Trader Joe's MIA: Vanilla extract
- toodie jane Oct 3, 2006 02:46 AM
They moved everything in my local store around, including the spices. They now are a small section near the packaged flour and baking mixes, which actually makes sense. But no more pure vanilla extract!
Now it's just a very small bottle--2 oz?--and it is 'vanilla flavoring' in glycerine, with other bizarre ingredients too. The label tours it as "non-alcohol". Am I suppposed to be overjoyed?
Anyone out there still getting real vanilla extract at their TJ's?
Anyone know anything about this glycerine-based 'flavoring'?
I'm headed to Cost Plus tomorrow to see if they have any deals on good vanilla.
I'd appreciate any comments.
TJs is always terminating products without warning. That's why a shopper learns to stock up. :)
Just spoke with the Larchmont T.J.s. They have vanilla extract that's 35% alcohol, plus that alcohol-free version, which I agree is yucky. I haven't seen it for myself, but that's what I was told. The missing Grade B maple syrup is sad news.
OK, now I'm annoyed too. We don't have a local TJ but I visited one several hours away a while back and bought some fantastic vanilla extract. I ran out but had a chance to go to another TJ's a couple of weeks ago and blithely picked up a bottle. It's the glycerin stuff! I didn't even notice. I am not going to open it and will try to return it. Thanks for the heads up!
It shouldn't be a problem to return it at all. Trader Joe's has an amazing return policy. I recently had a whole TJs chicken go bad in the fridge before the pull date. I called and they said I didn't need to bring in the whole chicken (it smelled bad when I opened the package, so I tossed it) -- I didn't even need to bring in the receipt, just the tag with the price on it. When I got to the store I couldn't find the tag at first (it was buried in my purse) and the clerk said, "Oh, don't worry about it, I'll just scan the tag from one of the chickens in the case." A full refund with no chicken, no price tag, no receipt -- now THAT'S customer service! As it happened I did find the tag just before she was about to go get a chicken, but wow, was I impressed. The one other time I've needed to return something they were equally helpful and friendly about it.