10 Surprising Ingredients We Found at T.J. Maxx

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Is there anything T.J. Maxx doesn’t have? If there is, it’s a short list. You can head there to get an outfit for an upcoming holiday party, presents for loved ones, and all sorts of snacks and ingredients for the season — all during one trip.

While some people head there for deals on sweaters and shoes, we especially love the gourmet food section, which is full of good finds — and totally surprising ones, if you don’t know what’s in store at this discount retailer.

We hit up our local T.J. Maxx a few weeks ago to see what was on offer in the food department. Of course, the inventory is always changing and varies by store, but you’ll probably find some similarly surprising items. These were just so unexpected, we had to share.

  1. Sundried Tomato & Bacon Whipped Cream Cheese: It’s a dip. And it’s a spread. Dunk pretzels into it, use it in a sandwich, or melt it over pasta. Are you not intrigued?
  2. Caviar: Caviar, you guys! A two-ounce container for $3.29 at that. We can’t speak to the quality of it, but the reviews on Amazon are pretty favorable.
  3. Organic French Agen Plums: Keep a few bags in your pantry and you’ll always have a little snack to put into a bowl if unexpected guests pop in.
  4. Lemon Cookie Straws: These will make a nice addition to your holiday cookie tray. Or they can stand on their own if you haven’t gotten around to baking just yet.
  5. Fennel Saffron Sea Salt: There were rows and rows of salts, including this one, a few options of Himalayan sea salt, garlic salt, and more.
  6. Thai Peanut Curry Blend: Because you can’t have holiday-themed dinners every night. This rub is apparently good on chicken, fish, and pork.
  7. Moose Munch: You don’t have to place an order on Harry & David (and wait for delivery) to get your fix of this seasonal popcorn.
  8. Bee Pollen: This was probably the most surprising thing for us to find. Discounted jackets, purses, and, of course, bee pollen!
  9. Peach White Balsamic and Pear Chardonnay Vinegar: These wacky vinegars can be used as a glaze on meat, in a salad dressing, or even in cocktails.
  10. Asparagus Asiago Bruschetta: You could basically feed an army with crostini topped with items from T.J. Maxx if you wanted. In addition to this jar, we also saw spicy olive bruschetta, artichoke bruschetta topping, and more.

What have you discovered in the T.J. Maxx food department?

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