Published on June 9, 2018

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To say team Domino had a hard time narrowing down this list to just nine might be the understatement of the century, but here it is: a list of our favorite, must-have, always-in-our-carts Trader Joe’s items—from healthy snacks to spices and sauces that’ll revolutionize any meal (hello, Everything Bagel seasoning, you beautiful creation). Just be sure to keep our insider shopping secrets in mind when you head to your local TJ’s to try these out—nothing worse than having to wait an extra 45 minutes to try your new finds because you’re stuck in a massively long check out line.

Coconut Aminos

One of the things I always have to buy at Trader Joe’s is a little random…

Coconut Aminos

! This is my secret ingredient in most foods I make at home. It’s great on tofu, chicken, and veggie stir frys. It’s almost 50 percent cheaper at TJs than anywhere else. – Lahaina Alcantara, Digital Photo Editor

Raw Crunchy Unsalted Almond Butter

When we live in a world full of $15 nut spreads, I feel it is my duty to inform people of TJ’s

Raw Crunchy Unsalted Almond Butter.

At only $6.99, you don’t have to feel bad about how quickly you’ll polish off that jar. The best part? It’s made solely from almonds; no palm oil or added sugar here. – Amanda Johnson, Digital Content Strategy Manager

Reduced Guilt Mac & Cheese

I’ve tried to make my own homemade mac n’ cheese, but honestly, I think the Trader Joe’s frozen section does it better. My freezer is almost always stocked with their insanely good

Reduced Guilt Mac & Cheese

that’s 65 percent less fat than their original but tastes just as delicious. Full of creamy, cheesy deliciousness, you’d never know it came out of a microwave container. – Mackenzie Dunn, Contributing Writer

Crispy Crunchy Mochi Rice Nuggets

One thing you should know about me—and probably judge me in the process—is that I’m not at all a sweets person. I need salty snacks at all costs, but I find chips way too oily and gross. The

Crispy Crunchy Mochi Rice Nuggets

are ADDICTIVE. They’re also not at all super salty and work so well with dips like hummus and avocado. You need some mochi nuggets in your life. – Nikhita Mahtani, Digital Editor

Just Mango Slices (and more)

I have three Trader Joe’s essentials that are never not in my home. The first: the dried

Just Mango Slices

. I’ve purchased dried mango from many stores, but Trader Joe’s is the best, hands down, no questions asked. The second:

Butternut Squash Triangoli

. You can freeze it, and I’ve been known to stop into stores when lines are low to stock up—though checking out with six packages of ravioli in your arms is more embarrassing than you might think. Third,

Everything But The Bagel Seasoning

. My new apartment is in a bagel desert, so now I make eggs and toast and sprinkle the seasoning on instead of going for my usual BEC! – Alyssa Clough, Social Media Editor

Everything But The Bagel Seasoning

I was approximately 15 months late to the

Everything But the Bagel

craze, and I can assure you that those 15 months were a complete waste. How did I live without this? As a person who eats eggs sometimes twice a day, this spice blend has become integral to my happiness. I could easily go through a single shaker in a month. TJ’s, please make this available by the case! – Jessica Dailey, Digital Editorial Director

Chile Lime Seasoning

I can’t take credit for discovering this TJ gem (shout out to the love of my life, Brooke), but I’m a full on zealot for this stuff now. It’s got the heat of chili powder plus the zing of a fresh lime. I put it on everything from spicy salads, to stir-fries, to mezcal cocktails. Please don’t play yourself by thinking that a mixed spice sounds gimmicky. This baby deserves a spot on your spice rack next to the salt and pepper. – Cyrus Ferguson, Reader Experience


I could probably write poetry about the


sauce. At the rate I’m using it, I have no more blood running through my veins—only Soyaki. It’s the perfect marinade for chicken, the only flavoring you need for your stir fry, and an excellent dipping sauce for dumplings. It’s super affordable, too, which works out well for me because I probably go through a bottle a month. And I live alone. – Elly Leavitt, Associate Digital Editor

See more Trader Joe’s secrets:

9 Trader Joe’s Beauty Products You’ll Wish You Already Knew About
Trader Joe’s Has a Podcast—Here’s What We Learned
16 Trader Joe’s Secrets That Will Change the Way You Shop

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