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Best Store-Bought Desserts from Trader Joe's

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Trader Joe's may be better known for its zany snacks and inexpensive frozen foods, but it has plenty to offer the shopper with a sweet tooth. Whether you want a bakery-worthy treat, cookies, ice cream, or something more unexpected, here are some of the tastiest and most popular desserts you can buy from Trader Joe's.

Prices and availability are subject to change. Lacey Muszynski contributed to this story.

Related: The Best Things to Buy at Trader Joe's

Patisserie du chocolat
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Patisserie de Chocolat

$6.99

Excuse the fancy French name: This is chocolate cake. But it’s also a dense, beautiful, decadent chocolate cake iced with an equally decadent chocolate cream, so we will let the pretentious moniker slide. Toss a few berries on top and it’s a “wow” dessert, for sure.

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Pancake Bread

$3.99

If you’ve ever wondered why pancakes don’t taste more like, well, cake, Trader Joe’s Pancake Bread is for you. This sweet-but-not-too-sweet treat is “moist and tender, and each bite … seeped with the true taste of pancake syrup,” raves Thrillist. It’s also hard not to love desserts that double as breakfast.

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Mini Sheet Cake
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Mini Sheet Cake

$4.49


According to Bon Appetit, someone loved the chantilly cream vanilla cake version of the mini sheet cake so much that they tracked down the baker and had them make their wedding cake. The dark chocolate ganache version is great too, but very rich.

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Sea Salt Brownie Petites

$3.99

Bite into one of these longtime staples of TJ’s bakery section, and you’ll know why they’ve had staying power: The dense, moist chocolate and tangy sea salt are the perfect balance of sweet and savory. And when they’re “petite,” you can eat more than one without guilt, right?

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Chocolate Brooklyn Babka

$4.99


While it's possible to make a chocolate treat from scratch, this decadent babka tastes like you did but without the hassle. This swirled combo of bread and chocolate is so over the top that it's tailor made for dessert, not breakfast. Like the sign says, a warmed slice is amazing as a sundae with ice cream and fudge sauce.


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New York Deli-Style Baked Cheesecake

$6.99

This freezer-case standby is always there for us, and while some reviewers say it’s too sweet, we say pish posh — it’s cheesecake. It’s also a blank canvas for toppings like berries, caramel, whipped cream, or anything else you want to add to fancy it up.

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Gone Bananas!

$1.99

If you're the type of person who always puts your chocolate in the freezer, this might be the treat for you. TJ's frozen, chocolate-dipped banana pieces are a simple but toothsome customer favorite, and since there's fruit inside, they can't be that bad for you … right?

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Chocolate Lava Cakes
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Chocolate Lava Cakes

$2.99


Chocolate lava cakes are usually reserved for restaurants, but the Trader Joe's version has often been called "restaurant-worthy." You heat the unassuming cakes, and the middles becomes a molten fudge center. Adorn them with additional goodies — berries, ice cream, caramel — if you want even more decadence.


Related: Most Decadent Chocolate Desserts Across America

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Brookies

$3.99

If you’re indecisive, this layered dessert is your spirit animal. Half chocolate-chip cookie and half brownie, it’s still 100% delicious. Just make sure you have a tall glass of milk on standby. 

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Sweet Bites

$5.99

You probably won't fool anyone that you made these yourself, but the frozen sweet bites are good enough that it doesn't matter. There are three different flavors in every box, including coffee, raspberry, and caramel, and all are layered and look beautiful on a platter.

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French Macarons
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French Macarons

$4.99


Chic French macarons are trendy, but quite a feat to make yourself. The frozen versions at Trader Joe's aren't cheap but are quite good, and come in two different flavor packages: chocolate and vanilla, and an assortment with ingredients like pistachio and fig.

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Jingle Jangle

$8.99

Jingle Jangle is only available around Christmas, but we have to give this favorite seasonal treat a shout. This mix of milk chocolate-covered mini pretzels, dark chocolate-covered caramel popcorn, dark chocolate-covered cookie bits, candy-coated milk chocolate gems, and mini peanut butter cups is a great gift for a holiday host — if you can manage to resist it yourself. 

Related: Holiday Treats From Trader Joe's You Don't Want to Miss

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Sublime Ice Cream Sandwiches

$4.79

Feel like a kid again when you eat these cookie and ice-cream sandwiches, rolled in chocolate chips for good measure. They're a hefty 5 ounces each, and those mini chips give them a satisfying crunch.

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Belgian Butter Waffle Cookies

$2.79

These crisp classics are easy to demolish because they’re not too sweet and have a satisfying crunch. They’re also a fun garnish for ice cream or as a sidekick to your favorite cup of tea. 

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Hold the Cone

$2.99


Another customer favorite, these mini chocolate-covered ice cream cones are great for portion control, when you just want something small after a meal or as a snack. They're available with vanilla or chocolate ice cream.

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French Vanilla Ice Cream
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French Vanilla Ice Cream

$3.49 (quart)

Who needs name-brand ice cream when there's Trader Joe's? That's the consensus of several expert taste testers, including our own. Setting the flavor apart from the competition: A custardy texture that makes for a richer taste and feel. 

Scandinavian Swimmers
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Scandinavian Swimmers

$2.99

You won’t find Swedish Fish at TJ’s, but you will find the equally gummy (and addictive) Scandinavian Swimmers. The sunny flavor combination of berry, peach, orange and mango is almost as mesmerizing as this video showing how they’re made.

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Chocolate Chip Cocoa Meringues

$3.69

In the mood for something different? Trader Joe’s crunchy-then-chewy Chocolate Chip Cocoa Meringues are a gluten-free indulgence that's just 90 calories per serving, and they’ve been earning raves since showing up on shelves about a year ago. “Not so low-cal if you snarf down half the container,” warns one Redditor

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Dark Chocolate-Covered Marshmallows

$2.99

These sweet, pillowy marshmallows covered in a thin layer of dark chocolate are kind of like grown-up s’mores, and they’re giftable, too. Just be warned: It’s all too easy to wolf down the whole box in one sitting.

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Raspberry Stars

$4.99

Traditionalists will appreciate these lovely-to-look-at shortbread cookies filled with raspberry jam, especially when they realize they're as yummy as they are pretty. They're sprinkled with coarse sugar for a sweet finish.