Saturday, June 25, 2016
Trader Joe's Chipotle Black Bean Dip
This is a brand-new product, not yet announced on the Trader Joe's web site. $1.69.
With my first bite of this, I thought, "Hey, that's pretty good."
With my second bite, I thought, "No--that's really good."
With my third bite, I thought, "Can I make something a Top Ten item after just three bites? Probably not."
With my fourth bite, I thought, "But with four I certainly can!"
This fabulous stuff has zoomed to the top of my favorite spread/dip kind of things, right up there with the best hummus and salsa.
Nina saw my reaction and asked me to articulate what about this dip make me like it so much. She's right to ask this, of course: she wants to know so that she gets a better read on what foods please me, and I need to be able to say something semi-meaningful when I write about my experience. (That was, after all, one of the motivations for starting this blog in the first place.)
So: I like its smooth but stiff texture. I.e., it's not chunky or runny. I like each of its major constituent parts--black beans, chipotle chiles, mild heat, sweetness, a little bit of vinegary acid bite--and I can easily find them all separately if I let my brain go into sensory-detection mode.
But the whole is greater than the sum of the parts, as they say. It's much harder to explain the gestalt than the components, but they all just work perfectly together to make me happy.
Will I buy it again?
I hope Trader Joe's has made a ton of this stuff, cuz I'm gonna be buying it all.