It's officially the most wonderful time of the year at Trader Joe's. Our grocery store boo is stocking his shelves (and checking them twice) with crowd-pleasing appetizers, heat-and-eat mains, clever snacks and festive desserts you'll want to enjoy all season long. Here, you'll find 12 of our favorites to shop this December, from seasonal chocolates to baking essentials.
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We see a charcuterie board in your future
Crafted by a Slovakian chocolatier, these indulgent discs are studded with bits of dried cherries, raspberries and strawberries for a mouth-puckering flavor contrast. If you prefer your chocolate straight-up sweet, go for the Milk Chocolate Rondos with Caramelized Pecan Crunch instead.
A low-lift, high-protein dinner in 20 minutes? Don't mind if we do. Even better, the pork—seasoned with maple syrup, light brown sugar, molasses and coffee and smoked on a rotisserie—can be heated in three minutes if you use the microwave instead of the oven. Prefer poultry? Opt for the Hardwood Smoked Pulled Chicken instead.
Call it a Christmas miracle, folks. This ingenious substitute is concocted from a mix of vegetable oil, sugar, lentil protein and starch to create an uncanny, dairy-free masterpiece. Whip it to top lattes and desserts, or add it to soups and sauces for richness.
Is it even the holiday season if you don't treat your relatives (or yourself) to an epic charcuterie spread? Make space on the board for this robust, earthy cheese, complete with signature blue veins and a sweet, delicate finish. Might we suggest using the leftovers (if there are any) for a decadent pasta sauce?
Nosh your way through a dozen dark chocolate-covered caramels in an array of flavors. Returning varieties include double espresso, fig & honey, hot chili and maple, accompanied by new types like caramel mousse, salted torte, gingerbread, pear & cinnamon, sea salt, passion fruit, crème brûlée and salted lavender.
10. Italian Tiramisu
Ladyfinger biscuits soaked in coffee and Marsala wine, sweet mascarpone, cocoa powder—any questions? This Italian delight comes frozen, so all you need to do to prepare it for serving is keep it in the fridge overnight to thaw. Wash it down with a doppio espresso, if you feel so inclined.
Much like coffee, single-origin chocolate means the cocoa used to make it comes from one country instead of a blend from many. This concentrates the flavor notes of the chocolate, so you'll be able to better taste the differences between these Venezuelan, Vietnamese and Peruvian bars.
This quartet of seasonal pretzels just might outshine your mom's famous sugar cookies (no offense to her). Varieties include coffee candy topped with dark chocolate drizzle, peanut butter candy topped with crumbled Joe-Joe's and chocolate gems, dark chocolate with peppermint candy and milk chocolate with rainbow nonpareils.