Recent Meals + Trader Joe’s Chocolate Chips Issues

vegetable sushi


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.



Author: The Cookie ChRUNicles

Hi! I'm Meredith. Join me while I run and cook my way through single motherhood. It is always an adventure trying to teach my 12 year old son the benefits of an active lifestyle combined with healthy eating while of course, still leaving room for dessert.

4 thoughts on “Recent Meals + Trader Joe’s Chocolate Chips Issues”

  1. How do we bring back the semi-sweet chocolate chips?! The new ones are terrible. I want my favorite chocolate chips back!

    1. RIGHT?! They do not taste the same as the chocolate chips in the old packaging even though they are telling us they are the same! I know there is something off – I am still eating them and trying to think they are the same but the taste is definitely off.

    1. I am so glad you sent me this article! I knew the chocolate chips were different, and while I appreciate that I can use them when I bake kosher cookies, I am very disappointed to have lost my favorite chocolate chips! Why couldn’t they have both?! It’s really upsetting. The new chocolate chips are just not the same when you want to eat them by the handful. And I love how I mentioned it at the store and the girl told me they are the same – I knew they weren’t!

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