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Trader Joe’s December Edition

December is one of my favorite months to shop at Trader Joe’s. There are so many festive chocolates, snacks, and other treats. When I read through December’s Fearless Flyer, I wanted nearly everything featured! Here are some of the things I got on my latest shopping trip.

Dutch Stroopwafel Tin

This is the item I was most excited to try when I saw it featured in the Fearless Flyer. I have been wanting to taste a stroopwafel ever since they made it on an episode of The Great British Bake Off. A stroopwafel consist of two thin waffles sandwiched with caramel. The result is a crunchy exterior and soft, chewy center.

Since this was my first stroopwafel, I don’t have much of a comparison point, but I really enjoyed these. I loved the crunchy exterior followed by the soft, chewy caramel. I can only imagine how good a fresh one would taste and hopefully I’ll get to try it one day.

I was also hoping to try the Mini Stroopwafel Ice Cream Sandwiches, but unfortunately my Trader Joe’s was out of them.

Trader Joe’s Champagne Gummy Candies

I was really excited to try these as I adore champagne gummy bears. Unfortunately, these missed the mark for me. The bottle shapes are a little flimsy, with the neck portion flopping over. They gummies themselves have cracks in the surface when you look at them up close. They are coated in a light powder to prevent sticking, and while the powder doesn’t have much of a taste, I didn’t like the feel of it when I was eating the gummies.

Truffle Marcona Almonds

These have a very strong truffle aroma. If you love truffle and almonds I think you’ll enjoy these. I’ve been snacking on them everyday.

Bûche de Noël Ice Cream

This is inspired by the Yule log cake, made into ice cream form. I love that there are pieces of chocolate cake mixed in and the ice cream is super creamy.

World’s Puffiest White Cheddar Corn Puffs

Not a new item but new to me. These are similar to white cheddar Cheetos puffs, but puffier and more natural tasting.

That’s it for now! I had more items on my list, but unfortunately my busy holiday schedule prevented me from getting to Trader Joe’s early enough in the month to get everything on my list and they were already out of several of the items I wanted to try.

You can check out some more Trader Joe’s seasonal items from my December post last year.

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10 comments on “Trader Joe’s December Edition”

  1. I like Belgian Boys for stroopwafels. Only found mini sizes so far in Target (also in Bed Bath & Beyond and World Market). I’ll have to try Trader Joe’s version to compare. Do you know if they still make crispy mochi? I tried to find it recently in Mira Mesa, but nothing so far.

    If you are ever in the Grossmont center mall, try Candy Pros for champagne gummies. Small shop, but I think they do bulk stuff for parties.

  2. Hello from The Netherlands! Stroopwafels are the best haha. Try putting one on top of your hot cup of tea/coffee (on the rim) so that the caramel inside gets extra soft and a bit warm… they’re the tastiest when slightly warmed in my opinion 🙂 Happy holidays!

  3. Oh, I missed those corn puffs and the ice cream! I will have to try our TJ’s this weekend. Hope they’re there. Copa Vida sells stroopwaffles and they encourage you to place them over your coffee drink so that the warmth of the coffee heats up the wafer, making the caramel filling all melty.

  4. Those Marcona Almonds and White Truffle Chips are staples in our household Kirbie. Also the “Nutty Popcorn Trio” and the Step Up to the Snack Bar mix this holiday season. Happy Holidays!

  5. Hi I’m from Germany Berlin but I live in San Antonio Tx now.I grew up eating a lot of Christmas Stollen, but the one from Trader’s Joe is one of the best once I have ever tried.Hope you will go and try it as well it’s a must have for Christmas!
    Merry Christmas Melanie Redwine