Twenty-three products that are trending at Trader Joe's -- and might show up in Denver

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All photos by Lori Midson.

I spent the last week in California, splitting my time between Los Angeles, where I had a stellar dinner at Night + Market, a Thai restaurant that pimps everything from fried pigs' tail to pigs' blood, and Newport Beach, a city whose restaurant scene is depressing, save for Pizzeria Mozza -- and even that was disappointing, albeit more because of the lousy service than the pizzas, which deserve the hype.

Most of my time, however, was devoted to touring farmers' markets and cruising the aisles of Trader Joe's, the cultish specialty grocer that got its start in California and will open two stores in Colorado, one on East Eighth Avenue and Colorado Boulevard, in Denver, later this year, and a second store in Boulder, slated to grace the People's Republic next year at 1906 28th Street, in the Twenty Ninth Street mall.

See also:
- Trader Joe's begins building its first Denver store
- Trader Joe's gets its retail liquor license in Denver
- Trader Joe's to open second Colorado store on Eighth Avenue

I'm a cautious fan of Trader Joe's -- not an impassioned fiend like a lot of people, but I'll admit that I get the allure, although those of you who have the desire to camp out the night before the Denver Trader Joe's opens...you people are crazy.

There's no predicting what products will line the shelves when Trader Joe's does open -- the inventory changes on a whim, and right this very minute, the food nation is in a tizzy because the grocer seems to have a shortage of Speculoos, its moan-and-groan-worthy cookie butter spread reminiscent of gingerbread -- but a wander through the aisles unearthed several products that the masses are tossing into their carts with zeal, coconut oil spray and spinach and kale dip, among the most popular.

My favorite? The chocolate-covered sea salt and butterscotch caramels, which I'm snacking on right now. Here's a peek at those and the other trendy products (beer included) that the frenzied worshipers in California are snapping up; hopefully we'll see some of these in Denver.

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jroeth
jroeth

I've been in two Trader Joe's, San Jose and San Antonio, and I don't understand the fanaticism.  I didn't see anything there that I couldn't find at local specialty stores from non-homogenezied, small producers at the same price.  If I'm not enlightened please help, but otherwise look local!

Stacey Rogers
Stacey Rogers

Without Trader Joe's, we have not really been living, just surviving. ;)

Stacey Rogers
Stacey Rogers

I moved here from Northern Virginia where I had a Trader Joes (as well as three other grocery stores) within a mile of my house. I miss it but didnt realize how much until skimming these photos!

Armando Provencio
Armando Provencio

Right so we can buy all the things we have been living without to become the the things we cannot live without.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

IIRC, Newport Beach also has the Royal Thai restaurant, which is pretty effing good.

amackiss
amackiss

What about "two buck chuck"?? Not one of my favorites, but big seller in the Boston area!

Michael O'Brien
Michael O'Brien

Love your stories but can you make it possible to display them full page? Not up for clicking next pg 22 times.

Patty Leidy
Patty Leidy

Watched them break ground the other day! Oh boy oh boy! Within walking distance!

tzadik42
tzadik42

Back in Milwaukee, they had a really good frozen enchilada that I would bring to work regularly.  Hope they still make/carry it!

Melissa Janiszewski
Melissa Janiszewski

I can't believe that the frozen mac and cheese didn't make the list! People (including me) would buy it in the case load.

Eric Smiles
Eric Smiles

Wherever we are told to buy groceries... Yes Sir...

jenna-furrr
jenna-furrr

That chocolate pudding is badass, BTW. 


jenna-furrr
jenna-furrr

GAAAAAAHHHH!!!!! I want these things NOW!

tropicalchrome1
tropicalchrome1

Those addictive mini chocolate hazelnut biscotti that aren't too sweet and are just about perfect in coffee.

Thai Lime Cashews.

70% Dark Chocolate bar with toffee, walnuts, and pecans. I've heard others wax poetic about the caramel sea salt version, but this is SO much better. And less goopy.

Brown Sugar Maple Shredded Wheat that I am seriously jonesing for right now, but since I'll be traveling to an area of the country that already has Trader Joes soon, I will also have them soon.

But skip the kale chips - they're tasty, but in the opaque bag were about 6 intact small chips and lots and lots of "kale dust". Great over a salad, but not exactly the snack food I was looking for.

twburns
twburns

Marcona almonds with rosemary, any of the trail mixes.

GFTW
GFTW

@jenna-furrr STFU and get back to reviewing food at Teh Dollar Store, biotch!

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