Monday, December 18, 2017

Trader Joe's Vanilla Ice Cream Bon Bons With Chocolate Cookie Crust

Yah, they're as good as they look.

Will I buy it again? 

Probably not. Not because I didn't like them, but because my expanding waistline can't handle them.

Saturday, December 16, 2017


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

First visit to Trader Joe's

Five holiday movies paired with Trader Joe's snacks

12 favorite food finds from Trader Joe's

We taste-tested Trader Joe's holiday treats

Best holiday comfort foods and desserts at Trader Joe's

Taste test of egg nogs

Taste test of maple syrups

Best tweets of the week:

And finally, here's this week's cute cat rabbit in a Trader Joe's grocery bag:

Friday, December 15, 2017

Trader Joe's Mini Chocolate Mousse Presents

These are the same basic product as has appeared in two other holiday guises in the past--see here and here. Which means that they're wonderful and delectable and you should run out and get some while you can.

Will I buy it again? 

I will buy one container every time TJ's issues them in any form.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Trader Joe's Cheesy Trees

In their favor, these are the cheesiest cheese crackers I've ever had.

But on the demerit side, they're unforgivable brittle. No more than a quarter of the crackers were intact in the box, and even those would break on the first dip into anything denser than water. This property renders them useless for anything other than eating straight, or perhaps crumbling onto the top of soup.

Will I buy it again? 


Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Trader Joe's Holiday Frosted Sugar Cookies

These are OK, but not great. They're among the softest sugar cookies I've ever had, which is not a compliment. A little frosting on sugar cookies is acceptable, but it's much too thick here.

Will I buy it again? 

No. Store-bought sugar cookies are never as good as homemade, but even with appropriately lowered expectations, these don't measure up.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Trader Joe's Gluten Free Cranberry Orange Cake

The texture of this is not bad for a gluten-free cake--surprisingly normal, in fact.

The flavor is strong on the orange, not so much on the cranberry portion. I didn't like the big dollops of icing on top. Let's stick to the traditional even layer, please.

Will I buy it again? 

No, it didn't excite me that much. But if you're going to have holiday guests who eat gluten-free, it's not a bad choice.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Trader Joe's Hasselback Potatoes With Butter & Sea Salt

What you see is what you get (though the bits of green garnish in the photo are a "serving suggestion," not part of the product you buy). It's a potato, sliced, with butter and salt, and baked for you--though it still takes 30 minutes in the oven to take it from frozen to hot enough to serve.

It's hard to see the point of this. There's so little butter and salt that both Nina and I decided we needed to add more anyway. It's an entirely average potato otherwise--nothing special.

And do we really need to be flying potatoes here from FRANCE? Did Idaho and Oregon fall off the continent without anybody telling me?

Will I buy it again?