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Discontinued at Trader Joe's: July 2014-December 2014

Continuing this thread for the 2nd half of 2014 - what products have you noticed have been discontinued and you are sad to see them go?

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  1. Has anyone seen the giant white beans in tomato sauce recently? Couldn't find them on my last trip ...

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    1. re: Savour

      Savour, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but one of the workers at my local TJ's confirmed that those giant white beans in the tomato sauce have indeed been discontinued.

        1. re: littleflower

          Nooooooo!

          I have a jar sitting in the fridge. . . . now I don't want to open it.

      1. The frozen lemonade concentrate is now back in the freezer section! If my memory serves me correctly, at one time they were carrying this item all year round, I will be interested to see if they still plan on doing so, or if it is just a seasonal item now.

        1. I happened to grab a bag of the fire roasted vegetables with balsamic butter sauce (frozen) last time I was at TJ's and I am in love. Went to get more and the associate said he couldn't find them in the system. Any luck out there?

           
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            1. Thanks to the OP for directing my lament to the appropriate thread: one of my GO TO products over which I rejoiced each time I bought it... it is gone.

              The fresh buffalo mozzarella is no more. I hate you, TJ. Suck it.

              1. Looks like TJ's is discontinuing products left and right now...

                Say goodbye to the Vintage Cola and Vintage Root Beer. The cola is really what hurts me.

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                1. re: littleflower

                  This is the worst news...I loved their root beer!

                2. Mahi mahi burgers, anyone seen them recently?

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                  1. re: fldhkybnva

                    They aren't discontinued, they said they *should* be back in stock in a couple of weeks.

                    1. re: littleflower

                      Thanks. They disappeared, then reappeared and then disappeared. Glad to know they will be back.

                      1. re: littleflower

                        Blargh, still MIA. I can't wait for them to come back, I love these things.

                        1. re: fldhkybnva

                          Sorry to hear that fldhky, hope they bring those back in soon!

                        1. Has anyone seen the 5-layer fiesta dip?

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                          1. re: haneds

                            We are trying to source a new supplier.

                          2. There cola, root beer and orange soda will miss the cola the most. Only cola been able to find with no caffeine, and uses real sugar big mistake on trader joes end.

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                            1. re: Pickle13

                              I am so upset about the cola as well. The best alternative is Maine Root
                              Cola but its a bit more expensive.

                              1. re: Hunter667

                                Have you tried Virgil's Real Cola? Fresh Market carries it, and although it it a little pricier than TJ's Vintage Cola it is a fantastic substitute. Crossing my fingers that they decide to carry this flavor in the future.

                            2. I just heard their Dukkah has been discontinued!!! I'm not a happy camper about this!!! It became a staple in my colder weather cooking especially when I'd make Cheesy Spiced Latkes using Dukkah!!! Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!

                              1. The unsweetened 100% Cranberry juice has been absent from my area stores for the last few months. Staff say it it temporary, but that seems like a long hiatus.

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                                1. re: jmoryl

                                  Still available in my store (Davis, CA). I bought a bottle a couple weeks ago.

                                  1. re: chinchi

                                    Funny, but after an absence of a few months it has reappeared in my local(NJ), just after posting the above. The supermarket across the street has 100% pure cranberry at $11.99 for the same size ($3.99 at TJ's).

                                  2. re: jmoryl

                                    it has no other "juices" for sweetening? if not, i guess it is SUPER tart!

                                    1. re: alkapal

                                      Yeah, it is very tart. I like to throw a splash in with some mango or guava nectar to give it a bit of bite.

                                    2. re: jmoryl

                                      Tons of it in Pittsburgh this week.

                                    3. NO!!!!!!!!!!! Their South African Smoke Grinder spice blend has been discontinued!!!!!!!!! NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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                                      1. re: JMF1007

                                        That makes me upset. I have been trying out the spice grinders (love the black peppercorn, pink Himalayan sea salt, and garlic salt grinders) and that was next on my list to try out. :-(

                                        Just called the two TJ's nearest to me and they confirmed that they have been discontinued and have none left in stock. Ugh.

                                        1. re: littleflower

                                          Try their Lemon Pepper Grinder too...it's just fabulous!!! As well, for a sweet try their Cinnamon Sugar Grinder too :-D

                                          1. re: JMF1007

                                            Thanks JMF - I definitely want to try the lemon pepper grinder. Does it contain just lemon peel and black peppercorns?

                                            1. re: littleflower

                                              The ingredients are:
                                              black peppercorns, sea salt, onion, lemon rind, garlic, lemon oil, citric acid.
                                              and Fooducate gives it a B+:
                                              http://www.fooducate.com/app#page=pro...

                                        2. re: JMF1007

                                          Crap!! I love it and mine is almost out! Maybe i'll fool around and see if i can make my own blend to refill the grinder.... Ingredients are straight forward enough

                                          1. re: Ttrockwood

                                            Can you please share what the ingredients are?

                                            1. re: littleflower

                                              The ingredients are:
                                              paprika flakes, sea salt, garlic, basil
                                              and look Fooducate gave it an A-:
                                              http://www.fooducate.com/app#page=pro...

                                              1. re: JMF1007

                                                You could use the smoked spanish paprika (while not a flake, per se, it would definitely give you the smoke. It rocks on roasted cauliflower! (Just reqalized the smoked spanish paprika might be be by Penzey's though, although I'd swear TJ's had a version, too).

                                          2. re: JMF1007

                                            Oh that really sucks. We love that blend, especially on grilled potatoes. I guess I'll have to ration it. Damn.

                                            1. re: AmyH

                                              AmyH I know this has a different flavor profile, but I love to use the garlic salt grinder on potatoes. The ingredients are sea salt, roasted garlic, onion, and parsley.

                                              1. re: littleflower

                                                Thanks littleflower. I'll try that when my African Smoke runs out

                                            2. re: JMF1007

                                              Not to fear, the South African Smoke Seasoning is returning!

                                              This is direct from TJ's customer service:

                                              "We have depleted our contracted inventory for the South African Smoke Seasoning, and I am sorry for this disappointment. We will see the return of this product; however, not until next May."

                                              1. re: JMF1007

                                                Sorry to hear that's gone, I love it on baked salmon.

                                              2. I'm not sure I'll survive if this is true: I was told that they discontinued the Dark chocolate almond bark. I hope it's wrong because my life will never be the same.

                                                I'm still in mourning over not being able to get frozen arctic Char. It was a staple and my favorite fish they carried.

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                                                1. re: bachchick

                                                  They might be seasonal...ask your TJ's...

                                                  1. Can not seem to locate the delicious frozen Southwest Chicken Quesadillas - - 2 to a pack

                                                     
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                                                    1. re: pbjluver

                                                      My local store says they're trying to find a new supplier and "it may be awhile"...

                                                      1. re: pbjluver

                                                        Sadly, I just found out that they have been discontinued. One of my favorites too.

                                                      2. haven't been able to get the black diamond sliced cheddar for months in ohio. any other word on this?

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                                                        1. re: hannahdear1

                                                          I haven't seen the black diamond sliced cheddar for a while either (northeast NY)

                                                        2. When I went to TJ yesterday, they had the dark chocolate almond bark again. Life is good---- though it would be better if they started carrying frozen arctic char again.

                                                          1. Has anyone seen the dried ("chewy") mandarin orange slices? My store's been out since April and they keep saying "they're coming back soon, we're having supply issues!". One employee said that they sold so well that they're having trouble ramping up production.

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                                                            1. re: Boston_Otter

                                                              They came back last week here in NJ. <happy dance>

                                                              1. re: doggiedoc

                                                                I haven't seen them back at nyc locations... Hopefully they will show up soon!

                                                              2. re: Boston_Otter

                                                                Down here in PA/DE, the Wilmington store has them.......so good. Along with coconut sticks that are bit less appealing

                                                              3. So so sad. The Thai-flavored confetti rice has been discontinued. I wish I'd made a copy of the ingredient list to replicate. Does anyone have one?

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                                                                1. re: Discerning1

                                                                  water, rice, onion, baby corn, palm oil, tomato, sugar, lemongrass, garlic, sea salt, ginger, white pepper, thai lime leaf, spinach, turmeric (color).

                                                                  :)

                                                                2. I think they discontinued the Smoked Ghost Chili Flakes (grinder) from the spice section :(

                                                                  1. I haven't seen the battered fish nuggets the past couple times I've gone. Does anyone know if they've been discontinued?

                                                                     
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                                                                    1. re: Tabaka

                                                                      They were sampling them in my store (Pittsburgh) on Wednesday.

                                                                      1. re: Harts52

                                                                        Thanks! All hope isn't lost then.

                                                                    2. Bacon ends & pieces ("the bacon ball") were gone the last time I was in the store, and they'd filled in the space with Turkey Bacon. This is the basis of a lot of recipes for me, and I'd be very sad to see it gone.

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                                                                      1. re: AndrewPM

                                                                        it was out a couple of weeks ago at the arlington, ma store. the cashier said that they had been having trouble getting it from the supplier. which is odd: they had plenty of the 12-ounce applewood smoked bacon, so there should still be ends and pieces. unless, the supplier has found a better price for the ends and pieces.

                                                                        i hope not! i, too, have come to count on a premium product at a bargain price.

                                                                        1. re: AndrewPM

                                                                          It was in stock last week at my store (Southern CA)

                                                                          1. re: chinchi

                                                                            Yes. I picked some up at my local store (also Southern CA) last week, but this week its space has been replaced with a sprouted red basmati rice... Not white rice.

                                                                            1. re: chinchi

                                                                              The bacon ends and pieces are back per two posts on the TJ'S Yay/Meh/Nay board.

                                                                          2. Frozen 3-pack of Basmati Rice? Please don't tell me it's gone!!

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                                                                            1. re: calzona

                                                                              Calzona are you speaking of the frozen 3 pack white jasmine rice? There was a ton of it in stock at my local TJ's.

                                                                            2. has anyone seen Trader Jacque’s 12 Macarons Assortis lately? think they might be discontinued, though im looking fwd to the pumpkin macarons returning

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                                                                              1. re: JudyGrn

                                                                                They just showed up as "orderable". They were out at the warehouse waiting for a shipment from over seas.

                                                                                1. re: JudyGrn

                                                                                  Michigan was out of them but I saw them back in the freezer section on Saturday (2 days ago).

                                                                                2. We are to get an
                                                                                  Aldi's in our area and something tells me that I will like it much better than TJ's, which I see as an upscaled 7-11.

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                                                                                  1. re: Ozhit

                                                                                    G'luck to ya. The local Aldi here sux balls, whereas TJ's is in another league.

                                                                                    1. re: linguafood

                                                                                      Here too! I went I Aldi hoping to be won over like TJs, no such luck!

                                                                                    2. re: Ozhit

                                                                                      If you consider TJs to be an upscale 7-11, you will think Aldi's is the filthy bathroom.

                                                                                      It boggles my mind that you think TJs is an upscale 7-11.

                                                                                      Convenience store = jacked up prices and processed, preservative-filled GMO-laden crap, absolutely nothing organic, nothing special when it comes to cashier staff and often have to wait for check out because someone is buying a boatload of lottery tickets;

                                                                                      Trader Joe's = reasonable (often lowest) prices, commitment to no preservatives/no GMOs, amazing selection of all kinds of foods, many of which are higher quality than you'll find anywhere and lots of organics and employees who bend over backwards to please, plus an open "return anything for full refund" policy;

                                                                                      Aldi's = low prices, larger than a 7-11 but usually smaller than TJs, processed, preservative-filled GMO-laden crap (very few name brands, lots of generic quality and good luck finding anything organic), nothing special when it comes to cashier staff plus you have to bag yourself and if you don't bring bags, you have to pay for them.

                                                                                      1. re: Harts52

                                                                                        And at Aldi's you have to pay a deposit just to use a shopping cart!

                                                                                        1. re: AmyH

                                                                                          I don't have a problem with that. Takes care of stolen/abandoned shopping carts, for the most part.

                                                                                          1. re: linguafood

                                                                                            I did when I didn't have a quarter in my wallet to get one! And it doesn't really scream "upscale". I think those things they put on cart wheels to prevent them from leaving the parking lot are more effective anyway. If someone really wants to steal a cart, that quarter isn't going to make them think twice.

                                                                                            1. re: AmyH

                                                                                              Well, in Germany it's a whole freaking Euro. Not something (poor) people would fork over every time they feel they want to take the cart with them.

                                                                                              For a quarter? Maybe.

                                                                                              1. re: AmyH

                                                                                                I thought it was more to encourage people to return the cart (get the quarter back) and keep the parking lot neat, without having to hire another employee to gather carts.

                                                                                                1. re: Cathy

                                                                                                  You're probably right Cathy. I just found it a hassle and, combined with their product choices, decided it wasn't the store for me.

                                                                                                  Trader Joe's on the other hand...

                                                                                        2. re: Ozhit

                                                                                          Wow, what a provocative statement that TJ's is an "upscaled 7-11." I've never heard of Aldi's here in California, but TJ's is hardly a 7-11.

                                                                                          TJ's motto back in the day was "for the over-educated and underpaid."

                                                                                          1. re: Ozhit

                                                                                            Aldi's is OK for a few things...authentic German products, decent cheap chocolate, and a few staples (rice or couscous). But I tend to only go when they advertise a particular non-food item I want, like a stadium seat for $9.99

                                                                                            Food wise TJ for the win.

                                                                                            1. re: coney with everything

                                                                                              Okay, peeps. Here's the scoop.
                                                                                              Aldi's OWNS Trader Joe's. TJ is its upscale North American venture.
                                                                                              (See The Economist magazine, Sept. 27, 2014, story "The Hard Rain.")
                                                                                              I think they're both actually outstanding in their different ways; I choose from each what I particularly like, as we have one of each here.

                                                                                              1. re: BerkshireTsarina

                                                                                                Thanks for the reference. It is fascinating and can be found at http://www.economist.com/news/busines....

                                                                                                It describes the relationship between TJ's and Aldi's: "...Aldi South... operates under its own name [in the US]; Aldi North’s American venture is Trader Joe’s, a slightly upmarket version of the German original."

                                                                                          2. Argentinian shrimp are out again :(

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                                                                                            1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                              I just picked up 3 bags a couple days ago. (Gotta stock up when I see 'em, they're frequently out here, too.)Too bad we're on opposite sides of the country- I'd offer to share but don't think you'd want them when they got there.

                                                                                              1. re: weezieduzzit

                                                                                                Darn! I actually have been driving to another store to get them since my local store never has them but then the past 2 weeks that store has been out too. Maybe this week, fingers crossed.

                                                                                                1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                  Fldhky, call your store and ask them to place a special order for you or call you when they come in! My store just called yesterday to say that the coconut oil was back in stock in limited quantities.

                                                                                                  1. re: ohmyyum

                                                                                                    Oh great, thanks for the tip! I didn't know they'd do that. I called the 3 stores in the area this morning and nada. I'll call back and request to be called.

                                                                                                    1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                      harris teeter frequently carries argentine shrimp.

                                                                                                      1. re: Vidute

                                                                                                        Thanks for the recommendation, Harris Teeter does carry them and I happened on them while on sale. They didn't seem to know anything about the sourcing issues Trader Joe's says are affecting supply.

                                                                                                        1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                          happy to have provided an alternate source.

                                                                                            2. So sorry to put so many into a tizzy about the way I think of TJ's. It's an OK place, but hardly a necessity, as I see it. Have you noticed that a good number (not all) of the comments have to do with cookies, snacks, a dip, beverages, prepared items? We are hearing about the loss of peripherals, not basics.

                                                                                              I suspect that I will have some use for Aldi because my budget forces me to use store brands and basics. Who cares if I have to deposit a quarter to get a cart? I can keep a quarter in the car for that. Bags? I have a collection of reuseable bags that I use now at Kroger's because I have no use for the store bags when I get home. Why waste? Lack of staff? Try finding a knowledgeable clerk in most stores these days. Just try.

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                                                                                              1. re: Ozhit

                                                                                                I don't buy any of the above items at Trader Joe's. I buy eggs, dairy, cheese, nuts, vegetables, meat, chicken broth, canned fish - basics.

                                                                                                1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                  i, too, rely on trader joe's for great prices on the basics. i'd add to fidhkybnva's list, i'd add light coconut milk (green can), coconut and olive oil. tj's also has the best price on quinoa. i do confess to supplementing that list with the occasional indulgence -- belgian waffle cookies.

                                                                                                2. re: Ozhit

                                                                                                  A typical Trader Joe's stocks about 4,000 items and 80% ARE store brand/private label: Trader Joe, Trader Jose, Trader Giotto, Baker Josef, Trader Joe-San, Arabian Joe's, Pilgrim Joe's, Trader Ming, Joseph Brau, Joseph Handler, Trader Jacque, Joe's Diner, Joe's Kids and Trader Darwin are all regularly sold (American, Mexican, Italian, baked goods, Japanese, Middle Eastern, New England specialties, Chinese, beer, wine, French, frozen, child centric food and vitamins and supplements).

                                                                                                  The other items in inventory are 'special buys', usually listed in the Frequent Flyer, which states facts about the item and that X number of cases will be sold at every store. Sometimes those items end up being a regular, and sometimes they are there only for the time of the Flyer or seasonal.

                                                                                                  1. re: Ozhit

                                                                                                    Your comments give me the impression that you really haven't spent much time in TJs. Example: Trader Joe's Organic Black Beans $1.19 vs. Walmart's Bush's Black Beans (not organic and probably GMO) $1.89. I could go on and on with examples like this. You are certainly entitled to your opinion but it is poorly formed.

                                                                                                    1. re: Harts52

                                                                                                      what size can are you talking about? i can get very good quality black beans, kidney beans, canellini beans, and red beans at my harris teeter REGULARLY on sale for 50 cents per can.

                                                                                                      1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                        whatever the regular size is...? Sorry, to lazy to go into the pantry and look. I never see any kind of beans in my area for 50 cents. Never. But then I will admit I don't pay a ton of attention because I usually buy dry beans (organic) in bulk, cook up and put them in jars and suck the air out with a Foodsaver. That being said, I regularly keep a couple cans of TJs on hand for the random need.

                                                                                                        1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                          But are the beans organic and/or are the cans BPA free?

                                                                                                      2. re: Ozhit

                                                                                                        I shop at Trader Joe's for the basics as well as the fun things you mentioned. And most of the products at Trader Joe's are store brand, that's one of the ways they keep costs down.

                                                                                                      3. Please understand that I am not trying to pick a fight here, but it occurs to me that the term 'store brand' can mean different things. When i was in the fine foods business, we used to have certain items packaged with the store's label. We called them 'private label' and the real reason for doing so was to safeguard the markup on these items. More recently 'store brand' has come to have the connotation of a brand that represents basic quality but not as fancy as the same item with a national brand, Kroger as compared to Del Monte, for instance. Then there is a class of goods which essentially generic, though it does have a brand, My Essentials, for instance, rather than just 'peanut butter.'

                                                                                                        It is an interesting dance that retailers do and worth keeping in mind while you are shopping.

                                                                                                        1. I just confirmed that the Cheddar Hot Dogs are gone this year - what a loss. We loved them every summer for the past two years.

                                                                                                            1. re: mistomy

                                                                                                              Yes, I am sad too. I'm going to try to make a big batch and freeze it. Fingers crossed.

                                                                                                            2. Has anyone seen the Flax and Chia PB still in stock? It's been out at my local store, just curious if it's gone for good.

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                                                                                                              1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                It was at my store two weeks ago.

                                                                                                                1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                  Saw it today at my store (Seattle).

                                                                                                                  1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                    I, too, looked for it a few days ago and it was not there. I was told it was sold out but more was expected. I hope so!

                                                                                                                    1. re: RabbiBeth

                                                                                                                      It was still out yesterday. I was told the same. Not currently in the warehouse but should be back.

                                                                                                                  2. The vanilla bean cupcakes are gone, replaced with a half vanilla/half chocolate cupcake mix that no fewer than two employees discouraged me from buying. I wouldn't anyway - I don't like chocolate cake - but it was useful to know that even they thought the replacement wasn't up to par with the vanilla bean option.

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                                                                                                                    1. re: JulesNoctambule

                                                                                                                      Thanks for the input on the new cupcakes, Jules. That is disappointing news to hear since I love a good quality cupcake, but so glad that you saved me the hassle of most likely not liking them and returning them.

                                                                                                                    2. I think the frozen key lime pie is gone. :( (It may be seasonal?)

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                                                                                                                      1. re: drmoze

                                                                                                                        I am afraid you are right, I think it is gone for this year. My store didn't have any left and the price tag was removed from the shelf. Hoping that they bring it back in next summer!

                                                                                                                        1. re: drmoze

                                                                                                                          My store still had it yesterday! Of course, it was 100 degrees here yesterday ...

                                                                                                                        2. I was looking for their sesame sticks last month, and didn't see them at all (checked two different TJ's), so I fear they have been discontinued. (Maybe a long time ago--I only buy them during backpacking season, as a trail snack.) Anybody know anything about this?

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                                                                                                                          1. re: TVHilton

                                                                                                                            I saw them at my Pittsburgh store two weeks ago.

                                                                                                                            1. re: Harts52

                                                                                                                              Great, thanks. Maybe just temporarily out of stock, then.

                                                                                                                          2. The black bean and corn enchiladas are gone! Apparently TJ's has lost its contract with the producer that also supplies the Amy's brand, so everything from there will be disappearing.

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                                                                                                                            1. re: JulesNoctambule

                                                                                                                              Wow that's a huge loss - I believe they have a couple of more items that are repackaged Amy's products.

                                                                                                                              1. re: JulesNoctambule

                                                                                                                                Oh no! I love those enchiladas. They are perfect for bringing to work for lunch. :(

                                                                                                                              2. Dilettante chocolate covered cherries, gone. Discontinued.

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                                                                                                                                1. re: bostonhound

                                                                                                                                  Oh that's a shame. They were really good. Tasted like Harry and David's.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: bostonhound

                                                                                                                                    i hope they still have the other dilettante chocolate-covered fruits. those last a long time because you can't eat more than a couple at any one time.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                      Alkapal I spotted the Dilettante fruit medley on the shelf just a couple of days ago. There are three or four chocolate covered fruits included, one of which being the chocolate covered cherries.

                                                                                                                                  2. Do they have frozen roll of cinnamon roll?

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                                                                                                                                    1. re: Monica

                                                                                                                                      I don't believe so. They carry fresh cinnamon rolls in the bakery section as well as jumbo cinnamon rolls in a can found in the refrigerated section next to the biscuits. Both I can vouch for as being good, and they each have resulted in repeat puchases.

                                                                                                                                    2. Frozen Spinach Pizza… haven't seen this long-time favorite in my local Los Angeles area store for a few weeks now. Any ideas on its return?

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                                                                                                                                      1. re: greysky73

                                                                                                                                        I think that might be one of the Amy's products that are all out of stock-- the pesto tortellini and black bean enchiladas are two others. :(

                                                                                                                                      2. Berkshire Tsarina, my understanding is that Aldi's and Trader Joe's grew out of a difference in some family politics. One is Aldi's (?) north and one is south in Germany. I can never remember which. Here we have Kroger's and Food Lion and others. They merchandise differently. I save by going to the one which has what I want. No mystery. We are soon to have Aldi's and I look forward to seeing what it is about in person.