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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.

                    3. The frozen Asian marinated grilled chicken breasts seem to be gone! They were so good on a sandwich. The guy at the desk couldn't find them in the computer or notebooks either. He did recall the product and the packaging and said he would see if he could order them, but I'm not holding out a lot of hope. Damn.

                      1. No more spicy spinach pizzas from the prepared food sections. I really liked these, they were a good snack or light meal. I wish I had known, I would have stocked up and put some in the freezer.

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                        1. re: potato or yam

                          One of the reasons I bought a chest freezer was specifically to stock up on frozen TJ's items that I suspected we'd be among the few to like.

                            1. re: Will Owen

                              I bought a chest freezer when our TJ's opened too! I just didn't want to have to hold back because our tiny little top freezer was full. It has come in very handy, especially when I find things in there I had totally forgotten about.

                          1. Battered Shrimp in the freezer case. The employee told me it had been discontinued and the closest substitution is the Tempura Shrimp.

                            1. sigh. . Is the prepared salad "Crunchy Slaw with chicken, crispy noodles, and peanut dressing" gone?

                              I recently moved to Missouri, and cannot find it in the stores here.

                              1. I think the frozen Paratha has been discontinued. It was next to the frozen Naan. I asked the desk and they just said it was no longer listed. It was really delicious and convenient, I'm going to miss it.

                                1. I found this thread through Google and just joined to mention that I found out yesterday that TJ's is discontinuing their vanilla almond milk, both varieties, and possibly their entire almond milk line.

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                                  1. re: BellaBean

                                    Nooooo!!! Why?!? I have been living off the shelf stable vanilla and chocolate almond milks (in the box). They are cheaper than anywhere else around, and I really liked how compact the boxes of almond milk were - I could easily fit them in the side door of my refrigerator where they did not take up much space.

                                    So sad.

                                    1. re: littleflower

                                      I know. My husband and I have loved their brand for years, for all of those same reasons! Since they didn't have any on the shelf when I was there on Sunday, I bought some of the Almond Breeze unsweetened vanilla. It was $.30 more than the TJ's brand, and is in the same kind of packaging. It's an ok replacement, but I'm still sad they're disco'ing their brand! Apparently, it wasn't a big seller. Which amazes me because my local TJ's could barely keep it in stock!

                                      1. re: BellaBean

                                        BellaBean, did you all happen to see the Chocolate Almond Breeze at TJ's? I am almost certain that ours is not carrying the Chocolate flavor.

                                        1. re: littleflower

                                          You know, they didn't have the chocolate almond breeze. Next time I go in, I'll ask them if they plan to get it since they're disco'ing their own brand.

                                          1. re: BellaBean

                                            No, say it ain't so! The chocolate one was my favorite! And it was cheaper than what was available at my local market.

                                    2. re: BellaBean

                                      Are they discontinuing the refrigerated almond milk as well? It's hard to find almond milk without carageenan.

                                      1. re: Gingerleen

                                        Whole Foods 365, Silk Pure Almond, and Simple Truth almond milks are all carrageenan- and soy-free. Simple Truth is the Kroger private label so you can buy at most Kroger-owned chains. I don't know where you live, but here in Los Angeles I buy it at Ralph's.

                                        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                          Just an FYI: for all of you with a Fresh Market in your area, they are running a Buy One Get One Free special on Silk Almond Milk every Tuesday in September (3.99 per carton).

                                          1. re: littleflower

                                            You can soak some raw almonds for 1-2 days in the fridge, then right to the blender for fresh almond milk with no additives.

                                        2. re: Gingerleen

                                          ah crap. i agree, and where i live there is no Whole Foods or Fresh Market.

                                          1. re: kimeats

                                            Do you have Kroger, Publix or Ralph's near you? The Simple Truth Organics (Kroger's private-label) almond milk is really good, and free of carrageenan and soy.

                                            1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                              Nope nope and nope. Stuck with just Wegmans and Tops. Wegmans has carrageenan and other trash in it.

                                              1. re: kimeats

                                                I thought Wegmans carried Silk PureAlmond...? No carrageenan in that one. I hope you can find it!

                                      2. Anyone seen the Organic Instant Hot Cocoa Mix, shelved near the coffee products? Perhaps it is a "seasonal" product but I drink cocoa in the summer, too.

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                                        1. re: mugsysf

                                          If you live near a Whole Foods, they carry their own brand (365) of the Organic Instant Hot Cocoa Mix at a reasonable price - I believe 3.99. It comes in a box containing 10 packets good for one serving per pack. I actually really like the Whole Foods Organic Hot Cocoa Mix and I think (although you may want to call ahead to double check) that they do carry it in stock year round.

                                          1. re: littleflower

                                            Thanks so much for the suggestion! There are several Whole Foods nearby. I never thought to try their hot cocoa mix. I will go this weekend!

                                            1. re: mugsysf

                                              Yay - glad to help! The quality of the Whole Foods 365 Organic Hot Cocoa Mix Packets is superb - hope you enjoy!

                                              1. re: mugsysf

                                                The Organic Instant Hot Cocoa Mix (10 packets/servings per box) is now back on the shelves at Trader Joe's!

                                                1. re: littleflower

                                                  Yes!! I am going tonight and I will buy every box that I can carry. I tried the Whole Foods version. I think it's milk chocolate flavored rather than dark chocolate which TJ sells. I prefer the dark chocolate flavor so I hope my local store has it back in stock. Thank you for letting me know!

                                          2. Anyone see the Fruit Leathers shown in the attached pic? this is the 100% dried fruit bar with no sugar added, 0.7 oz.

                                            1. Does anyone know if their veggie shu mai is discontinued? We recently moved back to area near a Trader Joe's and I much prefer the veggie shu mai over the pork or chicken and I can't seem to find it. Huge bummer if that's the case.

                                              1. Uncrystallized dried ginger is gone for good :(

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                                                1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                  They still have it in my store in NC! Did you mention that you're in CA? Maybe they pulled it from the shelves there since that's where the lawsuit is based?

                                                  1. re: ohmyyum

                                                    You know, the manager made it sound like they were discontinuing it company-wide the same way they did a few years ago, but maybe she was wrong. Still, I personally wouldn't buy it anymore unless TJ's can prove that their ginger is safe.

                                                2. Has anyone seen the regular 5 lb bags of granulated white sugar recently? My stores seem to only have the little bags of organic.

                                                  1. This past week I was going to purchase some of TJ's Papaya Mango salsa, something I usually pick up every couple of weeks or so. It wasn't anywhere in sight, so I figured it was just sold out.

                                                    After trying two other TJ locations in town there was still none to be found, however I did see a new Mango Pineapple salsa in the spot in the refrigerated section where the Papaya Mango salsa used to be.

                                                    I decided to give the Mango Pineapple salsa a try, and didn't care for it at all. Way too sweet for my taste. Please don't tell me they discontinued the Papya Mango salsa and replaced it with this stuff.

                                                    1. TJ has reversed itself and brought back its Veggie Sausage Patties, discontinuing the MorningStar Original Sausage Patties (non-meat) which it has carried for years. Like I said here in March, the MorningStar patties taste much more like the real thing; TJ's have very little flavor on the tongue and a displeasing aftertaste. The writer at skinnyscoop.com agrees with me. The conventional food store down the street carries the MorningStar patties - for about $1 more a box.

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                                                      1. re: John Francis

                                                        I really liked the previous version of Trader Joe's veggie sausage. To me it was comparable to Morningstar and microwaved well.

                                                        This new incarnation of veggie sausage is simply vile. The texture is mushy if microwaved. One needs to fry the crap out of it to impart any texture at all. And, as you said it is bland as bland can be.

                                                        Target carries the Morningstar brand for less than TJ's sells either brand (my local TJ's (Saint Louis Park, Minnesota) carries both MS and the house brand).

                                                      2. Today in the Burlington MA store the jams/preserves had NONE of the 17 oz (I think) octagonal jars that say "Fresh Raspberry" (or other berry, apricot, etc.), nor was there any vacant space where they used to be. I did not ask what's up since I have several jars at home.

                                                        There were none of the canisters of fried onions in Burlington but as I noted on the Yea/Nay thread a couple of weeks ago, Nashua had a bunch of them, perhaps left over from last winter.

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                                                        1. re: greygarious

                                                          I noticed they were gone too-- I was hoping to snag a few more jars of fresh cherry preserves. It was busy so I didn't ask. But my guess would be some sort of recall since they're all gone-- and especially since they're gone from your store, too?

                                                          1. re: greygarious

                                                            This is not good. I've just about finished my jar of raspberry jam. Will investigate on the west coast tomorrow.

                                                            1. re: Savour

                                                              Update on the preserves - they've all been pulled from the shelves due to a supplier problem, but the problem wasn't so problematic the preserves couldn't be donated. The captain at our store thought it was temporary.

                                                              1. re: Savour

                                                                I wonder what their logic is for not just selling off what they had. It's very nice of them to donate it, of course, but that doesn't help their shoppers who want more!

                                                                1. re: AmyH

                                                                  Oy. I hope it's temporary. I'm a big fan of the Boysenberry and Cherry preserves. Mix the cherry with some chipotle tabasco and it makes a great sauce for roasted pork loin. Since I was planning on a pork loin, I bought a jar of the German Morello cherries and will thicken the syrup slightly and then chipotle them; hopefully, it'll work.

                                                                  1. re: Canonical

                                                                    Bah to double-posting (and my apologies), but I popped off a contact form to TJ's asking about the possibility of the preserves making a comeback. I'll post when I get a reply.

                                                                  2. re: AmyH

                                                                    My theory - Trader Joe's makes statements like "None of our house label preserves contain GMO's." Supplier audited and found to be either using GMO fruit (or sugar, or pectin, or more likely, corn syrup, since I think that's an ingredient) or not have controls in place to ensure that they're not using GMO ingredients. Food still totally edible under US laws, but can't fit into TJ's statements.

                                                                    I don't know if there are other statements like this, but GMOs is the one that comes to mind.

                                                                    1. re: Savour

                                                                      I was looking for a particular trail mix last week and there wasn't a single bag on the shelf. When I asked an employee to check in the back, he asked a manager who said it had all been donated because when they audited themselves, a certain lot was packaged slightly under and over weight. The fruit leathers have also been gone for a while due to a "labeling issue." So maybe it's something like that?

                                                                  3. re: Savour

                                                                    At my local TJ, they said the preserves will be back, but unsure when.

                                                                    1. re: elise h

                                                                      Thanks, Elise! I still haven't gotten a response back from the TJ's contact form I sent in. :(

                                                                      1. re: Canonical

                                                                        And I fibbed! I just checked my email and they said,

                                                                        "Our cherry and boysenberry preserves are currently unavailable due to a product review. This is a normal procedure at Trader Joe's, as we randomly choose an item to review the sourcing of ingredients.

                                                                        Please know that all Trader Joe's preserves will be back. We have yet to be given a definitive date of return, and greatly appreciate your patience."

                                                                        I left out their apologies for the delay in responding, but yay!

                                                              2. aaargh fresh baked cinnamon cake has disappeared, it looks similar to the cranberry (?) ricotta cake, but not quite the same. this was my secret hide-away cake, for personal reasons need to "stash" some food

                                                                1. Sad news to report - the canned Yellowfin Tuna in Olive Oil has been discontinued. I just confirmed it with one of the store managers over the phone. She said that it is in the process of being replaced by another similar tuna in olive oil within the next few months.

                                                                  The quality of the Yellowfin Tuna was incredible...I am going to really miss this one.

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                                                                    1. re: littleflower

                                                                      In my local store, there's a sign saying that the Yellowfin Tuna in Olive Oli will be "back soon." That has usually meant that it is temporarily out of stock but on order. Fingers crossed.

                                                                      1. re: littleflower

                                                                        Well, that explains it. This was on my list last week and while there was a sign for it there was no tuna. I didn't bother to ask but perhaps I will this week.

                                                                        1. re: littleflower

                                                                          Littleflower, it's back! The can has changed. It is now bright blue and yellow and looks like a can of cat food. It also now says pole and line caught. Haven't tried it yet!

                                                                          1. re: ohmyyum

                                                                            Woohoo, it's on my list. I know this is a dumb question but SO once proposed this one to me - can't you add olive oil at home?

                                                                            1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                              You can but the tuna actually packed in olive oil seems to retain more flavor and has a better texture.

                                                                              1. re: RussTheRaccoon

                                                                                And, that's what I said but I thought it was kind of a good question :) I think this is particularly true probably for yellowfin which can be a touch drier compared to skipjack although no where near as dry as albacore can sometimes get in a can.

                                                                              2. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                One of the reasons why I love TJ's yellowfin tuna in olive oil is that it is the only canned tuna in olive oil that I don't drain the oil out of before eating. I think the quality of the olive oil in it is (was?) outstanding so I mix it up into the tuna and personally can just eat it straight out of the can with just a little S&P added.

                                                                                1. re: littleflower

                                                                                  If it tastes like that CA Estate Olive Oil I bought there last week, I'd drink it.

                                                                                2. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                  Two advantages to having the tuna packed in olive oil, whether it's yellowfin or any other kind. One has already been mentioned - it's better for the tuna. Also, the oil can be used as an ingredient, for example in tuna salad, so any flavor it has picked up from the tuna is not wasted. (I add lemon juice and celery salt instead of mayonnaise.) I can't think of any use for tuna-packed water.

                                                                                  1. re: John Francis

                                                                                    Haha, tuna in oil is great but tuna in water also has a place in my life as well. I usually just eat it out of the can, but I'm a protein glutton.

                                                                                    1. re: John Francis

                                                                                      Since I no longer have a cat, I freeze the tuna pack water and add it to the broth when I make any form of seafood soup/stew.

                                                                                      1. re: greygarious

                                                                                        I assume this is the canned tuna for humans and not their canned tuna cat food. :)

                                                                                        1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                          The cat food tuna doesn't have any water or olive oil to drain off, so your assumption is correct. :-D

                                                                                      2. re: John Francis

                                                                                        I wonder about making mayo with the olive oil for a tuna salad...

                                                                                    2. re: ohmyyum

                                                                                      Thank you, ohmyyum!!! YAY!! Now I can only hope it tastes as good as the previous yellowfin tuna in olive oil that they sold!

                                                                                  2. Went to get our normal Tarrazu coffee and it was gone and there wasn't a tag on the shelf for it anymore. Anyone know if it's gone for good everywhere?

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                                                                                    1. Their Thai peanut sauce seems to have disappeared. It was really tasty.

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                                                                                      1. re: crabtree

                                                                                        Was that in the sauce aisle or the one over with the lettuce and produce in the cooler? I hadn't tried the sauce (if it is a different critter), but I love to make coleslaw with the Thai Peanut dressing in the cooler. I will be very sad if that is gone. :(

                                                                                        1. re: Canonical

                                                                                          It was the one in the sauce aisle.

                                                                                          1. re: crabtree

                                                                                            Ah, thanks much. I do love the dressing so.

                                                                                        2. re: crabtree

                                                                                          Thai peanut sauce has reappeared in Wilmington, Delaware:-)

                                                                                        3. The silken tofu sold in the shelf-stable tetrapack is gone. The sign was still on the shelf so an employee checked her computer -- discontinued :(

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                                                                                          1. re: chinchi

                                                                                            I just returned a pack today so someone might get lucky at my local store.

                                                                                          2. This isn't a discontinuation notice, but a question about a possible recipe change.

                                                                                            A few weeks ago (early Oct.) I bought my regular box of Joe's O's. Yes, I go through one or two boxes a week of the plain variety. Very routine, always have with milk and my morning coffee. I am a Cheerios connoisseur and have never found a generic that lives up to the real deal until I started eating Joe's O's last year.

                                                                                            But this new box - totally different. Different texture. Different way with the milk. Different aftertaste. Etc. They're not the same! My husband doesn't notice, but I swear they've done something different to my Joe's O's! Haven't gotten to ask in the store yet, but I will. Wondering if anyone else has noticed the same thing.

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                                                                                            1. re: emmyg320

                                                                                              Thank you so much for this comment,,
                                                                                              Yes, I thought it was just me or my buds were off?
                                                                                              They are now tasting a bit like cardboard and seem tougher?

                                                                                              sometimes I wish I couldn't pick up on this kind of thing!

                                                                                              1. re: emmyg320

                                                                                                You aren't imagining anything. If you check the ingredients on the label you will find that there are differences from the old version. I'm not at all happy with the new version, which tastes like any other Cheerios-type cereal. They really blew it this time. I'd been eating Joe's O's for years, but now I'll have to begin the search for a new one. If you happen to know of another brand that is similar to the old Joe's O's please let me know. The old Joe's O's was distinguished by a firmer texture than other brands and no weird aftertaste.

                                                                                                1. re: BPaul

                                                                                                  I've been buying the Organic High Fiber and Multigrain O's alternately, and like them both. Never went in much for the plain O's as the box is too big for my cupboard shelf. :-)

                                                                                              2. The best bacon ever is discontinued. Apparently according to an employee the company that sold it went out of business.

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                                                                                                  1. re: Rilke

                                                                                                    why, it's the discontinued one of course. (LOL)...........................it would be nice to know.

                                                                                                    1. re: 51rich

                                                                                                      I think Rilke is asking what the label says. Many love the applewood smoked bacon but they have several others. The applewood is likely wellshire farms and I don't think they've gone out of business judging from the mass of their products at my local whole foods a so I assume it's another type you're fond of

                                                                                                      1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                        The Applewood and the Black Forest are the only two I care about, but I really care about 'em. If they've been discontinued I am going out of my way to Trader Joe's tonight and buying all they've got.

                                                                                                  2. re: Jett456

                                                                                                    Its the Centercut Bacon. It is thin cut. I have tried the others except for the Black Forest. They are too thick for us. I will get the Black Forest when I go to TJs tomorrow.

                                                                                                  3. Does anyone know if TJ's discontinued the Salty, Sweet & Nutty Trek Mix? It's the one with the toffee peanuts and the peanut brittle in it. I usually get it from the TJ's in South Pasadena, CA and it hasn't been there the last two times I have gone. Someone is selling a bag for $13.97 with free shipping on Amazon. (http://www.amazon.com/Trader-Joes-Sal...) That's insane!

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                                                                                                    1. re: mslbb

                                                                                                      Plenty at my store in NC. Love the chunks of toffee!

                                                                                                      1. re: ohmyyum

                                                                                                        That's good to know! Maybe I just keep going when they are out. :) Thanks!

                                                                                                      2. re: mslbb

                                                                                                        Yes, I just saw it today in the Soma store in SF. But I swear there was none a few weeks ago when I looked. Would be seriously disappointed if this gets axed, it is *so* good.

                                                                                                      3. I believe the lowfat frozen French toast may have been discontinued and replaced by regular frozen French toast. I didn't buy it, so I can't report on the quality of the new kind. But I'll sure miss the lowfat variety. It was really good.

                                                                                                        1. Me, I've been discontinued from TJ's until Feb!!

                                                                                                          We moved to a state with no TJ's after living 20+ yrs of living near a TJ's at all times.

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                                                                                                          1. re: trolley

                                                                                                            Check this out--you can get TJ's non-perishables on Amazon:


                                                                                                            (if that link doesn't work, to to Amazon and search for Trader Joe's under Gourmet Food & Grocery.) Unbelievable, and I'm not sure why TJ's allows it when they're trying to sue the guy who's reselling their stuff in Vancouver.

                                                                                                            1. re: sciencediet

                                                                                                              You can get some of their other perishables online too. I can't remember which but sometimes when I google items they come up

                                                                                                          2. i have been hoping to see the Peppermint Salt Water Taffy (seasonal) come back, but for the past two years, it has not been around. I'm thinking it may not be back at all. I"m so bummed....