Finding foodstuff in your favorite clothing store is not a new phenomenon. (Aldi groceries will soon be sold at Kohl's after all!) But not many retail stores offer a treasure trove of items like TJ Maxx. The food is typically hidden in a random aisle in the home decor section (check the back of the store) with rarely any order or organization.
From infused olive oil to fancy cake mix, if you want to snag one of these TJ Maxx treats you'll have to sift through products. Follow along to learn which items are worth digging for. Plus, learn which cheap foods (and other goods) you should only be buying at Trader Joe's.
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Save money by skipping your daily Starbucks run (those $5 lattes add up fast—make your own with these copycat coffee shop recipes) and brew your cup of joe at home. From cinnamon roll to banana nut bread to plain espresso, TJ Maxx has entire shelves dedicated to bags of beans and flavored syrups.
Fun pasta shapes
Why make plain boring spaghetti when you could make pasta in the shape of fall leaves or hearts? TJ Maxx offers seasonal shaped pasta year-round. Don't miss the bags of handmade dried pasta, too (they're perfect for these five-star pasta recipes). Learn the grocery shopping secrets everyone should know.
If you like to stock your spice shelf with exotic blends and unique herbs, look no further. You can find everything from bacon spice (!) to classic Herbes de Provence while rummaging through the food shelves. Check out this guide for every type of salt.
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Infused olive oil
The specialty oil selection at TJ Maxx is pretty extraordinary. Not only is the array of glass bottles filled with colorful oils and vinegars visually appealing, they all taste delicious and can elevate any meal. Want some more shopping advice? Learn which foods you should never buy in bulk.
Those who love to snack (i.e., all of us) drool over the bags of salty, midnight craving-worthy munchies like peanut butter pretzels, habanero salsa, and asiago three-seed crackers. Don't miss these munch-worthy homemade snack recipes.
The variety of popcorn at TJ Maxx is its own separate category from the other snacks. We never knew we needed lime fresco or black truffle popcorn on movie night until now. Plus, popcorn is actually way healthier than you thought.
Designer cake mix
Yep, baking mixes can be designer, too. Find the specialty brands like Martha Stewart and XO Baking Co. They're so decadent, they taste (almost) as good as homemade.
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Specialty health foods
Calling all health nuts! TJ Maxx rivals Whole Foods when it comes to its trendy, uber-healthy products. Think hemp seeds, kale chips and chia seed gel. Plus, they offer a lot of organic options for popular foods as well. Try these delicious and healthy snacks that can help you satisfy the cravings without guilt.
Your sweet tooth, satisfied. At least it will be after you walk out of the store. Your bag will be filled with gourmet chocolates, pecan praline cookies and crunchy dark chocolate biscotti. Next, check out these amazing foods you can find in Costco's regional food courts.