The 20 BEST Trader Joe’s Items You Won’t Find Anywhere Else

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Our team loves Trader Joe’s for their happy tropical shirt-wearing employees, the values down every aisle, and some of the most innovative, hard-to-find, and great-tasting foods you simply can’t find at other grocers.

Today I’m sharing the top 20 best finds you won’t want to leave without the next time you’re shopping.

1. This Cauliflower Gnocchi is the easiest recipe to whip up for dinner.

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Stop what you’re doing and go buy this cauliflower gnocchi – it’s been deemed one of the best Trader Joe’s items, hence why it made our #1 spot which also tends to fly off the shelves.

Not only are they ridiculously easy to whip up in a pan, but with everyone searching for healthier alternatives and obsessing over everything cauliflower, this bag of goodness is a must-try! Your only regret will be that you didn’t grab more bags when they were available.

“Of all the things Trader Joe’s sells this is by far my favorite thing ever! I always make sure to grab a few bags so I have an easy and healthy dinner on hand at all times.” – Brooke

2. Get a restaurant-quality dinner on the table with Trader Joe’s Mandarin Orange Chicken.

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Recently, Trader Joe’s fans voted Mandarin Orange Chicken as their favorite overall item to purchase at Trader Joe’s; that’s enough of a reason to add a few bags to your cart the next time you head to the store! Plus, it’s loved by kids too, so stock up on these bags tenfold if you have a large family.

“Orange Chicken is a weekly staple in our house! My boys can’t wait till it’s Orange Chicken night every week. I pair it with Trader Joe’s Jasmine rice and it’s amazing and so easy to make!” – Heather

3. You’ll be skipping take-out after having these Pork & Ginger Soup Dumplings.

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Speaking of restaurant-quality food, if you want an appetizer to totally knock your dinner out of the park, these Pork & Ginger Soup Dumplings are a must-have item during your weekly grocery trips! They’re packed with a healthy kick of ginger and come conveniently packaged in a microwavable tray – who needs takeout when you can have these in just two minutes at home?!

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4. Jicama Wraps are the perfect alternative for tacos & super low in carbs.

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While homemade flour tortilla shells are fun to whip up for Taco Tuesday, we’re huge fans of these low-carb jicama wraps at Trader Joe’s! Plus, they’d be almost impossible to make on your own so they’re more than worth their weight in gold, making them another one of the best Trader Joe’s items you’ll find.

They’re thick enough to hold whatever food you put inside and considering they’re literally only made of jicama, they’re completely guilt-free!

Hip Tip: Interested in reading more about these wraps? Hop over to our sister site, Hip2Keto, where Collin shares her love for these low-carb and keto-friendly jicama wraps!

5. Your spice cabinet will be complete with Everything But the Bagel seasoning.

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This versatile blend of sea salt, garlic, sesame, and onion can be used in a variety of ways such as sprinkling it on delicious avocado toast or using it for the best cream cheese appetizer. Plus, it’s super affordable at only $1.99 a jar!

It’s become so popular that Trader Joe’s even recently launched Everything But The Bagel Nut Duo – its super nutty and delicious counterpart.

Don’t have a Trader Joe’s? ALDI recently started carrying a similar seasoning too!

Hip Tip: Want more ideas for this Trader Joe’s seasoning? Make these incredibly simple 2-ingredient air fryer bagels and sprinkle this seasoning on top for a delicious and easy breakfast or anytime treat!

6. Spice up your next meal with this Creamy Jalapeño Sauce.

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Made with real jalapeños, this creamy jalapeño sauce is going to be the perfect addition to any hot sauce lover’s next meal. While Trader Joe’s realizes people tend to stick with their hot sauce of choice, this one is considered to be one of the best Trader Joe’s hot-sauce items that are making everyone step outside their comfort zone.

7. Take peanut butter & jelly to the next level with this Crunchy Peanut Butter with Flax & Chia Seeds.

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If you’re a person that loves incredible textures when you’re enjoying your food, then this jar of crunchy peanut butter with flax and chia seeds is going to take your peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to the next level! It’s high in good fats, protein, and contains almost no sugars. Plus, you can enjoy this amazing butter with apples, on toast, or by the spoonful. Just keep in mind, it does need to be refrigerated after opening.

Hip Tip: Skipping on the store-bought butters? Here are 3 easy ways to make your own peanut butter at home.

8. Or snack on these kid-friendly PB&J Bars.

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Don’t feel like making an entire peanut butter and jelly sandwich? Trader Joe’s has got you and your kids covered with these delicious soft & chewy PB&J snack bars! They’re almost always in stock and such a fun and easy snack to take with you anywhere!

9. Make the best & easiest pesto recipes with this Vegan Kale, Cashew, & Basil Pesto.

hand holding a tub of green pesto

Trader Joe’s vegan kale, cashew, & basil pesto is an impressively versatile condiment that can be tossed with pasta or chicken, spread on a wrap or sandwich, or enjoyed as a dip on veggies or crackers. This is a fresh staple item that makes adding flavor to any dish extremely simple!

10. Grab a jar of this Fig Butter to make some seriously delicious recipes.

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Trader Joe’s has reinvented this simple condiment with unique recipe ideas like Buffalo Fig Burgers, Fig Butter Cream Cheese Bagels, and Fancy Figgy Glazed Chicken. Need we say anymore?

Hip Tip: This butter spread will pair perfectly with a Charcuterie Board too!

11. Stash some of these delicious Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups in the fridge.

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Now, I realize Trader Joe’s isn’t the only place to sell these, but I can tell ya one thing – they’re the best tasting peanut butter cups around – hands down! 🙌 You’ll also find various sizes around your store from large tubs to travel-sized packs and even mini cup versions of this treat. No matter the size, they’re definitely some of the best Trader Joe’s items you’ll find.

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Plus, if peanut butter isn’t your thing, they also have dark chocolate almond butter cups which is a personal favorite of mine! Regardless of which ones you scoop up, all of them taste extraordinary when stored in the fridge for a late-night treat.

12. These Hold the Cone Mini Ice Cream Cones are a perfect size & will satisfy every sweet tooth.

two boxes of ice cream cones in a red trader joes cart

While we’re on the topic of the best Trader Joe’s sweet items, you might as well grab a box of these Hold the Cone ice creams too. The perfect size for kids to enjoy a cold treat and perfect for you when you’re watching your sweets intake. Choose from traditional vanilla or chocolate, both dipped in a chocolate coating — you simply can’t go wrong!

“They’re perfect ice creams for kids! I love that I can give my 4-year-old a treat that won’t melt everywhere before he can eat it.” – Taryn

13. Indulge in these Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Bars for a decadent treat.

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Before you checkout with all the other best Trader Joe’s items you’ve scooped up, make sure to swing by the shelves near the cash registers to scoop up a few of these Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Bars! They’re irresistibly good and even come in unique, fun packaging making them perfect for a gift basket too!

While the Caramel & Sea Salt is my favorite, they also have Toffee with Walnuts & Pecans and Coconut Caramel too. Don’t be shy about grabbing a few because they’re only $1.99 and chances are you’ll eat half of it before you even get home. 😉

14. All you need is a spoon to enjoy this Speculoos Cookie Butter.

hand pulling cookie butter off shelf

If you haven’t tried Trader Joe’s cookie butter, you haven’t been living! I’ve never spooned it out of the jar…said no one ever. 😂 In all seriousness though, this delicious combination of Belgian biscuits with flavors including cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, cardamom, and white pepper are so heavenly and many consider it the best Trader Joe’s items hands down.

It’s perfect on toast, blending into shakes, dipped in apples, or as I said, all on its own. 🙌 And if you’re a fan of frozen desserts, Trader Joe’s even has this flavor available in ice cream form as well! Yum!

15. Enjoy these guilt-free Keto Fudge Bites if you’re limiting your sugar intake.

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These keto-friendly creamy & dreamy fudge bites are made with pure and real ingredients so you can have your after-dinner treat without all the unwanted tummy problems. Packed with 7g of fat and 6g of protein, there’s no wonder everyone’s scooping these up!

Read more about these sweet keto treats on our sister site, Hip2Keto!

16. Score a bouquet of flowers at Trader Joe’s starting at just $3.99!

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Love sprucing up your home with fresh flowers? We love the seasonal floral arrangements that Trader Joe’s offers year-round (in spring they even have gorgeous bunches of peonies for just $7.99 – my favorite!). 😍

With tons of other beautiful bouquets starting at just $3.99, these flowers are some of the best Trader Joe’s items to pick up and perfect for any occasion. If you’re having a big party (or even a wedding), they accept large flower orders upon request! Just note that oftentimes you won’t get to choose the color of the flowers.

Check out our other favorite places to buy flowers and the best deals on them too!

bouquets of colorful flowers in trader joes buckets

“Trader Joe’s flowers are beautiful and priced great. When my son got married last year they over-ordered roses so they would have a bunch for the wedding rehearsal dinner. I had about a dozen white roses in the middle of all the tables, and we put different colored roses on the tables where the parents and bride and groom sat.

The entire place was gorgeous and I didn’t spend a fortune like I would have if I had gone to a florist. It was really amazing!” – Kathy

17. Whipped Coconut Body Butter will make your skin silky smooth.

hand holding a jar of coconut whipped body butter in trader joes

Trader Joe’s is so much more than just food products. Their body butter is rich and ultra-soothing. I love that after applying it on my skin, there’s no oily residue left behind. It’s great to keep on hand year-round to keep skin feeling silky soft all day!

In the fall, make sure to scoop up some of their popular Pumpkin Body Butter, which is only available seasonally.

“I’m like a kid in the store at Trader Joe’s. I love their beauty products, especially their body butter which I have been using for years.” – Mary 

18. Shop for all the best seasonal items at Trader Joe’s.

watermelon fruit spread on counter next to bread

Some of the best Trader Joe’s items can be found in their selection of seasonal essentials throughout the year. From watermelon fruit spread & purple yam ice cream in the summertime to a pumpkin explosion of products in the fall, there’s an endless array of fun and delicious options for everyone.

Hip Tip: If you’re curious about what Trader Joe’s offers all year long and what we’re currently obsessing over, make sure to follow our Trader Joe’s page so you can stay up to date on all the delicious news.

19. Start your morning off with this fair trade Ethiopian Whole Bean Coffee.

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Score this whole bean fair trade coffee the next time your in Trader Joe’s. It’s filled with sweet, floral aromas and ready to help you kick off your day! Plus, at just under $10, it won’t cost you much more than a bunch of the Starbucks secret menu drinks we’re always sharing.

“This is hands down one of the best Trader Joe’s items and my favorite coffee! The earthy flavor is so good and it’s such a smooth, yet strong blend. I love that it comes in whole beans and I can just grind it myself at Trader Joe’s. For good, quality coffee, this stuff is really affordable and it doesn’t give me a headache like other coffees sometimes do. Yay! If you’re a coffee lover like me, you’ve got to try this stuff! Oh, and you can also repurpose the canister that it comes in for storage or for a craft project!” – Taylor

20. End your day with a deliciously cheap bottle of Trader Joe’s Wine.

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It wouldn’t be a Trader Joe’s lineup unless we shared the tasty & inexpensive “Two Buck Chuck” they’re so well known for! While not every location will have wine due to state liquor licenses, it’s a total steal (starting at just $2.99 a bottle) if you’re lucky enough to have it! Plus, so many of them taste absolutely amazing!

We’ve rounded up all the best Trader Joe’s wines for ya HERE!

Grab a wine that you’re not crazy about? Here’s what one reader suggested:

“Bad wine makes the best sangria. Add some fruit, brandy, and housewives of NJ. Awesome night in.” – Daniela 

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Sara is a self-taught blogger and photographer with 5 years of experience having work featured in various building, travel, and fashion publications, most notably Bassett Furniture and Fossil.

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  1. Rachel

    We aren’t huge sweets people here. But we LOVE LOVE the smoke trout we get at Trader Joes!

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