Over the course of 50 years in business, Trader Joe’s has cutivated a cult following nearly on the level of fashion brands and boy bands. What started as an offbeat chain of convenience stores in 1967 has become a nationwide chain that has people flipping out over products and dedicating online think pieces to things like their Coconut Cold Brew and Everything but the Bagel Sesame Seasoning Blend. It’s been imitated by lesser brands, but truly nothing can compete with this tiki-themed grocery store paradise.
Trader Joe’s has definitely “catered” many a dinner party you’ve attended with its delicious caramelized onion dip or triple cream Brie cheese spread on a Some Enchanted Cracker. If you lived near a TJ’s in college, Two Buck Chuck was probably your forever staple. Even those of us who have lived in a world without Trader Joe’s can scarcely imagine what that would look like today. Once you have $1 canned wine, there is no going back.
In honor of its 50th anniversary, the store released their list of top 53 products. These are items loved by customers and members of the Trader Joe’s Crew (aka their employees) across the United States. Clearly, they listen to the online buzz about some of our fave items, like their gluten-free cheese pizza and their addictive Unexpected Cheddar. But there are well loved items on the list that we have yet to sample and will be sure to look through this slideshow before we hit the store to see what we must add to our carts the next time we venture in.
The perfect toast topping for $2.99. According to the Trader Joe’s website, if you hate it you can bring it back for a full refund — no questions asked!
Crunchy and crumbly — perfect for tea or lunch, or for keeping in the top drawer of your cube for an office snack. An 18-ounce tub contains 200 cookies for just $3.99.
Trader Joe’s loves a good tub of cookies. This chocolate chip alternative is $3.99.
If you don’t have the time to make your own, this $3.49 premade option is delicious! But if you do, this grilled eggplant, tomato, and mozzarella salad is tasty and easy to make.
This product has finally returned to Trader Joe’s nationwide! Celebrate and pick up a bottle of the $3.49 chocolate syrup.
This is like if sriracha got a reboot. Slather this on your meat before you grill, put it on your fries, or put it on your pizza! If you run out, you can replace it for just $2.99.
A tasty nonalcoholic ginger beer at just $3.99 — perfect for end-of-summer cookouts on a budget!
You must try this Trader Joe’s green hot sauce. It adds a kick to just about anything, and at $2.99 it won’t break the bank.
Fans of the original concentrate go crazy for this organic darker roast alternative! A $9.99, 32-ounce bottle should last you quite a while.
This $2.99 probiotic packed beverage is an excellent addition to smoothies.
These tasty breakfast treats come in frosted brown sugar and cinnamon, strawberry, and seasonal flavors like pumpkin pie. A box of six is $2.69. That’s less than your daily doughnut.
Pronouncing it is hard but cooking it is easy! Prices vary by weight.
This 16.9-ounce bottle of floral tea is an affordable pick-me-up at $1.19 a bottle.
You might eat an entire box of these ice cream bites in a day, and that’s okay! They’re in the freezer aisle for just $2.99.
These restaurant-style $1.99 chips are best enjoyed with salsa, guacamole, hummus, and onion dip — basically anything you can dunk them in.
A box of refreshing caffeine-free tea. The 1.7-ounce box, containing 20 tea bags, will only run you $2.49!
A crunchy summer salad that you can even toss in a pan and sauté if you’re feeling it! A bag is just $1.99.
Way cooler than your usual corn based breakfast flake! In store for $3.69.
TJ’s has a full-bodied red for $7.99? Don’t mind if we do.
The seasoning salt at Trader Joe’s is made without MSG and takes food from plain to perfection! A 2.4-ounce jar is $1.99.
Dessert spring rolls are perfect while the weather is still warm, even though the price is a cool $2.99.
A $4.99 bottle of this sweet and fizzy beverage will last you (hopefully) all of brunch.
TJ fans know this pizza is crispy, cheesy, delicious, and gluten-free. All for $4.99.
Lemonade with an energizing twist! These 15.2-ounce bottles sell for $3.99.
“Rich, malty aroma, sweet vanilla notes” — this bourbon seems well worth it for $16.99.
These $4.99 bags of almonds are addictively spicy and, according to Trader Joe’s, they pair well with beer.
It may not be Two Buck Chuck, but at $12.99 this tasty chardonnay is a reasonable splurge.
This $4.99 crisp white wine costs less than a grande Starbucks extra dirty chai with almond milk.
According to Trader Joe’s, this ale was inspired by drives through California’s majestic redwoods. Experience it for yourself for $6.99.
Panda Express who? Trader Joe’s lets you make your own tangy orange chicken for $4.99. (Fortune cookie not included.)
These boneless skinless chicken thighs are flavorful, fresh, and only $3.99 per pound.
This carna asada is made with citrus and spice. Enjoy it in a taco, burrito, fajita, or alone for $9.49.
A great way to sneak broccoli into your favorite meals like coleslaw or Thai-inspired salads. Prices vary by region.
Arnold Palmer is absolutely shook. This TJ’s favorite is just $2.99!
Always have this TJ’s staple in your fridge. It’s even been ranked among their crew’s top 10 products! This hummus is extra creamy and oh so smooth and only $3.99 for a 16-ounce tub.
Trader Joe’s customers love chocolate chip cookies and ice cream. This is the perfect pairing at $4.49.
This TJ’s popcorn is a cult favorite. You can pick up a seven-ounce bag for $2.29.
These corn chips were featured in their February Fearless Flyer but are back again due to their extreme popularity. At $2.29 a bag they’re totally worth buying again.
What’s better than two dark chocolate peanut butter cups? A whole tub of them for $4.29.
These tangy dried mango slices have been a Trader Joe’s favorite since they began selling them in 2013. In the $2.99 bag you can find four different types of mango!
There is seriously nothing better than this $4.99 fresh sliced mozzarella. Layer with sliced tomatoes and basil for an easy salad.
Shake up burger night with these salmon patties for $6.49.
These pretzel slims hit that everything bagel craving with a fraction of the calories. At $2.39 a bag they’re also a fraction of the price of your daily bagel addiction.
Were you expecting this $3.99 cheese to be so tasty?
Grab a handful of these indulgent almonds coated in chocolate and sprinkled with sea salt from the San Francisco Bay. A 10-ounce tub is $4.79.
These are described as a cross between an Italian biscotti and a soft granola bar. At $3.99 for a bag of eight, the Five Seed Almond Bars are packed with omega-3s for a heart-smart breakfast or snack.
If you’re a fan of pluots, chances are you will love plumcots (they’re the same thing!). Pick up a whole package for $2.79.
A high-quality olive oil for the low price of $7.99.
Upgrade your frozen food game with this comforting and not-too-spicy meal for $3.49.
These $2.99 pretzels were a Trader Joe’s Crew top 10 selection!
This flat bread can be dipped, stuffed, or even used as pizza crust — your choice! Prices vary by location.
For only $19.99 you can get your greens and your chocolate fix at the same time. Bet you didn’t think your green juice could also be tasty. Come to think of it, there are probably a lot of things you didn’t know about Trader Joe’s products.