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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Costco and Trader Joe’s Favorites – Update!

Hello Everyone! I was going to share a delicious Swedish recipe with you today, but, um, it’s not quite ready. So…you’ll get it tomorrow. Until then, I would like to revisit two older posts with you, and give you a little homework. Oh, and we’ll talk cannoli a little bit, too.

Here’s the deal. Two years ago I wrote this post asking people for their favorite Costco items. I wrote a similar post about Trader Joe’s FOUR years ago. Those posts are a great resource that readers check frequently. I would love to keep them fresh, especially since items get discontinued and new things get introduced.

SOOOO….here’s the homework portion of today’s program:

  • If you have a favorite Costco item (or items) you want to share, PLEASE CLICK HERE and add it to the comments.
  • If you have a favorite Trader Joe’s item (or items) you want to share, PLEASE CLICK HERE and add it to the comments.

And because I hate putting up posts without pictures, the above cannoli is a recent discovery of mine in the Trader Joe’s freezer section. The verdict? Not one of my favorite Trader Joe’s items, but if you need a cannoli fix (which I sometimes do), they’ll do the job. The filling is actually very good. The only downfall is the shell isn’t super crispy and fresh. Which is understandable. They’ve been frozen with filling inside. I think the coating of chocolate on the inside of the shell helps.

Now, get to work, people. Click on those links above and share your Costco and Trader Joe’s favorites!


  1. 1

    We don’t have a TJ nearby, or in the same state, even. But whenever we go to my in-laws I head there to stock up on dark chocolate pretzels, Soyaki sauce, and blueberry cereal bars. The former are an addiction, and the latter are something that my preschool-aged kids love for a quick breakfast or snack. And they’re SO much cheaper than Nutrigrain bars.

  2. At TJ’s the sardines are the basis for my go-to lunch w/avocado and artichoke hearts. And, everyone thinks their Caponata out of the jar is homemade!

  3. 3

    we don’t have a trader joe’s or a costco but we have a Sams. Any favorite links for Sams?

  4. 4
    Jane Maynard

    well, we can certainly start listing Sam’s favorites right here! 🙂 Spread the love!

  5. 5

    Too funny Jane, Lance brought two boxes of these home from work this week to try. I agree with your synopsis! Ever tried their carrot cake?

  6. 6

    I just had their carrot cake at the RS bday dinner and it was fantastic! Would my love of the costcocarrotcake justify joining the costoclub?

  7. 7

    Jane – did you know that Mike’s Pastry in Boston delivers? I haven’t tried it yet, but have heard you can get their canoli’s delivered anywhere in the US! They ship the filling seperately, so they don’t get soggy. This post reminded me of that and wanted to know if you had tried them.

    • Jane Maynard

      no, I did not know that. I’m very tempted…H&H bagels in NYC also ships. maybe I should give them both a try!

  8. 8

    Blueberry scones
    Multi-grain croissant
    Karat cake
    Mini Eclairs
    French Macaroons

    All are from the freezer section

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