Trader Joe’s Winter 2019 Seasonal Items: Must Buys & What I’ll Miss Buying This Year

Happy Thursday! I hope you are enjoying the holiday season thus far and that this post finds you nestled somewhere cozy with a warm beverage in hand. I’m back again today to share my seasonal winter favorites at Trader Joe’s. Surprisingly, the non-edible items in my cart almost outnumbers the food I am buying this time of year. I received such great feed back from the Trader Joe’s Fall 2019 post that I wrote in October that I can’t wait to hear what you think about this latest seasonal item round-up!

TJ’s Winter Must-Buys


This Lip Treatment Duo makes a fantastic addition to stockings or as a small gift to wish someone a “Merry Kiss-mas”. It is my go to lip scrub and balm to keep my lips flake free and moisturized year round. The added spf makes it ideal for a day spent on the slopes or by the shore.

I may not be able to sip a gingerbread latte this year, but at least I can enjoy the scent of this Gingerbread Scented Candle. These candles could be used as a small token of appreciation, added to gift basket or simply enjoyed at home.

I have a notorious black thumb when it comes to potted plants. Miraculously the Ivy Wreath Plant with Lights I bought at Trader Joe’s in 2018 is still thriving on my kitchen island. Ivy isn’t specific to the holiday season like a poinsettia, so I keep it on display year-round. I add the strand of fairy lights during December to make it a little more festive. It makes a lovely hostess, neighbor or housewarming gift. These tend to go quickly. I went back to buy more last year and they were gone within a week.

Personally, I love to use the simple and classic Centerpiece Wreath to hang on each of my front windows. A small, clear Command hook is easy to apply to my windows and remove without incident. In the past my wreathes have lasted the entire season without browning. They are $6.99 a piece.


Trader Joe’s has the market cornered on how to combine peppermint and chocolate in the most delicious ways. This time of year the sweet treats are my favorite seasonal items by far.

MmmMmmMmmm!!! Our family discovered the delicious Candy Cane Joe-Joe’s Ice Cream a couple years ago and we were crestfallen when it didn’t return the following year. We couldn’t have been happier to spot it again this year and promptly bought two containers. It is $2.99 a pint.

The Chocolate Peppermint Loaf & Baking Mix is a new item this year. The loaf I baked was moist and made the entire house smell divine. This would be excellent warm out of the oven with a scoop of Candy Cane Joe Joe’s Ice cream served on top the next time you host a dinner party.

The Dark Chocolate Covered Peppermint Joe Joe’s was the first seasonal item to capture my tastebuds years ago. The crisp cookie, rich chocolate coating and peppermint crumbles fulfill all my chocolate cravings. If you are a fan of William Sonoma’s peppermint bark, you should definitely give this much less expensive ($3.99), yet equally delicious peppermint and chocolate treat a try.

Missing From the Shelves

The Gingerbread Molasses Cookie Dough and Marsala Style Sauce will not be returning to Trader Joe’s this winter. I have been told that the refrigerated cookie dough will return next winter, but the marsala style sauce has been discontinued indefinitely. Click here if there is a discontinued product that you would like to ask Trader Joe’s to bring back. Certain items have been known to return because of customer demand.

One Last Thing…

As I was walking into Trader Joe’s this week, a woman was walking out with her arms full of Hot Cocoa Snowmen. As we passed each other she exclaimed ” Yes, I was able buy the snowmen!” I congratulated her and she explained that she had already been to four other locations searching for Hot Cocoa Smowmen. I couldn’t leave without picking up a couple for myself after my encounter. According to the directions you should “warm up a mug of milk and place the Hot Cocoa Snowman directly on top. He’ll bob and tip, like he’s enjoying a cozy bath… until he starts to melt. The white chocolate shell decorated with an orange nose, black hat, and black eyes will slowly give way to the surprise insides, which are filled with mini marshmallows and milk chocolate drops.” I have not had the chance to give these adorable little guys a taste test yet, but they were too cute not to mention here. I have a feeling they will sell out quickly. I think a Hot Cocoa Snowman would make a great addition to a stocking or you might suggest to your Elf on the Shelf that he drop a couple off as a fun winter treat to sip during your next family holiday movie marathon.

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