Trader Joe’s Fans! This Ice Cream Has Been Recalled
By Cooking Panda
It’s not hard to love Trader Joe’s (or TJ’s, as it is sometimes affectionately called).
They offer a selection of healthy and surprisingly affordable foods in a vaguely Hawaiian-themed setting. Plus, their snack selection is really top-notch.
However, it’s important to note that Trader Joe’s, like most things in life, is not perfect.
On June 10, Trader Joe’s issued a voluntary recall of all its Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream, due to the “potential foreign matter” it may contain.
When I first read “potential foreign matter” in the recall posting, visions of kryptonite and various otherworldly elements crossed my mind.
But really, the foreign matter referred to is just metal.
Not that it’s normal to have metal in your food (except for gold on your pizza, of course). But remember, the presence of metal is potential.
No injuries or illnesses have been reported to date, according to the Trader Joe’s website.
Still, better to be safe than sorry.
“All potentially affected product has been removed from store shelves and destroyed,” reads the website.
It pains me a little to think of all that delicious matcha-flavored ice cream going to waste, especially since it’s my favorite flavor.
If you bought this ice cream, Trader Joe’s urges you not to eat it. For matcha lovers, I imagine this will be hard. If you haven’t yet thrown it away, you can return it to Trader Joe’s for a full refund. Trading green for green.
This isn’t the first recall Trader Joe’s has issued in 2017. In May, Trader Joe’s recalled yet another delicious ice cream treat, its Chocolate Chocolate mochi ice cream. Tragic. It was recalled because the product “may contain peanuts, which are not listed in the ingredients,” according to the recall statement.
So yeah, very dangerous for anyone with serious peanut allergies.
In March, TJ’s recalled its frozen breakfast burritos due to the potential presence of plastic. In February, its applesauce was recalled due to the potential presence of glass pieces.
These recalls really make you wonder exactly how these products are made. Companies today have to be extremely cautious about the safety of food products they put out.
If anyone gets ill or injured from their products, it could be a disaster, especially with the prevalence of lawsuits being brought against food manufacturers these days.matcha ice cream, recall, Trader Joe's
Trader Joe’s Recalls Its Chocolate Mochi Ice Cream (Photo)
By Cooking Panda
If you love Trader Joe’s mochi, but can’t eat peanuts for whatever reason, then you definitely want to steer clear of its Mikawaya chocolate mochi ice cream. It has just been recalled due to a limited number of its products entering stores that inadvertently contained peanuts, even though they weren’t printed on the product’s label.
According to the FDA, a customer reported that one of their Chocolate Chocolate Mochi Ice Creams had peanut butter in it, thereby prompting the Mikawaya recall.
People who have an allergy to peanuts run the risk of having serious allergic reactions to products that contain peanuts, so it’s super important not to jeopardize your health if you are one of those people and have bought this product.
Luckily, no allergic reactions or illnesses have been reported due to consumption of the product, and hopefully it will stay that way. Trader Joe’s reports that it has removed and destroyed all of the affected Mikawaya Chocolate Chocolate Mochi Ice Cream from its shelves.
If you bought the product, do not consume it. Rather, throw it out just in case, or even return it to a Trader Joe’s store for a full refund.
It’s better to be safe than sorry, folks!
If you have any questions at all, Trader Joe’s invites all concerned customers to call Trader Joe’s Customer Relations at (626) 599-3817, which is open to receiving calls Monday through Friday from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Pacific Time.chocolate chocolate mochi ice cream, mikawaya, peanut allergy, recall, Trader Joe's
Trader Joe’s Now Heroically Offers Canned Wine For $4
By Cooking Panda
Ah, Trader Joe’s. What would I do without you?
When I was younger, you couldn’t bribe me with enough candy and Lisa Frank folders to get me to willingly go to any store other than Costco, and that’s just because my sisters and I used to make a game out of who could score the most free samples in under an hour.
As an adult, however, I almost find myself wishing sometimes that rather than meeting my friends at a bar, just once somebody would suggest going to hang out at Trader Joe’s.
The supermarket is a bastion of affordable and high-quality food, and always stocks an assortment of random goodies that almost never fail to be supremely satisfying.
Latest on its list of magical offerings is its new line of canned wines, called, elegantly: Simpler Wines.
TJ’s is selling the cans in four-packs for a measly $4, and they come in two different flavors: Simples Wines White and Simpler Wines Rose.
“Simpler Wines combine the convenience of a can with a delightfully quaffable, Italian vino frizzante (sparkling wine),” Trader Joe’s writes on its website. “In Simpler Wines White, notes of juicy honeydew and fresh cut herbs provide sweet sippability, complementing such savory pairings as fresh bread & olives or Parmigiano Reggiano. The elegant, mineral notes and red fruit flavors of Simpler Wines Rose are a natural fit for fresh pasta, seafood or sweets.”
What’s more, the aluminum cans make an effort to be economically friendly, and double as both a container and a cup. They’re also lightweight, which means you can truly just tuck a can into your bag and drink one on the go if you, like me, often find yourself in situations where a little pick-me-up in the form of wine wouldn’t go unappreciated.
Are you excited about the new four-packs? I can see myself making this my new summer drink staple.
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Trader Joe’s Just Recalled Three Apple Sauces
By Cooking Panda
If you recently bought unsweetened apple sauce from Trader Joe’s, listen up: The store is voluntarily recalling three types of its unsweetened apple sauce because the jars could potentially contain pieces of glass in the product.
If you bought any of the following products, then they are affected by the recall:
- Trader Joe’s First Crush Unsweetened Gavenstein Apple Sauce that have a “best before” date through Aug. 8, 2018
- Trader Joe’s Organic Unsweetened Apple Sauce with a “best before” date through Oct. 6, 2018, or
- Trader Joe’s All Natural Unsweetened Apple Sauce with a “best before” date through Dec. 16, 2018, in certain stores only
Trader Joe’s is asking all who bought any of the products to please not open or consume the potentially affected products, and instead either discard them or return them to any Trader Joe’s for a full refund.
Still have questions? Feel free to call Trader Joe’s Customer Relations at (626) 599-3817, Monday through Friday, 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Pacific Time.
You can also send Trader Joe’s an email at this link.
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Beware: Trader Joe’s Just Recalled Two Hummus Products (Photos)
By Cooking Panda
Following the great Sabra hummus recall, Trader Joe’s has now issued a statement that two kinds of its hummus spreads have been voluntarily recalled due to the potential of being contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
It seems like products with potential listeria infections have been popping up left and right lately, but in case you don’t know what listeria is, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration defines it as “an organism, which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headaches, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.”
Trader Joe’s Mediterranean Hummus and Trader Joe’s White Bean & Basil Hummus are the two products subject to the recall, with “USE BY” date codes up through and including Dec. 15, 2016.
As of Dec. 1, 2016, there have been no confirmed illnesses from the products, so hopefully everybody is in the clear, even though the company manufacturer noted the contamination on some of the same equipment that was used to make the hummus.
“All potentially affected products have been removed from store shelves and destroyed,” the statement from Trader Joe’s and the FDA assures.
If you have one of these hummus varieties, make sure to discard the product immediately, or return it to the Trader Joe’s where you purchased it for a full refund.
Additionally, for those who have questions, Trader Joe’s and the FDA encourages consumers to contact Bakkavor Foods at (855) 312-7504, Monday through Friday 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. PST.
Sources: FDA / Photo Credit: FDATags: bakkavor, FDA, Hummus, listeria, recall, Trader Joe's
The Ultimate Holiday Shopping List for a Trader Joe’s Lover
By Cooking Panda
Giving is great and all, but it’s common knowledge that festive foods put the “Wonder” in “Most Wonderful Time of the Year.” The holidays are nigh, everyone. The chilled wind dances with a rare cheer, smiling cheeks are rosy with merriment and out wafts from chimneys the smell of chestnuts roasting on an open fire.
Trader Joe’s does not underestimate the power of snack, food and drink to make any holiday party the most joyful night of the season. Below, find the ultimate shopping list for the most excellent of gleeful gatherings — TJ’s style.
Fuel For The Day
It’s ideal to think that holiday cheer lies aplenty within us all, but throwing a soiree is no easy task for a host. As you rush through the house, whipping cream and hanging lights, take a moment to savor a gingerbread oat bar. The ginger-rich gluten-free treats will satiate you with almond butter, flax seed and oat flour. They’re just 140 calories a pop, so your soon-to-transpire feasting is still well deserved.
Michael Buble is blasting, lights are twinkling and guests are pouring in. Now it’s time for libations.
Serve this to dairy-sensitive partygoers chilled, warmed or even blended with ice and banana for a beverage nearly as fluffy as the fallen snow.
Fill friends’ cups with the holiday season’s dreamiest drink, and add a splash of rum when no one is looking. TJ’s nog even comes in a light version with 40 percent fewer calories.
Use this brew for Moscow Mules that will make even the truest ginger junkies grin.
This sweet punch sings notes of black currant, apple and lemon and whispers hints of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg and orange peel — to name a few. TJ’s suggests serving it warm in a great big mug with a cinnamon stick garnish, or steaming after a simmer session with red wine on the stovetop.
Your guests each have one hand busy with a drink. Now bequeath unto them other offerings from appetizer trays. Think cheese plates and hors d’oeuvres. They’re the types of bites you might see at the grandest yuletide ball, but all you need do is buy, heat and plate. Now that’s a party.
A unique ultrafiltration process renders this cheese a rich and buttery triple-creme delight. Be fair and warn guests that they may faint from elation after the daintiest taste.
Admittedly, this could count as a dessert. But it’s wintertime, so let’s classify it as a necessary prerequisite to an elaborate feast. How does it work? Standard cheese ingredients get cozy with a mix of lemon and sugar, the curd is baked at low temperatures and the final cooled treat resembles a lemon cheesecake.
Cheese looks gorgeous on crackers and baguette, but looks aren’t everything; it could feel lonely without company. Consider cheese’s feelings and give it the gift of friendship — better known as salami. This trio comes in fennel, chorizo and herbes de Provence varieties.
These crunchy crisps will make the perfect cheese-mobile. Studded with appropriately red and green pomegranate and pistachio bits, the crackers will transport guests to better days.
Despite its uncanny resemblance to tableside decor, this is not a gorgeous lava lamp made of food. Rather, it is a beautifully edible marriage of nuts, dried figs, coconut, seeds, honey and bee pollen. Stick a spoon into it and lay it on the cheese platter, or save a jar for your best foodie friend’s stocking.
Trader Joe’s attests that this savory jam — the product of slowly simmered garlic, onions, balsamic vinegar and herbs — pairs flawlessly with the aforementioned fromage pave, but keep it around as an addition for the main dishes, too.
Fancy-fy any cocktail in no time with stirrers stacked with all of the following goodies: gherkin pickles (gherkin … that’s fun to say), baby onions, green chili peppers, red bell peppers, carrots and olives. You can also add them to the appetizer trays for a briny contrast.
Now it’s time for something a little hotter. Like these, for example: delightful pigs in a blanket for the sophisticated palate. Each bite combines the soft and sweet chewiness of Medjool dates, the creamy tang of California goat cheese and the salty crispiness of apple-smoked bacon.
They’ve experienced flavor jubilee from the previous bundle of bliss, and now your guests will be yearning for more. Have them give these a try. They’re bites of smooth brie melted in a puff-pastry blanket. Dip them in your sweet or savory jams for added taste.
Drinks are flowing, snacks are bountiful and conversations are chipper. Give your guests a break from standing while keeping their hands busy and spirits high — with an ugly sweater cookie kit, of course. Without the fuss of gingerbread construction, the kit packs 10 sugar-cookie sweaters, vests and TJ’s signature Hawaiian shirts. And for decorating purposes, there is icing and a heap of sprinkles.
Your guests will have had so much fun at this point, they’re sure to be skeptical that the main course could eclipse the previous events. Fret not; TJ’s products assure this part of the evening will be the opposite of a bore. Serve these tasty temptations with something green for good measure.
Fondue is like the breadbasket — but much, much better. Scatter the dining table with bowls of baguette and brioche bites, plus sticks for spearing, and your guests will be dippin’ ’til they drop.
If you’re from the southwest, these might bring back fond memories of the holidays at home (and induce sweet tears of nostalgia). A celebratory staple, these delicate tamales come filled with chicken and green chile, pork and red sauce, and vegetarian cheese and green salsa. They’ll be a welcome addition to the spread.
(No judgment if you had to Google “porchetta.”) This here hearty hunk o’ meat is a pork shoulder rubbed with garlic, sage, oregano, rosemary and a hint of lemon. It’s wrapped in bacon and packaged so it’s ready to be popped into your oven. No need to spray the dining room with fragrance — TJ’s says the roasting porchetta will fill your home with aromas of bacon and porky goodness.
These Canadian crustaceans are stuffed with more lobster and crab, mayonnaise, celery, bell pepper, lemon juice and garlic. Give each guest a sizeable piece of the lobster, and you can call the meal a holiday surf ‘n’ turf.
With hearts full and bellies nearly there, it’s time for dessert. Have your guests clear the table, gather ’round the fireplace for a goodhearted gift exchange, and succumb to a proper sugar coma.
These cookie sticks have the flavor of gingerbread plus the convenience of dip-ability. Hold them like biscotti and have them take a swim in a frothy bath of egg nog. You shan’t regret it.
TJ’s iconic macarons are back for the most festive time of the year, this time in chocolate peppermint, chocolate raspberry, four-spice caramel, pear cinnamon, gingerbread and cappuccino flavors. Since they’re French, now would be a great time to pop open the champagne. Treat yourself.
Have you ever imagined bathing in cake? No? Okay. But if you were to dream of such a thing, it would likely involve this cake. It’s made with lots of butter, sugar and chopped dates, and it oozes with hot toffee sauce — add ice cream or whipped cream, if you’re into that contrasting-temperatures thing, which we are.
This ultra-sweet ice cream is abound with the jingliest and jangliest. You know, like chocolate-covered pretzels, peanut butter cups, red candy gems and Joe-Joe’s cookies. It’s best eaten with a ladle for maximum jingle distribution in each bite.
For those who like their ice cream chunky, but not jangly, this is the answer. It’s a swirl of Joe-Joe’s-laden peppermint ice cream and fudge-ribboned vanilla ice cream. Those who say ice cream shouldn’t be eaten in cold weather just haven’t tried this one yet.
Perhaps you expected the last word in that title to be “cookies,” or even “potato chips.” Crackers, really? But that’s just the thing. The crunchy cracker provides a blank canvas for the flavors of milk chocolate, diced honey toffee and almonds — and an also delightfully unexpected dusting of ground coffee — to shine. Embrace the unusual. Be great.
Your guests will arrive hungry and leave happy — and extra happy if you give them this dark chocolate bar with caramel filling and crumbs of gingerbread cookies.
The package comes with a key detailing each piece’s level of spiciness. Get the low down on your friends’ heat tolerance, then hit ’em with a sweet and smoky treat for the road.
Each velvety chocolate ball is coated with fine flakes of speculoos cookies, caramelized coconut or caramelized pecan. They’re truffles, people, and they’re not to be trifled with.
You’ve done it, you convivial host! After an ample night’s rest, wake up to the last two treasures from your shopping cart, and take the rest of the day for yourself.
After a long night, what’s your poison? Chocolate mint? Maybe wintry blend? French vanilla, perhaps? You’ll find it here.
OK, this could be overkill for a quiet breakfast alone. Whether you indulge solo or keep it in the freezer for when Mom comes to town, this is a traditional Italian cake filled with Italian-style ice cream, wearing a hat of chocolate chips. It’s just begging to be tried at Christmas brunch.
Happy Holidays, happy shopping, all happy everything!
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Go To Trader Joe’s Now For Pumpkin Spice Cookie Butter
By Cooking Panda
Trader Joe’s always has cookie butters to choose from, but the pumpkin spice flavor is brand new!
Just in time for Thanksgiving, the innovative grocery store has added to our pumpkin spice obsession in the form of cookie butter. According to Brand Eating, the cookie butter features a blend of crushed pumpkin, Pumpkin Joe-Joe’s Cookies, pumpkin puree, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. Its purpose is to be a spreadable pumpkin pie in a jar. Yum!
Trader Joe’s explains the process of making cookie butter by saying they first start with cookies (as they do with all of their cookie butters), then they crush them up and blend them with real pumpkin puree. They’ve even left chunks of cookie in the cookie butter to pay tribute to the “oft-overlooked” pie crust.
This cookie butter provides that extra touch you need with your vanilla ice cream, or with your brownies or sugar cookies for dessert. Personally, I think I’d use it in any way I’d use Nutella. Just spread it right on toast! A 14-ounce bottle of Trader Joe’s new Pumpkin Spice Cookie Butter is only $3.69, which is to be expected at this affordable chain. Seriously, they always have the best selection and the best prices. Definitely my favorite place.
If you’ve never tried any cookie butter before, it’s a must. Especially since our diets fly out the window during the holiday season. What better time is there? Some of Trader Joe’s other cookie butters include: regular cookie butter made with speculoos cookies (a Belgian type of cookie), cocoa and regular mixed and crunchy. The cookies used have a timid gingerbread flavor. They are crushed and mixed with vegetable oil to create a spread. Cookie butter is said to resemble peanut butter in color and texture. Trader Joe’s says the difference between the regular cookie butter and the crunchy can be compared to the difference in creamy and crunchy peanut butters.
Try the new pumpkin spice flavor while it’s out, but I recommend also picking up one of the other flavors while you’re at it. That is, if you’re new to the whole experience.cookie butter, pumpkin spice, Trader Joe's
Everything To Hunt For At Trader Joe’s This Fall
By Cooking Panda
As Trader Joes’ infatuation with mangoes lowers to a faint simmer, Fearless Flyers must be wondering what’s next. Bikini season is coming to a close, which means the best thing about fall looms near: the ability to hide a surplus consumption of pumpkin treats under a comfortably lose flannel. Whether autumn tickles your fancy for squash, nutmeg, cranberries or something else entirely, TJ’s has you covered.
Enjoy this carefully crafted list of our fall favorites, and if you spot something that your local Joe’s isn’t carrying, do what any true food lover would do: Mosey on over to customer service and ask the manager to fill out a product request form.
Butternut Squash Parmigiana
What screams “ready for autumn, y’all” more than squash, nutty cheeses and rosemary baked into one hot, slightly sweet entree? Let us know.
Cranberry Apple Butter
This smooth spread is teeming with fall fruits. Dab a hearty spoonful onto a warm English muffin, or a turkey sandwich if you’re up for a more intense flavor contrast.
Portobello Mushroom Fries
A definite contender for most wonderful fall veggie, mushrooms are even more delicious when breaded and fried. TJ’s attests they’re crispy on the outside, meaty on the inside and perfect with their Sriracha Ranch.
Pumpkin Pie Mochi Ice Cream
Yas. And because TJ’s doesn’t skimp on the experience-enhancing details, these babies are studded with chunks of graham cracker cookies.
These are the perfect indulgence for those of you who want to get your pumpkin on without eating a gargantuan glucose grenade. Smear these with pumpkin cream cheese or pumpkin butter, which you’re also sure to find at TJ’s this fall.
Apple Pie Cheddar Cheese
Trader Joe’s got ambitious and combined two American favorites: apple pie and cheddar cheese. This hot-to-trot new product should absolutely be paired with two other wonderful products that we’ve kindly listed below.
Apple Cinnamon Goat Cheese
The goat’s greatest gift unto this undeserving earth, gently caressed with the sweet essences of autumn. We are not worthy.
Pumpkin Cranberry Crisps
Top these with the above cheeses. Hold the very spirit of the season in your palm. Enjoy an explosion of flavor.
Autumnal Harvest Pasta Sauce
They had us at “autumnal harvest” because no name for any sauce has ever been that great. TJ’s says this sauce is more exciting than its plain tomato “brethren” because it’s jazzed up with — besides autumn harvest — sage and a spot of cream. Time to douse that penne.
Pumpkin Rolls with Pumpkin Spice Icing
There’s nothing better than whacking an aluminum tube against the countertop to find a seductive explosion of dough — this one fragrant with pumpkin and cinnamon. Pop these in the oven, turn on the light, watch them rise in awe, leave an imprint of your forehead on the oven door, get scolded by your housemate, let cool (or not), ice with pumpkin icing and ingest until you have a sugar-induced epiphany.
Best enjoyed warm and and from a Thermos while sitting on a bench and wearing a scarf, watching as a gentle wind tousles the fallen autumn leaves.
Pumpkin Pie Spice Cookie Butter
Thought the most iconic Trader Joe’s product would be safe from pumpkin spice-ization? For naught.
Organic Carrots of Many Colors
You know how nutritionists are always talking about the importance of a colorful plate? Here’s how you do it. Saute them with brown sugar and cayenne for a sweet and spicy kick.
Pumpkin Cornbread Mix
Imagine cutting into a skillet of freshly baked cornbread, maximizing the flavor of pumpkin with softened butter and a touch of honey, ascending onto cloud nine…
Rest assured there will be no shortage of other pumpkiny mixes at TJ’s. Think pancakes and waffles, breads and muffins and probably other things.
Wild Mushroom & Black Truffle Flatbread
If you think the cheese in the photo is glistening with the hope of a better tomorrow, you’re close, but that’s actually black truffle, harvested from the black truffle heart of Italy. The term “flatbread” seems to call for a shared-appetizer situation, but no one here is opposed to a single-serving situation.
Gluten Free Crispy Crunchy Ginger Chunk Cookies
The name is a mouthful, and so are the cookies — of buttery and simultaneously crispy and chewy happiness, that is.
Chicken Pot Pie Ravioli
Everything that’s good about chicken pot pie — chicken, carrots, peas, gravy and all — comfortably tucked into pasta pouches.
Mini Orange Cranberry Tea Scones
Have someone haughty, like a mother in law, dropping by? Serve them one of these scones with a cup of tea, and watch that smug smile transform into something reminiscent of satisfaction.
Organic Butternut Squash Soup
This is for those of us to whom “first course” means snacking on a bag of popcorn and questioning our life choices while waiting for Kraft mac and cheese to cook. Nuke this in the microwave, eat before your main course and feel like a chef.
Pumpkin Spice Chai Tea Latte Mix
Pay $4 for a PSL at Starbucks or for an entire canister of this sweet nectar? What’s it gonna be, son?
WE CAN’T WAIT FOR FALL.
Featured Photo Credit: June Marie/FlickrTags: FALL, fall foods, pumpkin, seasonal, TJ's, Trader Joe's
Guess Who Beat Trader Joe’s To Become America’s Favorite Supermarket?
By Cooking Panda
Wegmans has been ranked the number one grocery store in America, putting an end to the four-year streak held by Trader Joe’s.
A regional grocery store that many of us have never visited, Wegmans was founded in 1916 by brothers Walter and John Wegman. After a century, the chain is still family-owned with Colleen Wegman serving as president and her father, Danny Wegman, working as the company’s CEO.
Although Wegmans did not obtain enough votes to earn a spot on the Market Force Information’s annual survey last year, the chain doubled its support, as reported by Yahoo. Its 76 percent satisfaction score put it at the top of the list, followed by Publix and Trader Joe’s. Since its number one score in 2015, Trader Joe’s has seen its customer satisfaction score fall five percent.
Wegmans stores are larger than a typical supermarket and have a greater emphasis on fresh products and a diverse inventory. The chain’s largest stores tend to stock between 50,000 and 70,000 items, versus the approximately 40,000 products that average supermarkets have at their disposal.
The grocery chain also boasts spacious aisles, an extensive beer selection, dedicated customer service, and numerous stores have pizzerias, buffets, sushi bars, cafes, and seating areas for 100 to 300 customers.
“Its focus on employee training to ensure customers have the best experience has been a winning strategy that creates superfans eager for a new location to open near their home,” Market Force said of the brand.America's favorite, customer service, Trader Joe's, Wegmans