Trader Joe’s Just Released My New Favorite Frozen Treat

updated Jul 16, 2019
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Credit: Lauren Masur

The peanut butter and jelly sandwich is one of American society’s greatest treasures that should never be messed with — by anyone except for Trader Joe’s. Recently, the grocer has been taking this classic flavor combo to new heights, experimenting with forms of the PB&J that my mind never thought possible.

A few months ago their peanut butter and raspberry jelly-filled Organic Dark Chocolate PB&J Minis blew my mind. (For proof of that, see here.) And as of yesterday, there’s a new PB&J treat in town. Meet Trader Joe’s Peanut Butter Blondies with strawberry filling topped with a crispy peanut butter confection. (A mouthful in more ways than one.)

Credit: Lauren Masur

After a quick pitstop to the frozen section (where, let’s be honest, I was headed anyway!) and $4.99 later, this nine-ounce box of 12 frozen blondie bites was all mine. These are so new that when I checked out, the ever-friendly cashier exclaimed that he didn’t even know they sold these and gushed over how good they looked.

As soon as I got home, I read the instructions on the box and was dismayed that I had to wait an hour for these babies to defrost at room temperature (or four hours in the fridge) before enjoying. Looking for the most near-instant-gratification I could get, I went with option number one: Even slightly frozen (I couldn’t wait the full 60 minutes!), they make for the perfect sweet after-dinner bite.

Credit: Lauren Masur

But that’s not the only way to get these in your belly. You can also microwave them at 30-second intervals. Fair warning: When I tried the microwave method, the bites became a little too melty, so much so that I needed a fork to shovel them into my mouth. If you’re gonna microwave them, your best bet would be to put them in a bowl and go all out with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. (If you need to get a utensil, you may as well add ice cream, right?)

Instead of the microwave, though, your best bet is to actually eat these bites STRAIGHT out of the freezer — the way the pros eat Snickers bars. The serving size is two bites, but good luck sticking with that because I most definitely did not!