Seasonal Offerings

I was out doing some last minute grocery shopping before our trip.  Most people try to use up their odds and ends before a trip rather than buy more.

I do too but I plan to do just a wee bit of baking in Aruba.

And it involves white chocolate.

Plus the TJ’s white chocolate chips are seasonal at my TJ’s (not at all stores I’ve been told, but at mine they are) so I like to stock up around the holidays.  The TJ’s white chocolate chips are my favorite white chip on the market.

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I also picked up some Speculoos Cookie Butter Spread

If you like Biscoffs or Biscoff Spread like I do, the TJ’s equivalent is extremely similar.  And it’s crazy good.

If you crushed up and combined gingerbread cookies, graham crackers, and added cinnamon to a neutral-ish tasting nut butter like a cashew butter or a mild almond butter or peanut butter, that’s how I would describe it.

I don’t think this is a seasonal offering but I can’t be sure.  So bought a few jars.

I skipped the cocoa almond spread but that looks awesome too.  I make my own Chocolate Coconut Cashew Butter so really didn’t “need” the cocoa spread.  But was tempted.

I’m going to use some of my new Speculoos Cookie Butter in my No Bake Peanut Butter Biscoff Cookie Dough Bites.  If I don’t polish off a jar before I get around to making them.  Good thing I bought a few jars.

I also saw these Mint Espresso Beans

And this Cocoa Drizzle Kettle Corn.  I didn’t buy it because I plan to come up with a homemade version of kettle corn because it’s high on my list of snack food faves.

Eggnog Almonds covered with Creamy White Chocolate.  Holy.Temptation.  These sound like heaven in ball form.

Had I not just bought eggnog and made the Eggnog Chai Smoothie, I would have snagged those.

But I have my eggnog cravings covered.  For now anyway.

Questions:

1. Have you spotted any seasonal offerings you’re excited to try? 

2. What’s your favorite “food season” of the year?

I like pumpkin things so when the fall, Halloween, and Thanksgiving roll around, yes, I like those seasonal offerings but not as much as Christmas.

I love white chocolate with it’s creaminess and sweetness.  I have an entire section of White Chocolate Recipes.  I am a huge fan of it.

And mint, yum.

And dark chocolate

And just all the goodies and treats that everyone makes…

Yes, this is my favorite food time of year.  I’ll gladly skip Thanksgiving food in favor of Christmas treats!

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64 comments on “Seasonal Offerings”

  1. how are the eggnogg almonds? kinda like marzipan taste? I love how seasonal TJ’s is. yumm!

  2. How funny, I was just thinking it was time to make some festive kettle corn and popcorn balls in my house too! Warning: we ate the entire bag of white chocolate candy cane pretzels from Trader Joes on the way home. It was addictive! I can not even imagine how good the cookie butter is! I will be picking some up this weekend!!! This is my favorite time of year for baking too!!

  3. At first the idea of mint and coffee beans doesn’t appeal to me, but I do love peppermint mochas, which I guess is the same thing.

    I just bought TONIGHT white chocolate chips. I’ve never baked with them before, but I’ve got some good ideas churning up in my brain for some holiday baking this weekend and they involve the chips. And some other good stuff.

    Man TJ’s is pulling out all the stops.

    Favorite time of year food-wise: NOW! Peppermint and chocolate never taste as good together as they do at this time of year.

  4. I don’t know if I have spotted any seasonal things expect the so delicious coconut mint chocolate drink but that was only once tho. My favorite food season is right now and thanksgiving because of the delicious pies and pumpkin pie. I am so jealous that you have access to trader joe’s I miss TJ’s their’s none here in Texas.

  5. My kinda shopper ;) I like the way you think my friend! You’re going to have such a great time!!

    I REALLY Want to let myself cave and try the dang mint white chocolate oreo things…..so good looking!!

    xxoo

  6. I just bought a jar today as well!

  7. Hi Averie – I hardly ever get a chance to check in these days so I want to wish you a safe trip and a very very good Christmas if I don’t catch you before
    Love
    Rachel x

  8. 1. the only seasonal offering that specifically pops to mind is the honeycrisp apple! i think fondly of them all year, and i’m already saddened of their soon departure!

    2. favourite food season? i like them all! i’m grateful to have a happy relationship with food nowadays, so i appreciate every food experience.

    and i love those trader joe’s cranberries that appear in your cart! i love their dried blueberries, too! but my favourite bag of nuts is their “macadamia, cranberry, tart cherry, cashew, dried pineapple and almond” combination! scrumptious! x

  9. Oh my! That cookie butter looks insanely delicious! These yummy treats baffle me. The world is amazing! Happy vacation :)

  10. Oh boy—I think a trip to TJs is in order!

  11. I am going to need to hit up that speculoos! yum! There is a Belgian waffle truck in NYC who sells that stuff and that was the first place I had ever heard of it. Delish!

    When it comes to seasonal food, I really love Fall and Christmas! Of course pumpkin, apple, and maple in the fall and mint, chocolate and eggnog at Christmas :)

  12. You are such a tease for posting this, knowing that I have no TJ’s within a bazillion miles of me. I want to try ALL THE THINGS that you posted! :)

  13. Christmas cookies are the best. Pumpkin, mint, white chocolate, coconut nog, all of these things rock!

  14. Ok so i went to walgreens the other night and found biscoff cookies!!! i’m so excited to crumble it on my almond butter!!

  15. I’ve been reading your blog for months, and you constantly get me excited for my next trader joe’s trip!

  16. I love love love fall and all its foods. From savory to sweet, fall gets me going! I have so many stashed cans of pumpkin right now. But I also love the mint and the creamy flavors that come with Christmas!

  17. I just spotted a whole bunch in this post, Averie! How I would love to try all those TJ’s products!!!

  18. There aren’t any seasonal dishes that I am wanting to try, other than some of the stuff I have seen on blogs lately.

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  23. I’ve been reading your blog for months, and you constantly get me excited for my next trader joe’s trip!

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