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A Trader Joe's Care Package

I've a dear friend who is a great cook in her own right and is an adventurous (though vegetarian) eater. She is located far, far away in a land where there are no Trader Joe's to be found. I'd like to send her a care package of shelf-stable favorites from TJ's and am curious as to what you'd include in the box.

So far, my shopping list includes:
* Triple Ginger Gingersnaps
* Speculoos
* Dark Chocolate Covered Blueberries
* Peanut-butter Filled Pretzels

Please help me fill out this "must send" list with your recommendations.

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  1. Almondictive Bits!!

    1. Speculoos cookie butter!
      Chili Mango
      Turkey Jerky-Teriyaki

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      1. re: vttp926

        SHE'S VEGETARIAN.

        1. re: Boychucker

          I am sorry. I must not have been reading thoroughly when I posted my list.

      2. Perhaps a trek mix or two? There are so many good ones: Salty Sweet & Nutty; Tempting; Rainbow's End; Monkey Business . . .

        I also second Bax on the Almondictive Bits.

        1. Vaccuum fried pineapple and vacuum fried banana. Two bags each. Maybe four each.

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          1. re: gordeaux

            That pineapple is really good! But don't you mean dried and not fried? LOL

            1. re: Bob W

              Absolutely not.
              Vaccuum Fried with an F.

              1. re: gordeaux

                Yes, my apologies. I was at TJs today and saw they have two types of pineapple -- Vacuum fried chips and dried baby sweet pineapple. We have the latter and it is excellent.

          2. I like the Almondictive Bits too, but (this week) I prefer the Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups. Also some big tub o'cookies (the chocolate chip with oatmeal ones work for me), and the peanut butter-filled pretzels.

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            1. re: sciencediet

              Oh, and the cinnamon almonds. I actually can't stop eating them so I don't buy them any more, but I'd happily buy them for someone else.

            2. Last time I was at TJ's I tried the Wasabi Seaweed Snack. Perfect for a vegetarian!

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              1. re: Bob W

                I second the Wasabi Seaweed Snack - and don't forget Wasabi Peas!

              2. Since your friend cooks, add in some items from TJ's spice aisle. They have different spice blends and salt in the container with a built-in grinder among other things. Some of those things might be hard to find and/or very expensive where she lives.

                It's a lot of fun to put together a personalized box. Reminds of when I used to bring TJ's packages to my friends in the Midwest when I visited from California. But time marches on and they now have a local TJ's of their own.

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                1. re: pamf

                  We love the Everyday Seasoning blend. They also have pink sea salt quite cheap.

                2. Dark chocolate covered pretzel slims - my favorite.
                  And I love the uncrystallized candied ginger!

                  1. TJ's carries a fair amount of nut butters. Don't know what your friend's tastes are, but you might look over this section, particularly since she's a vegetarian. We regularly eat the almond butters. The salted roasted has the most flavor, the raw unsalted seems healthier. I can't remember if they still carry cashew butter, but that was very good. But the Valencia peanut butter with flaxseeds has a nice roasted peanut flavor and the roasted flaxseeds add another nice nutty dimension in flavor and texture.

                    TJ's carries at least three different dark chocolate almond products that I get regularly. The one with sea salt is very nice and even vegan friendly. But if you think you package will be going to an area with a lot of heat, reconsider these products or any others with melty things...

                    1. I love their chili lime cashews and their dark chocolate covered ginger-I can't have them in the house or I will inhale them within 2 hours. If your friend is a baker, she might appreciate a couple of Pound Plus chocolate bars-Callebaut chocolate, repackaged for TJ's, at an incredible price.

                      1. Milk Chocolate Caramel Salted Butter Cookies. Oh yeah!

                        1. I recently did something similar for friends in the midwest. Some of my items were chosen to be kid-friendly, but for a grown-up I'd include the Habanero Hot Sauce if they like spicy foods, some interesting nuts, something ridiculous and chocolatey (I chose the Chocolate Covered Toffee Popcorn), and maybe one of the jarred tapenades or spreads.

                          1. I love their butternut squash soup in the shelf stable box. I dress it up with a little cayenne or smoked Spanish paprika and a good dollop of sour cream.

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                            1. re: justalex

                              Try blending it with carmelized onions, a can or two of coconut milk, and a teaspoon of green curry, some salt and pepper. Get some good shrimp (TJ's frozen will do in a pinch), blend half of it in with the soup, save the other half to serve with the soup. Garnish with their fried onions in a can.

                              1. re: bulavinaka

                                Now that's a clever (and easy) curry! Thanks for the fantastic idea. I will try it out.

                            2. Green tea mints

                              1. I like the freeze dried strawberries and raspberries, especially this time of year when fresh fruit isn't a great option yet.

                                They have good prices (at least they did last time I looked) on pine nuts although not everyone likes theirs. And Chili Lime whatever nuts they have.

                                Rosemary Raisin Crisps

                                Do you mean speculoos spread or their cookies?

                                1. I've only been to TJs once... No stores in Canada.

                                  I loved their dark chocolate edamame and requested them in a package once.