Valentine's Day

The 12 Best Valentine’s Day Treats at TJ’s, According to the Creator of Black Girls in Trader Joe’s

updated Feb 9, 2021
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Valentine’s Day is just a few days away. (If you haven’t noticed, how have you not? Those heart-shaped foods and chocolate candies are everywhere you turn!) I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the holiday than with a trip to Trader Joe’s, where chocolate and hearts are aplenty!

Here are my 12 favorite Valentine’s Day-worthy treats in stores right now. (Some are seasonal, and others are available year-round.) The best part? Nothing on this list is more than five bucks!

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1. Partake Chocolate Chip Cookies, $3.99 for 5.5 ounces

No list of anything chocolate-related is complete without a chocolate chip cookie. These cookies are free of the top eight allergens, and are both vegan and gluten-free. Most importantly, though, they’re delicious.

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2. Sea Salt Brownies Petites, $2.99 for 12 ounces

This combination of salty and sweet will never get old. Trader Joe’s has given us the gift of these tiny, delicious, rich brownie squares sprinkled with a few flakes of sea salt.

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3. Raspberry Hearts, $5 for 16 ounces

If chocolates don’t make your heart sing, these raspberry shortbread cookies will. To make them look even fancier, dust with powdered sugar right out of the box.

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4. Mini Heart Cookies, $2.99 for 10 ounces

Share these shortbread cookies covered in dark chocolate with your Valentine. These are a seasonal item, though, so grab them while you can!

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5. Chocolate Mousse Cake, $3.99 for 10 ounces

If you’re a chocolate cake lover, this decadent, luxurious, super-rich confection does not disappoint. It even comes in a cute heart shape!

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6. Gluten Free Chocolate Cupcakes, $3.99 for four cupcakes

Even if you’re not gluten-intolerant, these cupcakes are moist and flavorful, so don’t hesitate to throw them in your cart. Topped with a rich, creamy pink buttercream, they’re the perfect two-bite dessert.

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7. Dark Chocolate Drizzled Plantain Chips, $2.99 for six ounces

Here’s a newbie to shelves that I hope is here to stay. These dark chocolate-drizzled plantain chips are the best combination of salty and sweet.

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8. Brookies, $3.99 for 11 ounces

Do you like brownies? Do you like chocolate chip cookies? Then you’ll love brookies. This hybrid baked good saves you from having to decide which one to choose.

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9. Gummy Xs and Os, $3 for 14 ounces

These fruity gummies shaped like little hugs and kisses are the treat to eat this Valentine’s Day. They’re soft and chewy, just as advertised.

10. 85% Dark Chocolate Bar from Uganda, $1.69 for 3.5 ounces

This chocolate bar has rich caramel notes, with a mildly fruity and acidic undertone. Not only is the price a steal, but the quality is also top-notch.

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11. Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups, $4.99 for 16 ounces

Name a better duo than peanut butter and chocolate! You can’t. Pro tip: These tiny bites are a great addition to a charcuterie board.

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12. Gone Berry Crazy! Chocolate Covered Strawberries, $2.29 for 5.3 ounces

Here’s an idea: Keep chocolate covered strawberries on deck for whenever the craving strikes. Find these faves in the freezer aisle!

Is your favorite TJ’s Valentine’s Day treat on this list?