Cult Favorite Items From Trader Joe’s
Sure, you may have your go-to items you like to snag at Trader Joe’s. But are your favorites shared among fellow shoppers across the country? Here’s a look at just 20 cult favorite items Trader’s Joe’s shoppers can’t get enough of. (Although we’ll be honest: Is there a bigger cult favorite than the item on page 17?)
1. Soy chorizo
Trader Joe’s supplies eating options for carnivores and herbivores alike. But some options are favored across the board no matter what your diet consists of. Enter, the soy chorizo. While it’s a soy protein-based product, its flavors and consistency are enjoyed by even the most devoted meat-eaters. This cult favorite is a great addition to tacos and enchiladas and gives a nice kick to your weekend morning omelette.
Next: A favorite all-around sauce …
2. Soyaki sauce
Shoppers across the board are crazy for this sauce because of how versatile it is. It works well as a marinade for a variety of meat dishes and isn’t too heavy to use as the base for a vegetable stir-fry. Plus, at less than $5 a bottle, you get some serious bang for your buck.
Next: A favorite cooking staple …
3. Coconut oil spray
Better snag a bottle of this cooking spray when they restock it on the shelves. It’s a favorite that goes quickly. Although this non-stick spray a refined product — meaning all the nutrients have been stripped out of it — it continues its reputation as a go-to for cooking all different kinds of foods. Frequent shoppers use this coconut oil spray for everything from scrambling eggs to baking cookies.
Next: A favorite summer sip …
4. Watermelon cucumber cooler
Of the summer favorites the store rolls out, there may not be one with a bigger cult following than the watermelon cucumber cooler. This refreshing sip pairs watermelon and cucumber in a way that’s tastier than trendy flavored water but not overly sugary or sweet. Plus, it mixes well with seltzer and spirits. (More on that on page 20.)
Next: A favorite on-the-go snack …
5. Peanut butter filled pretzels
Need a snack that fills you up, but isn’t outrageously unhealthy? These peanut butter filled pretzels are the key. They are just salty enough to satisfy your mid-afternoon snack craving without going completely overboard. Plus, the tasty peanut butter filling packs enough protein to keep you full and energized until your next big meal.
Next: A favorite morning must …
6. Cold brew coffee products
Cold brew is all the rage, so of course Trader Joe’s got in on the action. But what really makes this TJ’s product a cult favorite is the fact shoppers have a variety of cold brew-centric products to choose from. Whether you’re a fan of the cold brew concentrate or the individual coffee bags, there’s something to satisfy everyone’s cod brew craving.
Next: A favorite building block for a great dinner …
7. Cauliflower rice
Trader Joe’s jumped on the cauliflower rice bandwagon, and it quickly became a favorite buy for customers everywhere. Not just because it’s way less messy than grating cauliflower on your own. (Seriously, those little grains get everywhere!) But because this light alternative to white rice lends itself well to a variety of different recipes.
Next: A favorite from the produce aisle …
Having good produce year-round can be difficult. But TJ’s has a knack for having certain fruits and vegetables which thrive no matter the season. And their bananas — which are also very reasonably priced — are always ripe and ready to be eaten. (Or blended into a smoothie. Whatever floats your boat.)
Next: A favorite seasonal fruit …
9. Spaghetti squash
TJ’s produce section is one of the hallmark’s of its stores. And when it comes to offering seasonal produce that can’t be beaten, no food flies into shoppers’ carts faster than the gords at fall. The spaghetti squash is a particularly popular find, thanks to the Pinterest-lead trend of subbing veggies in noodle form in for pasta. Looking for a healthier take on spaghetti and meatballs? Spaghetti squash is where it’s at.
Next: A favorite for fall …
10. Spiced cider
Seasonal and holiday staples are always big buys at Trader Joe’s. And their spiced cider is a product that ends up in everyone’s shopping cart. The tasty blend of apples and spices is enjoyed by all ages. Plus, unlike most sippers you find in the juice aisle, this fall favorite can be enjoyed either hot or cold — perfect for that time of year when the weather begins to change.
Next: Speaking of fall favorites …
11. Pumpkin pancake and waffle mix
Like most food and beverage outlets, pumpkin-flavored everything flies off the shelves at TJ’s as summer draws to a close and fall gets into full swing. But of all the seasonal goodness in stock, the pumpkin pancake and waffle mix has emerged as a cult favorite. And since it’s only a seasonal product, shoppers make a point of grabbing a box early enough in the fall to enjoy as many pumpkin pancakes as they can.
Next: Here’s a product that may surprise you …
12. O & H Kringle
Behold, the only item on our list that isn’t Trader Joe’s brand. This Scandinavian pastry — which hails from a bakery in Racine, Wisconsin — has grown in popularity since TJ’s first started carrying limited amounts of it around the holidays. It only takes a small slice of this almond treat to get your sweet fix. (And it’s even more delicious when washed down with a cup of spiced cider.)
Next: A favorite meat option …
13. Turkey meatballs
As we previously mentioned, the meat selection here is varied so there’s something for everyone. And the turkey meatballs have a massive following since they lend themselves so well to so many different dishes. Prepare them by themselves and serve with dipping sauce — marinate them in Soyaki sauce, perhaps? — or mix them into a rice or pasta dish.
Next: A dinner option no shopper can get enough of …
14. Mandarin orange chicken
Looking for an easy-to-make dish that already has all its flavors packed into one bag? Many TJ shoppers look no further than the Mandarin orange chicken. This bake-and-serve option is a step above a microwave meal but not so complicated you won’t want to prepare it after a long day of work.
Next: A crowd-pleasing appetizer …
15. Mini quiche duo
Bringing an impressive appetizer to any shindig is a breeze with these little wonders in your arsenal. Since each box contains two different quiche varieties, TJ’s shoppers have made this cult favorite a staple at Super Bowl parties, holiday get-togethers, and more.
Next: A snack shoppers go nuts for … literallly …
16. Thai chili and lime cashews
Trader Joe’s snack section has a cult following all its own. But there are a few nibbles that garner extra attention, and the Thai chili and lime cashews fit that bill. Despite sounding like a more niche snack, this surprisingly-savory snack has fans all throughout the TJ’s shopping family. They’re perfect whether you want to serve nibbles at a party or need to have an afternoon snack on hand.
Next: The most famous cult favorite?
17. Speculoos cookie butter
When it comes to Trader Joe’s most sinful addictions, look no further than this jar of infinite sweetness. And with a few varieties to choose from — and even a couple chocolate bars with the signature cookie butter filling — there’s something ridiculously sweet for everyone to go nuts over.
Next: A favorite from the cheese aisle …
18. Unexpected cheddar
When the usual snacks won’t work for a get-together, avid TJ’s shoppers please their guests with the store’s array of cheese and crackers. The “Unexpected” cheddar, however, is a major steal. It’s a white cheddar cheese with a hint of parmesan that goes well with a variety of crackers and wine — we think it tastes best when paired with a table red — and even makes a killer grilled cheese.
Next: Another cult fave for your next party …
19. Creamy spinach artichoke dip
Who doesn’t like having a delicious dip on hand? Unlike the jars of dip that can go bad within a week, TJ’s spinach dip is found in the freezer aisle and can post up in your icebox until it’s needed to impress at your next get-together. This extra cheesy appetizer is an even bigger crowdpleaser when served in a bread bowl or with Ritz-style crackers.
Next: A cult favorite spirit …
20. Vodka of the Gods
Behold, the big bottle buy for any household liquor cabinet. This surprisingly-smooth vodka pairs well with any mixer you can find in the Trader Joe’s liquor section. It goes well with some of TJ’s most favored juices, like that summery watermelon cucumber cooler. Even if you aren’t a vodka drinker yourself, having this bottle on hand will keep you prepared for whatever event you may have on the horizon.
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