9 Trader Joe’s Essentials You Need to Survive a Miserable Winter in NYC

Have you ever walked into a Trader Joe's in New York City and had no idea what to buy? You're not alone. There always seems to be so many options, and you never know what's going to be good.

This is a list of must-haves that may help you to figure out what you need to add to your shopping cart when you're waiting in that long line for the checkout.

So without further adieu, here are 10 essentials every New Yorker needs from Trader Joe's.

1. Cookie Butter

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If you don't know about cookie butter yet, you are seriously missing out. Ever since it came out, it has been the obsession of every New Yorker with tastebuds. Imagine a Speculoos cookie, but in butter form. Now imagine that it's only $3.69. No wonder it flies off the shelves so fast!


2. Hummus

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Have you ever felt a little bored by regular hummus? If the answer is yes, then look no further than Trader Joe's for all the fun hummus flavors you've been missing. Flavor options include roasted garlic, tomato and basil, jalapeño, and even edamame.

3. Triple Ginger Snaps

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According to a list of the most popular products that Trader Joe's carries, these delicious ginger snaps beat out everything else (including cookie butter!) for the number one spot. These cookies are well known for being packed with gingery, crunchy goodness, and sprinkled with candied ginger for the full ginger experience.

4. Spinach and Kale Greek Yogurt Dip

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New Yorkers love kale. And who doesn't love dip? This dip is not only delicious, but also super healthy as it's packed with kale and spinach, and made with Greek yogurt instead of sour cream. So the next time you're feeling like binging on some chips and dip, try this one and you'll totally be allowed to say it's healthy.

5. Mandarin Orange Chicken

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You may avoid the frozen food aisle in other supermarkets, but in Trader Joe's it can be a treasure trove.

They're known for having some of the best frozen food options, and mandarin orange chicken tops that list. The chicken is perfectly tender, and the sauce would make anyone's mouth water.

6. Nut Butter

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Recently, there's been a huge trend of alternative butters to the traditional peanut butter, with lots of great health benefits. Lucky for all the health-conscious New Yorkers out there, Trader Joe's stocks a bunch of these new and improved nut butters, including almond butter and sunflower seed butter, as well as the classic peanut butter.

7. Chunky Guacamole

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Once again, Trader Joe's comes to save the day with reduced guilt chunky guacamole. This guacamole has 50% less fat than normal guac, and is packed full of chunky pieces of tomato, avocado and jalapeño for a satisfyingly guilt-free experience.

8. Pound Plus Chocolate Bars

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Yes, you read that right. Trader Joe's carries chocolate bars by the pound. If you need to get enough chocolate for a group watching of the Notebook, or if you're just having a rough day, this is the perfect chocolate bar for you. They have both dark and milk chocolate.

9. Frozen Chocolate Covered Bananas

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Have you ever watched Arrested Development and wished you worked at the frozen banana stand? Stock your fridge with these delicious snacks and you might as well be. Fun fact, frozen bananas actually have the consistency of ice cream. And since these bananas are actually covered in chocolate after they're sliced into pieces, you get more chocolate per mouthful!

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