How have we been shopping at TJ's all these years and never knew about this?
While we could never tire of Trader Joe's wondrous aisles, our kids sure can. But what's a mama or papa to do when the kids start getting antsy for the checkout line and we still have 18 more after-school snacks to select?
The answer, friends, is simple: Keep them entertained with looking for the hidden stuffed animal inside the store.
As The Kitchn recently reported thanks to a Reddit thread, "A lot of customers don't realize it, even if they shop at Trader Joe's regularly, but somewhere in the store, the employees have hidden a stuffed animal. Any kid who finds the stuffed animal is given a special treat, like a lollipop, as a prize."
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To make sure the Reddit news was real, the article's author Elizabeth Licata got in touch with Trader Joe's public relations team. "Now, I cannot say that there is one in every single store, but in general, stores typically have one. It's a way to engage with kids in our store. If they locate the hidden stuffed toy, they just let a Crew Member know and they'll receive a treat," Kendra Friend-Daniel, the grocer's public relations director, told The Kitchn. "The type of stuffed toy and treat may vary store to store, but for example, in my local Trader Joe's there's a hidden penguin and when my daughters locate it, they receive a lollipop."
Well, there you have it. Yet another excuse to plan a TJ run. Can adults play too?