Trader Joe’s Hidden Gems

Crispy Mochi Nuggets

The Trader Joe’s Crispy Crunchy Mochi Rice Nuggets are one of the best items found in the snack aisle of the store. The name of the snack is a perfect description of the product—it’s a crunchy, cube-shaped nugget primarily made of rice. Each lightly salted morsel makes you crave more. The Mochi Rice Nuggets can be identified at the store by the packaging’s drawing of the nuggets playing in a band. This unique snack can be found at any time of year and serves as a great savory snack.

Mac ‘N’ Cheese Bites

Trader Joe’s Mac ‘n’ Cheese bites are a delicious and easy frozen meal for any occasion. They consist of small portions of the famous Trader Joe’s Mac ‘n’ Cheese surrounded by a breading. The fried panko breading creates a nice contrast between the crispy exterior and creamy, chewy interior. The bites can be eaten as an appetizer, meal or snack, and are a great comfort food. These addictive cheesy balls come in frozen packages and come ready out of the oven in just 10 to 15 minutes of baking.

Ube Ice Cream

The seasonal summertime Ube Ice Cream is one of the most unique items to have hit the Trader Joe’s shelves. Ube is a purple yam hailing from Southeast Asia, but don’t let the strange combination of yam and ice cream fool you—the unique bright purple ice cream is absolutely worth a try. The quality of the ice cream itself is also spectacular. It’s paired with a soft, creamy texture, perfectly melting in your mouth. Next time you’re on a summer trip to Trader Joe’s, be sure to look out for the Ube Ice Cream.

Everything but the Bagel Seasoning

Everything but the Bagel Seasoning has become a staple in American households, and it would be impossible to not mention it. It consists of sesame seeds, sea salt flakes, dried minced garlic, dried minced onion, black sesame seeds and poppy seeds. This condiment is perhaps the most versatile one since salt and pepper. It can be used to season anything—my personal favorite is to sprinkle it on my sunny side up eggs. However, it can be used to make anything taste instantly better, and add a hint of the everything bagel taste to whatever you choose to add it to.