I’m a regular shopper at Trader Joe’s. I love a lot of the Trader Joe’s item and think they are as good or better than some of the name brands. In fact, some of the products they carry are often manufactured by the name brands you know and love (think cereal and pita chips), but Trader Joe’s put its name of them, which translated to the same quality at a lower price. I also like that Trader Joe’s often carries name brand items but for much cheaper than other stores (Hello, Dr. Bronner’s Castile soap).
And when certain holidays happen or a change of seasons come around, I love all the fun, new foodstuffs that hit the shelves.
A couple of months ago, Trader Joe’s went crazy about pumpkin for fall and was carrying more than 50 items that contained pumpkin. While that wasn’t all that tempting for me personally, people seemed to go wild for them. Christmas is also a big time for Trader Joe’s to come out with new stuff – especially chocolates, cookies, candies, and more.
On a trip to Trader Joe's this week, I found some things I hadn’t seen in the store before and thought they were amazing deals. So, here are 3 reasons you should go to Traders Joe's right now:
- A Himalayan pink salt slab for $14.99. I've seen these at Williams-Sonoma for $40 to $50 bucks. Even on Amazon they range from $20 to $50. I ended up buying two of these. One is a gift for a foodie friend. I’m coupling it with the book “Salt Block Cooking” by acclaimed author, Mark Bitterman. I think it will be a nice holiday gift. I also bought a copy of the book for myself. Bitterman won a prestigious James Beard Award for his previous book simply called “Salted.” I also own that book. I think you can see I like salt.
- Harry and David Comice Pears – a box of 4 for $6.99. Yeah, these are those delightful, pricey catalog pears that people send as gifts during the holidays. A similar box of pears cost about $39 on Harry & David.com. Add some nuts, chocolates or cheese and you’ve just created a great gift basket and saved a lot of cash. But be sure to get some for yourself – maybe a couple of boxes.
- Two 8-inch Vicolo cornmeal pizza crusts for $3.99. This might be a regional things for the Bay Area (I’m in San Francisco and Vicolo is a local favorite). I usually find these at Whole Foods at nearly double the price. Because they are empty pizza crusts, they’re great to have on hand any time, but during the holidays you can whip up all kinds of great pizza concoctions for unexpected guests.
Enjoy, and you're welcome!