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16 Trader Joe's Foods You Need To Discover (And Then Hoard)

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09/30/2015 04:20pm ET | Updated October 1, 2015

You're already going to Trader Joe's for the cookie butter, and most of us swear by Two Buck Chuck (which is now actually $3 at most locations).

But there are many, many Trader Joe's finds that you're not paying enough attention to ... unless you're a brilliant shopper, that is.

We asked a handful of HuffPost editors for their favorite under-appreciated or little-known items at America's most secretive supermarket. The lineup is equal parts useful (pre-marinated chicken!), surprising (who knew there were hybrid tortillas?!) and tastebud-tingling. Check out their descriptions of these must-have foods below.

1
Cilantro and Jalapeño Hummus
Suzy Strutner
"I eat it with a spoon. There's a spicy kick that you don't get in garlic or sundried tomato hummus."
2
Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Butter and Sage
Suzy Strutner
"The little dumplings heat up to chewy perfection. You'll literally lick the sauce out of your bowl."
3
Belgian Chocolate Pudding
Suzy Strutner
"Sweet but not too sweet, and it lasts more than one sitting. I eat it with fresh fruit."
4
Farfalle with 4 Cheeses and Spinach
Suzy Strutner
"It'll get you that 'Oh HELL YEAH' reaction."
5
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dunkers
Suzy Strutner
"They're basically grown-up Dunkaroos."
6
Organic Tuscan Kale
Suzy Strutner
"It's darker and meatier than regular kale."
7
Frozen Mac 'N Cheese
Suzy Strutner
"As close to homemade mac and cheese as you'll get."
8
Premium Salmon Burgers
Suzy Strutner
"You can microwave them for a super quick dinner, and they're so flavorful that I eat them plain."
9
Cheddar Cheese With Caramelized Onions
Suzy Strutner
"The big nuggets of sweet onion are unreal. It's got a nice, crumbly texture, too."
10
Handmade Chocolate Ganache Torte
Suzy Strutner
"My mom has asked for this for her birthday every year for a LONG time. It's stupidly delicious."
11
Corn & Wheat Tortillas
Suzy Strutner
"They have the texture of a flour tortilla with the taste of corn. Yum."
12
Pollo Asado
Suzy Strutner
"It saves you lots of time since it's pre-marinated, and it's great for tacos, salads and burritos."
13
Creamy Spinach & Artichoke Dip
Suzy Strutner
"It's cheesy, perfectly seasoned, actually has real pieces of artichoke in it, and will completely satisfy any last-minute visitors who pop by your house."
14
Chicken Gyoza Potstickers
Suzy Strutner
"I could eat a bag in one sitting."
15
Burrata
Suzy Strutner
"The cheapest burrata you'll ever find."
16
Chocolate Brooklyn Babka
Suzy Strutner
"Seriously decadent."

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