Every week we give you a rundown of newly released products. This week is November 13th, 2023 the big crazy week before Thanksgiving!
These are completely new products, not re-released seasonal products.
Here are the new products to look out for in the week of November, 13th with my snarky comments:
Trader Joe’s Says: “Made for us in California by the best boulangers we’ve found this side of the Atlantic, Trader Joe’s Raspberry Croissant Carré starts, as all good things do, with a classic laminated dough (a.k.a. dough that’s been repeatedly folded with layers of butter to create the flaky Croissant eating experience). The dough is paired with a tart Raspberry filling that’s been sweetened with a bit of sugar and complemented with a touch of lemon juice to further amplify the fruit. But rather than rolling them into the classic Croissant shape, the layers of dough are sandwiched around the jammy filling, like a coffee cake—a sedimentary construction that allows for the inclusion of much more filling than you’d find in an individual croissant. Merveilleux!”
Our comments: This looks absolutely fabulous and we can’t wait to find it in the store. Look for a review shortly!
Price: $5.99/11.29 Oz
Buy or Pass on this Product? We love croissants and we love raspberries this looks like a match made in heaven. Buy!
Trader Joe’s Says: “There’s something about the taste of gingerbread that evokes the feeling of being in a warm, toasty kitchen on a cold, wintry day. Perhaps it’s the richness of the brown sugar that does it, or the inviting aromas of fall spices. Or maybe it’s the subtle kick of the ginger itself that lights up your senses. Whatever it is, it’s one heck of a flavor profile, and with Trader Joe’s Iced Gingerbread Squares, we’ve packed all that flavor and then some into six, craveable quadrilaterals.”
Our Comments: These are Kosher. They are also designated as “Limited” which means it’s a one-time deal. Get them while you can. We are on the fence about them. We have a box in the freezer and will review it this week.
Price: $4.99/7 Oz for six pieces
Buy or Pass on this Product? Pass until we can review them properly unless you are a huge gingerbread fan
Trader Joe’s Comments: “As easy as it would be to refer to this Blanc Sparkling Tea as an excellent non-alcoholic alternative to Champagne, Prosecco, or other sparkling wines, that’s really only telling half of the story. While this bright, bubbly, and delicately fruity Tea is, indeed, a great non-alcoholic option for all kinds of occasions, it’s also simply a fantastic drink in its own right. It’s made for us by a supplier in Germany who takes a curated selection of premium green, white, and oolong tea leaves, slowly steeps them in cold water, and then adds in a bit of grape must for a touch of sweetness. The resulting tea is elegant, refreshing, and subtly complex in a way that’s reminiscent of, but delightfully distinct from, a sparkling wine, with notes of green apples, citrus, and jasmine.”
Our Comments: These are “Limited”. There are two products here a Blanc version and a Rosé one. These two sparkling tea products look awesome and festive, even if you drink alcohol.
Price: $8.99/750 mL
Buy or Pass on this Product? Buy. Looks like a lot of fun!
Trader Joe’s Comments: “Ropa vieja is a much-adored entrée, globally, with variations in a multitude of cultures across the Americas, the Iberian Peninsula, and the Philippines. It’s particularly treasured within the culinary canon of Cuba, where it is celebrated as the country’s national dish. So named for its resemblance to old, torn-up clothing, the Cuban version of ropa vieja is typically made with shredded beef stewed in a rich, tomato-based sauce, along with onions, bell peppers and a savory suite of satisfyingly zesty spices. That’s the approach our supplier in Florida— the capital of Cuban cuisine within the U.S., we might add—takes with Trader Joe’s Empanadas de Ropa Vieja, which recontextualizes this classic dish into the cozy confines of a crisp, cassava-based pastry crust.”
Our Comments: I’ve never heard of this type of food before. I have heard of Empanadas but these are not that. These are from Cuba. I love an adventure and have these lined up to review shortly!
Price: $5.99/9.6 Oz
Buy or Pass on this Product? If you are ready to take a chance, go for it. Buy.
Trader Joe’s Comments: “This savory bread pudding was inspired by a homemade breakfast casserole recipe one might assemble the night before hosting a holiday breakfast or brunch. Generous amounts of Cheddar Cheese and meaty Chicken Sausage commingle among a base of hearty Italian bread, soaked in a velvety, seasoned egg custard, and baked just until set—a rib-sticking, cozy concoction of the highest order. Once you get this Breakfast Bake home, all it takes is about 30 minutes of oven time (or a third of that in the microwave!) and you’ve got an easy main for four. Serve it on a brunch buffet with A Fruitful Medley and a pitcher of Organic Orange Juice, or go the breakfast-for-dinner route and pair it with a crisp green salad. Yes! For a limited time, pick up a Chicken Sausage & Cheddar Cheese Breakfast Bake from the freezer case at your neighborhood Trader Joe’s, check one more thing off your holiday to-do list, and dig in!”
Our Comments: Trader Joe’s rarely screws up products like this and this looks very yummy!
Price: $8.99/17.6 Oz
Buy or Pass on this Product? What could be better? sausage, cheese and eggs! Buy!
This product now has a review: Trader Joe’s Chicken Sausage and Cheddar Cheese Breakfast Bake