15 Cult-Favorite Trader Joe's Products That Are Impossible To Find

Everyone who shops at Trader Joe's has a list of those products. We can't get enough of them, but there's a catch. Either they're only available once a year (we're looking at you, pumpkin everything!) or we're not the only ones who want them in our shopping bags. Yes, we're talking about those cult-worthy TJ's items that are so popular, they're often completely sold out.

We asked R29 staffers about their favorite tough-to-locate buys. Check out our top 15 picks, ahead. Whether we have to get to the store at 9 a.m. or incessantly check in with employees to find out when our faves are coming back, we'll always be on the lookout for these.


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Mini Dark Chocolate Mint Stars
These tiny cookies are only available during the winter, but stock up fast. They only last for a weekend or two before they're sold out until the following year.
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Cold Brew Coffee Concentrate
We're big fans of the cold-brew trend, but don't like coughing up four or five bucks for a cup. TJ's cold-brew concentrate is an easy fix, so when it's available we grab as many bottles as we can carry.
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Mahi Mahi Burgers
There's a reason these healthy burgers are often nowhere to be found in the freezer section — they're almost too delicious for their own good.
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Organic Silver Dollar Pancakes
It's tough to find time to make pancakes in the morning, which is why TJ's customers can't get enough of these easy-to-reheat stacks.
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Organic Tropical Fruit Blend
Frozen fruit is great for smoothies or as a healthy sweet treat. But apparently, we're not the only ones who like to keep our freezers stocked.
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Tandoori Naan
Everyone knows garlic naan is better than its plain counterpart.
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Farm Raised Smoked Trout
Canned tuna is all well and good, but if you've never tried smoked trout, now's the time.
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Spicy Chai Tea Latte Mix
You can find this powdered chai mix with the teas and coffees — if there are any tubs left!
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Organic Riced Cauliflower
TJ's customers who love cauliflower rice but don't love making it from scratch are the reason these freezer bags are so coveted.
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Coconut Strips
Trader Joe's has plenty of dried fruit to choose from, but these coconut strips have been known to go missing from their aisle for months at a time. They've even ended up on Amazon and eBay as a result.
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Pumpkin Ice Cream
This popular ice cream flavor is only available during the holidays, so we like to grab a few extra pints to last us for a while.
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Charles Shaw Wine
It may not technically be "2-buck Chuck" anymore, but Charles Shaw wine is still super-cheap at TJ's, which means stores have a tough time keeping it in stock, especially right before the weekend.
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Black Truffle Olive Oil
You only need a few drops of truffle oil to add some extra-savory flavor to whatever you're cooking, which is a good thing considering it can be nearly impossible to find.
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Candy Cane Green Tea
This tea is technically available in the winter — but good luck getting your hands on it!
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Pork Or Chicken Gyoza Potstickers
These frozen dumplings only take a few minutes to heat up in the microwave, which is probably why there's stiff competition when it comes to grabbing a few bags to keep around as a snack.
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