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Trader Joe's Yay/Nay Thread - June 2013 [OLD]

We're heading into summer...can't wait to see what new summertime treats that Trader Joe's has in store for us! Let's discuss any items you have tried recently - would you give them a yay or a nay?

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  1. Last week's honeycot apricots were a great big YAY, but this week they didn't have them. So.... :-(

    1. Yay- Horseradish Cheddar potato chips: I know someone reviewed them in May and thought there were not that "horseradishhy"- but we must have had a different batch. They induced the burn in my nasal passageway. My only suggestion for improvement would be a thinner chip.

      Meh- Refrigerated Lemonade: I wanted something cold that I could drink on the spot. I liked that it has pulp, but it lacks a little pucker for me. I think I prefer the self stable. I bought some organic pink lemonade to try.

      No spotlight cheese in my store for June yet, but got some rosemary and olive oil asiago for snacking.

      ETA: Nay-lemon turnovers (Indiana) High crust to filling ratio- sweet without any tang.

      Was excited to see the spicy peanut dressing back on the shelf. I have a daily craving for it and the organic broccoli slaw. They have definitely become my #1 and #2 favorite TJ buys.

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      1. re: brilynn79

        Agree on the horseradish chips - quite spicy/sharp, but quite addictive.

        1. re: thursday

          I did not like them on first bite, but then I went back for another handful so...
          I don't think these will be a regular purchase for me.

        2. re: brilynn79

          I just did a salad with rice noodles, the broccoli slaw and that peanut dressing, tofu and bean sprouts - perfect hot-weather meal in almost no time!

          1. re: JulesNoctambule

            Oh, yum. That sounds right up my alley. What kind of rice noodles, did you get them at TJ's? The kind you just soak in water? Did you cook the tofu? Um, I guess I'm asking for the recipe! :-)

            1. re: Jpan99

              I just put some things together in a bowl, really! I used pressed, seasoned tofu that's available at TJ's, soaked the rice noodles (I used the thin kind that are easy to find in any Asian grocery), and tossed it with the slaw, bean sprouts, and some dressing with a little sambal oelek mixed in. Use more or less of whatever you want, or add some Thai basil, throw on some chopped peanuts, chill it or not - it's simple and tasty!

              1. re: JulesNoctambule

                Was at TJ's this afternoon and they didn't have the peanut sauce. :-( I may have to try another location. Love your recipe, thanks!

                1. re: Jpan99

                  Just whisk together your favourite peanut dressing and stick it in the fridge for when the urge strikes!

          2. re: brilynn79

            Thanks for the update on the refrigerated lemonade...I lived off of this last year and have been waiting for its return to the refrigerated section. Is the organic pink lemonade in the refrigerated section as well, or is it shelf stable?

            1. re: littleflower

              Shelf stable. You may still love the refrigerated one:)

          3. thanks for starting this littleflower. And thanks I think to the hound who mentioned the shortbread biscuits that only appear this time of year. I scored a package in the refrigerated section right next to the berries. Trying to wait til tomorrow to try the biscuits.
            Was surprised to see pie crusts in the frozen section again so I had to grab a package of them. I plan to make a chicken pot pie with my pie crust as it is a family favorite to use up leftover chicken. Don't care if the crust is a bit sweet and hard to work with, the pie still turns out better than any premade pie I've found.
            Could not leave without buying another almond danish pastry. I am so weak!

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            1. re: givemecarbs

              Absolutely...glad to update to a new thread for June, especially since we have been in the 300-400 posts range for each thread this year!

              1. re: littleflower

                Yes, thank-you thank-you thank-you! Without being a nudge can you remind people to use the Yay Nay Meh format? It's a big help for me.

            2. A big fat NAY on the fact that they just rolled out a brand new *gluten-free* version of the Joe Joe's cookies, but they're made with soy flour so I STILL can't try them :(

              For anyone who's interested, here's the intro blurb from the TJ's site:
              "Could we make a Trader Joe's decade-old cult cookie classic gluten free? For the answer, we turned to a trusted suppler with about 120 years of cookie baking under their belt – they understand the fundamentals of fabulous cookies and pride themselves on their innovative inclination. By Joe Joe's, they did it! Masterfully mixing high quality gluten-free flours, like corn flour, soy flour, rice flour, and potato flour, they came up with legitimately crispy, chocolate-y cookie wafers that sandwich a delicious vanilla bean cream, with real specks of vanilla seeds in the cream. We compared them to “similar” gluten-free cookies. There was no comparison – not in quality and not in price. Our delicious Gluten Free Chocolate Vanilla Creme Joe Joe's Cookies are an exceptional value at $3.99 for a 12.5 ounce box."

              1. It was my first time buying TJ's Almond Croissants (4 to a box) and I was surprised by how tasty they were.

                They are sold frozen. Leave them on a lined baking tray overnight on the counter. In the morning the croissants have risen very nicely, pop in a 350 oven for 20 mins and you have yeasty bakery fresh almond croissants worthy of a cup of Joe and your limited time in the AM. I believe they were about $4.00 (price check?).

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                1. re: HillJ

                  Those croissants are the devil HillJ. One time last winter I went nuts and bought one box of chocolate and one of almond. They make me glad to be alive!

                  1. re: HillJ

                    I love these too, had a box in my freezer for awhile. I forget to lay out on Saturday night to have Sunday morning:( Maybe this weekend...

                    1. re: brilynn79

                      @giveme & @brily, I bought them on whim after shopping TJ's with my son (home from college-loves TJ's) and was so surprised by own tasty they were. Bonus: my kitchen smelled like a bake shop! Good time saving value purchase. I haven't tried the plain or chocolate (yet).

                    2. re: HillJ

                      I'll give those a try. The chocolate ones were delicious, so you should pick up a box the next time you're there.

                      1. re: HillJ

                        Yay! I have been eying those almond croissants and finally bought them because of your post. Had a couple this morning. Just as good as the chocolate version. The filling is not overly sweet and just the right amount. Most of the almonds fell off the top but I prefer them without those anyway. The pastry is so light and tasty.

                        1. re: RussTheRaccoon

                          I'm so happy to hear that, Russ! The sliced almonds fell off in our box too and I stuck a few on right before baking. But I agree that they aren't overly sweet and had just the right amount of almond filling. My son bought 4 new boxes including the plain & chocolate(found those in the freezer!).