Trader Joe's Reveals Their Top 50 Products In Honor Of Their 50th Anniversary
Joe just turned 50 — Trader Joe's, that is. I know, I know. He looks amazing for his age. To celebrate the anniversary, Trader Joe's top 50 products, selected by customers and team members, were featured in the Fearless Flyer newsletter; and now I'm hungry.
TJ's has stolen our hearts for years (50, to be precise) with its Hawaiian vibe, innovative snacks, hard-to-find treasures, and killer prices — something they accomplish by buying directly from suppliers, bargaining for better deals, buying in volume, nixing additional fees for suppliers, and keeping their own costs low, which means a better price tag for you.
Their actions paid off; and what started as a small chain of convenience stores in 1958 (#throwback to Pronto Markets!) evolved into the Trader Joe's we all know and love today. Joe's is known for offering the best prices on items you'll have a hard time finding elsewhere, employees who always look happy (seriously, no one else loves their job that much), and perhaps the most dangerous dessert section of any grocery store in the United States.
Although my beloved plantain chips didn't make the list (what were you guys thinking?), TJ deserves a huge shoutout. In honor of Trader Joe's 50th anniversary celebration, here are the fans' top picks for their 50 best items. Happy Birthday, Joe!
1Brewed Ginger Beer
Ginger beer for the win! This is always a good idea.
2Organic Tea & Lemonade
The little man on the bottle is impeccably dressed, so you know this stuff is legit.
3Just Mango Slices
Fruit in a bag! We love it.
4Wish Flower White Wine
It's wine. Wine is grapes. Grapes are fruit. Fruit is healthy. Wine is healthy.
5Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Bottoms up! Joe's always has good adult beverages.
6Mango & Sticky Rice Spring Rolls
Joe is all about exploring different cuisines.
7Unsweetened Golden Oolong Tea
This makes for the perfect midday pick-me-up.
8Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups
Peanut butter and chocolate: the best food combination known to mankind.
9Organic French Roast Cold Brew Coffee Concentrate
Don't you want to get naked and swim in it?
10Red Refresh Herbal Tea
Let's be real: we'd buy this just because the box is pretty.
11Restaurant Style White Corn Tortilla Chips
Restaurant style but better, because it's Joe's!
Slim pretzels means you can eat them with extra dip.
13Gochujang Flavored Almonds
10 bucks says no one even knows what this name means but they eat it anyway because it's from Trader Joe's and it's amazing.
14Triple Ginger Snaps
Appropriate for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
15Spatchcocked Lemon Rosemary Chicken
The name makes me giggle, but this chicken is no joke.
Everything is better in a pita pocket.
17Cold Pressed Lemonade — Matcha Green Tea
I like all of these words.
18Gluten Free Cheese Pizza With Cauliflower Crust
This gets 10 thumbs up, because gluten free pizza is always dope AF.
19Dark Chocolate Almonds
Dark chocolate is considered a powerful health food, which means you can eat as many of these as you like.
20All Natural Chicken
Cook 'em on the stovetop with a little bit of Joe's EVOO, and life is complete.
21Kohlrabi Salad Blend
Anti-salad people, rejoice! There is a salad for you.
22Crispy Crunchy Chocolate Chip Cookies
Be careful with these — your fingers will hit the bottom of the container before you know it.
23Five Seed Almond Bars
These are the perfect on-the-go snack.
24Mozzarella Cheese Log
Yes, it's meant for slicing. Or you can just, you know, eat it whole. Whatever...
25Mandarin Orange Chicken
Your friends will think you are the ultimate chef. Thanks, Joe!
26Mini Ice Cream Cones
In the language of ice cream, "mini" means you get to eat two.
27Peanut Butter Filled Pretzels
Please don't leave me alone with these.
28Organic Sriracha And Roasted Garlic BBQ Sauce
Things are getting out of control in here.
Directions: sprinkle on everything.
30Green Dragon Hot Sauce
A trusted source has confirmed that everything tastes good soaked in this stuff. You're welcome.
31Corn and Chile Tomato-Less Salsa
Sometimes, it's just nice to mix things up a bit.
Cheddar with a twist! Innnnteresting.
33Premium Salmon Burgers
You haven't lived until you've tried these.
34Carne Asada Autentica
Let me think... yes, yes, and more yes.
35Organic Midnight Moo
I'm not telling you to eat it straight from the bottle; I'm just telling you no one will judge you if you do.
36Mozzarella And Tomato Salad
This is great for when you're feeling a little fancy and regular salad won't do the trick.
Get it? A plum and an apricot? LOL! Joe, you're the best.
38Sweet & Salty Kettle Corn
Warning: you might devour the whole bag in one sitting.
39Chicken Tikka Masala
No one will ever know it came frozen.
40Sublime Ice Cream Sandwiches
So. Much. Chocolate.
41Organic Broccoli Slaw
Even if you don't like broccoli, you might find you're down with the slaw anyway because it's just that good.
42Organic Purple Maize Flakes
Don't these sound like a fun time? And look at the color!
43Whole Milk Mango Kefir
This pairs beautifully with fresh fruit slices.
44Grand Reserve Chardonnay Santa Lucia
Cheers to 50 years of delicious treats!
Step 1: open container.
Step 2: stick your face in it.
46Secco Mango Mangocini
Give me mango-flavored everything.
Hummus goes with everything. Period.
48Organic Corn Chip Dippers
Organic means healthy — write that down!
49Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Everything in life is better when it's cooked, doused, or dipped in Trader Joe's olive oil. This is science.
50Organic Frosted Toaster Pastries
If you've graduated from Pop Tarts but aren't quite ready to let go of your favorite childhood treat, here it is organic, which means it's adult-friendly.
Bonus: Petit Reserve Meritage Paso Robles 2014
Wine is medicine for older people. Remember that.
Double Bonus: Drive Thru Red Dry Hopped Red Ale
Joe's knows how to quench our thirst.