Nordic’s Trader Joe’s recommendations

There’s a reason Trader Joe’s is one of America’s most beloved grocery stores. From chocolate to mac and cheese, their sweet and savory treats are absolutely to die for. But with so many goodies to choose from, what should you buy? We are here to help. Here are Nordic’s favorite Trader Joe’s recommendations to help you navigate your purchases the next time you find yourself grocery shopping.


Tam Tran, A&E Editor

Savory goodness

Don’t know what to eat for dinner? In need of a savory midnight snack? These items from Trader Joe’s are warm and easy to make! 

  • Cheese and Green Chile Tamales: It’s vegetarian, quick, easy and full of gooey goodness! Although tamales are traditionally steamed, these tamales from Trader Joe’s can be microwaved and ready to be eaten in three to four minutes. The delicious blend of green chilis and generous amounts of Monterey Jack cheese will simply melt in your mouth. The soft-shells, made from corn masa flour, are sweet and slightly squishy— the perfect texture for hand-crafted tamales. There are plenty of other tamale options with beef and chicken available if you want a little extra protein! Pick these up in the frozen section next time you’re at Trader Joe’s. 

  • Mac N’ Cheese Bites: These bites are perfect for a midnight craving. The best part about them isn’t just the warm and gooey center, but the layer of crispy breadcrumbs on top—it doesn’t even taste like a frozen food product! Talk about the ultimate comfort food! It only takes about 15 minutes for these mac n’ cheese bites to travel from the box to the oven, and finally to your mouth. It’s simple, it’s easy, it’s Trader Joe’s! 

  • Chicken Tikka Masala: Who doesn’t love butter chicken? It may not meet the standards of your favorite local Indian restaurant, but the creamy curry sauce is pretty close to perfect! The chicken is loaded with sauce, and with an extra kick, the flavors explode in your mouth. It only takes about four minutes to make! 


Sweet treats

Need something to sweeten up your day? Try out these fantastic desserts!

  • Cold Brew Coffee and Boba Coconut Non-Dairy Ice Cream: Have you possibly seen this trending on your Tik Tok For You page? It’s a new addition to Trader Joe’s wide selection of ice cream! Not only is the ice cream non-dairy and coffee-flavored, but there are enough chewy tapioca balls for every bite. Its creamy coconut milk base and rich flavor will leave your taste buds pining for more. This vegan ice cream is the perfect dessert for boba and coffee lovers alike! 


  • Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups: Need to satisfy your sweet tooth? These peanut butter cups might be better than the original Reese’s candies. The dark chocolate coating is rich and smooth, simply melting in your mouth, and the peanut butter center is simply perfect. It’s delicious, cheap and goes even better on top of any ice cream of choice!

  • ¡Mango! ¡Mango!: Beware, these mango yogurt gummies are extremely addicting. You’ll find yourself easily finishing a bag in one sitting. They are soft, chewy and have the perfect amount of sweetness. These gummies are rich in flavor and taste like mango yogurt!


Even though it’s hard to choose just one item from this long list of sweet and savory treats, we must say that our personal favorites are their dark chocolate peanut butter cups. You can never go wrong with a classic! Not everything from Trader Joe’s is completely amazing, but the six items we’ve included above should be permanently added to your grocery list.