13 New Spring Foods You Must Buy at Trader Joe's, According to Employees

Plus, some treats for your dog!

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Spring officially began on March 20, which means you can expect to see a plethora of fresh spring produce in the grocery store and a new crop of seasonal items at Trader Joe's. Depending on where in the country you live, you may have seen some of these products already, but many have yet to grace TJ's shelves.

On the latest episode of the Inside Trader Joe's podcast, TJ's employees and co-hosts Matt Sloan, vice president of marketing, and Tara Miller, marketing director, spoke about some of their new and returning spring favorites, and told listeners when they can expect to see these products debut. On the new item front, Trader Joe's shoppers can expect to find things like Cheese Pastry Rolls and a delicious sounding dessert called When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Ice Cream, while items like Springle Jangle and Portuguese Custard Tarts are expected to return to stores in the coming weeks, after a long absence.

Read on to find out which Trader Joe's spring foods Sloan and Miller can't get enough of!

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Grain-Free Cheeseburger Flavor Dog Treats

Much to Sloan's dismay, the first item to be discussed on the podcast were these tasty dog treats. As the name suggests, each treat is shaped like a cheeseburger, but is made without grains. "There is definitely a trend in the dog food and dog treat world to not use grains, because there are a lot of dogs who have grain allergies, wheat allergies, or corn allergies," Miller explained. The treats, which are made with beef and cheese, as well as a blend of chickpeas and tapioca starch, are especially good for dogs with sensitive stomachs.

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Cheese Pastry Rolls

Next, the duo journeyed to the freezer section to check out a new product shoppers can expect to see in mid-April. "Think of this as the greatest cheese Danish you might ever have," Sloan said of the decadent baked good, which he noted is "flaky, like a croissant" and has an irresistible "rich" flavor. As Miller pointed out, the dough is slightly sweet, which goes well with the rich "cream cheesy filling." Enjoy one of these rolls with a cup of coffee for a satisfying breakfast that takes just minutes to make.

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Portuguese Custard Tarts

Also known as pastel de nata, this popular Portuguese dessert will soon be making its seasonal Trader Joe's debut in the freezer section. It was spotted on shelves briefly in 2021, but is expected to stay around a touch longer this year. "It's a simple custard inside a simple flaky crust, but you put those simple things together and something extraordinary happens," Miller explained. Expect to see this item in stores starting in the middle of March or early April, depending on where you live.

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When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Ice Cream

This cleverly titled dessert, which, yes, is lemon ice cream, went through several iterations and taste tests via a designated tasting panel before the recipe was perfected. According to Sloan, the version shoppers will see at Trader Joe's this spring has crunchy pieces, a lemon curd swirl, and pieces of lemon zest. "It's sweet, and it's tart, and it's creamy. And it's got texture. It's delicious. I think people are really going to like this one," Miller declared. Customers can expect to see this limited-edition ice cream on Trader Joe's shelves starting in late March.

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Ricotta & Lemon Zest Ravioli

Currently in stores, this Italian food has been a Trader Joe's staple for years. The fresh lemon zest inside, which is paired with creamy and slightly sweet ricotta, makes it especially apropos for spring. While the pasta is made in Italy, the lemons used in the filling hail from nearby Sicily. To let the lemons shine, Sloan recommends keeping things simple with this dish. "I like this dressed up very, very simply," he explained, noting that the ravioli complements bitter arugula. "Just with olive oil and maybe a little bit of shaved cheese."

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Sour Cream & Onion Flavored Rings

According to Miller, these gluten-free snacks, which are made with lentils and rice, look like little onion rings and "smell like buttered popcorn." Sloan agreed, noting, "What starts off smelling like a dairy butter component becomes more sour cream-like when you actually taste them. [They are] very oniony, in a wonderful way." And because these snacks are made without gluten, they have a "more toothsome texture" that makes them easy for anyone to enjoy.

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Fancy Cheese Crunchies

As Sloan pointed out, the fanciness of this snack, which is an updated version of Trader Joe's Baked Cheese Crunchies, comes from the addition of truffle. Per the podcast, these beloved snacks got an upgrade after a TJ's product developer stumbled upon a producer's "truffle cheese crunchy" and brought them back for the Trader Joe's team to taste. "We all flipped out, and we're pretty excited to have these coming to your Trader Joe's," Sloan shared.

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Organic Poppy Seed Dressing

This new salad topper, which is slated to debut at the beginning of April, is a "standard" dressing made with superior ingredients. "People will probably put this on just about everything," Sloan declared, pointing out that this dressing will pair particularly well with fresh fruit. According to Miller, this dressing will be around during the spring and summer, so poppy seed dressing fans should stock up if they see it in their local Trader Joe's.

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Springle Jangle

As diehard Trader Joe's fans may know, Springle Jangle was a new product in 2021. Last year it was sold in little yellow canisters, but it's gotten an upgrade for 2022. "This year it's in a bigger yellow bag with a resealable top," Miller explained. As for what's inside this candy mix? Consumers can expect to find pretzels drizzled with yogurt, nonpareils with brightly colored sprinkles, Dark Chocolate Joe Joe's Cookie Bark, butter toffee peanuts, and milk chocolate peanut butter cups. If you love Trader Joe's Jingle Jangle, definitely give this limited-edition spring sweet treat a try!

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Pinks & Whites Dark Chocolate Bar

Say hello to another limited-edition product that's making its triumphant return this spring! This "beautiful" chocolate bar has a dark chocolate base that's topped with pink and white yogurt-coated shortbread cookies and colorful sprinkles. It's the perfect Easter basket treat, or as Miller and Sloan noted, it also makes a great addition to a "choc-uterie" or dessert board.

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Spring Cupcake Mix

Bakers can expect to see this seasonal item in Trader Joe's at the beginning of April. "It looks like an egg hunt in cupcake form," Sloan shared. "This is a do-it-yourself project that has almost everything that you need in [a] little box." As Sloan explained, the cupcake mix is designed to yield "wonderful cupcakes with a nice green frosting and little chocolate eggs." He also noted that the eggs are "speckled" and filled with caramel. Yum!

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Sparkling White Tea With Pomegranate Juice

Fans of Trader Joe's Sparkling Black Tea with Peach or Sparkling Green Tea with Pineapple will likely be interested in this springtime take of those beverages. As Sloan noted, white tea is softer and more subtle than black tea, and also has less caffeine. This new beverage is sold in 8.45-ounce cans, which contain just 10 calories each. "This is absolutely delicious," Miller declared, while Sloan called the beverage "refreshing" and "incredibly easy to drink." Feel free to sip it solo, or use it as a flavorful cocktail mixer.

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2020 Oak Knoll District Napa Valley Merlot

If your neighborhood Trader Joe's has an adjoining Trader Joe's Wine Shop, be sure to check out some of the new spring selections. This particular wine is part of the Trader Joe's Reserve Label collection. It hails from the southern end of California's Napa Valley, and unlike other Merlots, is not classified as a red blend. "We're so confident and excited about this wine," Sloan said.

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