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Best Seasonal/Holiday Trader Joe Items.. to hunt for in 2012

GraceW Sep 23, 2012 06:39 PM

I don't want to miss any of the seasonal/holiday items that are good at TJoe's... so what have you enjoyed A LOT in the past that I should for-sure try-out this year?

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    jujuthomas RE: GraceW Sep 24, 2012 12:39 PM

    the seasonal Jojos cookies! mmmmmm...

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      IndyGirl RE: jujuthomas Oct 18, 2012 02:40 PM

      yep, love these.

      I bought a canister of the pumpkin chai. It's pretty good. I'ms ure I will drink it all--not sure if it's really huntworthy though.

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        goodhealthgourmet RE: jujuthomas Oct 30, 2012 04:51 PM

        last year i picked up the Multi-flavored chocolate covered ones in the pink box for Mom & Sis...instant addiction for both of them :) unfortunately, i made the discovery at the end of the season, and only found them one more time before they vanished for the year. i promised not to let that happen again, so i'm on high alert waiting to tell Sis to go stock up as soon as they appear!

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          Rilke RE: goodhealthgourmet Oct 31, 2012 05:48 AM

          These freeze / thaw really well right in the box :-)

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            goodhealthgourmet RE: Rilke Oct 31, 2012 09:43 AM

            that's good to know :) thanks!

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        roro1831 RE: GraceW Sep 24, 2012 02:04 PM

        The pumpkin ice cream

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          chez cherie RE: roro1831 Sep 24, 2012 03:24 PM

          pumpkin ice cream is already in stock at my so CA store!

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            drmoze RE: roro1831 Oct 16, 2012 04:52 PM

            A spoonful of TJ's pumpkin ice cream between 2 of their thin triple ginger cookies is DIVINE!

          2. coney with everything RE: GraceW Sep 25, 2012 05:07 AM

            Hoping that the peppermint bark candy bars come back, but I don't think they were around last year. But the bark in the tin is tasty enough and a good price.

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              littleflower RE: coney with everything Oct 8, 2012 12:17 PM

              I hope the peppermint bark candy bars come back, too...and believe you are right that they were not stocked last year.

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                alkapal RE: coney with everything Oct 22, 2012 06:48 AM

                agree on the peppermint bark BARS -- awesome depth of flavor and not too sweet. they were not around last year. i will be on the lookout!

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                jujuthomas RE: GraceW Sep 25, 2012 07:37 AM

                oh, last year they had dark chocolate covered caramels with sea salt on top. they were fantastic.

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                  Jelly71 RE: jujuthomas Sep 25, 2012 01:24 PM

                  I don't like candy, but I loved those caramels. I anxiously wait for them every year now.

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                    Rilke RE: jujuthomas Sep 26, 2012 08:43 AM

                    We already have people coming in asking for those. The pumpkin offerings have only just arrived!

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                      ZimNoms RE: Rilke Oct 28, 2012 12:40 AM

                      Do TJ's get restocks during the season of Pumpkin Chai or Pumpkin Rooibos? :( I'm new to shopping with TJ's and after seeing the ad had to run over to my local Royal Oak, Mi store where I meticulously search the coffee/tea shelves. As I got up to the checkout I asked my cashier who at first had no idea what I was talking about and then said they must have gotten it so long ago she doesn't remember it and they were done selling it already.

                      So sad as chai is my absolute favorite type of tea! And pumpkin chai just sounds amazing!!

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                      knowspicker RE: jujuthomas Sep 26, 2012 07:51 PM

                      We always stock up on those. Sometimes the salted caramels disappear very quickly. They are great to bring to parties.

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                        jujuthomas RE: knowspicker Sep 27, 2012 10:14 AM

                        are they in stores yet?

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                          Rilke RE: jujuthomas Sep 27, 2012 11:26 AM

                          Nope, they will (if they're being offered again this year) show up in November with the rest of the Christmas stuff.

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                            jujuthomas RE: Rilke Sep 27, 2012 11:51 AM

                            thanks. now that I am thinking about them, I really want some! ;)

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                        Leepa RE: jujuthomas Oct 12, 2012 05:25 AM

                        Are these the ones in the blue flat box? I didn't care for those.

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                          jujuthomas RE: Leepa Oct 12, 2012 12:05 PM

                          I'm not remembering the box exactly, it may have been blue. they had sea salt sprinkled on top of them.

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                            Leepa RE: jujuthomas Oct 12, 2012 06:06 PM

                            It was a flat blue box that was about 5" x 7" or so. They did have the salt sprinkled on top.

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                          Ruth Lafler RE: jujuthomas Oct 12, 2012 01:21 PM

                          Just a note: in the past, the dark chocolate covered caramels with sea salt have had a faint but noticeable coconut flavor from the coconut oil. Some people find this objectionable and others don't, or don't notice it, so check the ingredients.

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                            Leepa RE: Ruth Lafler Oct 12, 2012 06:03 PM

                            I think that was my problem with them. I was seriously not impressed.

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                              jujuthomas RE: Ruth Lafler Oct 16, 2012 07:59 AM

                              interesting, i don't remember noticing a coconut flavor - if I had tasted coconut I would not have liked them. :)

                          2. Savour RE: GraceW Sep 26, 2012 09:43 AM

                            I have a thing for the Lebkuchen. Panettone is always a good bet. And the fried onions they release for green bean casserole are AWESOME.

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                              littleflower RE: Savour Oct 8, 2012 12:25 PM

                              +1 on the fried onions...MUCH better than the other famous fried onion pieces on the market.

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                                GraceW RE: littleflower Oct 8, 2012 12:33 PM

                                Oh goodness, don't say that. I can eat a whole jar of the regular brand--if I ever had one--so I can only imagine TJ's if they are better.

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                                alkapal RE: Savour Oct 22, 2012 06:51 AM

                                ditto on the lebkuchen. i actually prefer the non-chocolate covered version.

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                                  Savour RE: alkapal Oct 22, 2012 10:06 AM

                                  Me too. I can't resist picking up a package every time I go to Trader Joe's (which is probably 1 x a week)

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                                    John Francis RE: Savour Oct 28, 2012 03:30 AM

                                    Me too.

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                                Cathy RE: GraceW Sep 26, 2012 09:58 AM

                                Pumpkin Spice coffee. Bought one can when it was being sampled last year (before Thanksgiving, maybe before Halloween), decided to go back and get more and they said it had sold out in less than seven days. It tastes like Christmas and has no calories. Bought other coffees named pumpkin spice and none were as good as the TJ brand.

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                                  drmoze RE: Cathy Oct 16, 2012 04:54 PM

                                  FAR better than their pumpkin spice coffee (or anybody's) is to brew up a cup of your favorite coffee (Aeropress brewed for me!) and add a dash of TJ's pumpkin spices. It has the fresh pumpkin spice taste with no chemical hints, and the coffee is as good as you want to make it!

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                                    Cathy RE: drmoze Oct 30, 2012 05:00 AM

                                    Just adding pumpkin spice to coffee is different than the TJ coffee flavor (which is not chemical); I've tried making my own coffee to match, tinkered with the level of pumpkin spice, adding what I thought was missing (an orange peel component) and have purchased other brands of 'pumpkin spice' coffee. Nothing is the same as the TJ version (which sold out in seven days, again.). At least I got two cans this time...

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                                    cheesecake17 RE: Cathy Oct 28, 2012 05:52 PM

                                    Loved the pumpkin coffee last year. Bought Aldi's pumpkin coffee a few weeks ago and I love it

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                                      Cathy RE: cheesecake17 Oct 30, 2012 04:54 AM

                                      The pumpkin coffee was sold out before October 10; I got the last two cans at 'my' TJs.

                                      I have tried other brands, which were not the same (there is an orange peel sort of flavor in the TJ version)...but have not tried Aldi. Asking Mom to pick up one on her next trip. Thanks!

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                                        cheesecake17 RE: Cathy Oct 30, 2012 11:00 AM

                                        The French vanilla coffee at Aldi's is outrageous too

                                  3. trolley RE: GraceW Sep 29, 2012 08:11 AM

                                    not necessarily an item to be 'hunted' for but i'm always fond of the baking items that are seasonal. i saw that they got the Organic Powdered Sugar back and looking forward to seeing what else they'll carry this year. I love the Advent calendar as well.
                                    Year before last, i truly enjoyed the Winter Spice Coffee. This last year not so much. I felt the coffee they used was too weak. hope it improves this year.

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                                      littleflower RE: GraceW Oct 8, 2012 12:20 PM

                                      Hands down, my favorite purchase last year were the Peppermint Pretzel Slims. They were cleared of their stock in just a week and did not return the rest of the season.

                                      Always a favorite are the Peppermint Joe-Joe's, and loved this dark chocolate cake with peppermint flavored icing that they had in their stores. Honestly, I get sick of seeing pumpkin products by mid-November and am happy to see the peppermint items coming in!

                                      1. greygarious RE: GraceW Oct 9, 2012 10:31 AM

                                        The Sipping Chocolate - alongside the other cocoas - is high-quality and intense. I hope random-weight chunks of white chocolate return; ditto the white chocolate chips.

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                                          JPChow RE: greygarious Oct 10, 2012 01:49 PM

                                          I was so excited to see TJ’s sipping chocolate today, but then I compared the ingredients to last year’s. Uh Oh!! Looks like they have downgraded their ingredients terribly!!

                                          Last year’s: cocoa powder, cane sugar, chocolate liquor, cocoa butter.
                                          This year’s: sugar, cocoa processed with alkali, natural flavor (soy), salt.

                                          Now I’m going to return mine and complain. Why did they have to mess with a good thing?

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                                            trolley RE: JPChow Oct 10, 2012 02:25 PM

                                            probably different supplier.

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                                              rizzo0904 RE: JPChow Oct 28, 2012 05:25 PM

                                              I just bought some at the Nashua NH store and it's last year's ingredients.

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                                                Mizc4u RE: rizzo0904 Nov 10, 2012 11:12 AM

                                                Was it listed under the name of "Sipping Chocolate and /or what brand name? Wonder if the Nashua NH store does mail order? Thanks!

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                                                  rizzo0904 RE: Mizc4u Nov 15, 2012 03:36 PM

                                                  I'll have to check when I get home but I'm pretty sure it said sipping chocolate

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                                                Mizc4u RE: JPChow Nov 10, 2012 11:09 AM

                                                I held onto my can of sipping chocolate from last year and was excited to see it back when my son noticed the chocolate liquore was missing. When we asked about the different missing liquore and mgr. said she didn't think it had it in it. Took my can back and showed her and she was very surprised.

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                                                  Mizc4u RE: Mizc4u Nov 12, 2012 04:52 PM

                                                  I haven't tried this years sipping although the mgr. asked me to let her know how it was.

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                                                  geminigirl RE: JPChow Nov 11, 2012 12:06 PM

                                                  Have you tasted this years version? I just bought some and now reading your post....

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                                                    littlemrslarge RE: JPChow Nov 11, 2012 12:58 PM

                                                    I picked some up today at the Knoxville, TN store (tiny place that it is.) The sipping chocolate here is "cocoa powder, cane sugar, chocolate liquor, cocoa butter". Wonder why yours was different? (I was tempted by the peppermint hot chocolate next to it, but since it had a higher price tag and less volume, I decided to stick with the sipping chocolate and add my own peppermint flavor.)

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                                                      chompy RE: JPChow Nov 13, 2012 11:12 AM

                                                      Oakland, CA - Sipping Chocolate contains last year's ingredients. Weird.

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                                                        Mizc4u RE: chompy Nov 13, 2012 04:32 PM

                                                        Which TJ's in Oakland did you find it?

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                                                          chompy RE: Mizc4u Nov 13, 2012 04:47 PM

                                                          Lakeshore. I bought it a few weeks ago, when I first noticed it on the shelf.

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                                                            Mizc4u RE: chompy Nov 13, 2012 09:13 PM

                                                            Thanks, I'll see if the Pinole one has it.

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                                                        nantastic RE: JPChow Nov 15, 2012 06:34 AM

                                                        My store (in Falls Church VA) initially had the new ingredient sipping chocolate but I went today and noticed that they have returned to last year's ingredients. I am wondering if it's due to complaints. I have an unopened canister of the "new" ingredient chocolate which I may return/exchange.

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                                                      gator28 RE: GraceW Oct 10, 2012 04:21 PM

                                                      I love the Candy Cane Green Tea. I try to stock up for the rest of the year, but it's so delicious it only lasts week a couple of months.

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                                                        GraceW RE: gator28 Oct 10, 2012 04:45 PM

                                                        Is that already out? I tried the cinnamon tea but didn't care for it.

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                                                          gator28 RE: GraceW Oct 11, 2012 09:03 AM

                                                          I don't think it's out yet. I'm hoping early November!

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                                                          givemecarbs RE: gator28 Oct 11, 2012 04:05 AM

                                                          That Candy Cane Green Tea.is da bomb. Cute packaging too

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                                                            Megbeck RE: gator28 Oct 11, 2012 08:04 AM

                                                            Candy Cane Green Tea is my favorite! Last year, I gave it out as a christmas gift (accompanied by homemade cookies). I have been anxiously awaiting the tea's return, because I only have two bags left, but it probably won't be around until Thanksgiving.

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                                                              brilynn79 RE: Megbeck Nov 21, 2012 06:22 PM

                                                              I saw it today in Indianapolis with the regular peppermint Jo-Jo's...its beginning to look a lot like Christmas and I love that!

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                                                              harleyjt RE: gator28 Oct 12, 2012 01:33 PM

                                                              yes Candy Cane Green tea... the best taste as well as armoma

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                                                                alkapal RE: gator28 Oct 22, 2012 06:52 AM

                                                                what does candy cane green tea taste like?

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                                                                  gator28 RE: alkapal Oct 24, 2012 11:11 AM

                                                                  Amazing. It's not too sweet, not artifical tasting. Try it!

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                                                                  goodhealthgourmet RE: gator28 Oct 30, 2012 04:56 PM

                                                                  if you run out of your TJ's stash, Celestial Seasonings makes it and you can usually find it year-round

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                                                                    gator28 RE: goodhealthgourmet Oct 31, 2012 11:12 AM

                                                                    No way! I will definitely look for it.

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                                                                    geminigirl RE: gator28 Nov 11, 2012 12:05 PM

                                                                    I just bought some to try, thanks for the suggestion.

                                                                  3. Ruth Lafler RE: GraceW Oct 11, 2012 05:00 PM

                                                                    Every year I look forward to the chocolate covered shortbread stars. Last year they sold out really fast, so this year I'm going to be ready!

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                                                                      janmcbaker RE: Ruth Lafler Oct 12, 2012 05:21 AM

                                                                      Oh they are good. Going to the store every week or so, would see the end display of them shrink dramatically!

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                                                                        alkapal RE: Ruth Lafler Oct 22, 2012 06:51 AM

                                                                        are those in stores now, ruth?

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                                                                          Ruth Lafler RE: alkapal Oct 23, 2012 05:32 PM

                                                                          Haven't seen them -- I think they won't be out until close to Christmas (although with the blue package and the stars, I always think of them as being for Hannukah). I'll report back when I do.

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                                                                            cheesecake17 RE: Ruth Lafler Oct 28, 2012 05:53 PM

                                                                            Our favorite Hanukkah cookies. Addicting.

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                                                                              beachgallisa RE: Ruth Lafler Nov 15, 2012 08:12 PM

                                                                              i've seen them in my store (saw them in there today). I'm in Mount Pleasant, SC. I actually still have some that i vacuum sealed from last year and they still taste good!!

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                                                                              alkapal RE: alkapal Nov 18, 2012 09:54 PM

                                                                              the chocolate-covered shortbread stars are npw in my tj's in northern virginia.

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                                                                                Ruth Lafler RE: alkapal Nov 19, 2012 01:18 PM

                                                                                Thanks! I'm heading for TJ's tonight, will have to stock up!

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                                                                                  Ruth Lafler RE: Ruth Lafler Nov 19, 2012 10:15 PM

                                                                                  Three boxes! Yay!

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                                                                                    alkapal RE: Ruth Lafler Nov 19, 2012 11:52 PM

                                                                                    do you freeze some? do they sell out early so one needs to stock up? or do you just plow through three boxes in a jiffy? LOL

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                                                                                      Ruth Lafler RE: alkapal Nov 20, 2012 09:02 AM

                                                                                      Last year the sold out early, so this year I stocked up. Beachgallisa says she vacuum sealed them. Because they are chocolate coated the keep pretty well. I might try freezing a few to see if its feasible.

                                                                          2. Gio RE: GraceW Oct 12, 2012 07:40 AM

                                                                            I'm waiting fir the Peeled & Cooked Chestnuts from the French Ardeche region. Harvested in early Autumn. IIRC they're available any week now... saves a lot of time when making turkey dressing/stuffing and other must have holiday savory dishes. Tasty, too.

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                                                                              biondanonima RE: Gio Oct 17, 2012 02:03 PM

                                                                              I've been hoarding a package of these in my freezer since last Thanksgiving. However, I recently found roasted and peeled chestnuts at a much lower price from Costco, so I'll be doing a comparison - I'm interested to see if the TJ's ones are worth the extra $$$.

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                                                                                chompy RE: biondanonima Oct 18, 2012 03:32 PM

                                                                                Please do let us know the result of your research!

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                                                                                  ohmyyum RE: biondanonima Oct 19, 2012 06:51 AM

                                                                                  I've not had the TJs chestnuts but I snagged a bag at Costco and I thought they were great! They are, however, are a product of China if that concerns you.. certified organic "in compliance with the terms of the US-Canada Organic Equivalency Agreement."

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                                                                                  Gio RE: Gio Nov 5, 2012 06:00 AM

                                                                                  Got our first box of the chestnuts this past Saturday at our local TJ's. (Saugus MA)

                                                                                3. greygarious RE: GraceW Oct 17, 2012 01:14 PM

                                                                                  I hope to see a return of the fresh Brussels sprouts on the stalk. If memory serves, they were around for most of last Nov/Dec, and were only $3.99 for what amounted to a couple of quarts of them. Not to mention that with a little extra work, the spikes and stalk itself can be steamed and, peeled for more delicious eating.

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                                                                                    biondanonima RE: greygarious Oct 17, 2012 02:04 PM

                                                                                    The Trader Joe's in Westbury, NY had them this weekend - they didn't look great, though (stalks were wilty and lots of brown leaves), and didn't seem like a bargain in comparison to the 2 lb bags from Costco.

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                                                                                    betterbeheaven RE: GraceW Oct 18, 2012 05:14 PM

                                                                                    This Serious Eats post (Taste Test: (Almost) Every Pumpkin-Flavored Item at Trader Joe's)seemed relevant to post here:

                                                                                    http://www.seriouseats.com/2012/10/tr...

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                                                                                      ohmyyum RE: GraceW Oct 19, 2012 06:46 AM

                                                                                      Peppermint extract is in! Wish they would stock that vanilla paste they had one year. The Nielsen-Massey brand is so pricey!

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                                                                                        mcel215 RE: ohmyyum Oct 30, 2012 04:40 PM

                                                                                        I found Lorann Gourmet Madagscar Vanilla Paste at a HomeGoods near me. 118mls for 5.99.
                                                                                        I haven't tried it yet, but I'm sure it's good. Great price in case you check out the gourmet isle.

                                                                                        www.saffron215.blogspot.com

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                                                                                          littlemrslarge RE: mcel215 Nov 5, 2012 05:43 AM

                                                                                          Ditto - I get my vanilla bean paste (sometimes Nielsen-Massey, sometimes Lorann) at TJ Maxx or Ross stores! Can't beat $5.99!

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                                                                                            mcel215 RE: littlemrslarge Nov 8, 2012 09:43 AM

                                                                                            :)

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                                                                                        littleflower RE: GraceW Oct 20, 2012 07:29 AM

                                                                                        Peppermint Hot Chocolate and all natural Turkey Broth were spotted in the new items section! Have yet to try either of these...has anyone tried them in years past that can yay/nay them?

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                                                                                          Georgia Strait RE: GraceW Oct 21, 2012 12:18 PM

                                                                                          has anyone seen the turkey gravy in the shelf-stable cartons (tetra paks) yet? it's not a mix- just heat and serve. I shop in Washington State and Oregon.

                                                                                          to OP GraceW - we recommend this product - even if you add some of the juices from your roast bird - it makes the gravy go further.

                                                                                          i also like the corn bread mix - it has kernels of corn in it - it is sort of seasonal if you make your own bird dressing (stuffing)

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                                                                                            littleflower RE: Georgia Strait Oct 21, 2012 05:10 PM

                                                                                            The turkey gravy you are speaking of is in our store in the Mid-Atlantic as well as the turkey broth.

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                                                                                            ohmyyum RE: GraceW Oct 23, 2012 03:27 PM

                                                                                            SPICED CIDER! It is one of the best selling seasonal items. I thought it was very very sweet.. What kind of liquor would pair best with this for a cocktail? Rum?

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                                                                                              LindaR RE: ohmyyum Oct 23, 2012 05:55 PM

                                                                                              Try Tuaca with the warm cider.

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                                                                                                Ruth Lafler RE: ohmyyum Nov 19, 2012 10:20 PM

                                                                                                They were sampling the cider tonight -- pretty good. They were also sampling the turkey gravy with turkey and spinach gratin -- pretty yummy.

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                                                                                                pamelak52 RE: GraceW Oct 23, 2012 05:40 PM

                                                                                                I love the Pepper Jelly - great for sandwiches! It's in store now; I just bought a few jars.

                                                                                                1. iluvcookies RE: GraceW Oct 24, 2012 11:02 AM

                                                                                                  Cany Cane Coal... little nuggets of peppermint candy (about the size of Nerds) covered with dark chocolate. Mmmm! Everyone on my list got these in their stockings last year.

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                                                                                                    littleflower RE: iluvcookies Oct 24, 2012 01:14 PM

                                                                                                    The Candy Cane Coal was tasty and a great buy, too...if memory serves me correctly it was only .99 or 1.99 I believe. Perfect stocking stuffer!

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                                                                                                      geminigirl RE: littleflower Nov 25, 2012 11:07 AM

                                                                                                      I just bought some of these as well for stockings, $1.99.

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                                                                                                    Jelly71 RE: GraceW Oct 24, 2012 11:53 AM

                                                                                                    Last year, they came out with a line of pre-made, refrigerated side dishes. Mostly traditional stuff that you would serve at Thanksgiving or Xmas. The stuffing was divine and sold out super fast. I really hope they bring it back this year. I will buy as much as I think I can possibly eat.

                                                                                                    The scalloped potatoes were flavorless, though. So I won't be trying those again.

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                                                                                                      Savour RE: Jelly71 Oct 24, 2012 12:13 PM

                                                                                                      The brussels sprouts were good. Though they contained so much cheese they were barely recognizable as vegetables.

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                                                                                                        littleflower RE: Jelly71 Oct 24, 2012 01:17 PM

                                                                                                        What kind of stuffing was it - cornbread or a traditional bread stuffing? Sounds good whatever it is, will have to keep my eyes peeled for it.

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                                                                                                          Jelly71 RE: littleflower Oct 24, 2012 03:47 PM

                                                                                                          I think it might have been cornbread, but I could be wrong. All I remember is that it was really, really good.

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                                                                                                            GraceW RE: Jelly71 Oct 24, 2012 03:47 PM

                                                                                                            I do not think I have even had cornbread stuffing (is that good?). I hope it is cornbread stuffing. :)

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                                                                                                              alkapal RE: GraceW Oct 25, 2012 06:39 AM

                                                                                                              surely, grace, you have been deprived of one of the glories of the southern holiday table -- cornbread stuffing (or as many of us call it, cornbread dressing -- because we don't stuff the bird).

                                                                                                              i will keep an eye out for the trader joe's easy version (*), because sometimes i like a turkey and dressing dinner (with cranberry sauce) way before turkey day. usually, though, i like those fixin's in a sandwich!

                                                                                                              * really, though, there isn't much easier to make than cornbread dressing.

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                                                                                                          Jelly71 RE: Jelly71 Nov 19, 2012 09:42 AM

                                                                                                          The side dishes are available now!! The stuffing was almost gone when I went this weekend, but I managed to snag 2 packages. It is just as good as last year.

                                                                                                        3. trolley RE: GraceW Oct 24, 2012 07:31 PM

                                                                                                          oh! i almost forgot until i saw it on the shelf today. White baking chips aka white chocolate chips. I know most people don't enjoy white chocolate but i love mixing them with regular chips in cookies. mmmm....i'm looking forward to using them with the peppermint extract somehow in a cookie.

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                                                                                                            alkapal RE: trolley Oct 25, 2012 06:39 AM

                                                                                                            i love those white chips in the cookies with macadamia nuts.

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                                                                                                              greygarious RE: trolley Oct 25, 2012 03:20 PM

                                                                                                              The TJ chips ARE real white chocolate chips. Baking chips is the euphemism for the stuff without cocoa butter that is sold in regular supermarkets.

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                                                                                                                trolley RE: greygarious Oct 25, 2012 03:48 PM

                                                                                                                yes they are! however, on the package it says "white baking chips"

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                                                                                                              Kathleen M RE: GraceW Oct 25, 2012 01:25 PM

                                                                                                              At the TJ's in Santa Rosa, CA last night they had the turkey gravy in tetrapacks, and the turkey broth. And lots of pumpkin goodies including the famous pumpkin butter. But, in the freezer section were pumpkin macaroons. They are outrageously good!

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                                                                                                                coney with everything RE: Kathleen M Oct 29, 2012 06:23 AM

                                                                                                                TJ's by me on Saturday: friendly TJ employee asks what I'm looking for. Pumpkin yogurt? Out for the year. Pumpkin macarons? Out for the year

                                                                                                                Damn. Didn't even get a chance to try either...

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                                                                                                                  cheesecake17 RE: coney with everything Oct 29, 2012 06:46 AM

                                                                                                                  The pumpkin yogurt is done?! They've never had it, only an empty shelf

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                                                                                                                    coney with everything RE: cheesecake17 Oct 29, 2012 11:57 AM

                                                                                                                    Yeah, I don't know why they bother to stick it in the FF if the quantities are that limited.

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                                                                                                                      ohmyyum RE: coney with everything Oct 29, 2012 12:51 PM

                                                                                                                      That is weird. Trader Joes just had its grand opening on Friday here in NC and they were out of both by Friday afternoon. They got more in on the truck today and they're both back on the shelf!

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                                                                                                                        Savour RE: coney with everything Oct 30, 2012 09:03 AM

                                                                                                                        There was still a lot Friday at my store (which is in Pasadena -- TJ's ground zero if you will)

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                                                                                                                        trolley RE: cheesecake17 Oct 29, 2012 02:45 PM

                                                                                                                        i honestly don't think you missed much. the yogurt was tart and had that chalky after taste/mouthfeel you get with some greek nonfat yogurts. the pumpkin flavor wasn't too pronounced and it wasn't sweet enough. i'm not a huge fan of overly sweetened yogurts but this one needed either more fat or sugar, heck maybe both.

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                                                                                                                          cheesecake17 RE: trolley Oct 29, 2012 06:25 PM

                                                                                                                          Thanks for making me feel a bit better. I'll stick with my Kirkland plain Greek yogurt

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                                                                                                                            Leepa RE: cheesecake17 Oct 30, 2012 03:40 PM

                                                                                                                            Kirland plain greek yogurts is good? Do tell. I'm looking for a good alternative.

                                                                                                                            Thx!

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                                                                                                                              cheesecake17 RE: Leepa Oct 30, 2012 05:40 PM

                                                                                                                              It's packed in 2 large tubs for $6.99. We love it. Thick and cramy but not chalky. I eat it plain, with fruit and honey, or mixed with cucumbers and mint. My daughter likes it mixed with oatmeal.

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                                                                                                                            coney with everything RE: trolley Oct 30, 2012 04:36 AM

                                                                                                                            trolley, I know exactly what you mean about the chalkiness of some yogurts. I know the pumpkin yogurt had gotten mixed reviews but figured what the heck, I'd give it a go.

                                                                                                                            Truly sad about the macarons, though.

                                                                                                                            Ohmyyum, how's your life now that you have a TJs?

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                                                                                                                              trolley RE: coney with everything Oct 30, 2012 03:39 PM

                                                                                                                              yeah, what the heck, give it a try. i did too and i'm a greek yogurt hater. i know, know, not a very popular group to be in but i find most of them, especially the nonfat kind to have that chalky taste i don't care for. then you go to full fat greek yogurt and with the fat and the sugar i'd rather be eating something else. i'm a huge fan of Noosa yogurt which isn't carried by TJ's.

                                                                                                                              However, i do enjoy the lowfat organic yogurts at TJ's that come in a narrower plastic tub.

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                                                                                                                          coney with everything RE: coney with everything Nov 19, 2012 10:20 AM

                                                                                                                          Update: the TJ dude was wrong. I got the pumpkin macarons this weekend. Pretty good!

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                                                                                                                        yummfood RE: GraceW Oct 30, 2012 12:11 PM

                                                                                                                        Has anyone tried the boxed peppermint chocolate loaf mix? Sounds good but I'd like to hear opinions before purchasing.

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                                                                                                                          jujuthomas RE: yummfood Nov 1, 2012 01:06 PM

                                                                                                                          but if you hate it, they'll give you your money back...

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                                                                                                                          linsue RE: GraceW Nov 10, 2012 12:47 PM

                                                                                                                          checkerboard cake with chocolate and vanilla mousse in the refridgerated section with the cakes

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                                                                                                                            beachgallisa RE: GraceW Nov 19, 2012 10:22 AM

                                                                                                                            has anyone seen the peppermint salt water taffy at Trader Joe's this holiday season?

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                                                                                                                              jujuthomas RE: GraceW Nov 21, 2012 08:13 AM

                                                                                                                              finally got up to TJs last night! we had such fun picking up seasonal treats for gifts and for ourselves. Seasonal Jojos were of course at the top of my list. We got several boxes and bars of chocolates, and the peppermint sipping chocolate. The friends we were with got pumpkin ice cream and the pumpkin greek yogurt. we were like kids in a candy store, LOL.

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                                                                                                                                Ruth Lafler RE: jujuthomas Nov 21, 2012 09:42 AM

                                                                                                                                TJs: candy store for grown-ups!

                                                                                                                              2. fracklefoodie RE: GraceW Nov 21, 2012 10:12 AM

                                                                                                                                Puff pastry in the frozen section. I've made my own, but it's really nice to have a quicker version from the store that uses real butter and nothing artificial. I'm stocking up on and freezing several packages this year to have it on hand as long as possible.

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                                                                                                                                  acetaminophen RE: GraceW Nov 24, 2012 08:59 AM

                                                                                                                                  I found the perfect gift for chocolate-lovers: the Chocolate Passport, a collection of 63-70% single-origin dark chocolate bars packaged beautifully and colorfully in its own box set. I haven't eaten any bars as I've wrapped the whole Passport already to gift to my good friend. I found it above the frozen cases where all the other holiday candy and gift sets were! So festive.

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                                                                                                                                    geminigirl RE: acetaminophen Nov 25, 2012 11:05 AM

                                                                                                                                    I saw these as well and they have a beautiful presentation. Ended up not getting any, but I think they would make a really nice gift to a chocolate lover.

                                                                                                                                  2. goodhealthgourmet RE: GraceW Nov 24, 2012 10:31 AM

                                                                                                                                    i spotted the Astounding Multi-Flavored chocolate covered Jo Jos here in Los Angeles yesterday. i can't eat them myself, but Mom & Sis were completely addicted last year. i called them immediately to let them know :)

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                                                                                                                                      jujuthomas RE: goodhealthgourmet Nov 25, 2012 12:02 PM

                                                                                                                                      we broke open the box of Astounding Multi-Flavored chocolate covered Jo Jos at my mother's this weekend. I'm going to have to pick up a couple more boxes for later in the season, before they sell out. YUM

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                                                                                                                                        goodhealthgourmet RE: jujuthomas Nov 25, 2012 12:18 PM

                                                                                                                                        i bought a box last year on a whim toward the end of the season, and the two of them were hooked at first bite...unfortunately i was only able to find one more box before they disappeared from the shelves. definitely stock up - i've been told they freeze well, so Mom & Sis have both vowed to buy many, many boxes & stash them away :)

                                                                                                                                    2. geminigirl RE: GraceW Nov 25, 2012 11:06 AM

                                                                                                                                      Man, this thread is dangerous, just came home with a few bags of suggested items to try and to gift!

                                                                                                                                      1. Candy cane green tea- love this, much better than the supermarket mint tea.
                                                                                                                                      2. Peppermint pretzel slims
                                                                                                                                      3. Dark chocolate covered peppermint joe joes
                                                                                                                                      4. Dark chocolate sea salt caramels
                                                                                                                                      5. Candy cane joe joes
                                                                                                                                      6. Dark chocolate covered shortbread stars.

                                                                                                                                      All siting on my kitchen table...can't decide which to try first.....while I was at the store passed a woman with a cart full of the caramels and stars!

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                                                                                                                                        NonnieMuss RE: geminigirl Nov 26, 2012 05:00 AM

                                                                                                                                        Just got the Peppermint Pretzel Slims yesterday - unbelievable. It's a little spendy for a small bag, but holy cow they were good.

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                                                                                                                                          tazia RE: geminigirl Nov 26, 2012 12:40 PM

                                                                                                                                          The stars are SO good. My husband and I were remarking that they must put some sort of addictive substance in here. I normally have restraint with cookies, but I have very difficult time with the stars.

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                                                                                                                                            Ruth Lafler RE: tazia Dec 4, 2012 08:58 PM

                                                                                                                                            I look forward to the stars every year. I think what makes them appealing is that they use a decent-quality dark chocolate that's barely sweet, so you mostly get the chocolate flavor and the crunchy cookie texture (plus the little bursts of crunchy sweetness from the nonpariels).

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                                                                                                                                          chinchi RE: GraceW Nov 25, 2012 12:27 PM

                                                                                                                                          Picked up two of my annual holiday favorites today: Gingerbread Coffee and the Popcorn Tin, which contains olive oil, white cheddar, caramel, and kettle corn varieties.

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                                                                                                                                            elbee3890 RE: GraceW Dec 1, 2012 07:11 PM

                                                                                                                                            Rye Mini Toasts - These are my all-time favorite salad croutons, and they're cost effective, to boot.
                                                                                                                                            The supply dwindled around early March 2012, so I'm sandbagging my support system now.
                                                                                                                                            (in soup? meh.)
                                                                                                                                            ...Lorenzo

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                                                                                                                                              shaebones RE: GraceW Dec 1, 2012 11:27 PM

                                                                                                                                              The red pepper jelly. Wish they had it year round.

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                                                                                                                                                chez cherie RE: shaebones Dec 2, 2012 09:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                hoard it, shaebones! it is so good, i agree. over a log of goat cheese, on a sandwich, stirred with some of the (also-hoardable) hot and sweet mustard and used as a glaze for pork tenderloin or chops, or chicken. yum! i pick up six jars of each to use all year.

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                                                                                                                                                  Leepa RE: chez cherie Dec 2, 2012 10:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                  Is it different from the other red pepper jellies out there?

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                                                                                                                                                John Francis RE: GraceW Dec 4, 2012 03:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                wait and see - Gingerbread House Kit. Made in Germany, the land of Hansel and Gretel. Assembly required.

                                                                                                                                                I'm posting now to warn that the kit doesn't include everything you need; no ready-made icing, you provide one egg white and some lemon juice or vinegar to add to the powdered sugar making the "cement," and a pastry bag is recommended - no problem there, it's easily made with a Baggie, just cut off a corner. And the instructions on the back of the box are minimal, with no diagrams - you just follow the pictures on the box cover, which only show the front and one side of the completed house.

                                                                                                                                                So I'm going to put it together at home, or try to. If I can do it, then I'll buy another and take it to the family Christmas where my 6- and 3-year-old nieces can see the process and maybe do the decorating themselves. If not, then I'll just eat the thing. :-)

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                                                                                                                                                  sakura33 RE: John Francis Dec 4, 2012 09:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                  I am not sure if they have had these before but it was the first time seeing them at my location-lots of goodies to put in gift baskets (or just get for yourself like I did!):

                                                                                                                                                  pack of 4 different flavored sea salts (edible flower, lemon and bay leaf, jerk, smoke)
                                                                                                                                                  black truffle infused olive oil
                                                                                                                                                  pack of 4 French mustards (all very good!)

                                                                                                                                                  all very reasonable prices too

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                                                                                                                                                    John Francis RE: John Francis Dec 10, 2012 06:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                    The gingerbread house kit defeated me. Sticking the parts together is easy enough, once you've made the icing. But the decoration is what it's all about, and I messed that up for sure - no talent at all in that line. So I took it apart to eat it, and found the gingerbread was so hard I needed a serrated knife or a cleaver to cut it up - and then it didn't taste that great. So it's a nay from me.

                                                                                                                                                  2. Terrie H. RE: GraceW Dec 4, 2012 04:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                    I've read the raves here for peppermint Joe Joe's and today, I caved. I hate you people.

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                                                                                                                                                      IndyGirl RE: Terrie H. Dec 4, 2012 04:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                      They really are terrific, aren't they???

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                                                                                                                                                        Terrie H. RE: IndyGirl Dec 4, 2012 05:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                        Thank god they aren't available for the rest of the year.

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                                                                                                                                                        geminigirl RE: Terrie H. Dec 4, 2012 05:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                        Wow, what a coincidence, I just opened my first box, so good, the first thing I thought of was that these would make really good Oreo truffles!

                                                                                                                                                        Edit, oops, I opened the candy cane joe joes, haven't opened my chocolate covered peppermint ones yet....

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                                                                                                                                                          Terrie H. RE: geminigirl Dec 4, 2012 05:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                          Danger -- Step away from the cookies.

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                                                                                                                                                            Feed_me RE: Terrie H. Nov 8, 2013 02:09 AM

                                                                                                                                                            I get e-mails from Sprout's and they now have a candy cane creme cookie that sounds suspiciously like the candy cane joe joe's. Somewhere I saw if you are on facebook you can go to Sprout's facebook page and get a coupon for a discount on a box of the cookies. I'm not on facebook and finding Sprout's facebook's wall page isn't that easy to find.

                                                                                                                                                      3. Caitlin McGrath RE: GraceW Dec 9, 2012 02:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                        I had to NOT buy these when I was in a few days ago, but I will later when I can have a few and then hand the box off to a friend: dark chocolate-covered triple ginger snaps, box of ~15 for $2.99.

                                                                                                                                                        I also like that around the holidays they have a small bag of dark chocolate peanut butter cups for 99 cents, because I can't have the tubs around.

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                                                                                                                                                          ohmyyum RE: Caitlin McGrath Dec 9, 2012 11:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                          Caitlin I would buy them now and then lock them in your trunk or something because my store sold out of them yesterday (along with the dk choc peppermint joe joe's a week ago) and they are now listed as "done for season/not orderable"

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                                                                                                                                                            Caitlin McGrath RE: ohmyyum Dec 10, 2012 09:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                            Good idea! I'll try to pick them up soon.

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                                                                                                                                                          amyatlast RE: GraceW Dec 18, 2012 03:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                          Almond Snowman Cookies (way better than almond windmill cookies)

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                                                                                                                                                            alkapal RE: amyatlast Dec 21, 2012 06:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                            i wish you hadn't said that.

                                                                                                                                                            ;-).

                                                                                                                                                          2. alkapal RE: GraceW Dec 21, 2012 06:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                            did anyone get the flavored olive oils? the guy told me that they got very few in, and then those were gone in a flash.

                                                                                                                                                            get the flavored mustards. really, really good. good for gifting, too.

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                                                                                                                                                              John Francis RE: GraceW Dec 21, 2012 12:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                              The stollen is back, made in Germany. Very welcome.

                                                                                                                                                              1. GraceW RE: GraceW Jan 2, 2013 01:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                Hello, all. Thanks again for all of the holiday suggestions! With respect to 'holidays 2012,' my top-pick ended-up being the dark chocolate covered shortbread stars.

                                                                                                                                                                (And the holiday selection made me think that Trader Joe's could make a ton of money if they did a Christmas-in-July offering of the products..)

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                                                                                                                                                                  geminigirl RE: GraceW Jan 2, 2013 06:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  Those were very good, and make a nice gift when you put them in a pretty gift bag....I was flattered that some even thought I made them:)...

                                                                                                                                                                  My favorite was the pepermint pretzel thins....very addicting for a salt lover! Also the candy cane green tea, I have way too much as I couldn't gift it away as I had planned....keeping it for myself, I think it will make good cold sweet tea in the summer!

                                                                                                                                                                  Oh, and almost forgot to mention I am making "Oreo balls" with the candy cane joe joes, the batter is in the fridge but haven't yet dipped them in the white chocolate, I think they are going to be amazing!

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