The New Trader Joe’s Products You Need in Your Life

Two words: ube mochi.

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Trader Joe’s is the only supermarket where it’s just as easy to fill your cart with purple ice cream as it is fermented non-dairy, vegan milk beverages. It’s a magic wonderland for an adventurous eater—or just someone who wants to eat a ton of new junk food. There's something for everyone: frozen entrees for those on the go, gluten-free options, and tons of vegetarian-friendly items.

We tasted a bunch of new products—items that are six months old or less, at least—to determine all the new food you have to buy right now. Even better, a good portion of them happen to fall into the aforementioned categories above. Here are the products you have to pick up on your next Trader Joe's run. 

Sparkling Lemonade

Trader Joe’s has revamped the standard lemonade-stand drink with this sparkling version. Each pack comes with four tall, sleek cans of perfectly effervescent lemonade that’s definitely more tart than sweet. The bubbles are gentle and, although these canned versions boast 17 grams of sugar each, expect a refreshing and puckery flavor.

BBQ 101 Seasoning

There are a million Trader Joe’s seasoning blends now. The grocery chain knocked it out of the park with Everything But the Bagel and Everything But the Elote, so it was only a matter of time until it introduced its own barbecue rub base. This version isn’t very spicy or big on smoke—expect more warming spices and brown sugar notes.

Cassava Cheese Empanadas

Trader Joe’s is constantly improving upon its gluten-free option and here is another worthy installment. The cassava cheese empanadas are stuffed with ricotta, caramelized onions, and spinach—and encased in a chewy cassava flour crust. They’re unbelievably delicious. My only gripe is that there are a mere two empanadas per pack, which are not nearly enough.

Ube Mochi Ice Cream

After rolling out ube ice cream, ube tea cookies, and ube mochi pancake mix, Trader Joe’s is continuing to lean into its love affair with the purple Filipino tuber with its new ube mochi ice cream. This ice cream is subtly floral and the contrasting textures of sticky mochi paper encompassing smooth ice cream is perfection. Like most of the other ube products, we’re predicting that this will sell out quickly, so grab a pack of six in the freezer aisle while you can.

Chips in a Pickle Chips

If you love pickles and the herbaceous flavor of dill, you have to pick up these kettle cooked chips. They’re my favorite Trader Joe’s chips I’ve ever tried—yes, even better than the Spicy Cheesy Crunchies. These chips are less sharp than your average salt and vinegar chips, yet still have that tangy flavor. They’re mellowed out by milk powder and some cane sugar, and finished off with tons of dill and onion powder. Get them.

Cold Brew Coffee and Boba Coconut Non-dairy Dessert

Nothing can top the brown sugar, milk tea-flavored boba popsicles that you can find at H-Mart and most other Asian grocery stores, but Trader Joe’s makes a valiant effort. This dairy-free frozen dessert has a bitter coffee flavor that’s balanced out by the coconut milk. The boba pearls aren’t as springy and chewy as other ice cream iterations I’ve tried, like the aforementioned popsicles or Wanderlust Creamery’s version, but still worth keeping in your freezer. .

Vegan Meatless Meat Eater’s Pizza

For all the vegans out there missing a meat lovers style pizza, rejoice! Trader Joe’s has a new one that clocks in at $5.99 and contains plant-based pepperoni, sausage, and chorizo. Look, the cheese is not as melty as say, dairy cheese, but it still satisfies the craving for something meaty, cheesy, and vegetarian-friendly.

Crispy Thai Chilies & Sesame Seeds

If you want a spicy, crunchy snack that isn’t chips, pick these up. The heat is not a joke, but the salt and sesame seeds do tame the fieriness down a little bit. These crisps are relatively low-carb, don’t feel greasy, and are perfect for mindless snacking or atop a salad.

Garlic Bread Cheese

If you’ve ever wondered what garlic bread condensed into a squeaky cube of cheese would taste like, you have to go buy the new Garlic Bread Cheese from Trader Joe’s. The cheese itself is a mild cow’s cheese, but baked with tons of garlic powder. If you like halloumi, the texture is similar. Because the curds of this cheese are pressed, they don’t melt—so this would be an ideal cheese for fried cheese curds, a pressed cheese sandwich, or cubed grilled cheese to toss onto a salad. Bonus: It may have the word bread in its name, but it’s gluten free!

Taiwanese Green Onion Pancake

I usually pick up my frozen green onion pancakes from the local Chinese grocery store, but now I can get them at Trader Joe’s, too! These pancakes, which are made in Taiwan, boast layers upon layers of flaky pastry dough that sandwich fragrant chopped green onions. They fry up quickly on the stovetop and taste great dipped in a mixture of soy sauce and black vinegar.

Green Goddess Gouda

Trader Joe’s had a runaway hit with its Green Goddess salad dressing, so it only makes sense that it followed up with more Green Goddess products. The store released a dip, and now has a gouda cheese infused with the herbaceous flavors parsley, basil, and tons of garlic. Add this to your next charcuterie board.

Eggwich Breadless Breakfast Sandwich

For all the keto dieters out there, this breadless sandwich is for you. Each pack comes with sandwiches consisting of egg buns, a slice of cheese, and a sausage patty. You can either heat them up in the microwave or a toaster oven for the perfect low-carb breakfast on the go. The only real downside is that this sandwich has a ton of sodium—610 grams to be exact. Maybe don’t eat it every day?

Spicy Mango Lemonade

Trader Joe’s has officially made the perfect tequila mixer. This spicy mango lemonade actually has a real kick of heat, thanks to jalapeño puree and cayenne pepper. The mango flavor comes after—a welcomed, sweet balm in contrast to the spice. The tart lemonade ties the whole thing together. It’s delicious on its own, but would be the perfect ingredient for a margarita.

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Kat Thompson is a staff writer at Thrillist. Follow her on Twitter @katthompsonn
Lee Breslouer is a writer and editor based in Colorado who has a freezer overflowing with riced cauliflower stir fry. Follow him to freezer burn @LeeBreslouer.