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Discontinued at Trader Joe's - July 2013 through December 2013

Those of us who love shopping at Trader Joe's know all too well that products are rotated in and out pretty regularly. What items have you heard are now being discontinued at TJ's?

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  1. Thanks for keeping our threads current, littleflower.

    Has anyone seen the High Fiber O's cereal in the red box recently?

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    1. re: Rilke

      I saw them in Pasadena, CA yesterday-

      1. re: thursday

        They've always been in stock in the Brooklyn, NY store. Didn't look for them today, though.

        Incidentally, the multigrain Os are a treat, for breakfast or snacking. Not a single composite O but several different ones from different grains - oats, rice, and so on.

      2. re: Rilke

        You're welcome, glad to do it. We shop at Trader Joe's so much and these threads really do help out - I know that others feel the same way.

      3. Organic maple sugar has been discontinued. Oh whyyy? I know I can order it online, but it was so inexpensive there-- $4.99/6oz bag.

        This is precisely why I sometimes feel tempted to hoard/stockpile my favorites.

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        1. re: ohmyyum

          Probably didn't sell well enough to justify shelf space. Remember everyone, if it isn't a supply issue and you get a lot of people on board for a particular product, you might be able to bring it back.

        2. Has Trader Joe's discontinued Fruit & Nut Trek Mix Granola Bars? I can't find them anywhere. They're my favorite.

          1. I don't see any mention of the discontinuation of the black truffle oil (the fake stuff), which happened some months ago.
            When it reappeared last year I bought 3 bottles, since it was a previously-discontinued item that was gone for several years. I need to make room in the fridge/freezer for the 2 that I have not yet opened.

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            1. re: greygarious

              I believe it's a seasonal item. I did sample some and it was delicious but I did not like the way it smelled so I didn't buy it.

            2. The Irish Bangers came and went entirely too fast for me - I found them delightful, but I guess not to many others did. Or else they assumed that they'd be full of cracker meal like the REAL UK ones, which is not allowed in meat sausages here. At least the Hofbrau Brats are still with us …

              Also at that end of the counter, I am so peeved that the only chicken thighs available all of a sudden are skinless/boneless (in fact, bonelessness seems to be the "in" thing now, and not just at TJ's). They still have bone-in pork rib chops, and the big Kosher grass-fed steaks have bones - and of course the rack of lamb - but meat on the bone is becoming a scarce commodity. I told the meat guy that this meant I was forced to go to Fresh & Easy (big trays of chicken thighs, factory-farmed but cheap), and to please pass that along.

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              1. re: Will Owen

                Perhaps the Irish Bangers are also a seasonal item brought out during "St. Patrick's Day season" at TJ's. Just a guess...same thing goes for ham during "ham season" which can only be found around the Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas holidays.

                1. re: Will Owen

                  As a sausage hound, I find the selection at TJ's disappointing. I would like to see such offerings as white sausages, (like Swiss bockwurst), Louisiana hot sausage, and chorizo.

                  1. re: Sharuf

                    You probably know that TJ has a chicken andouille sausage and a soy chorizo. Nobody would mistake either for the real thing, but I've found they work OK in dishes like jambalaya, gumbo, and eggs flamenco. Sometimes I have a chicken andouille sausage on a hot dog roll.

                    1. re: John Francis

                      imho, their soy chorizo is far inferior to the stuff sold at other markets under the brand name SOYRIZO.

                    2. re: Sharuf

                      I agree about their sausage, for the most part. If it's sausage, it's got to be pig, maybe with something else, but pig for sure, and chicken just does not do it. I'm glad to be living someplace where real sausages my be easily found, but for now the only ones I get at TJ's are those brats I mentioned, and sometimes the vegetarian Italian (not bad first time, not so great reheated) if I'm making a pasta dish to share with Mrs. O.

                      1. re: Will Owen

                        I have not found any chicken sausage flavor at TJ's that I particularly care for. I find even the Sweet Italian flavor has too much of a particular spice in it for me to enjoy (fennel perhaps?). I do like their regular Sweet Italian sausages (pork variety) though.

                        Will, do you remember when you and your family bought the Irish Bangers sausages? My thinking is that they may only be available around St. Patrick's Day when they bring out a few of their Irish themed foods.

                        1. re: littleflower

                          I really miss the chicken chorizo. It had fantastic chorizo flavor without the grease of pork chorizo. I much preferred it to the soyrizo.

                          1. re: aimeekm

                            I wish we had a Trader Joe's when the chicken chorizo was available. I would have loved that.

                        2. re: Will Owen

                          I think the Hofbrau brats are pretty great, though.