Valentine's Day

The 9 Most Valentines-y Groceries at Trader Joe’s

updated Feb 6, 2020
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While I realize that it has long been considered a faux-pas to run to a convenience store for a last-minute box of Valentine’s chocolates, let me just say that if someone got me a grocery bag full of Trader Joe’s treats for Valentine’s Day, I would probably marry them. Are my standards too low? Or are Trader Joe’s Valentine’s offerings just that good?! I’ll leave those questions for your to answer …

While I wait for you to answer in the comments below, here are the TJ’s treats that would convince me to say, “Yes, a thousand times, yes.” These are the best, most Valentines-y groceries at Trader Joe’s this year.

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1. Dark Chocolate Covered Cherries, $5 for 12 ounces

These are no chocolate-dipped strawberries, but because I’m a sucker for TJ’s Dark Chocolate Covered Almonds I was excited to try these choco-covered cherries. They’re mostly chocolate, just the way I like ’em.

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2. Jelly Bean Hearts, $1 for 3.9 ounces

I just imagine that if someone handed these out to my class as a Valentine’s Day treat when I was a kid, they would be my new favorite person. I mean, heart-shaped jelly beans, are you kidding?!

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3. French Berry Lemonade, $2.99 for 33.8 ounces

Pink drink! Flex your mixology muscles by turning this sweet lemonade into a festive love potion, er, I mean cocktail. Maybe a lemonade mimosa with a splash of champagne? No one does romance better than the French!

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4. Raspberry Rose White Chocolate Bar, $2.49 for 3 ounces

I could not believe it when exactly ONE day after the Inside Trader Joe’s podcast hinted at the release of a new pink rose white chocolate bar I found said pink rose white chocolate bar on the shelves in my local TJs. And let me tell you that it is even more majestic than I imagined. Don’t be fooled though — this isn’t ruby chocolate — it’s simply white chocolate mixed with raspberry.

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

According to Lifestyle Director Lisa Freedman, “these are not gummies, they are fruit snacks.” BUT once we got over that sight disappointment, we realized the simple fact that everyone likes fruit snacks. Especially ones shaped like hugs and kisses.

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6. For the Love of Chocolate Collection, $4 for 3.88 ounces

Even I will admit that these decorative chocolates are a bit hokey. But they look so much more gourmet than a box of chocolates from the drugstore! And they’re colored with natural dyes, which is a fun fact — if the person on the receiving end of this box of chocolates cares about that sort of thing.

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7. Raspberry Hearts, $5 for 16 ounces

If chocolates don’t make your heart sing, these raspberry shortbread cookies will. To kick these up a notch, top them with a dusting of powdered sugar and put a bow around the box.

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

These poppable, mini, dark-chocolate covered, nonpareil-dusted shortbread cookies have my heart. Share them with someone you love — otherwise you will eat the whole box on your own.

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9. Dark Chocolate Baton, $1 for 1.25 ounces

This baton consists of small Toblerone-shaped pyramids of dark chocolate, which are speckled with freeze-dried raspberries. If you’re celebrating the day alone like me, this is a great option to eat all by yourself.

And for all of you Eagle Eyes who noticed that there are more items on the Valentine’s Day display shelf than I wrote about here… We wrote about the rest last year!