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Discontinued at Trader Joe's (started 6/19/2011) [old]

There's an old thread that is very long, and assorted tributes to departed items sprinkled amongst the other TJ threads, so I thought the topic merited a new thread.

My latest eulogy is for the tamari-roasted almonds. The soy flavoring contributed some satisfying umami without a lot of salt. Every time I go, I look in the vain hope that the whole wheat mini-chocolate chip cookies or the truffle oil will have reappeared.... None of these were seasonal items so it appears that extinction is forever. What items do you wish they'd bring back?

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  1. vanilla paste.
    chimichurri sauce.
    cioppino base.
    the consolation is that they always come up with something new that's great.

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      1. re: rainey

        Look for the vanilla bean paste again around the holidays. It's gone in and out of stock over the years but seems to come back around that time every other year or so.

        1. re: RoxyGrl

          Excellent news!

          I was looking for confectioners' sugar the other day. None to be found. A staff person told me it's also a "seasonal" item. Confectioners' sugar! =o

          1. re: rainey

            Sadly, i think the vanilla paste is gone for good. While it used to make an appearance at the holidays ( along with frozen puff pastry, peppermint jojos and several other amazing products), the vanilla paste has not resurfaced for at least three years.

      2. It's been discussed before, but I was particularly bummed about the Neiman Ranch bacon being dropped.

        And now even more so since I saw it at my local "gourmet" market...at 2x the price :(

        The Twigs, Flakes & Clusters cereal has been MIA my last two store visits, so I'm afraid for that too.

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        1. re: coney with everything

          Cashier told me Monday that Twigs Flakes and Clusters are indeed discontinued. Sigh.

        2. Lunch at work just hasn't been the same without the White Chicken Sesame Noodle Bowl.

          1. The refrigerated soups. Ancient grains (lentil) was especially good. The soups are replaced by beans and mediocre chicken salad. Don't get it.

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            1. re: gnosh

              Any chance the soups will be back in the fall? I could see them laying off the soup for summer. I liked the chicken and barley.

              1. re: sciencediet

                With the exception of the gazpacho, the refridgerated soups are seasonal. They will be back in the fall.

                1. re: sciencediet

                  I was told they are seasonal and will be back in the fall when I inquired about the "Clam Chowdah." I did not understand why a Clam Chowder would be discontinued for the summer, since to me it's a soup associated with summer. I live on the east coast and frequent a seafood restaurant which is only open in summer and which makes probably half its revenue from people ordering their New England clam chowder, no matter how hot the weather is.

                2. re: gnosh

                  Just saw the lentil soup back yesterday in a Mass. store along with another soup which I didn't focus on. - Agree lentil was very good.

                3. Trader Joe's used to have some pretty good Greek olives in a regular sized can.
                  I used to buy them four or five at a time.
                  Haven't seen them in about two years, and miss the product.