15 New Trader Joe’s Products From 2017 That You Definitely Need To Try If You Haven’t Already

Ad failed to load

2017 has been a rough year. When the big picture is upsetting, the little things matter so much more — and honestly, that is why I have paid such careful attention to all of the new Trader Joe’s items in 2017. They’re affordable; they’re delicious; and sometimes, making something tasty with fantastic ingredients is exactly the kind of self-care I need. This year’s new releases at TJ’s have run the gamut from summer treats to fall comfort foods, so as we get ready to wind down 2017 and prep for 2018, let’s take a look at some highlights, shall we? ‘Tis the season and all that.

Trader Joe’s was originally founded in 1958 as Pronto Markets; however, its founder, Joe Coulombe, changed its name in 1967 to reflect a change in the way the markets planned to do business. The changes weren’t just cosmetic (bigger stores, Hawaiian shirts, etc.) — according to the brand’s Our Story page, the most important element was that the company “started packaging innovative, hard-to-find, great-tasting foods under the ‘Trader Joe’s name.” And it’s been doing that ever since, even after it was acquired by entrepreneur Theo Albrecht, Jr. in 1979. It's still maintained by the Albrecht family today.

A note about prices: The ones listed here are what the items cost when they were initially released; however, as TJ’s notes on each of their item pages, details might change “due to fluctuating market prices, federal regulations, currency rates, drought, pestilence, bandits, rush hour traffic, filibusters, clowns, zombie apocalypse, punctilious product developers,” and so on. As such, you’ll probably want to contact the Crew at your local store for current prices and availability.

Ad failed to load

Now, onto the tasties!

Ad failed to load

1Simpler Wines

Trader Joe's

TJ’s totally changed the summer game when they launched Simpler Wines in May; these canned sparkling wines are just what your picnic basket had been missing all this time. What’s more, at $4 for a four-pack, they average out to just one buck a can. Choose between Simpler Wines White, with “notes of honeydew and fresh cut herbs,” or Simpler Wines Rosé, with “elegant, mineral notes and red fruit flavors.”

2Chocolate Mint Flavored Cupcakes

Trader Joe's

Perfect for all your winter celebration needs, these Chocolate Mint Flavored Cupcakes are the real deal: Dark chocolate cupcakes, filled with dark chocolate ganache, and topped with mint frosting and a Mini Dark Chocolate Mint Star Cookie. They’re $4 for an 11-ounce container and can be found on Trader Joe’s Bakery tables.

3Icelandic Style Nonfat Yogurt

Trader Joe's

Over Greek yogurt? Give Icelandic style yogurt a try. Thick and creamy, TJ’s take on skyr is “reminiscent of nonfat Greek yogurt, but even smoother and with slightly less bite.” It comes in Plain and Strawberry varieties, each $1.39 a pop.

Ad failed to load

4Cauliflower Pizza

Trader Joe's

In June, Trader Joe’s introduced us to their brand new, gluten-free Cauliflower Pizza Crust — and it was so popular that just a little over a month later, a full-on Gluten-Free Pizza With A Cauliflower Crust followed. The crust is made from riced cauliflower and corn flour held together with cornstarch, potato starch, olive oil, and sea salt; the full pizza, meanwhile, is topped with a tomato-based sauce and a blend of mozzarella and provolone cheese. The crust on its on is about $4, while the pizza is about $5.

5New Sparkling Water Flavors

Trader Joe's

Love sparkling drinks, but not a huge fan of cola? Trader Joe’s Sparkling Waters are here to save the day. Released in August — just in time for the hottest days of the summer — these four new flavors work on their own or mixed with something else: Juice, booze, you name it. Choose from Pineapple, Island Colada, Grapefruit, or Cranberry Clementine. Bottles are 1 liter in East Coast stores and 1.25 liters in West Coast ones; each is just a dollar.

6Bamba Peanut Snacks

Trader Joe's

A much-loved snack in Israel, Bamba is typically made of puffed corn flavored with peanut butter. It can be hard to find in the United States — but TJ’s take on the treat, which was released in October, makes acquiring it a little easier. 3.5-ounce bags will set you back just 99 cents.

Ad failed to load

7Mango And Sticky Rice Spring Rolls

Trader Joe's

I am a sucker for mango. I am also a sucker for sticky rice. I am also a sucker for spring rolls. So,the idea of having all three of them in one glorious foodstuff? It is honestly beyond my wildest gustatory dreams. And in August, those dreams became reality: Trader Joe’s Mango And Sticky Rice Spring Rolls start by using fresh-pressed coconut milk to make Thai-style sticky rice; then, the rice is rolled together with pieces of Nam Bok Mai mangoes into a delicious spring roll. They’re $2.99for a box of five.

8. Midnight Moo

Trader Joe's

OK, so technically this one isn’t new; it is, however, the triumphant return of an old favorite. After taking what Trader Joe’s calls “an unexpected hiatus from our shelves,” Midnight Moo chocolate syrup has re-emerged as of the end of August, and it’s better than ever. Get it for $3.49 per 20-ounce bottle and proceed to slather it all over ice cream, mix it up with some milk for the best chocolate milk ever, or do whatever else with it your chocolate-loving heart desires.

9Cornbread Crisps

Trader Joe's

Cornbread Crisps were one of the “new for September” items we took a look way back at the beginning of fall; at the time, I described them as what might happen if cornbread and chips had a baby. Made of actual cornbread dough that’s been rolled out and baked into crunchy little squares, they’re the crispy, salty snack you didn’t know you needed. Get ‘em for $2.49 a bag.

Ad failed to load

9Extra Hot Habanero Ghost Pepper Salsa

Trader Joe's

Actually, you know what would go perfectly with those Cornbread Crisps? This extra spicy salsa. Ghost peppers have been having A Moment lately (who could forget Wendy’s ghost pepper chicken sandwich and fries?), and TJ’s Extra Hot Habanero Ghost Pepper Salsa gives them a starring role. New for October, it’s not for the faint of heart; if you feel like challenging yourself, though, you can get a 12-ounce tub for about $4.

10Premium Peanut Butter Roundels

I’m not sure whether it’s more accurate to call these incredibly fancy peanut butter cups or incredibly fancy Girl Scout Cookies. Peanut butter cups is probably closer to the mark, as there isn’t any cookie involved in TJ’s Premium Peanut Butter Roundels… but honestly, who’s counting? About two inches in size, each consists of Trader Joe’s No Stir Peanut Butter wrapped in milk or dark chocolate. (Yes, please.) They’ll set you back $3.49 for a box of eight — four of each type.

11Boatswain American IPA In 12-Ounce Cans

Trader Joe's

If sparkling canned wine isn’t your thing, maybe canned IPA is. Although Trader Joe’s has offered its Boatswain American IPA in bottles for quite some time, this summer, it became available on 12-ounce cans. About the new format, Trader Joe’s wrote at the time of release, “Opening up a 12-ounce can is less of a commitment than opening up a nearly 24-ounce bottle,and you really can’t beat our price of $4.99 (or per market), plus deposit where required, for a 6-pack of cans.” And how!

Ad failed to load

12Puff Dogs

Trader Joe's

I have a shameless love of pigs in a blanket. Yes, I realize that I am currently a 30-something, and that it is often frowned up for 30-somethings to play with their food — but that is exactly why I love pigs in a blanket: They're fun to play with. And hey, now I can eat them and pretend I’m at least somewhat sophisticated at the sametime! Trader Joe’s Puff Dogs swap out the crescent roll dough for puff pastry — how fancy — and they are delightful. They’re $6.49 for a box of five in the freezer section.

13Everything But The Bagel Sesame Seasoning Blend

Trader Joe's

Earlier this year, nearly every food blog I follow started posting recipes for “everything bagel seasoning” and coming up with recipe after recipe of amazing things to do with it. It seems that everything bagel seasoning was having a moment — and it hasn’t stopped, either. Trader Joe’s take on it, Everything But The Bagel Sesame Seasoning Blend, was released in February for about two bucks per 2.3-ounce shaker; it’s good for everything from grilled chicken to mac and cheese, so don’t be afraid to get creative with it.

14Pumpkin And Roasted Pepitas Cookies

Trader Joe's

What would the fall be without a few pumpkin treats? These Pumpkin And Roasted Pepitas Cookies hit the scene in October and feature not just pumpkin spice — in this case, nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, and clove — but also actual pumpkin, as well as roasted pumpkin seeds. Each five-ounce bag has almost three dozen cookies in it; you can snag one for $2.49.

Ad failed to load

15Mango Chipotle BBQ Sauce

Trader Joe's

I realize that it’s not really barbecue season anymore (unless you live somewhere warm and/or south of the equator), but Trader Joe’s Mango Chipotle BBQ Sauce was the darling of the summer — and honestly, I see no reason to stop using it purely because it’s cold AF out now. I suspect this sweet-and-spicy treat, which is made of apple cider vinegar, Bourbon, pineapple juice, balsamic vinegar, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, spice and the aforementioned mangoes and chipotle peppers, would be terrific used as a marinade; let some chicken soak it for a while, pop it under the broiler for a few minutes, and voila: Dinner. Or, toss it in a slow cooker with some pork for eight hours and make some summer-worthy sandwiches, even in the dead of winter. An 18-ounce bottle goes for $2.99.

For up-to-date info on Trader Joe's new offerings, check out the What's New section of the Dig In portion of their website. Bon appetit!

Ad failed to load
Must Reads

7 Signs Your Energy Is Closed Off To Love, According To A Psychic

Finding love requires more than just the actions of going on dates or setting up an online dating profile. It also requires opening yourself up to love and giving off the vibe that you're open. You may not even realize it if you're energetically bloc…
By Suzannah Weiss

Bustle's Editors On Ice Dancing + Rihanna

For those of you who had a holiday on President's Day, welcome to the start of the work week! And for everyone who worked yesterday, you're one day closer to the weekend, woo! Today's been a fairly chill day so far — we've got more on the Winter Olym…
By Danielle Colin-Thome

It Took Heather Graham YEARS To Make A Movie About Women Ditching Toxic Men. The Reason? Men.

They say you should write what you know. But in Hollywood, that age-old advice apparently needs an addendum: Write what you know — as long as men are into it. And for actor and newly minted director/screenwriter Heather Graham — a woman who swam thro…
By Kelsea Stahler

Target Just Launched A Gorgeous New Home Brand — And Most Pieces Are Under $30

Design lovers rejoice! Everyone's favorite store for pretty much everything is about to make all your daring decorating dreams come true. Today, Target's corporate blog issued a press release that provides a peek into Target's new homeware line, Opal…
By Callie Tansill-Suddath

17 Brilliant Ways To Support Parkland Survivors Wherever You Are

Following the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, survivors are demanding Congress take action. A large group of students who survived the shooting are opposing politicians' "thoughts and prayers," arguing that inst…
By Sarah Beauchamp

Here's Where Your Next Trip Should Be, Based On Your Zodiac Sign

If you've been craving a vacation, now is a good time to take the plunge. According to data collected by travel site Expedia, late winters and early spring are pretty much the best times of the year to go on vacation. Based on average airfare ticket …
By Callie Tansill-Suddath

How This Quadriplegic Beauty Lover Beat Cancer & Became A Professional Makeup Artist

In 2010, one day before she was supposed to start cosmetology school, Steph Aiello was involved in a car crash that left her paralyzed from the waist down with limited ability to move her hands and one of her closest friends dead. She would spend the…
By Sara Tan

7 Common Marriage Rules That Aren't Good For Relationships

When it comes to marriage, everyone loves to give their two cents, and with all the warnings and advice floating around out there, no wonder people find marriage intimidating. Luckily, you don't always have to play by the rules, and there's some bad …
By Carina Wolff

The Infuriating Way Hollywood Movie Sets Are Designed To Make Life Harder For Women

Whitney Cummings is fed up — with the way Hollywood treats women, and in particular, the way the it treats female directors who have children. While the entertainment industry may be working hard to get more women behind the camera, Cummings wants to…
By Casey Cipriani

Why Uggs Are Never Going Away, Whether You Like Them Or Not

Uggs. The word alone can conjure up memories of teenage years, regrettable outfits, and undeniable comfort. But if, like me, you thought that you've already said goodbye to those fleece-lined tan boots, you can think again. It seems fashion has adopt…
By Lauren Sharkey

Netflix's New Romantic Movie Will Have You Crying Like It's 'The Fault In Our Stars'

Cancer movies are a heartbreaking staple of Hollywood and have been for decades. It's almost a law of nature: new year, new cancer movie. This year, it's Netflix's Irreplaceable You, a heartbreaking original about a longtime couple who get thrown for…
By Olivia Truffaut-Wong

Here Are All The Terms You Need To Know If You’re Watching Olympic Ski Events Right Now

Every four years the Winter Olympics rolls around to remind me that A) there are so many important Winter Olympic sports, and B) I know virtually nothing any of them. And I know for a fact, I'm not alone, I bet most people don't know what the differe…
By Danielle Colin-Thome

Adam Rippon and Mirai Nagasu Have Matching Tattoos & The Story Is So Cute

Olympic season gives people the feels. From those shipping Canadian ice dancing pair Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir to Shaun White's gold medal win on Tuesday, the feels are real. Now, there's another reason to get all up in your emotions. Adam Rippon a…
By Shea Simmons

A New Study Says Being In A Relationship Could Change Your Taste In Wine — Here's How

I’d be willing to bet that for many of you, a nice bottle of wine is awaiting you in your near future — and if you’re planning on sharing that bottle with a partner, there might be more to your choice than meets the eye: According to recent research,…
By Lucia Peters

Carrie Brownstein On Why Even The Obama Era Should Have Enraged You

An icy January morning soon after Hollywood's show of solidarity for the #MeToo movement at the Golden Globes and almost exactly one year into the Trump Administration feels like a momentous time to be sitting across from Carrie Brownstein. The Sleat…
By Samantha Rollins

Here’s What The Upcoming Year Of The Dog Means For Your Chinese Zodiac Sign

On Feb. 16 the world will celebrate the Chinese New Year, welcoming the Year of the Dog in like the good doggo it is — we hope. A new year means new zodiac predictions for the 365 days ahead. So, what does the Year of the Dog mean for your Chinese zo…
By Brittany Bennett

7 Signs You're Ready To Get Into A Relationship, According To Experts

It can be difficult to tell when you're ready to start dating again. Maybe you're coming off of a bad breakup, maybe you've just been focused on other things. And, ironically, one of the signs that you're ready to be in a relationship is that you're …
By Lea Rose Emery

I Got A Breast Reduction & It Was About So Much More Than The Size Of My Boobs

As a young teenager, I pretty much reached peak physical maturity overnight. One day I was wearing my first training bra a la Lizzie McGuire, and the next I was sweatily fumbling around a Victoria’s Secret with 32DD boobs, trying to summon up the cou…
By Sierra Taylor Horton

This Is, Hands Down, The *Grossest* Thing Babies Do Inside The Womb

Your baby's life in the womb may be safe and warm, but it's also kind of grody. Seriously, the whole process of growing into a human being includes more than a few icky moments along the way. But this is the grossest thing babies do inside the womb b…
via Romper

The 15 Best Fiction Books Of February Feature Tons Of Extraordinary Women

When the cold winds of February blow in, there's nothing I want more than to hide under my covers with a good book. Luckily, there's more than a few fantastic new fiction books coming out this month, so the only tough decision you'll have to make is …
By Melissa Ragsdale

17 Moms Reveal The Most Disgusting Part Of Their Pregnancy

Pregnant bodies do weird-ass things. Weird-ass, gross things. I mean, my pregnant body did (twice), and I have long-suspected I'm not alone. So I asked other moms to share the most disgusting part of their pregnancy and I learned that, not only am I …
via Romper