7 Underrated Products at Trader Joe's You Should Try, According to Employees

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The editors at EatingWell love Trader Joe's (check out these 20 products they won't leave the store without). But once you get hooked on a delicious item (and there are plenty of those at TJ's!), it can be difficult to break away from your go-to's and try new things. Luckily, the Inside Trader Joe's podcast revealed seven products that their employees consider "sleeper hits," meaning they fly under the radar of most shoppers. However, these tasty products definitely deserve a spot in your cart.

a collage of Trader Joe's products employees recommend
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Here are the seven most underrated products at Trader Joe's, according to employees.

1. Fair Trade Cocoa Chocolate Whole Milk

Trader Joe's took chocolate milk above and beyond with this flavorful drink. Their Chocolate Whole Milk is made with Fair Trade-certified cocoa from small family farms in Northern Peru. They add cocoa and cane sugar to whole milk for the richest, creamiest chocolate milk in the store. One of their employees compared it to "chocolate ice cream in a glass." Um, count us in! Get yours today for $3.99 per half-gallon carton.

2. Indian-Style Flatbread

Naan is a specific type of Indian bread baked in a tandoor to give it its iconic texture and flavor. Trader Joe's makes their Indian-style traditional and garlic flatbreads in this way for a texture that is soft and sturdy for recipes like Garlic, Sausage & Kale Naan Pizzas, and more. Get an 18-ounce pack of traditional for $2.99 and garlic for $3.69.

3. Mediterranean-Style Orzo Pasta Salad

For something healthy, flavorful and fast, turn to the Mediterranean-Style Orzo Pasta Salad. It is topped with fresh spinach, feta cheese, red onions, Kalamata olives, sun-dried tomatoes, pesto and golden balsamic vinaigrette. It would be delicious on its own or topped with Baked Lemon-Pepper Chicken. Buy a 12-ounce container for just $4.99.

4. Buffalo-Style Chicken Poppers

Though they might not be an everyday food, the Trader Joe's Buffalo Style Chicken Poppers are a great appetizer in a pinch. These tasty poppers are packed with chicken, cream cheese, fontina, Cheddar, Monterey Jack and hot cayenne pepper sauce for a buffalo kick. Buy a bag for $4.99.

5. Five Seed Almond Bars

Upgrade your cookie with these Five Seed Almond Bars. They have a soft and chewy texture that gets a touch of crunch from nuts and seeds. Each bar has a mix of flax, poppy, sunflower, sesame and pumpkin seeds, providing 53 grams of omega-3s per serving. Get an 8-ounce package for $4.29.

6. Soft Licorice Twists

The Trader Joe's Soft Licorice Twists are made with real licorice root instead of artificial flavors. These tasty treats are available in strawberry and black licorice flavors to satisfy any sweet craving. Find them in the candy section of Trader Joe's for $2.49 per bag.

7. Avocado Oil Spray

Trader Joe's Avocado Oil Spray is a great choice for all of your high-heat cooking needs. It is safe for use up to 500F and has a mild, gentle flavor so it pairs well with most foods. Use it on the grill, in a skillet or in a loaf pan before baking. Get yours today for $3.49.

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