30 Holiday Treats from Trader Joe's You Don't Want to Miss

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SEASON'S EATINGS

Trader Joe's devotees will find the aisles of their favorite store suddenly packed with limited-time holiday treats to go along with year-round favorites. From traditional cookies to turkey-flavored potato chips — yep, really — here are some of the most festive flavors at TJ's for the next cold-weather feast.

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Trader Joe's Jingle Jangle
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JINGLE JANGLE

Price: $9
Pop open this tin of goodness to satisfy your sweet tooth, and keep a few packages in reserve as easy gifts for holiday hosts. Jingle Jangle mixes milk chocolate-covered mini pretzels with dark chocolate-covered caramel popcorn, dark chocolate-covered Joe Joe's cookie bits, candy-coated milk chocolate gems, and mini peanut butter cups. Yes, please.

Trader Joe's Cranberry Chevre Fresh Goat Cheese
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CRANBERRY CHEVRE FRESH GOAT CHEESE

Price: $4
Set some of this creamy cheese out with crackers at any holiday gathering and listen to the compliments roll in. The sweet cranberry is a perfect counterpoint to the tangy goat cheese.

Trader Joe's Triple Ginger Brew
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TRIPLE GINGER BREW

Price: $3
Not to be confused with the Brewed Ginger Beer available at Trader Joe's year-round, Triple Ginger Brew is a seasonal ginger ale with a more intense kick. Though it's non-alcoholic, TJ's suggests "a squeeze of fresh lime and a few ounces of gin." Well, if you twist our arm.

Trader Joe's Egg Nog Greek Yogurt
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EGG NOG GREEK YOGURT

Price: 99 cents
Eggnog lovers, rejoice: Your favorite flavor has gotten a waistline-friendly makeover. This golden yogurt is Christmas in a cup, made with an eggnog base of egg yolks, nutmeg, and other natural flavors mixed in.

Trader Joe's Turkey and Stuffing Seasoned Kettle Chips
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TURKEY AND STUFFING SEASONED KETTLE CHIPS

Price: $2
No one said holiday treats had to be sugary. Turkey- and stuffing-flavored chips are precisely the kind of delicious evil genius that Trader Joe's is known for. But don't take our word for it. "I think these chips should be sold year-round and offered on game shows as parting gifts," The Kitchn raves. "They really are that good."

Trader Joe's Spiced Cider
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SPICED CIDER

Price: $3
Perhaps the granddaddy of the chain's seasonal splendor, Trader Joe's Spiced Cider is a longtime customer favorite that devotees say is great straight from the fridge or gussied up with cinnamon sticks, cranberries, and maybe even a shot of bourbon.

Trader Joe's Candy Cane Joe-Joe's
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CANDY CANE JOE-JOE'S

Price: $3
Candy Cane Joe-Joe's may give Spiced Cider a run for its money when it comes to Trader Joe's most iconic holiday treats. For the uninitiated, Joe-Joe's are TJ's answer to Oreos — with real bits of candy cane mixed into the cream. Some come coated in dark chocolate. Just try not to eat the whole box in one sitting.

Trader Joe's Pfeffernusse
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PFEFFERNUSSE

Price: $3
Pfeffernüsse, a favorite in Germany, are cookies flavored with cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and allspice. Coated with powdered sugar, they're dense, soft, and perfect with a steaming cup of tea.

Trader Joe's Chocolate Ornaments
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CHOCOLATE ORNAMENTS

Price: $7
They're bound to be delicious, sure, but Trader Joe's Chocolate Ornaments are so adorably packaged that they're a great gift, too. Wrapped in colorful foil, each ornament has a sparkly string that means you can really hang it on your tree.

Trader Joe's Carrot Cake Spread
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CARROT CAKE SPREAD

Price: $3
Scratching your head over carrot-cake spread? As Trader Joe's offers, it's "like a jar of carrot cake, without the flour and eggs." So spread some of this spicy goodness on bread or crackers, a scone, or even on a nice fat piece of pork tenderloin. Anything goes.

Trader Joe's Winter Snowflake Pasta
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WINTER SNOWFLAKE PASTA

Price: $2
It doesn't taste any different than traditionally shaped pasta, but that's beside the point. TJ's Winter Snowflake Pasta is adorable. Bonus: All those nooks and crannies will really soak up the sauce.

Trader Joe's Turkey Cranberry Meatballs
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TURKEY CRANBERRY MEATBALLS

Price: $4.50
Present them as holiday appetizers or serve 'em up with the snowflake pasta for a family dinner. These savory, hors d'oeuvre-size meatballs made with turkey, cranberries, and stuffing-inspired spices will be just as tasty.

Trader Joe's Gingerbread Coffee
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GINGERBREAD COFFEE

Price: $8
This medium-dark Vienna roast is made with ginger, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and allspice. A longtime TJ's holiday staple, it will make a house smell like Christmas morning any old day of the year.

Trader Joe's Dark Chocolate Minty Mallows
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DARK CHOCOLATE MINTY MALLOWS

Price: $3
Chewy peppermint-flavored marshmallows coated in dark chocolate — what's not to like? Put a plate out for a festive after-dinner treat, but don't be surprised when they disappear quickly.

Trader Joe's Mashed Sweet Potatoes With Pecans
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MASHED SWEET POTATOES WITH PECANS

Price: $5
Voilà: The perfect holiday side without any of the holiday stress. This heat-and-eat refrigerated dish fuses sweet potatoes, butter, cinnamon, and maple-roasted pecans for the ultimate in seasonal comfort food.

Trader Joe's Almond Nog
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ALMOND NOG

Price: $3
Lactose intolerant? Vegan? Allergic to eggs? Trader Joe's has you covered with Almond Nog. Oh, there's also no soy, gluten, or corn syrup. It's even kosher. TJ's recommends drinking Almond Nog straight up or adding it to coffee or black tea.

Trader Joe's Double Chocolate Hot Cocoa Stirring Spoons
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DOUBLE CHOCOLATE HOT COCOA STIRRING SPOONS

Price: 99 cents
Talk about an adorable and indulgent stocking stuffer. These individually wrapped plastic spoons come with a generous cube of dark and milk chocolate stuck on the end, topped off with marshmallows. Stir the deliciousness into a warm cup of milk, then enjoy.

Trader Joe's Cinnamon Roll Wreath
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CINNAMON ROLL WREATH

Price: $5
A swirling, pull-apart wreath of flaky, buttery, cinnamon-y goodness? Sign us up. It comes frozen, so you'll need to let it sit out to rise before baking.

Trader Joe's Scallops Wrapped in Uncured Bacon With Brown Sugar Glaze
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SCALLOPS WRAPPED IN UNCURED BACON WITH BROWN SUGAR GLAZE

Price: $7
It's a shame bacon-wrapped scallops are a seasonal item, because bacon anything is a winner in our book. If you need an easy but impressive appetizer for your next get-together, look no further than TJ's always-impressive frozen-food section.

Trader Joe's Danish Kringle
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DANISH KRINGLE

Price: $8
Voted Trader Joe's best bakery item in the chain's Ninth Annual Customer Choice Awards, Wisconsin-made Danish Kringle is a ring of sweet, almond-flavored pastry with layers upon layers of flaky goodness, all topped with a drizzle of icing. They're delicious warm, but if you can't wait, a cold slice will do just fine.

Trader Joe's Winter Wassail
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WINTER WASSAIL

Price: $4
Winter Wassail punch, made with spices including cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, and ginger, may leave you "spontaneously bursting into carols of the season with every sip," Trader Joe's warns. We'd say the chances of that are even higher if you mix it with red wine, bourbon, or another libation.

Trader Joe's Camembert Cheese and Cranberry Sauce Fillo Bites
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CAMEMBERT CHEESE AND CRANBERRY SAUCE FILLO BITES

Price: $4
They're savory, they're sweet, and The Kitchn says they're bound to be a hit as a starter during your next shindig. And these appetizers are party-ready after just 12 minutes in the oven.

Trader Joe's Cheesy Trees
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CHEESY TREES

Price: $3
A bowl of Goldfish at your holiday party? Meh. A bowl of Cheesy Trees? Absolutely. They also pair wonderfully with a steaming bowl of tomato soup on a cold winter day.

Trader Joe's Hot Cocoa O's
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HOT COCOA O'S

Price: $3
The cereal aisle isn't safe from the holiday spirit at Trader Joe's. Hot Cocoa O's combine chocolatey corn-and-oat O's with freeze-dried marshmallows for that warm-your-toes feeling at the breakfast table.

Trader Joe's Peppermint Bark Popcorn
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PEPPERMINT BARK POPCORN

Price: $3
Sold in eye-catching Rudolph-inspired packaging, this new holiday treat sounds sinfully delicious. It's caramel popcorn dipped in dark chocolate, then surrounded in a white chocolate coating that's infused with peppermint.

Trader Joe's Cocoa Peppermint Flavored Almond Creamer
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COCOA PEPPERMINT FLAVORED ALMOND CREAMER

Price: $2
Another score for the non-dairy crowd: This almond-based creamer is vegan and begging to give your regular cup of joe a shot of festive flavor. It may even save you from splurging on that pricey peppermint latte.

Trader Joe's Baked Lemon Ricotta Cheese
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BAKED LEMON RICOTTA CHEESE

Price: $11 a pound
Available only during the holidays, this intriguing find would be at home on a cheese plate or a dessert plate. Blended with lemons and sugar, it's a ricotta you might not want in your lasagna, but one that would be perfect layered with tart jam on a cracker.

Trader Joe's Salty Honey Toffee Milk Chocolate Covered Crackers
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SALTY HONEY TOFFEE MILK CHOCOLATE COVERED CRACKERS

Price: $4
It's a long name for a classic blend of salty and sweet. A crispy cracker is an unassuming base for layers of creamy chocolate, salted honey toffee, almond bits and — surprise! — a hint of ground coffee.

Trader Joe's Scandinavian Tidings
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SCANDINAVIAN TIDINGS

Price: $3
Scandinavian Tidings are the perfect little gummies to set out in a candy dish — with red ornaments, green trees, and white stars, they look just as good as they taste. Beware: Reviewers report scarfing down the whole bag in one sitting.

Trader Joe's Mini Gingerbread Men
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MINI GINGERBREAD MEN

Price: $3
It's hard to go wrong with a classic gingerbread man, especially one covered in a layer of white fudge icing. But these are small enough that you'll want to eat way more than one in a sitting. (TJ's says three cookies equals one serving, but we all know serving sizes and holidays don't mix.)

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