Seasonal product launches are the strong point of this neighborhood grocery store. It’s a big part of what keeps customers coming back to Trader Joe’s every week, excited to find out what the team comes up with next. The short-lived limited releases are quickly devoured by fans who keep tabs on all the latest food inventions.
In July, Trader Joe’s What’s new features all the latest grocery gems, so you can figure out what you want to put in your cart ahead of time. But we give you the breakdown of these brand new purchases so you don’t have to sift through the shelves, or worse, miss any of the items that are bound to sell out. These 13 foods are just in time to spruce up your summer menu!
There seem to be more options for non-wheat eaters every day, and Trader Joe’s is adding to the list with this pepperoni, bell pepper and olive pizza, topped with part-skim mozzarella cheese and sitting on a cauliflower crust. A serving is a third of the cake, and it’s still not the healthiest option with 25% of your daily saturated fat intake. But at just $6.49, it’s good for those casual 15-minute no-prep dinners.
Another fully prepared meal, the toast is almost like a Mexican pizza full of flavor. It includes a bottom tortilla layer filled with sauce, cheese, beans, beef, and a top layer covered with tomatoes, olives, and additional cheese. For $3.99 you can eat the whole box yourself. However, with 70 milligrams of cholesterol and 12 grams of saturated fat, you might want to share this with a friend.
Named after Trader Joe’s exclusive cheese, this meaty masterpiece is a marriage between the highest level Unexpected Cheddar and a traditional chicken sausage link. The product page describes the experience: “The Parmesan-like cheddar pairs with the flavor of seasoned, lightly smoked chicken, caramelized onion chunks, and red bell pepper.”
If finding a dish for it sounds like an intriguing culinary challenge, the crew suggests using the sausage whole or sliced and added to a pasta dish or soup. You can get them for just over a dollar each, with four included per $4.49 bundle.
Looking for the perfect star for your charcuterie board? This corner in the cheese section could be your answer. Beehive Creamery in Salt Lake City, Utah has partnered with Trader Joe’s to bring this to stores. It is supposed to taste slightly sweet, creamy and fruity. The customer reviews are there, and they are good. A commentator on TJ’s Instagram Publish announcing the launch said, “OUTSTANDING. Hope it sticks. It’s [delicious].” The limited-edition cheese is $9.99 a pound.
Because Trader Joe’s manages to create so many delicious desserts each year, this summer treat is no surprise. Say hello to these blueberry filled ice cream bars. They’re not dairy-free, but they’re eye-catching. The one thing to keep in mind before you get too attached: this is a limited release, for this summer only. Probably for the best, since a serving of two bars contains 45 grams of sugar. Stick to one, and you’re in the clear. A box includes four bars for $3.49.
We may have missed the 4th of July with these Bomb Pop dupes, but the red, white and blue popsicles can be enjoyed on any hot summer day. Trader Joe’s says its version is free from artificial colors and flavors, making it a better choice than your childhood favorite. Six popsicles come in a box for $2.99. These are also limited edition, so grab them in the freezer aisle while you can.
Could they replace Chick-fil-A’s waffle fries? The addictive snack foods are loaded with seasonings and fried until crisp, then frozen, so you can toss them in the oven or air fryer for a convenient snack. The only downside is that the dough contains wheat, so gluten-free eaters should leave it off the shelf. For others, a 20-ounce bag costs $3.49.
This isn’t Trader Joe’s first foray into frozen nuggets, but this version gets the “organic” label because it uses organic chicken breast and rib meat, along with other all-organic ingredients, according to his product sheet. These breaded nuggets seem more spongy than crispy, perfect for dipping in your sauce of choice. You can pick up a 12-ounce pack for $4.99.
There’s no shortage of cake options at Trader Joe’s. Indeed, food blog let’s eat cake listed the 15 premade cakes and mixes you can find at the neighborhood grocery store. But there’s one notable missing element, and that’s the yellow cake mix.
There are slight differences between yellow cake and vanilla or white cakes. For this TJ mix, you’re supposed to produce a rich, moist base that can be used for a myriad of baked goods. It even contains egg yolks! You can buy this packaged mix for $2.99 to create 16 ounce cupcakes, sheet cakes, banana bread, or anything else you can think of.
Fancy a dessert that rides the wave of sweet and salty with crunch as a bonus? A handful of this sweet and salty popcorn is here to help. It’s coated twice, once with cane sugar syrup and once with salted peanut butter, so you can have the best of both worlds in one bite. A 6-ounce pack costs $3.49.
The perfect addition to your picnic basket: a box of those aerial French confectioneries. Instagram fan account @traderjoeslist located the fruit cookies in the frozen dessert section. Each box contains about 10, and at $5.49 for the set, it’s an affordable macaroon, as most bakeries sell a single cookie for between $1.50 and $2.50.
The only downside, as the Instagrammer noted, is that the sweetener used is derived from wheat. If you have a gluten allergy, you will have to ignore them. They are here for a limited time only.
It’s not Thai sweet chili sauce that many on Reddit wish Trader Joe’s still sold out, but if you’re trying to add some pizzazz to your Asian-style dishes, this sauce flavored with garlic and ginger and sweetened with coconut sugar mixes effortlessly. But beware, this product also contains wheat, according to @traderjoeslist’s post. The 10-ounce bottle costs $2.49.
If you haven’t heard it already, cashews are great for improving your cholesterol levels. So… does snacking on this sweet and salty snack mean you get double the benefits? These might be a little too indulgent to be considered a health food, but they’re relatively sinless, with 6 grams of added sugar, and certainly delicious.
Instagram account @traderjoeslist job About Cashew Butter Coated Cashews: “The salty cashew is hugged by the sweet, creamy cashew butter that contrasts with the salty cashew. Those are going to go away real soon!” If you can still find them in stores, you can pick them up for $4.99.