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Discontinued Trader Joe’s Products That Shoppers Miss the Most

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Fallen Fan Favorites

Trader Joe’s is notorious for discontinuing products, so much so that superfans will stockpile enough peppermint Hold the Cones to last years (seriously). Even then, some products never return, leaving Trader Joe’s shoppers feeling sad … and a bit resentful. In a popular Reddit thread, superfans shared their favorite discontinued items that they’re still “bitter” about. We’ve made a list of the most popular products from that thread, but don’t hesitate to add your own in the comments.

Related: Here’s Why Trader Joe’s Sells Out of Your Favorite Products So Quickly

Chocolate mousse

Belgian Chocolate Pudding

While campaigns are usually reserved to pressure Congress or corporations, Trader Joe’s fans felt strongly enough about the retailer’s discontinued chocolate pudding that they started their own petition. Superfans are just as impassioned on Reddit, where the discontinued pudding received the most upvotes in this thread.

Related: Best Store-Bought Desserts from Trader Joe's

gorgonzola crackers from trader joe's
Mashed Potatoes with Melted Butter

Frozen Mashed Potatoes

After this frozen favorite went out of stock in 2021, Redditors speculated that the manufacturer simply stopped producing private-label versions of its mashed potatoes. Superfans lamented the departure, though one shopper notes that other grocery stores sell similar Grown in Idaho-brand frozen mashed potatoes.


Sweet Corn Tamales

Redditors say that while Trader Joe’s still offers corn tamales, the original sweet corn variety was far superior. “I forgot about those tamales. Man, those were delicious,” one superfan commented.


Pumpernickel Pretzels

Alas, Trader Joe’s has axed the pumpernickel pretzels. But shoppers shouldn’t despair, as multiple superfans speculate that the retailer’s pretzels were just rebranded Utz pumpernickel sticks, which are available at other grocery stores.

Italian eggplant dish eggplant aubergine with parmesan cheese

Eggplant Cutlets

Vegetarians went crazy for these breaded eggplant cutlets, which one Redditor says were perfect for a quick and convenient eggplant parm. “I've made my own from scratch but they are So. Much. Work,” one superfan wrote, adding a sad face emoticon.

green lentils,cucumber and red chilli salad
ketchup-flavored spud crunchies from trader joe's

Ketchup-Flavored Spud Crunchies

These fry-shaped potato chips debuted in 2019, only to be discontinued two years later. One Redditor suggested the Filipino snack Pik-Nik as a ketchup-flavored alternative.

Homemade pizza

Spicy Spinach Pizza

Only true Trader Joe’s heads will remember these thin, flatbread-like pizzas, which were discontinued years ago. “They got me through college and I crave them,” a Redditor shared.

arrabiata pasta

Arrabbiata Sauce

Redditors mourned the loss of this spicy pasta sauce, which Trader Joe’s discontinued earlier this year. “Omg noooo! I didn’t even realize they discontinued the (arrabbiata) sauce until this comment! I wish I knew! I would’ve stocked up,” one disappointed Redditor commented.