Al Roker Revealed His Favorite Foods from Trader Joe’s, and The List Includes One Item That Shoppers Are Obsessed With

published Apr 27, 2023
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Taking a trip to Trader Joe’s — or “TJ’s” as it is affectionately referred to by us regulars — is usually one of the more exciting errands to run throughout the course of a busy day. It’s for this very reason that it should come as no surprise that some of America’s favorite celebrities find joy in making trips to their local TJ’s as well. And one celeb in particular recently delivered a full list of Trader Joe’s items that you can always find in their pantry.

Earlier this week, TODAY’s beloved weatherman Al Roker gave viewers a peek into what he throws into his cart every time he stops by his local store. Describing a hefty list of his favorite foods, I quickly discovered that we actually have a few favorites in common.

Earlier this month you may remember us rounding up a few frozen breakfast sandwiches that are almost better than homemade. Well, on that list is the Trader Joe’s Eggwich Breadless Breakfast Sandwich. And apparently, it’s not just a winner for us — Roker thinks it’s a hit, too.

“You know, one of my favorite things for breakfast is their Eggwich, which is really great,” he explains. “It’s like an Egg McMuffin, except instead of the McMuffin part are eggs in a little circular shape.”

Another favorite TJ’s item on his list? The chain’s Fully Cooked Pork Belly. And just like we like to use it as a good shortcut to help you recreate your favorite restaurant dishes at home, Roker’s on board with that as well.

“The Trader Joe’s pork belly is really good,” Roker says, adding that he uses the shop’s sauces and Soyaki to take it to the next level. “Sometimes as an entree, I’ll just get one for each of us and then heat it and slice it. I might put a little Trader Joe’s barbecue sauce on top or a teriyaki type of glaze that I’ll slap on after I’ve heated it and put it under the broiler — just to crisp it up a little bit.”

That’s not all that Roker and I seem to be fans of from Trader Joe’s though. The Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups — which also happened to land on the most popular TJ products list for The Kitchn in both 2019 and 2022 — are a personal favorite of us both.

“Every week, I would get a couple of packages of the Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups, you know, snack-wise,” Roker said. I’m right there with you, Al; I’m right there with you. 

You can find the full list of items that Al Roker can’t get enough of here. And, if you’re looking for more Trader Joe’s finds, this list of the best Trader Joe’s snacks of all time is one you definitely need to check out.