The 7 Most Underrated Holiday Products At Trader Joe's, According To Employees

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The holidays are huge at Trader Joe's. In fact, some loyal customers wait all year for the seasonal holiday products to show up in the store's aisles. One employee working at a TJ's location in Indiana even told Refinery29 over the phone, "People come in weeks ahead of time asking for holiday products even before we've received the orders." So clearly, Trader Joe's regulars have some favorites they look forward to snatching up as soon as they return to stores in early November. However, nestled on TJ's shelves among those much-beloved holiday products like Candy Cane Joe-Joe's, Scandinavian Tidings, and Extraordinary Bark, there are quite a few hidden gems.
We reached out to Trader Joe's employees at locations across the country to find out the grocery chain's most underrated holiday foods, and we learned there are quite a few items that even the most hardcore fans of the holidays at TJ's might be missing out on. Ahead, you'll find employee's favorite unsung holiday heroes. The list includes sweet treats, drinks, and dishes that are perfect for putting out at a holiday party.
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Mini Quiche Duos

"You might not think of these as being very obviously holiday-like, but I would have to say the the mini quiches. They are snack-like — almost like a pizza roll — and frozen. They're perfect as appetizers for a holiday party. I'm obsessed with them right now. There's a truffle one and a broccoli cheddar one, and they're both so good." — Alexis in South Carolina
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"The Maripanstollen is basically like a fruit cake with an almond filling and powdered sugar. That one is fairly underrated I think because a lot of people aren't that into fruit cakes. Typically fruit cake is dry and not that great, but with its almond filling, this one is juicy and sugary. The nougat-y filling helps the texture. It really makes for a nice combination." — Rico in Indiana
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Mini Gingerbread Men Cookies

"Our Mini Gingerbread Men in the bakery aisle are underrated because they're really good and really soft, but they don't sell out." — Todd in Texas
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Triple Ginger Brew

"I think I would have to say the Triple Ginger Brew. It's a really, really strong ginger ale, so it's unique and it's got a great taste." — Iris in Georgia
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Almond Nog

"Almond Nog, which is just a non-dairy version of regular egg nog. People might not go for it as much because it's non-dairy but it's actually really delicious." — Rico in Indiana
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Bacon-Wrapped Porchetta Pork Roast

"I really like our Bacon-Wrapped Porchetta. It's awesome, and I wouldn't necessarily call it under-rated, but what you may not have considered is it would be great for a holiday dinner." — Scott in Florida
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Mini Dark Chocolate Mint Stars

"I would say the Mini Dark Chocolate Mint Stars. I love mint a lot and chocolate. Plus, they're festive." — John in Wisconsin

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