    1. re: Prettypoodle

      The best treat I bought at Trader Joes were the pretzel slim in Peppermint Flavor. OMG soooo good. Pretzel thins wrapped in a creamy white chocolate and covered in peppermint bark. Delicious. Queenscook- I saw those Joe Joes too, and was so tempted to buy them, but the knowledge that a new WeightWatchers plan was starting today made me re-assess the situation and back away. I am particularly interested in hearing the report on the Ginger joe-joes though....

      1. re: marissaj

        I bought the pretzel slims also- they're delicious. Perfect balance of sweet and salty.

        The Cafe Twists are also a favorite- not special for the holidays- but they had tons of them when I was in the store. They taste exactly like the twists that I've seen in the kosher supermarkets, but much less expensive.

        Three other frozen finds-
        - pumpkin ice cream... it's labelled premium and it has a lot of calories but it's delicious
        - tart frozen yogurt... tastes like the frogurt stuff. Only has 100 calories/serving.
        - mini soy chocolate ice cream sandwiches... exactly like the toffuti ones but with less calories and fat

        1. re: cheesecake17

          My friend introduced me to the frosted mini gingerbread men (OU-D) that i bought today "for my toddler". They are just soooooooooo good. 120 cals for 3. I love the TJ holiday snacks especially- such unique fun things! I also picked up salt and pepper crisps (made from rice) and those are good too (OU-D).

          1. re: marissaj

            I didn't see the gingerbread cookies! Were they in the tubs on top of the frozen stuff?

            I've had the salt and pepper crisps- they're really good.

            1. re: cheesecake17

              They are in a box. I also didnt see them at first. A woman pointed them out to me. They are in a box with a gingerbread man cut out the front and are in a box of very holiday style colors. In my local Trader Joes they have the holiday cookies and chocolates on one side above the freezers and the other side is regular stuff.....

              1. re: marissaj

                Thanks.. I'll next next time I go there.

          2. re: cheesecake17

            I'm convinced those twists are by Barry's Bakery, are those the ones you mean cheesecake? Love that they are parve!

            1. re: PotatoPuff

              yep those are what I was talking about. I love them, but I can eat the whole bag!!

      2. fyi: lake champlain makes chocolate enrobed salted caramels.

        1. I wish they had the peppermint gourmet marshmellows (e.g. homemade and handcut, not the commercial kind) that they had three years ago. Oh how I miss good marshmellows!

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          1. re: rachelb99

            I was very unimpressed by them, actually. I have now--once--made my own marshmallows, with the relatively newly available kosher gelatin (Kolatin brand). It was pretty easy to do; maybe I'll give peppermint ones a shot.

          2. Their potato pancakes are also really yummy!

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            1. re: lenchik

              FYI - We got a nice discount on their latkes and some other items last year for a shul Chanukah party. It worked out great. Our local TJs gives a limited number of discounts to not-for profits each year.

            2. D'ya suppose the stuff all goes on sale Dec. 26???

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              1. re: SoCal Mother

                Trader Joe's never runs sales. Their prices are their prices.

                1. re: queenscook

                  Yeah, I know. (sigh) But all the candy at Target goes on sale the day after! Yum!

                  1. re: SoCal Mother

                    Not last year, but in previous years I have bought some reduced price "Christmas" goodies in Trader Joes--perhaps in January, Maybe it depends on how much stock is left over.

                    1. re: susiejane

                      Do not bet on sale. Manhattan upper west side Trader Joe had about 15 fresh Glatt kosher turkeys the day after Thanksgiving. They were still being sold at $2.29/lb. A day later they disappeared. It seems that Joe would rather take a loss than run a sale. Still their prices are fair, and in a time of anti-Israeli propaganda they seem to continue to stock Israeli products.

                2. re: SoCal Mother

                  Those holiday items that are left have been marked down in my Trader Joe's. Last week I bought the 1 pound box of chocolates for $4.99 and a chocolate orange for 99 cents. There are not too many items left on the shelf.