The Only 6 Products Worth Braving the Trader Joe's Parking Lot For
In honor of Trader Joe's 50th anniversary, the beloved grocery store chain, known for its friendly, Hawaiian shirt–clad staff and notoriously small parking lots, released a list of its best 50 products.
To narrow its products down to the final 5-0, Trader Joe's asked customers and staff members to weigh in with their top picks. While some of our personal favorite products didn't make the cut (we heart you forever, mac 'n' cheese), we have to admit it's a pretty solid lineup.
Ahead, we're ranking the best of those 50 best products at Trader Joe's. Here are our grocery-cart staples (aka the only products worth braving the Trader Joe's parking lot for).
Organic French Roast Cold Brew Coffee Concentrate
While we love going to our local coffee shop, those $5 brews add up fast. To get our caffeine fix on a budget, we turn to TJ's Organic French Roast Cold Brew Coffee Concentrate, which is a steal at $10 for a 32-ounce bottle.
Sea Salt & Turbinado Sugar Dark Chocolate Almonds
For better or worse, Trader Joe's Sea Salt & Turbinado Sugar Dark Chocolate Almonds always earn a spot in our cart. They're salty, they're sweet—they're essentially little teardrop-shaped bites of perfection.
Just Mango Slices
We love this addictive snack so much that we've been known to finish an entire bag in one sitting. So we'd recommend buying two packages of Just Mango Slices the next time you stop into TJ's (just in case).
Premium Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
When we're cooking, we always have Trader Joe's Premium Extra-Virgin Olive Oil within arm's reach. It's high-quality enough to use as the hero ingredient in oil-based salad dressings yet affordable enough to drizzle over anything and everything we plan on popping into the oven.
Premium Wild Salmon Burgers
Trust us—Trader Joe's Premium Wild Salmon Burgers aren't your typical frozen-food-aisle buy. When cooked, they're perfectly flakey and tasty (not at all fishy). They're so easy to make that they've earned a spot in our busy-weeknight dinner rotation. Our go-to? Top a leafy green salad with a hot-off-the-grill patty for an omega-3–packed meal.
TJ's Petit Reserve Meritage Paso Robles 2014
This is one of those rare $8 bottles of wine that doesn't actually taste cheap, and TJ's Petit Reserve Meritage Paso Robles 2014 pairs really well with those Sea Salt & Turbinado Sugar Dark Chocolate Almonds—just saying.
Curious about which other products made TJ's list? All top 50 items can be found in this month's edition of TJ's Fearless Flyer newsletter.
Did your favorite Trader Joe's product make the list? Tell us in the comments below.