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Epic Bars: Stylish snacking

8 Dec


You know what these are. You might deny it, but, come on. You can tell.

Even with the sleek packaging and the cool name promising an “Epic” experience, (though it delivers), you know.

It’s clear even though each parcel is veiled with the requisite hipster labels: “100% natural,” “X g. Protein,” the predictable “Sriracha” and the inevitable, “Gluten Free.”

There’s chicken, because that’s what’s for dinner anymore. And it’s NOT beef. It’s bison, the cow’s sophisticated cousin from the range.

You knew what these REALLY were from the moment you flipped the pretty package over and saw the enticing block of melded meat parts, albeit including cranberries, the tight-fitting plastic wrap clutching the treat within.

These are the next generation of on-the-go meat snacks. But you won’t find them sold at a service station. They rest in woven baskets at gourmet, high-end and unique food stores. They sit waiting for the lucky consumer in bins at the exclusive corner market in Brooklyn, and yes, at our favorite grocery mecca, Trader Joe’s.

Come on. You knew it: Beneath the slick wrapper and trendy words, these are your old friend Slim Jim with an advanced degree in delicious. “Stout James,” you might say.

What the new set of duds and fancy stores really do are take away our Slim Jim guilt. “Look at all these great qualities,” we say, trying to fool ourselves that Epic treats are more energy bar than meaty meat bomb.

We’re wrong, of course. But it’s a nervous, naughty, joyful wrong. When Epic slips out of his pop packaging, this bad boy’s all Jimbo. Healthier, classier, but still. Wink.

And while we’re devouring every speck, we choose to ignore the truth for a giddy glimpse of gas station bliss.


Recipes and reviews: Trader Joe’s in the blogosphere

17 Dec
At the table with Trader Joe's

At the table with Trader Joe’s. Serving up reviews, rants, raves and recipes.

Did you see all the great Trader Joe’s posts last week?! (Besides the ones on Things I Love at Trader Joe’s, of course : )

There were some doozies! Here are three swoon-inducing examples:

What are your favorite holiday foods and beverages from Trader Joe’s? Please join the conversation and share your faves and your reviews!

Thank you, Trader Joe’s, for giving us more to savor, discuss and blog about!

And thank you for visiting Things I Love at Trader Joe’s!

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Halloween at Trader Joe’s: Treat or treat

29 Oct

Of course – of course! – Trader Joe’s is a great place to stock up for a Halloween party! Even without Halloween-themed items, it’s a no brainer, even for a zombie.

But, Trader Joe’s being Trader Joe’s, there are many Halloweenish goodies for your partying pleasure. Cases in point:

Halloween cookies from Trader Joe's

Halloween Cookies from Trader Joe’s

(The picture on the cookies box reminds me of the squirrel that got his head stuck in a Halloween decoration.)

Ghoulie Gummy candy from Trader Joe's

Ghoulie Gummy yummies

And for the thirsty adult…

Dearly beloved red wine

Dearly Beloved wine

I hope that these give you a start in preparing for your Halloween celebration. If you’re on the East Coast, please stay safe this week through Hurricane Sandy. I hope the wind and water subside before Wednesday.

Take good care.

Thank you, Trader Joe’s.

And thank you for reading and following Things I Love at Trader Joe’s!

Please share your favorite Halloween snacks and party treat suggestions in the comments!

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Related Links:

What’s Good at Trader Joe’s reviews Halloween Cookies

Spark People: No Tricks. Just Healthier Treats

PBS: Food – Halloween: A foodie history

A crunchy New Year to all…

1 Jan

…and to all, a good bite!

Kansas City TJ’s can’t keep these bad boys of the snack persuasion on the shelf during the holidays! Pita Bites are first cousins to any chip you can’t stop eating. You can eat these crackers with cheese and other pretty toppings like the ones shown on the box, but Pita Bites are addictive in their birthday clothes.

Happy New Year to all! Happy shopping and sharing in 2012!


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