Recent Meals + Trader Joe’s Chocolate Chips Issues


Wednesday already! Who else is ready for a long holiday weekend?


Another week, another Chopt salad.

My son and I are in a good place with ordering from Chopt in that he trusts me to place his order along with mine and pick it up for him. For a while there he was insisting that he needed to place his own order and pick it up himself for it to be correct. Need for independence at 17, I guess? 

chops salad

Give me all of the hydrating fruits this time of year! There’s nothing better than fresh pineapple, watermelon, and cantaloupe right now.

I’m always eating berries but I love all the fruits and need them in the house at all times once it’s warm outside.


I’m on a stir-fry kick as of late, especially when I don’t know what to make for dinner.

stir fry

I hadn’t had sushi in a while.

vegetable sushi

Okay so let’s discuss something very important.

Trader Joe’s changed the packaging for my favorite semi-sweet chocolate chips. Well, at least I think they did? I could be wrong.

Here’s what happened.

I grabbed a few bags of semi-sweet chocolate chips from the shelf even though I saw that the packaging was different. I just assumed in that quick moment that they changed the original packaging since I didn’t see my usual chocolate chips on the shelf.

trader joes semi sweet chocolate chips

Packaging shouldn’t be a big deal but I decided while eating the chocolate chips that they might taste a little bit different too. At times I thought it was because I was looking at the package which made me think I was eating something different so I literally put the package away (I like to eat them straight from the bag) to try to determine if the chocolate tastes the same.

It was a real issue I was having until I read gluten-free AND dairy-free listed on the package. The original Trader Joe’s semi-sweet chocolate chips are not dairy-free. In fact, there was a debate a few years ago about Trader Joe’s semi-sweet chocolate chips being dairy-free and considered Kosher Pareve — but they weren’t. So the label was changed.

Trader Joe's semi sweet chocolate chips

Anyway, I need to go to Trader Joe’s today or tomorrow to see if my regular semi-sweet chocolate chips are back on the shelf or if these dairy-free chocolate chips have replaced them.

I’m not sure what is going on but I miss my chocolate.



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