NEWS ALERT: Candy Cane Joe-Joe’s are Back!

March 5, 2008

NEWS ALERT: Holiday-centric offerings abound at Trader Joe’s! Candy Cane Joe-Joe’s are great, dark cocoa wafers (basically Oreo knock-offs) filled with a bracing peppermint-vanilla filling studded with crushed candy canes throughout. Another sweet seasonal superstar are the Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels. Start stockpiling now!

Some more new favorite items we’ve added to compliment our original TJ’s shopping list:

Frozen:
Super Premium French Vanilla Ice Cream (beat out Haagen Daz and Ben & Jerry’s in a taste test)
Mac ‘n Cheese
Chocolate Croissants- (just proof [let rise] overnight & bake)
Home Browns – Lightly Seasoned & Chopped Potatoes

Refrigerated:
Tomato Bisque with Fresh Basil
Fresh Mild Salsa
Fage Tzatziki

Off the Shelf:
Flattened Bananas
Dried Peaches
Pistachios
Cashews
Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels
Candy Cane Joe-Joe’s (only at Christmastime)
Orange Muscat Champagne Vinegar
Ficelle (mini baguettes to bake)

F.Y.I.: There are many reasons why Trader Joe’s can keep their prices low:
— TJ stores are pretty plain and smaller in size.
— TJ’s get fewer choices of variety of a product in return for lower prices.
— They use plainer packaging.
— They have in and out products (items bought on a one-time only basis based on market opportunities.
— TJ’s products are made by third-party suppliers whose identities are kept secret to us, the consumer.
— TJ’s has lower mark-ups than Whole Foods or your neighborhood grocery because they buy large quantities of perishable items like cheese and turn them before the expiration date, knowing that their efficient distribution and lower pricing structure system assures that they can easily sell it within the shelf-life parameters. (This benefits the manufacturer greatly so they give TJ’s a good price on the item, which is passed along to the consumer).

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