Just in time to beat your pantry’s summertime sadness, Trader Joe’s is planning to release some delicious new products. And thanks to a recent episode of the store’s podcast, we have some intel on what exactly the newest batch of soon-to-launch items will look like.
From flavor-packed sauces to sweet treats, there’s a lot to look forward to if you want to mix up your culinary routine. (Because let’s be real, there comes a point in every meal-prepper’s life when food fatigue sets in.) Making food fun again doesn’t have to be complicated; it can be as simple as slipping a new snack into your bag to fight off the midafternoon slump. Here are four upcoming Trader Joe’s products to stock up on as soon as they hit shelves:
If your motto is the spicier, the better…
Somewhere between a sauce and a tapenade sits the new Italian Bomba Hot Pepper Sauce. This spread is made up of fermented Calabrian peppers, olive oil, and basil—it is, according to TJ’s vice president of marketing product, Matt Sloan, a “flavor bomb.”
Try it out: On grilled flatbread for a zesty aperitivo. Amid all the cheese and charcuterie, it will be a welcome reprieve.
If you have a sweet tooth…
Stash Trader Joe’s soon-to-be-released Chocolate Covered Espresso Beans in your desk drawer for your moments of weakness. “It’s a little
2 ½-ounce bag, and if you ate the whole bag, you’d be going wacko,” said Sloan on the podcast.
Try them out: Straight from the bag. Because at 3 p.m., that’s just what you need.
If you could eat pasta for every meal…
Plan to pop this jar in your pantry for a weeknight dinner treat. Creamy Pink Primavera Sauce is tomato-based but gets its vibrant color from beets. Bet you couldn’t have guessed that. “I am not a huge fan of beets, but this is a delicious sauce,” said Tara Miller, TJ’s marketing director. “What you get from the beets, instead of that regular earthy flavor, is the sweetness when you combine them with the tomatoes.”
Try it out: Drizzle some olive oil over the sauce to balance out the sweetness before mixing it with your favorite pasta. It’ll make that random, Wednesday-night, post-work dinner feel surprisingly special.
If you left your heart in the City of Light…
Three words: Crepe Wafer Cookies. According to Sloan, this dessert was inspired by the little cookies you get on top of your ice cream in European gelaterias—specifically, at Berthillon on the Rue Saint-Louis en I’lle in Paris. “If you get back home and you’re still missing Paris, and you wish you were at the ice cream shop…at least you’ve got these cookies!” he said.
Try it out: Dress up your normal pint by sticking one (or two or three—they’re thin!) of these crisps on top. What luxury!