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13 Best And 13 Worst Things To Buy At Trader Joe's
Best: Unexpected Cheddar
Trader Joe’s is known for its excellent cheese section. One of the best cheeses you can find there is the Unexpected Cheddar Cheese.
The cheese has a balanced saltiness typical of cheddar but with underlying notes of Parmesan and a crumbly texture, making it perfect for snacking and cooking.
Worst: Everything Chips
Given the popularity of Trader Joe’s Everything But the Bagel Seasoning, it’s unfortunate that the Everything But the Bagel Seasoned Chips are a big miss.
The kettle chips are nice and crispy, but not enough seasoning sticks to the chips, leading to inconsistent flavor across bites and a noticeably unbalanced taste.
Best: Pancake Bread
Trader Joe's Pancake Bread is brimming with notes of cinnamon and sugar and a decadently soft texture with every bite, like a stack of buttermilk pancakes.
The streusel on top of this loaf is the icing on the cake, and it is one that would perfectly pair with a warm cup of coffee.
Worst: Kale Gnocchi
There are plenty of swaps you can make to lead a healthier life, but you should skip Trader Joe’s Kale Gnocchi which tastes overwhelmingly like kale.
The problem isn’t the kale flavor so much as the fact that no amount of butter, pesto, or tomato sauce can mask it. Frankly, Trader Joe's has much better pasta options.
Best: Dark Chocolate Cups
It might seem like these Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups are just a riff on Reese’s, but their quality and taste set them apart.
The quality of Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups is obvious, and the rich dark chocolate pairs perfectly with the peanut butter without being too chalky or bitter.