Now that there's a Trader Joe's in Buffalo, it's a lot easier for Canadians to experience shopping there. From my house, we can be at Trader Joe's in under 90 minutes. I haven't been since the Spring and would like to plan another trip this Fall before the cold and blustery weather arrives. Gotta stock up the freezer for Winter!
Since everyone knows I'm a TJ fan, I often get emails and texts from family and friends asking me what to buy which made me think I should write a helpful cheat sheet for Canadians on what to buy at Trader Joe's. My first instinct is to advise you to buy everything but that's not very practical now is it? There's truth to it though, there are so many amazing things that I would recommend that you try whatever seems appealing to you.
To make sure you don't miss any of the greats, here's my list of what to buy at Trader Joe's.
Snacks and Treats
- Speculous cookie butter
- pound plus chocolate bars (my fave is milk chocolate with almonds)
- chocolate peanut butter pretzels
- white cheddar or sour cream and onion corn puffs
- sharp cheddar pub cheese
- organic mini cheese sandwich crackers
- salsa verde
- frozen almond croissants (often sold out they're so good)
- panko breaded tilapia filets
- wild mushroom and black truffle flatbread
- turkey corn dogs
- chile relleno, mini chicken tacos and pretty much all other Mexican frozen meals
(truthfully, I've tried a variety of their frozen meals and pizzas
and so far everything has been great)
- strawberry yogurt O's cereal (my girls' fave)
- honey nut O's
- coffee cups (for Keurig)
- coconut oil cooking spray (this is a staple in my kitchen)
- 21 seasoning salute
- coconut body butter
What I don't buy at Trader Joe's includes:
(it may surprise you to know TJ's is not known for having the greatest produce)
(TJ's has good yogurt but I insist on buying Chobani when I'm in the States)
(if I'm cross-border shopping I don't buy TJ's alcohol but I do buy it when I'm in Florida)
(good quality and selection but it doesn't make sense to buy on a cross-border shopping trip or while on vacation in Florida)
If you are a Trader Joe's fan, leave a comment to let me know what your favourite TJ item is. If you're new to Trader Joe's, feel free to leave a comment with any questions. Edited to add: The closest Trader Joe's to the border is the Amhurst location in Buffalo. It's located at 1565 Niagara Falls Boulevard. We cross the border at the Rainbow Bridge and it's not too far over the border from there. It's in the same plaza as Target, Babies R Us, The Christmas Tree Shop, Lowe's and Chipotle.
Have a great weekend.