If there’s one thing that says “HAPPY HOLIDAYS” loudly and with no discretion, it’s Trader Joe's peppermint products. You know, the ones that include the decidedly-more-seasonal sister of the year-round “regular” mint. If you’re looking to up your baked goods game or just want to indulge your tastebuds in as many seasonal flavors as possible, there is a Trader Joe’s peppermint product for you.
Despite what its pungency might suggest, some studies have found peppermint can help relieve stress and tension, something much needed during the holiday season. A 2009 study on the effects of peppermint published in the North American Journal of Psychology found, “Both cinnamon and peppermint [odor] administration led to increased ratings of alertness, decreased temporal demand, and decreased frustration” over the course of their research. Additionally, researchers found that peppermint scent, in particular, helped reduced both anxiety and fatigue. In other words, keeping some good-smelling peppermint treats in your home this month may be a treat for both your mind and your mouth.
If you want to get in the festive mood ASAP, here are 13 Trader Joe’s Peppermint Products that will do just the trick. So, if you’re not fully ready to be doused in holiday cheer, proceed with peppermint caution.
Candy Cane Joe Joe's Ice Cream
Why choose between ice cream and cookies when science has merged the two in such glorious, delicious ways? Per Trader Joe’s Fearless Flyer, the Candy Cane Joe-Joe’s Ice Cream “harmonizes cool peppermint and vanilla ice creams, punctuated by dreamy fudge swirls and chunks of Candy Cane Joe-Joe’s Cookies,” which is mostly an elaborate way to say “it’s good.”
Cocoa Peppermint Almond Creamer
I can attest to the deliciousness that is this creamer. If you’re looking to add a little bit of holiday cheer to your morning cup of coffee, this will turn your regular old brew into a make-shift peppermint mocha.
Chocolate Peppermint Almond Beverage
If you’re looking for something less rich than a creamer but still want that cocoa and peppermint goodness, Trader Joe’s also sells Chocolate Peppermint Almond Beverage. Instagram foodie @TraderJoesObsessed captured it above in all its chocolate and peppermint glory. The creamer would be a great addition to a boozy milkshake or a buck wild, but seasonally appropriate, substitute for cereal milk.
Chocolate Peppermint Loaf & Baking Mix
If there was a Peppermint Mocha equivalent to a Pumpkin Loaf, it would be Trader Joe’s Chocolate Peppermint Loaf Mix. As Trader Joe’s Fearless Flyer describes, the mix “bakes up rich, moist, and deeply chocolatey, with just the right amount of mint flavor.” They recommend serving it with whipped cream or ice cream for an extra level of deliciousness.
Mini Peppermint Meringues
These bite-sized meringue cookies are what stale, diner-offered buttermints fear. They’re light and airy while still flavorful. Also, the serving size is 11, which feels like a gift in and of itself.
Trader Joe’s bark combines white chocolate, dark chocolate, and peppermint pieces all into one, glorious mix. Bring it to a holiday party. You won’t even have to lie and say it’s homemade because the bark is that good.
Peppermint Pretzel Slims
If you’re looking for something salty and sweet, Trader Joe’s Peppermint Pretzel Slims will be the salve you seek. Coated in a layer of creamy white chocolate and topped with peppermint pieces, they’re the sweet and savory treat your winter needs.
Peppermint Flavored Mini Ice Cream Cones
Trader Joe’s Hold The Cone! Peppermint Ice Cream Cones prove that ice cream is a year-round treat. Filled with peppermint ice cream, this cone is dipped in a semi-sweet chocolatey coating, which Trader Joe’s accurately called “an ideal partner to this treat’s minty profile.”
Peppermint Foaming Hand Soap
Why stop at peppermint treats you can eat? Trader Joe’s Peppermint Foaming Hand Soap combines peppermint oil, eucalyptus oil, aloe leaf juice, and agave leaf extract for the most seasonal of bathroom soaps.
Unfortunately, the availability of these products will depend on your Trader Joe’s location. If all else fails, you can always eat some Joe-Joe’s with a cup of spiked hot cocoa and call it good.
Raudenbush, B. et al (2009) Effects of Peppermint and Cinnamon Odor Administration on Simulated Driving Alertness, Mood and Workload. North American Journal of Psychology, https://psycnet.apa.org/record/2009-08708-004
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