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5 Desserts That Prove Nutella Is the Universe's Gift to Mankind

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It is hard to believe that the creamy, chocolate-hazelnut spread didn’t exist until 1964. It may be one of Italy’s greatest contributions to the world, or at least the dessert world, and it worked its way into our hearts after just one bite.

Click here for the 8 New Nutella Recipes slideshow.

Like Spain’s Nocilla (also released in the 1960s), Nutella is a chocolate spread made with sugar, palm oil, skim milk, hazelnuts, and cocoa. While Nutella may have found itself in some legal hot water in the U.S. after advertising their product as part of a nutritious breakfast, we believe Nutella is at the very least an essential part of delicious desserts.

Now, The Daily Meal is here to prove just how great a gift this delectable treat is with five dessert recipes that showcase the silky-smooth ingredient in all its glory — baked into cookies, folded into ganache, and even deep-fried.

If you aren’t sure where to start, we suggest with an open jar and spoon, but if you want to get a little creative with this Italian specialty, keep reading for five dessert recipes featuring Nutella.

Nutella, Banana, and Caramel Dessert Pizza


This combines two of the greatest gifts in the world — pizza and Nutella. There’s no way you won’t love this chocolate, hazelnut, banana, and caramel pizza.

For the Nutella, Banana, and Caramel Dessert Pizza recipe, click here.


If you're a sucker for Boston cream pie, then your world just got a lot better. This recipe uses Nutella to make a ganache to spread over the moist, icing-filled cake to create a rich, flavorful addition to the classic recipe. — Milisa Armstrong

For the Nutella Boston Cream Pie recipe, click here.


The only way to improve upon the glorious chocolate chip cookie is to add our favorite chocolate-hazelnut spread.

For the Nutella Chip Cookies recipe, click here.


There's Nutella ice cream, Nutella cookies, and even Nutella pizza. So why not take the two dessert foods that everyone is crazy about, Nutella and macarons, and combine them? Genius! Why hasn't anyone thought of this before? — Christina Ha

For the Nutella Macarons recipe, click here.


Deep-fried nutella and ricotta dumplings dusted with powdered sugar — need we say more?

For the Nutella Ricotta Zeppole recipe, click here.


The accompanying slideshow is provided by special contributor, Anne Dolce.

Angela Carlos is the Cook Editor at The Daily Meal. Find her on Twitter and tweet @angelaccarlos.


11 Underrated Trader Joe’s Facts That’ll Make You Love It Even More

By adding your email you agree to get updates about Spoon University Healthier

If you aren’t a fan of Trader Joe’s, chances are you’ve never been to one. In which case, we send you a big hug and hope you make your way into one soon. If you’re like the rest of the world, Trader Joe’s likely has a soft spot in your heart and your grocery shopping experience often ends up being the highlight of your day.

What’s not to love? Specialty foods you can’t get anywhere else, cool jams and chill vibes, unbeatable bargains (.19 a banana!? it’s love!), and a constant steam of something new and intriguing to try.

But even self-proclaimed Trader Joe’s experts have a thing or two to learn about their favorite grocery store, and these facts are sure to only increase their undying adoration of the tiki-clad establishment. Sit back, grab a jar of cookie butter, and prepare to be amazed…

1. All Trader Joe’s products are made from non-GMO foods, and contain no high fructose corn syrup, trans fat, artificial colors or flavors.

And none of their dairy products contain rBHT, either. Because Trader Joe’s cares about you.

2. The first Trader Joe’s opened by a man named Joe in 1967 in Pasadena, CA.

Photo courtesy of traderjoes.com

The original store is still there. Joe Coulombe himself wanted to bring goods from other places to the US.

3. If you don’t like something, you can return it.

Store policy. If it wasn’t to your liking, bring it back for a full refund, no questions asked (minus alcohol, there’s a no return policy on that).

4. If you want to try something before you buy it, you can do that too.

Just ask a crew member and they will open one for you to try so you can decide if you like something or not before buying it (excluding alcohol, so don’t try this with your Two Buck Chuck). Be warned that more often than not you’ll like it.

5. Trader Joe’s donates leftover food to food banks, pantries, and/or soup kitchens.

It’s called the Trader Joe’s Donation Program, and in 2014 they donated over $295 million worth of food products. They also donate flowers to nursing homes and hospitals. Doesn’t that make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside?

6. Those bells have meaning.

Photo courtesy of answers.com

It’s an paging system among employees to replace an obnoxious PA system. One bell brings more employees to register if it’s getting busy, two bells calls another employee over to help with a question or grabbing a fresh item, three bells calls over a manager, which at Trader Joe’s, is called a Mate.

7. Trader Joe’s doesn’t do social media.

They don’t need to. Word of mouth floats the boat for them. The Fearless Flyer newsletter is their main source of advertising.

8. They actually do have products from all over the world.

9. Every store has a plastic lobster hiding in it somewhere.

10. The store is not only a dreamland playground for adults, but for kids too.

Photo courtesy of answers.com

Most stores have mini-carts for kids. And many have a stuffed animal that moves around the store for kids to find. Once they’ve spotted the creature, they tell the cashier where they saw him/her, and the wee ones get stickers or suckers as a reward. Yay happy children!

11. They make Cookie Butter.

Okay, you probably knew this, but we thought we’d mention it because it’s the most blessed gift to mankind.


11 Underrated Trader Joe’s Facts That’ll Make You Love It Even More

By adding your email you agree to get updates about Spoon University Healthier

If you aren’t a fan of Trader Joe’s, chances are you’ve never been to one. In which case, we send you a big hug and hope you make your way into one soon. If you’re like the rest of the world, Trader Joe’s likely has a soft spot in your heart and your grocery shopping experience often ends up being the highlight of your day.

What’s not to love? Specialty foods you can’t get anywhere else, cool jams and chill vibes, unbeatable bargains (.19 a banana!? it’s love!), and a constant steam of something new and intriguing to try.

But even self-proclaimed Trader Joe’s experts have a thing or two to learn about their favorite grocery store, and these facts are sure to only increase their undying adoration of the tiki-clad establishment. Sit back, grab a jar of cookie butter, and prepare to be amazed…

1. All Trader Joe’s products are made from non-GMO foods, and contain no high fructose corn syrup, trans fat, artificial colors or flavors.

And none of their dairy products contain rBHT, either. Because Trader Joe’s cares about you.

2. The first Trader Joe’s opened by a man named Joe in 1967 in Pasadena, CA.

Photo courtesy of traderjoes.com

The original store is still there. Joe Coulombe himself wanted to bring goods from other places to the US.

3. If you don’t like something, you can return it.

Store policy. If it wasn’t to your liking, bring it back for a full refund, no questions asked (minus alcohol, there’s a no return policy on that).

4. If you want to try something before you buy it, you can do that too.

Just ask a crew member and they will open one for you to try so you can decide if you like something or not before buying it (excluding alcohol, so don’t try this with your Two Buck Chuck). Be warned that more often than not you’ll like it.

5. Trader Joe’s donates leftover food to food banks, pantries, and/or soup kitchens.

It’s called the Trader Joe’s Donation Program, and in 2014 they donated over $295 million worth of food products. They also donate flowers to nursing homes and hospitals. Doesn’t that make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside?

6. Those bells have meaning.

Photo courtesy of answers.com

It’s an paging system among employees to replace an obnoxious PA system. One bell brings more employees to register if it’s getting busy, two bells calls another employee over to help with a question or grabbing a fresh item, three bells calls over a manager, which at Trader Joe’s, is called a Mate.

7. Trader Joe’s doesn’t do social media.

They don’t need to. Word of mouth floats the boat for them. The Fearless Flyer newsletter is their main source of advertising.

8. They actually do have products from all over the world.

9. Every store has a plastic lobster hiding in it somewhere.

10. The store is not only a dreamland playground for adults, but for kids too.

Photo courtesy of answers.com

Most stores have mini-carts for kids. And many have a stuffed animal that moves around the store for kids to find. Once they’ve spotted the creature, they tell the cashier where they saw him/her, and the wee ones get stickers or suckers as a reward. Yay happy children!

11. They make Cookie Butter.

Okay, you probably knew this, but we thought we’d mention it because it’s the most blessed gift to mankind.


11 Underrated Trader Joe’s Facts That’ll Make You Love It Even More

By adding your email you agree to get updates about Spoon University Healthier

If you aren’t a fan of Trader Joe’s, chances are you’ve never been to one. In which case, we send you a big hug and hope you make your way into one soon. If you’re like the rest of the world, Trader Joe’s likely has a soft spot in your heart and your grocery shopping experience often ends up being the highlight of your day.

What’s not to love? Specialty foods you can’t get anywhere else, cool jams and chill vibes, unbeatable bargains (.19 a banana!? it’s love!), and a constant steam of something new and intriguing to try.

But even self-proclaimed Trader Joe’s experts have a thing or two to learn about their favorite grocery store, and these facts are sure to only increase their undying adoration of the tiki-clad establishment. Sit back, grab a jar of cookie butter, and prepare to be amazed…

1. All Trader Joe’s products are made from non-GMO foods, and contain no high fructose corn syrup, trans fat, artificial colors or flavors.

And none of their dairy products contain rBHT, either. Because Trader Joe’s cares about you.

2. The first Trader Joe’s opened by a man named Joe in 1967 in Pasadena, CA.

Photo courtesy of traderjoes.com

The original store is still there. Joe Coulombe himself wanted to bring goods from other places to the US.

3. If you don’t like something, you can return it.

Store policy. If it wasn’t to your liking, bring it back for a full refund, no questions asked (minus alcohol, there’s a no return policy on that).

4. If you want to try something before you buy it, you can do that too.

Just ask a crew member and they will open one for you to try so you can decide if you like something or not before buying it (excluding alcohol, so don’t try this with your Two Buck Chuck). Be warned that more often than not you’ll like it.

5. Trader Joe’s donates leftover food to food banks, pantries, and/or soup kitchens.

It’s called the Trader Joe’s Donation Program, and in 2014 they donated over $295 million worth of food products. They also donate flowers to nursing homes and hospitals. Doesn’t that make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside?

6. Those bells have meaning.

Photo courtesy of answers.com

It’s an paging system among employees to replace an obnoxious PA system. One bell brings more employees to register if it’s getting busy, two bells calls another employee over to help with a question or grabbing a fresh item, three bells calls over a manager, which at Trader Joe’s, is called a Mate.

7. Trader Joe’s doesn’t do social media.

They don’t need to. Word of mouth floats the boat for them. The Fearless Flyer newsletter is their main source of advertising.

8. They actually do have products from all over the world.

9. Every store has a plastic lobster hiding in it somewhere.

10. The store is not only a dreamland playground for adults, but for kids too.

Photo courtesy of answers.com

Most stores have mini-carts for kids. And many have a stuffed animal that moves around the store for kids to find. Once they’ve spotted the creature, they tell the cashier where they saw him/her, and the wee ones get stickers or suckers as a reward. Yay happy children!

11. They make Cookie Butter.

Okay, you probably knew this, but we thought we’d mention it because it’s the most blessed gift to mankind.


11 Underrated Trader Joe’s Facts That’ll Make You Love It Even More

By adding your email you agree to get updates about Spoon University Healthier

If you aren’t a fan of Trader Joe’s, chances are you’ve never been to one. In which case, we send you a big hug and hope you make your way into one soon. If you’re like the rest of the world, Trader Joe’s likely has a soft spot in your heart and your grocery shopping experience often ends up being the highlight of your day.

What’s not to love? Specialty foods you can’t get anywhere else, cool jams and chill vibes, unbeatable bargains (.19 a banana!? it’s love!), and a constant steam of something new and intriguing to try.

But even self-proclaimed Trader Joe’s experts have a thing or two to learn about their favorite grocery store, and these facts are sure to only increase their undying adoration of the tiki-clad establishment. Sit back, grab a jar of cookie butter, and prepare to be amazed…

1. All Trader Joe’s products are made from non-GMO foods, and contain no high fructose corn syrup, trans fat, artificial colors or flavors.

And none of their dairy products contain rBHT, either. Because Trader Joe’s cares about you.

2. The first Trader Joe’s opened by a man named Joe in 1967 in Pasadena, CA.

Photo courtesy of traderjoes.com

The original store is still there. Joe Coulombe himself wanted to bring goods from other places to the US.

3. If you don’t like something, you can return it.

Store policy. If it wasn’t to your liking, bring it back for a full refund, no questions asked (minus alcohol, there’s a no return policy on that).

4. If you want to try something before you buy it, you can do that too.

Just ask a crew member and they will open one for you to try so you can decide if you like something or not before buying it (excluding alcohol, so don’t try this with your Two Buck Chuck). Be warned that more often than not you’ll like it.

5. Trader Joe’s donates leftover food to food banks, pantries, and/or soup kitchens.

It’s called the Trader Joe’s Donation Program, and in 2014 they donated over $295 million worth of food products. They also donate flowers to nursing homes and hospitals. Doesn’t that make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside?

6. Those bells have meaning.

Photo courtesy of answers.com

It’s an paging system among employees to replace an obnoxious PA system. One bell brings more employees to register if it’s getting busy, two bells calls another employee over to help with a question or grabbing a fresh item, three bells calls over a manager, which at Trader Joe’s, is called a Mate.

7. Trader Joe’s doesn’t do social media.

They don’t need to. Word of mouth floats the boat for them. The Fearless Flyer newsletter is their main source of advertising.

8. They actually do have products from all over the world.

9. Every store has a plastic lobster hiding in it somewhere.

10. The store is not only a dreamland playground for adults, but for kids too.

Photo courtesy of answers.com

Most stores have mini-carts for kids. And many have a stuffed animal that moves around the store for kids to find. Once they’ve spotted the creature, they tell the cashier where they saw him/her, and the wee ones get stickers or suckers as a reward. Yay happy children!

11. They make Cookie Butter.

Okay, you probably knew this, but we thought we’d mention it because it’s the most blessed gift to mankind.


11 Underrated Trader Joe’s Facts That’ll Make You Love It Even More

By adding your email you agree to get updates about Spoon University Healthier

If you aren’t a fan of Trader Joe’s, chances are you’ve never been to one. In which case, we send you a big hug and hope you make your way into one soon. If you’re like the rest of the world, Trader Joe’s likely has a soft spot in your heart and your grocery shopping experience often ends up being the highlight of your day.

What’s not to love? Specialty foods you can’t get anywhere else, cool jams and chill vibes, unbeatable bargains (.19 a banana!? it’s love!), and a constant steam of something new and intriguing to try.

But even self-proclaimed Trader Joe’s experts have a thing or two to learn about their favorite grocery store, and these facts are sure to only increase their undying adoration of the tiki-clad establishment. Sit back, grab a jar of cookie butter, and prepare to be amazed…

1. All Trader Joe’s products are made from non-GMO foods, and contain no high fructose corn syrup, trans fat, artificial colors or flavors.

And none of their dairy products contain rBHT, either. Because Trader Joe’s cares about you.

2. The first Trader Joe’s opened by a man named Joe in 1967 in Pasadena, CA.

Photo courtesy of traderjoes.com

The original store is still there. Joe Coulombe himself wanted to bring goods from other places to the US.

3. If you don’t like something, you can return it.

Store policy. If it wasn’t to your liking, bring it back for a full refund, no questions asked (minus alcohol, there’s a no return policy on that).

4. If you want to try something before you buy it, you can do that too.

Just ask a crew member and they will open one for you to try so you can decide if you like something or not before buying it (excluding alcohol, so don’t try this with your Two Buck Chuck). Be warned that more often than not you’ll like it.

5. Trader Joe’s donates leftover food to food banks, pantries, and/or soup kitchens.

It’s called the Trader Joe’s Donation Program, and in 2014 they donated over $295 million worth of food products. They also donate flowers to nursing homes and hospitals. Doesn’t that make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside?

6. Those bells have meaning.

Photo courtesy of answers.com

It’s an paging system among employees to replace an obnoxious PA system. One bell brings more employees to register if it’s getting busy, two bells calls another employee over to help with a question or grabbing a fresh item, three bells calls over a manager, which at Trader Joe’s, is called a Mate.

7. Trader Joe’s doesn’t do social media.

They don’t need to. Word of mouth floats the boat for them. The Fearless Flyer newsletter is their main source of advertising.

8. They actually do have products from all over the world.

9. Every store has a plastic lobster hiding in it somewhere.

10. The store is not only a dreamland playground for adults, but for kids too.

Photo courtesy of answers.com

Most stores have mini-carts for kids. And many have a stuffed animal that moves around the store for kids to find. Once they’ve spotted the creature, they tell the cashier where they saw him/her, and the wee ones get stickers or suckers as a reward. Yay happy children!

11. They make Cookie Butter.

Okay, you probably knew this, but we thought we’d mention it because it’s the most blessed gift to mankind.


11 Underrated Trader Joe’s Facts That’ll Make You Love It Even More

By adding your email you agree to get updates about Spoon University Healthier

If you aren’t a fan of Trader Joe’s, chances are you’ve never been to one. In which case, we send you a big hug and hope you make your way into one soon. If you’re like the rest of the world, Trader Joe’s likely has a soft spot in your heart and your grocery shopping experience often ends up being the highlight of your day.

What’s not to love? Specialty foods you can’t get anywhere else, cool jams and chill vibes, unbeatable bargains (.19 a banana!? it’s love!), and a constant steam of something new and intriguing to try.

But even self-proclaimed Trader Joe’s experts have a thing or two to learn about their favorite grocery store, and these facts are sure to only increase their undying adoration of the tiki-clad establishment. Sit back, grab a jar of cookie butter, and prepare to be amazed…

1. All Trader Joe’s products are made from non-GMO foods, and contain no high fructose corn syrup, trans fat, artificial colors or flavors.

And none of their dairy products contain rBHT, either. Because Trader Joe’s cares about you.

2. The first Trader Joe’s opened by a man named Joe in 1967 in Pasadena, CA.

Photo courtesy of traderjoes.com

The original store is still there. Joe Coulombe himself wanted to bring goods from other places to the US.

3. If you don’t like something, you can return it.

Store policy. If it wasn’t to your liking, bring it back for a full refund, no questions asked (minus alcohol, there’s a no return policy on that).

4. If you want to try something before you buy it, you can do that too.

Just ask a crew member and they will open one for you to try so you can decide if you like something or not before buying it (excluding alcohol, so don’t try this with your Two Buck Chuck). Be warned that more often than not you’ll like it.

5. Trader Joe’s donates leftover food to food banks, pantries, and/or soup kitchens.

It’s called the Trader Joe’s Donation Program, and in 2014 they donated over $295 million worth of food products. They also donate flowers to nursing homes and hospitals. Doesn’t that make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside?

6. Those bells have meaning.

Photo courtesy of answers.com

It’s an paging system among employees to replace an obnoxious PA system. One bell brings more employees to register if it’s getting busy, two bells calls another employee over to help with a question or grabbing a fresh item, three bells calls over a manager, which at Trader Joe’s, is called a Mate.

7. Trader Joe’s doesn’t do social media.

They don’t need to. Word of mouth floats the boat for them. The Fearless Flyer newsletter is their main source of advertising.

8. They actually do have products from all over the world.

9. Every store has a plastic lobster hiding in it somewhere.

10. The store is not only a dreamland playground for adults, but for kids too.

Photo courtesy of answers.com

Most stores have mini-carts for kids. And many have a stuffed animal that moves around the store for kids to find. Once they’ve spotted the creature, they tell the cashier where they saw him/her, and the wee ones get stickers or suckers as a reward. Yay happy children!

11. They make Cookie Butter.

Okay, you probably knew this, but we thought we’d mention it because it’s the most blessed gift to mankind.


11 Underrated Trader Joe’s Facts That’ll Make You Love It Even More

By adding your email you agree to get updates about Spoon University Healthier

If you aren’t a fan of Trader Joe’s, chances are you’ve never been to one. In which case, we send you a big hug and hope you make your way into one soon. If you’re like the rest of the world, Trader Joe’s likely has a soft spot in your heart and your grocery shopping experience often ends up being the highlight of your day.

What’s not to love? Specialty foods you can’t get anywhere else, cool jams and chill vibes, unbeatable bargains (.19 a banana!? it’s love!), and a constant steam of something new and intriguing to try.

But even self-proclaimed Trader Joe’s experts have a thing or two to learn about their favorite grocery store, and these facts are sure to only increase their undying adoration of the tiki-clad establishment. Sit back, grab a jar of cookie butter, and prepare to be amazed…

1. All Trader Joe’s products are made from non-GMO foods, and contain no high fructose corn syrup, trans fat, artificial colors or flavors.

And none of their dairy products contain rBHT, either. Because Trader Joe’s cares about you.

2. The first Trader Joe’s opened by a man named Joe in 1967 in Pasadena, CA.

Photo courtesy of traderjoes.com

The original store is still there. Joe Coulombe himself wanted to bring goods from other places to the US.

3. If you don’t like something, you can return it.

Store policy. If it wasn’t to your liking, bring it back for a full refund, no questions asked (minus alcohol, there’s a no return policy on that).

4. If you want to try something before you buy it, you can do that too.

Just ask a crew member and they will open one for you to try so you can decide if you like something or not before buying it (excluding alcohol, so don’t try this with your Two Buck Chuck). Be warned that more often than not you’ll like it.

5. Trader Joe’s donates leftover food to food banks, pantries, and/or soup kitchens.

It’s called the Trader Joe’s Donation Program, and in 2014 they donated over $295 million worth of food products. They also donate flowers to nursing homes and hospitals. Doesn’t that make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside?

6. Those bells have meaning.

Photo courtesy of answers.com

It’s an paging system among employees to replace an obnoxious PA system. One bell brings more employees to register if it’s getting busy, two bells calls another employee over to help with a question or grabbing a fresh item, three bells calls over a manager, which at Trader Joe’s, is called a Mate.

7. Trader Joe’s doesn’t do social media.

They don’t need to. Word of mouth floats the boat for them. The Fearless Flyer newsletter is their main source of advertising.

8. They actually do have products from all over the world.

9. Every store has a plastic lobster hiding in it somewhere.

10. The store is not only a dreamland playground for adults, but for kids too.

Photo courtesy of answers.com

Most stores have mini-carts for kids. And many have a stuffed animal that moves around the store for kids to find. Once they’ve spotted the creature, they tell the cashier where they saw him/her, and the wee ones get stickers or suckers as a reward. Yay happy children!

11. They make Cookie Butter.

Okay, you probably knew this, but we thought we’d mention it because it’s the most blessed gift to mankind.


11 Underrated Trader Joe’s Facts That’ll Make You Love It Even More

By adding your email you agree to get updates about Spoon University Healthier

If you aren’t a fan of Trader Joe’s, chances are you’ve never been to one. In which case, we send you a big hug and hope you make your way into one soon. If you’re like the rest of the world, Trader Joe’s likely has a soft spot in your heart and your grocery shopping experience often ends up being the highlight of your day.

What’s not to love? Specialty foods you can’t get anywhere else, cool jams and chill vibes, unbeatable bargains (.19 a banana!? it’s love!), and a constant steam of something new and intriguing to try.

But even self-proclaimed Trader Joe’s experts have a thing or two to learn about their favorite grocery store, and these facts are sure to only increase their undying adoration of the tiki-clad establishment. Sit back, grab a jar of cookie butter, and prepare to be amazed…

1. All Trader Joe’s products are made from non-GMO foods, and contain no high fructose corn syrup, trans fat, artificial colors or flavors.

And none of their dairy products contain rBHT, either. Because Trader Joe’s cares about you.

2. The first Trader Joe’s opened by a man named Joe in 1967 in Pasadena, CA.

Photo courtesy of traderjoes.com

The original store is still there. Joe Coulombe himself wanted to bring goods from other places to the US.

3. If you don’t like something, you can return it.

Store policy. If it wasn’t to your liking, bring it back for a full refund, no questions asked (minus alcohol, there’s a no return policy on that).

4. If you want to try something before you buy it, you can do that too.

Just ask a crew member and they will open one for you to try so you can decide if you like something or not before buying it (excluding alcohol, so don’t try this with your Two Buck Chuck). Be warned that more often than not you’ll like it.

5. Trader Joe’s donates leftover food to food banks, pantries, and/or soup kitchens.

It’s called the Trader Joe’s Donation Program, and in 2014 they donated over $295 million worth of food products. They also donate flowers to nursing homes and hospitals. Doesn’t that make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside?

6. Those bells have meaning.

Photo courtesy of answers.com

It’s an paging system among employees to replace an obnoxious PA system. One bell brings more employees to register if it’s getting busy, two bells calls another employee over to help with a question or grabbing a fresh item, three bells calls over a manager, which at Trader Joe’s, is called a Mate.

7. Trader Joe’s doesn’t do social media.

They don’t need to. Word of mouth floats the boat for them. The Fearless Flyer newsletter is their main source of advertising.

8. They actually do have products from all over the world.

9. Every store has a plastic lobster hiding in it somewhere.

10. The store is not only a dreamland playground for adults, but for kids too.

Photo courtesy of answers.com

Most stores have mini-carts for kids. And many have a stuffed animal that moves around the store for kids to find. Once they’ve spotted the creature, they tell the cashier where they saw him/her, and the wee ones get stickers or suckers as a reward. Yay happy children!

11. They make Cookie Butter.

Okay, you probably knew this, but we thought we’d mention it because it’s the most blessed gift to mankind.


11 Underrated Trader Joe’s Facts That’ll Make You Love It Even More

By adding your email you agree to get updates about Spoon University Healthier

If you aren’t a fan of Trader Joe’s, chances are you’ve never been to one. In which case, we send you a big hug and hope you make your way into one soon. If you’re like the rest of the world, Trader Joe’s likely has a soft spot in your heart and your grocery shopping experience often ends up being the highlight of your day.

What’s not to love? Specialty foods you can’t get anywhere else, cool jams and chill vibes, unbeatable bargains (.19 a banana!? it’s love!), and a constant steam of something new and intriguing to try.

But even self-proclaimed Trader Joe’s experts have a thing or two to learn about their favorite grocery store, and these facts are sure to only increase their undying adoration of the tiki-clad establishment. Sit back, grab a jar of cookie butter, and prepare to be amazed…

1. All Trader Joe’s products are made from non-GMO foods, and contain no high fructose corn syrup, trans fat, artificial colors or flavors.

And none of their dairy products contain rBHT, either. Because Trader Joe’s cares about you.

2. The first Trader Joe’s opened by a man named Joe in 1967 in Pasadena, CA.

Photo courtesy of traderjoes.com

The original store is still there. Joe Coulombe himself wanted to bring goods from other places to the US.

3. If you don’t like something, you can return it.

Store policy. If it wasn’t to your liking, bring it back for a full refund, no questions asked (minus alcohol, there’s a no return policy on that).

4. If you want to try something before you buy it, you can do that too.

Just ask a crew member and they will open one for you to try so you can decide if you like something or not before buying it (excluding alcohol, so don’t try this with your Two Buck Chuck). Be warned that more often than not you’ll like it.

5. Trader Joe’s donates leftover food to food banks, pantries, and/or soup kitchens.

It’s called the Trader Joe’s Donation Program, and in 2014 they donated over $295 million worth of food products. They also donate flowers to nursing homes and hospitals. Doesn’t that make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside?

6. Those bells have meaning.

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It’s an paging system among employees to replace an obnoxious PA system. One bell brings more employees to register if it’s getting busy, two bells calls another employee over to help with a question or grabbing a fresh item, three bells calls over a manager, which at Trader Joe’s, is called a Mate.

7. Trader Joe’s doesn’t do social media.

They don’t need to. Word of mouth floats the boat for them. The Fearless Flyer newsletter is their main source of advertising.

8. They actually do have products from all over the world.

9. Every store has a plastic lobster hiding in it somewhere.

10. The store is not only a dreamland playground for adults, but for kids too.

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Most stores have mini-carts for kids. And many have a stuffed animal that moves around the store for kids to find. Once they’ve spotted the creature, they tell the cashier where they saw him/her, and the wee ones get stickers or suckers as a reward. Yay happy children!

11. They make Cookie Butter.

Okay, you probably knew this, but we thought we’d mention it because it’s the most blessed gift to mankind.


11 Underrated Trader Joe’s Facts That’ll Make You Love It Even More

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If you aren’t a fan of Trader Joe’s, chances are you’ve never been to one. In which case, we send you a big hug and hope you make your way into one soon. If you’re like the rest of the world, Trader Joe’s likely has a soft spot in your heart and your grocery shopping experience often ends up being the highlight of your day.

What’s not to love? Specialty foods you can’t get anywhere else, cool jams and chill vibes, unbeatable bargains (.19 a banana!? it’s love!), and a constant steam of something new and intriguing to try.

But even self-proclaimed Trader Joe’s experts have a thing or two to learn about their favorite grocery store, and these facts are sure to only increase their undying adoration of the tiki-clad establishment. Sit back, grab a jar of cookie butter, and prepare to be amazed…

1. All Trader Joe’s products are made from non-GMO foods, and contain no high fructose corn syrup, trans fat, artificial colors or flavors.

And none of their dairy products contain rBHT, either. Because Trader Joe’s cares about you.

2. The first Trader Joe’s opened by a man named Joe in 1967 in Pasadena, CA.

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The original store is still there. Joe Coulombe himself wanted to bring goods from other places to the US.

3. If you don’t like something, you can return it.

Store policy. If it wasn’t to your liking, bring it back for a full refund, no questions asked (minus alcohol, there’s a no return policy on that).

4. If you want to try something before you buy it, you can do that too.

Just ask a crew member and they will open one for you to try so you can decide if you like something or not before buying it (excluding alcohol, so don’t try this with your Two Buck Chuck). Be warned that more often than not you’ll like it.

5. Trader Joe’s donates leftover food to food banks, pantries, and/or soup kitchens.

It’s called the Trader Joe’s Donation Program, and in 2014 they donated over $295 million worth of food products. They also donate flowers to nursing homes and hospitals. Doesn’t that make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside?

6. Those bells have meaning.

Photo courtesy of answers.com

It’s an paging system among employees to replace an obnoxious PA system. One bell brings more employees to register if it’s getting busy, two bells calls another employee over to help with a question or grabbing a fresh item, three bells calls over a manager, which at Trader Joe’s, is called a Mate.

7. Trader Joe’s doesn’t do social media.

They don’t need to. Word of mouth floats the boat for them. The Fearless Flyer newsletter is their main source of advertising.

8. They actually do have products from all over the world.

9. Every store has a plastic lobster hiding in it somewhere.

10. The store is not only a dreamland playground for adults, but for kids too.

Photo courtesy of answers.com

Most stores have mini-carts for kids. And many have a stuffed animal that moves around the store for kids to find. Once they’ve spotted the creature, they tell the cashier where they saw him/her, and the wee ones get stickers or suckers as a reward. Yay happy children!

11. They make Cookie Butter.

Okay, you probably knew this, but we thought we’d mention it because it’s the most blessed gift to mankind.