Festive Friday: five festive Trader Joe’s treats to try this holiday season


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Julia Fickenscher

The holidays are rapidly drawing near, which means its the perfect opportunity to indulge in all your favorite holiday sweets. However, if you are looking for something new and unique to satisfy your festive sweet tooth, Trader Joe’s is the place to go. Try these fancy, festive eats to indulge in the holiday treats that come around once a year.


The Astounding Multi-Flavor Joe-Joe’s

When you walk into Trader Joe’s, you should automatically push your cart over to the “Astounding Multi-Flavor Joe-Joe’s” box. This beautifully decorated box contains decadent flavors and delicious treats. Inside there are four packages of differently flavored Joe Joe’s. These include the Peanut Butter Joe-Joe, the Ginger Joe-Joe, the Double Chocolate Joe-Joe and the Candy Cane Joe-Joe. All the Peanut Butter Joe-Joe’s are coated in milk chocolate and have dark chocolate drizzled on top, while the Double Chocolate Joe-Joe’s are the opposite with the dark chocolate being the coat and the milk chocolate being drizzled. All the Candy Cane Joe-Joe’s are coated in dark chocolate topped with peppermint crumbs, while the Ginger Joe-Joe ‘s are coated in white chocolate and have ginger cookie crumbs on top. All these delicious cookies will leave you wanting more; the creaminess between the two cookies and the decadent chocolate delight your taste buds.

-Emma Yakel

Peppermint Pretzel Slims

Allow yourself to be allured to the delicious flavor of the Peppermint Pretzel Slims in your local Trader Joe’s. This amazing treat will make you wonder how you were ever satisfied with regular pretzels. All the slims are with a white coating and have peppermint crumbs on top. With a balance between sweet and salty, this snack will satisfy any peppermint enthusiast and will persuade those who aren’t complete fans to become one. They are a perfect dessert and will make you wish that the holiday season was all the time, so you can enjoy this bag of treats year round.

-Emma Yakel

Jingle Jangle Ice Cream

Based off the popular candy mix, a delicious mix of chocolate covered pretzels, Joe Joe’s, peanut butter cups, and more is thrown into creamy vanilla ice cream. The smooth vanilla bean mixed with the sweet chocolate bits and the savory crunch of pretzels and peanut butter creates a mouthwatering combination. This treat is the perfect sweet surprise for everyone who lives in a warmer climate during the holiday season; it provides the perfect cooldown while still giving the warm Christmas feeling. To top it all off, the name is the most suitable for what it consists of: a random, festive mix of holiday spirit.

-Julia Fickenscher

Mini Dark Chocolate Mint Stars

Although Trader Joe’s is known for their chocolatey, fun-flavored creme filled Joe-Joe’s, they also have a variety of other special cookies to offer, some of the most notable being their festive box of mini, minty stars. The chocolate cookies are coated in a dark chocolate layer and topped with tiny white sprinkles. The snowy, festive bites are rich, chocolatey, and the perfect hint of mint. The festive flavors give a Christmasy feel and a tasty treat for all to enjoy this holiday season.

-Julia Fickenscher

Peppermint Hot Cocoa Mix

While you can easily go to Starbucks, Trader Joe’s Peppermint Hot Cocoa Mix is more natural, richer, and tastier than the original. Just add it to water or your milk of choice and you have a quick and easy drink that truly embodies the holiday season. The chocolate flavor is truly rich, and adding that natural peppermint gives the perfect festive kick.  While anything chocolate and peppermint is tasty, something about the hot cocoa gives a stronger warm and fuzzy feeling than any other treat.

-Julia Fickenscher

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