Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Vegan Friendly Trader Joe's

Having been to Trader Joe's in Oregon and California, I kind of knew what to expect when they came to Omaha this winter -- but it was still exciting. On my last trip, I noticed a big "V" on some items. I figured it meant Vegan but I had no idea it was on so many products! So this post is pretty much dedicated to my shopping trip where I found nuggets of Vegan gold.

Probably my greatest find and the answer to my prayers, these Trader Joe's Baked Onion Rings are delicious! In the 90's I was a Funyuns fiend. I would eat so many that my mouth hurt. Now I'm able to re-live the days of Tearjerkers, Girbauds and C&C Music Factory. The Baked Onion Rings are sweeter than Funyuns but that's not a bad thing. Also, they're a bit smaller than Funyuns so you can actually fit them in your mouth.


A close up picture of the "V" and the Vegan label on the back. If this blog post ended right now I'd be more than happy, but there's more...!!!

I saw this in the freezer section and froze. Trader Joe's Fruit Frenzy Bars = yum city! What a flavor combination! The lemony center is my favorite. I'll be stacking up on these when it gets hot this summer. Good stuff!

My next find is Trader Joe's Organic Brown Rice Marshmallow Treats. These were some tasty treats, but mine were a tad hard. I'm not sure if they are normally like that but if they are Trader Joe's should definitely soften them up a bit.

Holy crap, these Trader Joe's Soft-Baked Snickerdoodles are AMAZING! They are so moist and flavorful that I can say without a doubt that they are my favorite cookie right now. Totally a must have.


These Trader Joe's Reduced Guilt Wheat Crisps are AMAZING! I'm more of a chip person than cracker person but damn these are good. They have a sweet taste and are excellent for dipping (tastes great with We Can't Say It's Cheese). Vegan power!

15 comments:

  1. Our Trader Joes doesn't have the Vegan Baked Onion Rings... I heard they were seasonal from the woman who writes Quarrygirl but one can hope some day they will show their yummy little faces in our neck of the woods.

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  2. Those wheat crisps are yummy with Tofutti cream cheese! :)

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  3. There are vegan snickerdoodles in my backyard? Excellent. Those onion things are amazing. So excited to have air-puffed onions in my life again.

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  4. I *wish* we had a Trader Joe's nearby. You made me hungry!

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  5. There are tons of good things at TJ's these days (including vegan cal-mag tablets for cheap, cheap, cheap)!

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  6. I so want to try and find those onion rings now! I go to TJ twice a week and have never seen them!

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  7. Unappreciated TJ's vegan product: all the Joe-Joe's cookies are vegan

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    1. I used to think that Joe Joe's were vegan, but in the bottom left-hand corner of the box, under the Kosher symbol, it says Dairy, which means that the cookies do contain dairy in some aspect, even though it isn't listed on the back under the ingredients. I ate a whole box before I realized this, which is a shame since they're SO good.

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    2. I've done a bit more research about the dairy label. Some say the dairy label means it is processed on equipment that handles dairy while others say it definitely contains a dairy product.

      This website seems good:

      http://www.nowhey.org/market.htm

      "Now sometimes a package will be marked with a UD or some other indication that it is kosher dairy, but try as you might, you can't find any evidence that there's a milk product in the package. This means that even though the product contains no milk, it was processed on equipment that is also used to process products that do contain milk (which is why I told you about the separate sets of dishes). This is a concern to an orthodox Jew (or someone who has severe milk allergies) but for the LI person, it probably means this product is safe to eat. By the way, the most common place you see this is on baked goods or cake mixes and pre-made frosting. Just be sure to double, no triple check the ingredients. It could also mean that is contains a dairy-derived product, like sodium caseinate, which contains no lactose."

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  8. I agree about those snickerdoodles! So good and gluten free!

    I've never seen those fruit bars, but they look good. Must check it out the next time I'm at Trader Joe's.

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  9. I also miss Trader Joe's. Whenever I have friends who live near one come to visit, I have them make a TJ's run for me and bring me the goodies. And don't forget the dark chocolate covered pretzels. Amazing.

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  10. sorry gita, but the dark chocolate covered pretzels aren't vegan. I believe they contain milkfat.

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  11. I found Trader Joe's soy coffee creamer. So happy. And will eat the Snickerdoodles tonight with coffee, and the creamer. Joe listens to vegans. $mart Joe.

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