The 9 Best Things We Bought at Trader Joe’s in February

updated Feb 28, 2020
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Ask us to name our favorite groceries at Trader Joe’s, and we’ll surely give you a different list every. single. time. Because there’s always a bunch of new groceries rolling out at Trader Joe’s — and that’s part of what makes shopping there so much fun. (Sadly, though, sometimes a few favorites get taken away). If we had to make a list for this month, and we do because that’s the point of this post, it would look a little like this.

Here’s a list of our favorite Trader Joe’s groceries that we bought this month. Some are new for the month, some are old classics — and all of them are worth adding to your own cart if you can find them.

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1. Spinach Sour Cream Dip, $3.49 for 11 ounces

The ultimate Super Bowl dip! Or more accurately, the ultimate dip. Period. It’s just like the classic Knorr’s pouch that you know and love, without all the DIY effort. It even has water chestnuts for a little added crunch.

2. Buffalo Chicken Dip, $4.99 for 12 ounces

This new dip hit shelves just before the Super Bowl, so of course, we had to try it. The chicken chunks are smaller than you’d probably expect, but we actually thought that was a good thing (it made the dip extra creamy!). Love Buffalo wings but hate the mess? This is for you.

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3. Mandarin Orange Chicken, $4.99 for 22 ounces

We’ve been obsessed with this Trader Joe’s classic for a long time. Especially once we realized how great it is when you make it in the air fryer! And just last week, we used a bag to pull off a one-hour weekly meal prep using only Trader Joe’s ingredients.

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4. Kale Gnocchi, $2.69 for 12 ounces

Trader Joe’s launched this Kale Gnocchi in early January and we might have bought a bag every week since then. We are not kidding around when we say it’s better than the cult-favorite Cauliflower Gnocchi. Seriously. It gets super crispy and just has the slightest hint of kale flavor, which means even picky eaters will get on board.

5. Artichoke Hearts, $3.29 for 12 ounces

One of our writers turned us onto these when she told us they were one of the most underrated finds in the TJ’s freezer section. She’s right, too. They’re a pretty near match for the fresh stuff and require way less work. Our favorite way to eat them? As a snack, believe it or not! Just thaw them, pat them dry, and roast them in a very hot oven with olive oil and salt.

6. Hold The Cone Mini Ice Cream Cones, $3 for eight

Turns out, we weren’t the only buying these little ice cream cones this month: They’re the most popular dessert at Trader Joe’s and even Ted Allen, the host of Food Network’s Chopped (who isn’t even a regular shopper at TJ’s!) is obsessed.

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7. Dark Chocolate Mini Heart Cookies, $3 for 10 ounces

We wish these special Valentine’s Day cookies were available all year round. They’re shortbread cookies covered with dark chocolate and nonpareils. ‘Nough said, right? Note to TJ’s: Just make these round and they work for the rest of the year.

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8. Protein Patties, $4.49 for two

We started off 2020 talking a LOT about alternative meats and then, sure enough, Trader Joe’s launched plant-based burger patties. They’re made from a blend of pea protein, sunflower oil, beets, and seasonings. They have a whopping 18 grams of protein. And they are Good with a capital G.

Credit: Lauren Masur

9. Ultra Moisturizing Hand Cream, $4.99 for 3 ounces

Because this winter is doing some damage on our hands! Even though we wear gloves when we wash dishes, we still end up with our bare hands under the sink faucet a lot. Combine that water with the cold winter air and you’ve got some dry, cracking skin! This hand cream goes on thick but rubs in nicely without leaving any oily film behind. It reminds us of L’Occitane — only it’s way less expensive.

What are some of the best things you bought at Trader Joe’s this month? Tell us in the comments below!