Trader Joe’s Is a Hidden Haven of Wellness Finds—These Are Our Top Picks

At the unlikely possibility that you don’t visit Trader Joe’s multiple times a week (like I proudly/shamefully/compulsively do), I’ll fill you in with some news: the popular retailer isn’t just a grocery store—nor is it simply a crucial part of your seasonal entertainment. It’s a treasure trove for all the best health and wellness products, too. Across all of our favorite food categories—snacks, bevvies, dairy and gluten alternatives, and immunity-boosting shots—Trader Joe’s delivers. And bonus: when you’re shopping on a budget, TJ’s should be your go-to.

It comes as a surprise to exactly no one that eating healthy and finding inflation-proof deals can be challenging. While you don’t always have to splurge on organic and there are other strategies for cutting healthy corners, I personally find that Trader Joe’s comes in clutch when I’m in need of groceries that support my wellness goals, come in under budget, and indulge my cravings for a snack or meal that’s consistently delicious without fail. (So, always.)

*Please enjoy my Christmas socks and leopard slides combo*

The Best Healthy Trader Joe’s Products

In the spirit of streamlining your Sunday shopping trip and helping you sift through Trader Joe’s many amazing products, I took it upon myself to do the good (and fun) work of sampling all of the best wellness-supporting picks. Below, you’ll find the result of my research—and all of my favorite healthy Trader Joe’s finds.

But before you get to it, I’ll admit… there’s a lot of cauliflower going on with the products below. Instead of writing off the gluten alternative as passé, take heart: we can always trust Trader Joe’s to be on top of food trends—and to make those that may seem out of date interesting again. I’ll get into the details below, but trust: each of the following products check my all-important boxes of being 1. tasty (re: addictive); 2. budget-friendly; and 3. supportive of all your 2024 wellness goals.

So get your shopping lists ready, these are my top healthy Trader Joe’s picks.

Note: All prices reflect pricing at my local Trader Joe’s in Chicago and may vary depending on location.

Trader Joe's Cauliflower Slims

Cauliflower Slims: $3.99

*Previously Cauliflower Thins* When it came to selecting a gluten-free wrap alternative, these won out against the also-popular Jicama Wraps. Nothing against jicama, of course, (we love it in our tacos, sliced thinly into matchsticks), but I was definitely swayed by the clearly-visible fluffiness of these “delicious and versatile” bread alternatives. Compared to other cauliflower/bread hybrids, these actually contain a significant amount of cauliflower—comprising over 60% of the ingredients.

Add to that only eggs, parm, cheese, salt, and yeast, and you have a clean option that’ll happily hold all of your favorite sandwich ingredients. And if you’re tempted to eat these on their own, you’re not alone—I’ve been known to tear into them between the hours of 3 and 4 p.m.

Trader Joe's Peppermint Herbal Tea

Peppermint Herbal Tea: $2.99

Spend a few minutes in the depths of wellness content on Instagram or TikTok and you’re bound to see any number of creators indulging in a warm mug of peppermint tea. Known to support digestion, relieve cold and flu symptoms, and provide a healthy dose of antioxidants, the soothing bevvy makes for a functional routine as well. I love a bag steeped for a few minutes on its own, but you’re welcome to drizzle in a little honey or add any sweetener of your choice. It’s my favorite post-dinner ritual.

Pineapple Probiotic Juice Shot

Pineapple Probiotic Juice Shot: $1.99

Would it be a roundup of the best healthy Trader Joe’s products if I didn’t include a juice shot? While $1.99 can seem pricey for a two-ounce bottle, this shot is proof that good things come in small packages. 2024 is all about quality over quantity, y’all—and this TJ’s fave packs plenty of wellness-boosting goodness. Each bottle contains the juice of 1/5 coconut, a wedge of pineapple, some lemon, and a slice of ginger. What’s more, the shot provides 1 billion CFU (colony forming units) of the probiotic strain Bacillus coagulans, which is known to aid in digestion.

Beyond technicalities, this juice shot tastes good. While others boast a flavor profile that’s turmeric- or ginger-dominant, the pineapple helps make this probiotic supplement a healthy habit you’ll look forward to.

Sparkling Elderberry + Pomegranate Apple Cider Vinegar Beverage

Sparkling Elderberry + Pomegranate Apple Cider Vinegar Beverage: $1.69

Admittedly, this is one of the few products of my healthy haul that I hadn’t tried before, but when I saw it sitting among the kombucha and juices, I knew I needed to pick it up. We’ve written before about apple cider vinegar being one of the best immunity boosters. And because I’m among (the many) who can’t handle a straight shot of ACV in the morning—or even enjoy it diluted with water—this incredible elderberry-pomegranate concoction comes as a delicious alternative. It’s one that I’ll happily sip on every day.

Creamy Cashew Cultured Yogurt Alternative

Creamy Cashew Cultured Yogurt Alternative: $4.99

Tell me if this resonates: I swap between smoothies and oatmeal for breakfast on a whim… after eating each for weeks straight. I’m not sure if it’s neurotic, but I can—and will—eat my oats for breakfast 15 days in a row. (Creatures of habit, raise your hands.) All that being said, I will happily swap in a yogurt bowl here and there. Because a fruit plus a grain plus a protein equals early-morning happiness. But because all hot girls deal with digestive issues from time to time, I also opt for dairy-free alternatives when I want to satiate a yogurt craving.

Trader Joe’s—once again—delivers. The ingredients list boasts plenty of gut-supporting live cultures and this yogurt manages to clock in four grams of protein. For the dairy-free among us, this is a solid choice.

Dark Chocolate Sunflower Seed Butter Cups

Dark Chocolate Sunflower Seed Butter Cups: $3.49

IYKYK—Trader Joe’s is my happy place when the inevitable sweets craving strikes. And while the Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups are a go-to, this peanut-free pick is a must. Because I’m down to try anything (for *research*), these sunflower seed butter cups made their way into my cart. Spoiler: I’m grateful they did. They retain all the sweet-and-salty creaminess of their PB counterparts, and thanks to their snack-size packaging, just a few make the perfect anytime snack.

Chomps Sticks

Chomps Sticks: $1.99

The majority of what you’ll find at TJ’s is branded by the store itself. However, some third-party products have made their way through Trader Joe’s rigorous vetting process and been awarded with a spot on the shelves. Enter: Chomps. Everyone’s obsessed with this brand for making meat sticks cool again—and what’s more, we love that each non-GMO, sugar-free stick is all about the low-processed protein without any of the ick. (Otherwise said: fillers, gums, and harmful ingredients.) I love that I can reach for one of these whenever my energy dips or hunger strikes. Slip back the seal and you’re met with 10 grams of protein. I keep them in my car, purse, and next to my desk. Basically, anywhere and everywhere within reach.

Date Syrup

Date Syrup: $3.49

Speaking of products that are exactly and only what they say they are… dates might be my ultimate fave. And while I always pick up a box of Trader Joe’s delish Medjool dates for snacking, I also love this date syrup for topping just about everything. Pancakes, yogurt bowls, oatmeal—yes, everything. Other syrups can be packed with fillers and oils, but every tablespoon of this easy-to-squeeze vessel is pure, unadulterated organic date syrup. There’s not much more to be said.

Aloe Vera Juice

Aloe Vera Juice: $10.99

Don’t be turned off by the price—this is a whole gallon of organic, whole-leaf aloe vera juice for just over $10. And while you might wonder why you need to add aloe to your already abundant hydration routine, the benefits will have you convinced. Its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties can help boost digestion, stabilize blood sugar, and even improve oral health. This jug will last you a while too, as you want to be mindful to consume in moderation—studies have linked excess consumption to diarrhea and abdominal pain.

Freeze-Dried Blueberries

Freeze-Dried Blueberries: $3.99

As someone who loves her yogurt bowls and oatmeal (see my diatribe above), I’m always looking for ways to work a mix of textures into my go-to breakfasts. I’ve added flaxseed, chia seeds, bananas, and sliced almonds (all from Trader Joe’s, mind you). But now, with the addition of these freeze-dried blueberries, my perfect morning meal is complete. These are crunchy, fruity (of course), and taste exactly like blueberries. The reason being, they’re the only ingredient. No added sugars, no added anything. The five grams of fiber and six grams of protein per serving simply seal the deal.

Riced Cauliflower Bowl

Riced Cauliflower Bowl: $2.99

I couldn’t skip over Trader Joe’s well-known and much-talked-about prepared meals section. This (vegan) Riced Cauliflower Bowl comes with everything you need for a well-balanced and colorful lunch or dinner. Of course, cauliflower serves as the bowl’s base, but marinated chickpeas, sweet potatoes, baked tofu, and roasted onions join in to make it a complete and flavorful meal. But the real kicker? The tahini sauce. As I write this, I’m mentally confirming that this will be today’s lunch. The countdown to deliciousness starts now.

Creamy Cauliflower Jalapeño Dip

Creamy Cauliflower Jalapeño Dip: $3.79

I won’t lie—I’m not much of a dip girl. I can get down with hummus and I love a salsa-soaked summer. Dips, however, often just seem too gloppy and frankly—a bit gross. But because I consider myself an adventurous person (and I didn’t want my dip prejudice to compromise this article’s journalistic integrity), I went for the Creamy Cauliflower Jalapeño Dip. And friends, I was pleasantly shocked.

I’ll get a few disclaimers out of the way. You’ll taste the jalapeño, but this dip doesn’t deliver the pepper’s expected kick. And while I did miss that bit of heat, its lack made it easier to scoop up this dip with reckless abandon. What else helped? The fact that the cauliflower makes this dip both creamy and incredibly light. Whereas other dips might fill you up immediately (I’m looking at you, artichoke), this one satiates and satisfies without any bloat or discomfort. So for all you dip fans out there—myself now included—this is a must-buy.

73% Cacao Dark Chocolate Bar

73% Cacao Dark Chocolate Bar: $1.99

I will NEVER understand those people who say they can have “just a square” of dark chocolate post-meal and be satisfied. I’m a dessert girl, and as such, I need no less than a bowl of ice cream or a cookie in each hand to leave the table. But this dark chocolate bar? I can hang with it. Meaning: a fiber- and protein-packed dark chocolate is my jam, and I’ll reach for this whenever my mind drifts to the land of sweets but I’d rather not deal with the sugar crash. The taste is earthy, a little bit fruity, and deliciously bold. Keep it nearby at all times.

Healthy Trader Joe's products.

Honorable Mentions

I’d be remiss not to say that, among Trader Joe’s exclusive-to-the-store wellness products, there are a few additional healthy staples that I include in my cart on a weekly basis. While you can certainly find these elsewhere, if you’re already hitting up TJ’s, why not drop them in your cart as well? See below for my favorite healthy staples.

  • Frozen fruit. From blueberries to strawberries to mango and pineapple chunks—Trader Joe’s frozen foods section has everything you could ever want to blend up your dream smoothie. If you’re looking to get that additional hit of antioxidants from your brekkie, don’t skip this section.
  • Coconut oil. I surprise even myself with how quickly I can go through a jar of coconut oil. If you’re looking for an affordable cold-pressed option, Trader Joe’s has you covered.
  • Alternative pastas. Brown rice, lentil, and quinoa pasta—oh my! At Trader Joe’s, you’re welcome to dream beyond the expected gluten-laden pasta options.
  • Vitamins. While the packaging might not be as cute as some of the more expensive supplement brands, I’ve been taking Trader Joe’s Vitamin C Complex, Vitamin D, and their Omega-3 Fatty Acids supplements for years and my habits have been met with promising results. Of course, consult a medical professional before beginning any supplement program.
  • Nuts. Last but not least, the nuts. Almonds, cashews, walnuts, and more. The prices are unbeatable, and whether you like your nuts raw, roasted, or salted, there’s an option for you. Pro Tip: I store my nuts in the freezer to keep them from going rancid.

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Snag Our Editors’ Favorite Fall Items at Trader Joe’s—Before They’re Gone

It’s nice to have things we can count on in this wild world. Hopefully, it’s people or a go-to comfort watch, but for me, it’s the excitement of discovering the best Trader Joe’s fall snacks of the year. (There are other things, of course, but this one is honestly a biggie.) Time relentlessly marches on, but the grocer’s best seasonal snack foods largely stay the same—and always seem to show up right when you need them most.

Featured image by Christie Graham.

The Best Trader Joe’s Fall Snacks

The autumnal scene in and of itself is wholly comforting, but some seasonal Trader Joe’s snacks burrow their way into your heart—and your pantry—like none other. To get a sense of what TJ’s has on tap, I took a trip down to my local store and perused the isles with no time limit.

From pumpkin brioche and spiced Joe-Joe’s to seasonal soup (it counts as a snack in our book!), these are the Trader Joe’s treats our editors stock up on every fall.

Autumnal Harvest Soup

Kicking off our list is one of our favorite snacks (or meals) here at Camille Styles… soup! Soup is one of those items that can be enjoyed any time of day during fall. This Autumnal Harvest Soup uses seasonal root veggies with a creamy tomato base. Pair it with a toasty grilled cheese or a hearty sandwich, or simply enjoy it on its own!

Almond Butter Filled Pretzels

Life is like a bag of pretzels, said no one ever. But I’m telling you: When I have a bag of these almond butter-filled goodies in my possession, they’re all that matter in life. The smooth almond butter paired with crunchy pretzels topped with chunky salt hits all the salty-sweat-creamy notes I crave in a snack. Funnily, I grabbed these by mistake when aiming for the peanut butter ones. Well, there are no mistakes. Get these while they’re on shelves—in bulk.

Pepita Salsa

When it comes to pepitas, I’ll take any chance I get to enjoy their spiced nutty flavor. Tomato and pepper flavors of traditional salsa meet the texture (and autumnal bliss) of chopped pepitas. How could we say no?

Delicata Squash

I know, I know—you gave me a pass on the soup. But delicata squash? A snack? You bet. When fall rolls around, all I want to do is cook with squash in every way possible. The recipe potential for this veggie is practically endless, and can, by all means, be made into a tasty snack. Give it a spin in your air fryer and you’ll know what I mean. And before you go wondering if you can just buy these at any old grocery store, know this: whereas other Trader Joe’s produce leaves much to be desired, somehow the delicata squash always hits right.

Pumpkin Blondie Brownies

If you can’t make the tough choice between blondies and brownies, now you don’t have to. Bonus: pumpkin. While I often choose the former treat, and these are admittedly more of a spiced pumpkin bar than leaning squarely on either side, I’m obsessed. With white chocolate chips (score), pecans, and *legit* pumpkin flavor, these are high up on my list of the best Trader Joe’s fall snacks. They’re the perfect post-dinner treat.

Pumpkin Cheesecake Croissants

With two of my favorite things in one dessert, it was impossible to pass up on these pumpkin cheesecake croissants. They’re the perfect balance of sweet and spiced packed into just the right size for a small dessert or sweet snack.

Pumpkin Spiced Joe-Joe’s Sandwich Cookies

Snacks may shift from season to season, but one thing stays the same: the everlasting, forever joy of Joe-Joe’s. While the chocolate classics are my standby throughout the year, nothing gets me more excited for October than the return of my forever faves. Filled with creamy, pumpkin-spiced flavor, I can’t imagine a world where I can only have one of these. 

Spiced Chai Black Tea Concentrate

Some love their PSLs, but I can’t get enough cups of chai once autumn rolls around. And while other chai concentrates lean far too sweet, this blend retains plenty of spicy, fall-ish flavor. If you really want to step things up, go 1:1 with your favorite apple cider for a chaider that’s absolutely delish.

Spicy Pumpkin Samosas

To keep things real with you, I’m currently munching on these spicy pumpkin samosas—and I’m blown away by how delicious they are. Sometimes when pumpkin season rolls around, I’m not always drawn to the overly sweet recipes (although I do love a good pumpkin dessert). These pumpkin samosas are the best savory, bite-sized snack to cozy up with after a chilly fall day.

Pumpkin Bagels

Pumpkin bagels? Highly underrated. I’m a bagel girl through and through, and I simply couldn’t resist these the first time I strolled through a Trader Joe’s last October. They have the perfect hint of sweetness and fluffiness you want in a good bagel. Pair with any autumnal cream cheese of your choosing to really send this home.

Gluten-Free Norwegian Crisp Bread

These crisp breads make a great snack year-round, but they’re an especially perfect vessel for the real reason we all like snacks: the TOPPINGS. I love mixing it up with different fall ingredients. Perhaps some goat cheese and everything seasoning (another TJ’s staple) on top, or maybe some almond butter and apple slices for a sweet and savory treat. Heck, I’ve even topped these with some pumpkin yogurt and cinnamon, and it was delicious. Feel free to get creative! These crisp breads have brought my snack game to new heights.

This Pumpkin Walks Into A Bar… Cereal Bars

I swear, my mom has the fig version of these bars in every bag, jacket pocket, and her car at all times. Well, come October, she happily swaps these fall-ified treats into her rotation. While I typically pass on other cereal bars, these boast pure pumpkin flavor. They’re ideal as a snack on the go or enjoyed in the afternoon with a steaming cup of chai. Perfect in a pinch.

Pumpkin Brioche

Soft, sweet, cinnamony, and all the pumpkin flavor—what’s not to love about this perfect brioche loaf? I love it toasted with a little butter or, even better, for French toast. It’s indulgent and delicious, and I look forward to it every fall.

Cinnamon Bun Spread

You might think this cinnamon spread exists purely to slather onto cinnamon rolls or even TJ’s pumpkin rolls (also very good!), but you’d be so terribly wrong. This ridiculously sweet spread—which is surprisingly low in added sugars—can be spread across whatever your fall flavor-loving heart desires. And it’s way better than TJ’s pumpkin cream cheese or pumpkin spice hummus—trust us.

Pumpkin Greek Nonfat Yogurt

I loooove thick and creamy Greek yogurt and of course, I’m obsessed with pumpkin. When my two faves join together in one totally addicting and satiating snack? It’s game over. The pumpkin flavor hits perfectly, giving the yogurt a slightly sweet bite. It’s perfect on its own or made into a yogurt bowl with chopped apples, cinnamon, and maybe even a little maple syrup drizzled on top.

Pumpkin Spice Pretzels

Pumpkin-spiced pumpkin seeds, real bits of lemon peel, and a touch of flaky salt come together to create (arguably) the best fall snack on this list. Covered in creamy yogurt, these tiny pretzels are a delish sweet treat with the perfect balance of fall flavors. If I don’t stop myself, I will undoubtedly eat this entire bag in one sitting.

This post was originally published on October 13th, 2022, and has since been updated.

15 Trader Joe’s Fall Products to Shop—Before They Sell Out

At Trader Joe’s, nothing is safe from a touch of autumnal flavoring. Come fall, the beloved grocer’s leaf-flecked aisles feature everything from pancakes to ravioli—all pumpkin-ized to the nines. Butternut squash is inescapable. Even dog treats get the maple treatment. With Trader Joe’s fall 2023 products now officially stocking shelves and starring in TikToks, it’s time to assess the stalwart staples and newly spiced confections.   

Or rather, reassess. Last year, we also gathered up and ranked 15 of TJ’s most recommended fall items, a pumpkin spice-filled practice that taught us a thing or two about how the grocer nails (or fails) the season. The biggest takeaway: save for a savory soup and mac & cheese mix, the flavors of fall go best with sweet things.

Featured image by Michelle Nash.

Image by Michelle Nash

Trader Joe’s 2023 Fall-Themed Items, Ranked From Worst To Best

With our 2022 takeaways in mind, we scoured the aisles to find a new crop of Trader Joe’s products to taste and rank, to help you navigate the good gourds from the rotten apple cider fruit spreads. Naturally, this year’s crop is a lot sweeter than last. (You won’t find any pumpkin hummus here.) There are a lot more highs than lows ahead. Though the lows are… something.

15. Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese Bites

Oh no. They’ve done it. I didn’t think it could be done, but TJ’s has done it: they’ve made fried mac and cheese balls that taste… bad. Or bland, rather—there’s no seasoning, no zest, and the cheese somehow doesn’t even taste cheesy. Last year, a benevolent TJ’s employee steered me away from the Mac & Cheese Bites in favor of the far superior Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese (more on that below).

To be clear: the butternut squash mac & cheese—superior. The bites? Well, at least they looked good.

Final Grade: 1/5 Gourds

Price: $3.99

14. Cauliflower Butternut Squash Risotto

I blame this dish’s failings on the cauliflower, not the butternut squash. But it does make for a nice veggie side and smells absolutely delicious.

Final Grade: 1/5 Chunks of Butternut Squash

Price: $3.99

13. Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pancake Mix

I’m always looking to be pleasantly surprised by a gluten-free mix, but this was not it. The batter felt gritty/gummy and tasted fine… we could hardly detect the pumpkin. It’s entirely possible we had a bad batch, especially since so many people rave about this seasonal mix online. But if this truly is the real TJ’s deal, I want better for my gluten-free friends.

Final Grade: 1/5

Price: $4.49

12. Pumpkin Spiced Pumpkin Seeds

The autumnal equivalent of putting a hat on a hat… not bad, just unnecessary.

Final Grade: 2/5 Dashes of Cinnamon

Price: $3.49

11. Mini Spicy Pumpkin Samosas

Sometimes the “pumpkin” in seasonal goods is simply suggestive (usually a combination of cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove). In the case of these spicy pumpkin samosas, not so! These little babies are packed with formidable hunks of pumpkin, which pair better than you’d think with paneer cheese and Indian spices. I still prefer traditional samosas, but these were definitely a crowd-pleaser.

Final Grade: 3/5 Spicy Pumpkins

Price: $4.29

10. Mexican Style Hot Cocoa Melts

These are very fun and deeply cute. They also make your milk a vibrant orange that would be absolutely unsettling during any other season. I’m not much for white chocolate so the experience was a little too sweet for me, but if you’re just looking for a little over-the-top-fall-fabulousness, this is well worth the $4.49.

Final Grade: 4/5 Melting Pumpkins

Price: $4.49

9. Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese

After the bummer that was the Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese Bites, I wanted to reiterate just how good the alternate version of the concept really is. With its three-cheese sauce, peppered with an inoffensive amount of nutmeg and butternut squash purée, these saucy little tubes are a seasonal must-buy.

Final Grade: 4/5 Saucy Tubes

Price: $3.49

8. Pumpkin Cheesecake Croissants

No ranking on this list would be truly fair to this brilliant pairing. The only thing not foolproof about this pastry was the suggested cooking time, which was sadly no match for my old oven’s finicky temperatures. Despite the croissants’ crispy state, they were still fabulous—I can only imagine how good they would taste if I had baked them correctly.

I do, however, have to dock them a point for only having two to a box. I get that they’re more complex than your typical frozen pastry fare, but it felt off-brand for my beloved TJ’s to skimp in any way.  

Final Grade: 4/5 Flaky Croissants

Price: $4.49

7. Mini Pumpkin Ginger Scones

These little break-and-bake scones are exactly the kind of thing Trader Joe’s does best. They’re simple, easy, would do great at a party, and satisfy the need for festive flavoring with ease.

Final Grade: 4/5 Gingery Biscuits

Price: $4.99

6. Pumpkin Joe-Joe’s

Listen, I’m not going to diminish these little sandwich cookies by calling them knock-offs of a brand that rhymes with shmoreo. You can make that deduction for yourself! Plus, Joe-Joe’s have their own illustrious history, one that includes a mascot (a Toucan named Joe-Joe!) and a variety of limited-edition flavors that haven’t always worked out (see: Mango Joe-Joes).

That said, these and the Halloween Joe Joe’s (chocolate with vanilla filling) are essential fall desserts in this house.

Final Grade: 5/5 Pumpkin Crème Fillings

Price: $2.99

5. Maple Sea Salt Kettle Corn

Is there nothing kettle corn can’t handle? It’s as if the mix of salt and sugar makes its tastiness impenetrable to any wacky flavor thrown at it. Fortunately, maple and sea salt are great flavors to begin with—it’s autumnal alchemy made in heaven.

Final Grade: 5/5 Maple Leaves

Price: $2.49

4. Pumpkin Butter

This is just lovely. Very sweet—but lovely. It’s essentially just a fall-forward jam but I’m weighting the rating given the autumnal novelty of it all. Pumpkin Butter is also a perfect companion piece to practically anything you want to eat throughout the season. You can even make pumpkin soup with it if you have sour cream on hand.

Final Grade: 5/5 Pureed Pumpkins

Price: $2.99

3. Cinnamon Roll Blondie Bar

If you like your sweets gooey, this mix delivers. They were dangerously good, though I do think the recipe could use a bit of tweaking. They required several more minutes of baking than suggested on the box (based on this Reddit thread, my experience wasn’t unique), and I’m not sure the suggested amount of butter was necessary. (I didn’t know too gooey was possible, but here we are!)

My only other note: skip the glaze on top—these are sweet enough on their own.

Final Grade: 5/5 Gooey Goodness

Price: $3.99

2. Autumnal Harvest Soup

One notable improvement over last year’s ranking: fall soups. Where 2022’s Pumpkin Bisque failed to pack a punch, the Autumnal Harvest Soup delivered and then some. It has all the richness of a tomato soup but feels lighter thanks to the earthy autumn herbs and butternut squash. I will absolutely be stocking up.

Final Grade: 5/5 Saucy Soup Jars

Price: $4.99

1. The O&H Danish Kringle

I had to wait patiently for these pastries to be stocked at my local Trader Joe’s (the only nationwide retailer that stocks the Wisconson bakery’s Scandinavian specialty), but the O&H Danish Kringle proved why it stole the top spot on our 2022 ranking. The flaky crust, the salted caramel topping, the sweet pumpkin spice filling… this will likely always be the winner in my book.

Final Grade: 5/5 Danish Bakeries in Racine, Wisconsin

Price: $7.99

32 Trader Joe’s Products We’re Obsessed With—and How to Pack Them for a Picnic

The art of eating al fresco is more difficult than it looks. Thankfully, there’s one source we turn to when packing up for an outdoor meal. You can score all the best picnic foods from Trader Joe’s, but knowing how to curate a selection for every occasion—well, that requires a bit more finesse.

Ahead, we’ve gathered the essentials for an indulgent French-inspired picnic (complete with an insulated basket), a breezy beach gathering, the ultimate al fresco charcuterie set-up, and beyond. Whether it’s an impromptu affair or you just don’t feel like fussing with recipes, we’ve made our picnics as effortless as possible with foods curated exclusively from Trader Joe’s. Because filling your picnic basket should be easy on your budget—and we’ll take any excuse to hit up TJ’s.

Featured image by Michelle Nash.

Image by Michelle Nash

How to Pack a Breezy, Beachside Picnic

Unless you’re lucky enough to have an oceanfront address, a beach picnic likely means a bit of a haul. To save room for the integral wine (scope our TJ’s faves), we’ve kept our suggestions on the lighter—but no less satisfying—side.  

Every product is curated with care by our editors and we’ll always give an honest opinion, whether gifted or purchased ourselves. If you buy something through our links, we may earn a small commission at no cost to you.

How to Pack a Gluten-Free Picnic

Perhaps your group is well-versed in the limitations of Celiac. Or maybe your friend just so happens to be avoiding gluten for trendier reasons. No judgment here—a gluten-free spread can be as substantial as a hearty glass of wheat beer thanks to our picks for the best picnic foods from Trader Joe’s.

Image by Michelle Nash
Image by Michelle Nash

What to Pack for an Indulgent French Picnic Spread

We tend to think of relatively light fare when we think of picnics. But when your al fresco dream looks like a scene from Marie Antoinette, it’s time to call in the Trader Jacques heavy hitters.

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The Ultimate Charcuterie Picnic

Ah, the most leisurely picnic of them all. No cooking—just slicing, organizing, and nibbling. Feel more than free to pair with your favorite wine.

Image by Michelle Nash

The Best Prepared Foods at Trader Joe’s for a Picnic

We weren’t about to do a roundup of the best picnic foods from Trader Joe’s without devoting an entire section to what the beloved grocer does best: prepared foods and killer dips. 

Swap out something in our curated lists for these bestsellers below—or simply supplement. You can’t go wrong with a parmesan pastry pup or two.