Thursday, April 27, 2017

Trader Joe's Peanut Butter & Chocolate Chunk Cookies


I have never been keen on putting chocolate chips in peanut butter cookies--or in anything else with peanuts or peanut butter, for that matter. In the 1970s Reese's TV ads--"You got chocolate in my peanut butter!" "You got peanut butter on my chocolate!"--I always thought both complainants had a valid gripe, and they should not make up in the end. I realize that I'm in a minority here, but peanut butter and chocolate do not make a good match. On this point I will not yield.

But I decided to give these cookies a try anyway. They are surprisingly good peanut butter cookies--by far the thickest I've ever seen. I prefer peanut butter cookies to be made with creamy peanut butter rather than chunky, but I can overlook this flaw.

If you are a weirdo who actually likes peanut butter and chocolate together, well, these should suit you well. For me, I enjoy the cookies right up until a chunk of chocolate gets into a bite. Then it's like hearing a wrong note in a nice Mozart sonata.


Will I buy it again? 

No.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Trader Joe's White Cheddar Popcorn


I have liked--even loved--cheesy popcorn, especially fresh-popped from a popcorn or candy store. But Trader Joe's version doesn't measure up, primarily because it's not cheesy enough. It's more like "hint of cheese" than "cheese." When the underlying popcorn is nothing special, just run-of-the-mill bagged stuff, as it is here, that leaves me with little reason to choose this.


Will I buy it again? 

No.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Trader Joe's Sriracha Flavored Baked Tofu


This is the first time in my life that I have purchased tofu. I've eaten tofu a couple of times, but didn't like it. I never bothered picking up any of the TJ's varieties before, because it's pointless to review something I know I'll hate. But this one, marinated in sriracha sauce, seemed like it had at least a fighting chance of being something that would pleasantly surprise me.

Nope. I managed to eat the portion that I served myself. It was less awful than other tofu I've had, and I didn't die, but I didn't enjoy it much. Granted, I know zilch about properly preparing the stuff, so I just took for granted that since it was "baked," it didn't need anything other than microwaving to heat. That may have been a mistake, and perhaps in more skilled hands, and with a more creative presentation than I gave it, it would come out better.


Will I buy it again? 

No.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Trader Joe's Organic Frosted Toaster Pastries--Brown Sugar & Cinnamon


I had high hopes for this, given the Top Ten status of the cherry-pomegranate version. But these are actually the least successful of the five in this line (the others being strawberry and pumpkin). Too much brown sugar, not enough cinnamon--and, as a result, just too sugary.


Will I buy it again? 

No.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Roundup

This is my weekly compilation of news and other links about Trader Joe's.


Trader Joe's favorites

Whole Foods versus Trader Joe's

Ten-minute dinners from Trader Joe's

20 healthy products from Trader Joe's

5 top Trader Joe's items under $5

A week of meals for $50 from Trader Joe's

8 Trader Joe's secrets, from a manager



Best tweets of the week:


Friday, April 21, 2017

Trader Joe's Organic 100% Prune Juice


Please review what I wrote here not long ago, about the two general categories of TJ's juices. This continues the trend discussed there. Smaller glass jar with a single-ingredient 100% fruit juice? Prediction is that it will be superb--and the prediction is correct.

It's thick, sort of like apricot nectar--full of bits of fruit solids, not filtered to clarity. This is perhaps the main quality that makes it so good, with a rich, complex set of flavors. Nina said, "I could drink this every day for the rest of my life." I'd join her.

I have a quibble with the name. If "prune" is understood as a dried plum, then the name makes no sense. It would be like calling grape juice "raisin juice." Nobody would dry a fruit, then try to squeeze juice from it. Poking around online, I see that sometimes "prune" is used to describe a fresh plum variety that is intended for drying into prunes. I suppose that might be how the word is being used here, but I still don't like it. Call the stuff "plum juice," for heaven's sake. But by any other name, it would taste as sweet.


Will I buy it again? 

Definitely. It's a new favorite, one of the best juices you can buy anywhere.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Trader Joe's Romaine Salad


For the first time ever, my Trader Joe's was out of both versions of the butter lettuce I routinely buy as half of a salad mix. (The other half is the Lemony Greens Blend, Spicy Spinach Blend, Power to the Greens, or Herb Salad Mix.) So I picked this instead.

I've never liked Romaine lettuce as much as butter lettuce. If I'm going to have it, I'd rather it be part of a blend, as in the Baby Lettuce Mix. It's primarily that thick stalk running down the middle of each leaf that I dislike. And this bag was no different. It will do in a pinch, as in this week's big salad bowl, but it will never be my first choice.


Will I buy it again? 

Only if like circumstances repeat themselves.