Olive Wood Cutting/Serving Board | $12.99 Small or $29.99 Large
A serving board is quintessential for aperos in France. Rather than having a long formal dinner together, friends will casually gather together for snacks. Apparently these are making quite a splash in the Trader Joe's fan club. Get one if you can!
Orange Blossom Liquid Soap
My favorite scent and flavor in France is orange blossom and I can't understand why it isn't wide spread in America! I love that this soap is actually imported from southern France...Marseilles perhaps?
Trader Joe's has a wide selection of French wines with varying price points, but most are very affordable, ranging from $7-20.
Mini Carrot Cakes
I see you raising your eyebrows at me. Carrot cakes may seem American...and they are, but really it's no wonder why the French love them, too! They're often on the menu at coffee shops and restaurants.
Pain au Lait
This is a sweet bread that children (and some parents) will eat after school for "gouter" or snack.
Cocoa Almond Spread
Nutella is to France as peanut butter is to America. I'm sure this cocoa almond spread is healthier than the aforementioned stuff...and if it's not. Oh well!
Croissants and croissants and croissants, oh my!
My friend, if you try nothing else from this blog post, you must at least try these! TJs frozen croissants are one of my all-time favorite things (in America). Leave them out overnight to proof and then you'll have warm, flaky croissants in the morning. We always get the chocolate ones, but the almond are quite good, too. They're not as good as being in Paris, but we'll take what we can get. Paris aside, they're very good.
Even Picard, the frozen food store in France, has it's own version of frozen macarons. You can pretend you're shopping at Picard instead of TJ's and feel instantly transported to Paris.
What is a picnic or apero without cornichons?
Whole Grain Dijon Mustard
The French love their mustards! This is one of my favorites from TJS.
Herbes de Provence Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Imagine putting a few glugs of this over a salad, pasta, or chicken.
Maybe it's because Parisians need the extra vitamin D, but there are loads of different types of Sardines and other canned fish in Paris. During the first lockdown in France I discovered that you can make a pretty tasty sandwich with these. Try focaccia bread with a smear of pesto or a generous amount of butter, some sliced radishes, and plenty of flaky sea salt.
A staple in every French kitchen. (And so much better than sour cream IMO!)
Ooooo, my favorite! If you're wondering where you can find French cheeses, look no further my friend. Trader Joe's carries a large variety and some of the most common cheeses you'll find at a French grocery store including Camembert, Comté, and bien sûr! Brie.
If you're like me and always craving something French, I highly recommend checking out Trader Joe's when you get a chance. They have great prices and their quality is on point.