Trader Joe’s Treats Review

We absolutely love Trader Joe’s all year round but the seasonal stuff really gets us giddy. I cannot tell you how many videos I’ve watched and blog posts I’ve read hauling and reviewing Trader Joe’s goodies this season-it’s definitely been an obsession.

Over Thanksgiving break we had hauled quite a few goodies from Trader Joe’s to try out for ourselves and since I love posts like these I figured I would share our thoughts 🙂

Jumping into our first item are the Apple Cider Cake Donuts. These were coated in cinnamon sugar on the outside which would lead you to believe they may fall in the too sweet category, but these were very mild in sweetness. In terms of texture this fell on the dryer side of things, but not in an unpleasant way. I wasn’t reaching for water with every bite, but maybe every few bites? We really enjoyed these, but I don’t think they would be a staple in our house.


The Danish Kringle in almond was something we had no idea what to expect. I knew it was a pastry and people absolutely love it, but we aren’t big pastry people (usually). THIS though was fantastic. The almond paste filling was super nice if you enjoy the flavor-if you don’t then stay away! I will also say this was SUPER sweet between the filling and the icing on top. We tried warming a piece in the microwave and in the toaster oven. The toaster oven definitely had the better texture, but be careful because the icing becomes super hot super fast.

Steering away from the sweets for a minute to check out these Cornbread Poppers. These were filled with pepperjack cheese and serrano chilis, but they are by no means spicy in any way. The outside was a cornbread with the inside filling being a gooey cheese, but when I got these I had assumed it would be a cornbread ball that had cheese and serrano chilis mixed in. Because it wasn’t that I think I was a bit disappointed, but overall these were pretty yummy.


The Soft Baked Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies are something we had been eying for a long time. I had one cookie from this and hubby finished the pack so it’s probably safe to say I thought they were fine and he LOVED them. These are super peanut-buttery in flavor and the chocolate chips felt a bit like an afterthought. If you love peanut butter cookies you will definitely enjoy these!

Staying in the cookie category this next purchase was an impulse buy. We were in line waiting to check out when we saw the customer next to us had these in her basket. Thank God TJ’s isn’t a big store because I was able to speed walk there and back in good time to check out. All that being said, these were a fail for us. I am not a big fan of crispy cookies and that is what all of these were. In my head I was imagining a variety of butter cookies, but I definitely should have looked at the images a bit closer. As I always say after one of these incidents, “at least now we know!”

The last item are these Ridge Cut Potato Chips with Horseradish and Chive. These were nice and crunchy, but not as crunchy as a kettle chip. In terms of flavor they are very similar to a sour cream and onion with a hint of horseradish. I feel like horseradish lovers and those who aren’t horseradish fans would enjoy these. I know hubby thought these were just okay, but I’ll probably have some with sandwiches and finish off the bag. The combination of us not buying chips often enough and there being a large amount of chips in the world to try I can say safely we probably won’t be rebuying these.


If you stuck it out this long thank you so much and I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed writing it! I know all these items weren’t seasonal, but what are some of your current favorite Trader Joe’s goodies (seasonal or not)?

Have a great week and happy Monday!

Sweets and Treats From the Weekend

If you are on any type of restricted eating situation I highly suggest you look away. This post is definitely filled with carbs, sugar, and fat galore and I regret nothing 🙂


This malasada was pillowy and soft and the custard was inside was creamy and delicious. The flaky cup filled with custard called Nata was another delicious treat from   Natas Pastries.


Papillon International Bakery had these amazing creations known as ponchik. They are fried dough filled with all sorts of goodies! We got a dulce de leche, nutella and raspberry, and custard filled. Dusted with powdered sugar of course 😀 These were fresh and in our hurry to try we really burned our mouths on the dulce de leech…worth it? Um, heck yeah!


We absolutely adore mochi and these from Fugetsu-Do did not disappoint. The blueberry (3rd on the top row) was our absolute favorite!


Mochi ice-cream is another favorite in our house and Mikawaya had an awesome variety of flavors. Their ice-cream was really creamy and true to flavor!


Top row is strawberry and mint chip while bottom row is pineapple coconut and mango

We also hit up Krispy Kreme which was a little bit of a fail. We went hoping to find their Reeses donut, but I guess they aren’t making them anymore?! We ended up going for this birthday cake flavor-slightly disappointing when you were dreaming of peanut buttery chocolatey goodness, but it is still a donut and it had sprinkles…so #win after all!


We couldn’t help but give donuts another shot by having a fruity pebble donut and a warmed up snickers donut from Cafe Dulce…that snickers donut was a dream!

What sweet treats have you been loving? Let me know in the comments below 🙂