It’s only the beginning of December, but it’s never too early to start preparing for the holidays! One of my favorite places to shop for unique and affordable holiday treats is Trader Joe’s, since they’re not only exceptional in presentation but also in flavor. Their Fearless Flyer Shopping List can be overwhelming for those of us who are just looking for a few Christmas munchies, so here’s a condensed list of what I think are the most worthy treats for this holiday season.
- Butter Toffee Pretzels
Bits of mini pretzels are tossed into the decadent sweet toffee to create the perfect combo of sweet, salty and crunchy. Priced at only $2.99, these are a steal and are sure to be gone within minutes of a holiday celebration.
- Snowflake Pastry with Almond and Cocoa Filling
This pastry is baked into the cutest snowflake shape and dusted with powdered sugar, so it’ll definitely get you into the holiday spirit. It’s rich in almond and cocoa flavors, and if you pop it in the oven for just a few minutes, your whole house will smell like Christmas.
- Jingle Jangle
Trader Joe’s Jingle Jangle mix is a cauldron of chocolatey goodness. This assortment of mini pretzels, caramel popcorn, Joe-Joe’s cookies and peanut butter cups are all generously coated with milk, dark and white chocolate. Mix a few handfuls of Jingle Jangle into vanilla ice cream and you’ll have the ultimate holiday dessert in no time.
- Chocolate Covered Pretzel Twists
This box of 12 pretzels includes dark chocolate with chopped almonds, milk chocolate with rainbow sprinkles and dark chocolate with crushed peppermint. Again, Trader Joe’s impressively cultivates sweet and salty flavors for an assortment that is great to give as a gift or just to enjoy with friends and family.
- Peppermint Bark Popcorn
We all love peppermint bark and we all love popcorn, so why not combine them? This treat is so unique that you’ll just have to try it for yourself. The popcorn is coated in salted caramel, dark chocolate and white chocolate and dusted with crushed peppermint pieces. It comes in a cute and festive resealable bag if you want to save some for later, but you probably won’t.
- Almond Nog
Almond Nog is pretty underrated, but this dairy-free holiday beverage is just as rich, creamy and delicious as normal egg nog. Add it to your coffee for a festive kick, or just drink it by itself to fully appreciate how Trader Joe’s actually came up with a way to make eggnog dairy-free, kosher certified and vegan.
- Bûche de Noël Ice Cream
This ice cream is inspired by ancient Yule log cakes. It has a cocoa swirl and pieces of Bûche de Noël cake mixed into it, so it’s like an upgraded version of an ordinary Yule log cake! Pair this with a cup of hot chocolate for the ultimate snack to go with a Christmas movie marathon.
- Ugly Sweater Cookie Kit
The kit is the perfect activity to do with your family or friends because they’re sure to be impressed when you pull these out at a holiday gathering. It already contains 10 baked cookies, so all you have to worry about is if your cookie decorating game is up to par. Priced at only $5.99, you can definitely buy a bunch for a fun Christmas party activity!
- Mini Stroopwafel Ice Cream Sandwiches
Take your ice cream sandwich game to the next level with Stroopwafels! This box comes with eight ice cream sandwiches that I’d probably eat in one sitting. These bite-sized treats consist of a scoop of salted caramel ice cream sandwiched between two caramel waffle cookies.
- Organic Truffle Potato Chips
You don’t even have to taste them to know that they’re delicious. White truffle and potato chips are a match made in heaven — there’s not much more I can say.
So on your next trip to Trader Joe’s, don’t forget to grab at least one of these treats — trust me, you won’t regret it. They’re perfect for a holiday get-together; or, if you’re like me, just stock up on these before they disappear until next year.
Winnie Lam currently serves as the On The Menu Co-Editor. She has been apart of the Nexus since 2017.