With the upcoming release of the COAST Collection Grazing Boards, I notice my focus has shifted toward what makes me happiest: simple, beautiful moments at home. Simplicity is a major factor for me, and I realize the convenience of being close to home makes those cherished moments even better. We can all agree that decorating a grazing board with a delicious smattering of snacks and goodies is a delightfully rewarding way to relax after a long day working.
Are you intimidated by the art of choosing the perfect combination of salty and sweet foods? Don’t worry, I’ve got you! Here is the full experience: Charcuterie Board 101, a la Trader Joe’s style!
Not only did I name some of my personal Trader Joe's faves, but I also asked my Instagram followers for their must-haves, and boy did you all answer! Trader Joe’s has some amazing goodies that I didn't even know about until now! Here's your direct access to the best of the best:
Bite Size Everything Crackers
Cauliflower Thins for the Gluten-Free crowd; think pita bread… but not
Everything but the Gluten Crackers
Fig & Olive Crisps -- I dream of these
Pita Bite Crackers -- Multigrain & With Sea Salt
Raisin Rosemary Crisps
Dips & Spreads
Artichoke & Jalapeño Dip
Bruschetta Dip -- perfect with the Parmesan Crisps
Buffalo Chicken Dip
Chocolate Hummus -- you heard it here first!
Everything but the Bagel Dip -- they got SO much love
Fig Jam or Fig Butter
Pepper Jelly -- I didn’t know this was a thing, but boy am I glad it is, especially w cream cheese on a cracker…. Just, trust me.
Roasted Garlic Hummus
Three Layer Hummus
Vegan Ranch Dip
Blueberry Vanilla Chèvre Goat Cheese -- you all went crazy for this!
Dutch Red Wax Gouda
Marin French Cheese - Petite Breakfast Fresh Brie -- perfect size for date night
Toscano Cheese with Black Pepper
Unexpected Cheddar got a special shoutout, though I can’t even count how many of you screamed CHEESE at me in your IG story response!
Columbus Dry Salami in stick form… salami form? You know what I mean.
Columbus Peppered Salami pre-sliced… yes Columbus is on here twice for a reason. Pic for reference cuz Columbus is just that good.
Smoked Sockeye Salmon -- TRUST ME… this with some mustard on crackers. OMG!
Honestly, you can’t go wrong here…
Nuts, Olives, and Garnishes
Dates -- cut them up or leave them whole, just watch for pits!
Dried Apricots -- an easy fruit option to balance cheese or dips
Dried Pitted Tart Montmorency Cherries
Grapes -- simple, plentiful, and the ‘Champagne’ variety are tiny & super cute on a board
Just a Handful: Pitted Kalamata & Manzanilla Olives - perfect little travel packets for a no-mess travel experience when you assemble your board outside your home
Marcona Almonds: Truffle or with Rosemary
Marinated Artichoke Hearts
Marinated Olive Duo -- these have pits but are super tasty
Sweet & Spicy Pecans
Mushroom & Black Truffle Flatbread
Pastry Bites with Feta Cheese & Carmelized Onions -- you spoke, I tried, and now I BELIEVE!
Pastry Pups -- yes I’m addicted to these little hotdogs in a blanket…
Peanut Butter Filled Pretzel Nuggets -- one for you, two for me….
Tarte au Brie et aux Tomates -- French for “thin crust pizza with brie and tomatoes” but universal for “delicious”
Taste d’Alsace French Style Flatbread w/ Ham, Carmelized Onions, & Gruyere Cheese
Hold the Cone Mini Ice Cream Cones: Chocolate, Vanilla & Chocolate Chip
Joe-Joe’s… ALL the options: Vanilla, Chocolate, Gluten Free, Neapolitan, & Slim
Lacey’s Cookies - Dark Chocolate Almond or Macadamia
Milk & Dark Chocolate Covered Almonds
Mini Carrot Cake Cupcakes
New York Cheesecake with fresh blueberries, strawberries, or raspberries
Sublime (um yes) Ice Cream Sandwiches. Def a top 5 favorite of mine to whip out on girl's wine night.
Sparking Italian Blood Orange Soda
Sparkling Strawberry Juice
Sparkling Watermelon Juice
Clearly we have a theme of bubbles...
Did I forget to mention any of your favorite Trader Joe's favorites? Comment below & share to be added to the "master list"!