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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - August 2014 [OLD]

It’s August…already? The last days of summer are in the near future and kids will be headed back to school soon. Never fear, there’s still plenty of time for plenty of summer fun and relaxation.

What products have you tried recently? Would you rate them a YAY, MEH or NAY?

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  1. Crunchy Curls lentil-potato snack: Big YAY!

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    1. re: Bob W

      The crunchy curls are back?! YES!!!!!

      --DommY!

      1. re: Dommy

        This might be odd.. but I used to eat them with ketchup whenever I had a taste for french-fries. Try them with ketchup!

        1. re: Dommy

          Never heard of or saw these. They are on the list for next trip!

          1. re: Dommy

            I tried the Crunchy Curls on the basis of these two YAYS, and am chiming in to make it three. I ate them before looking at the ingredient list. To me, they taste ever-so-slightly cheesy, in a good way, though they contain no dairy.
            They are exceptionally crunchy but not very salty, which is a plus in my book!

            1. re: greygarious

              We tried these after all the raves and they were fantastic. Thanks for the recommendation!

        2. Just bought the Diet Lemonade and it's definitely a NAY. It's going back tonight, ugh!

          www.saffron215.blogspot.com

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          1. re: mcel215

            Are you speaking of the low calorie lemonade in the shelf stable juice section? I ALMOST bought that today because I wanted to see what it would taste like with the stevia in it. Looking to try to reduce my regular sugar intake since I drink so much lemonade, but decided to go with the sure bet, shelf stable Organic Lemonade instead.

            1. re: littleflower

              I agree with mcel - definitely a nay. I tried it once when they were sampling it and it tastes overpoweringly of artificial sweetener. (And I'm a regular diet soda drinker, so I've got quite a tolerance - but this stuff is just gross tasting.)

              1. re: littleflower

                Yes, it is the low calorie lemonade in the shelf. I bought it because TJ's has a great return policy. I also want to lower my sugar intake, but I'd rather not drink anything before I drink that stuff, it's awful.

                Now don't get me wrong, I am thrilled with lots of products from Trader Joe's, just not this one.

                www.saffron215.blogspot.com

              2. re: mcel215

                And here I thought I have been imagining things. I gotta agree. Unfortunately Trader Joe's is way to far for me to return it. I wonder how I can make it taste better.

                1. re: mcel215

                  It's a NAY for me too. I alwyas buy the regular organic lemonade, although I find it is really strong and dilute by half. Grandsons, the regular lemonade drinkers, don't have any issues with the dilution ratio and they are pretty critical.

                  After I tasted the diet variety, I thought, at best, I can use it sparingly to make a lemon flavored water. That seems to be the best, but it still has that heavy citric acid taste/feel to it. FYI to gildeddawn, it does not have any artificial sweetener. It's sweetened with regular organic cane sugar and stevia.

                  1. re: Harts52

                    Oh, sorry, you're right - I was classing stevia as an artificial sweetener, because it tastes like one. My mistake, though.

                    1. re: gildeddawn

                      Funny how some things stick in your head. All last night I was thinking "gildeddawn is right, it tastes like artificial sweetener."

                      I think it's the stevia that gives it the horrid taste!

                      Not ever being a fan of stevia, I had a container of unused truvia in my pantry. I also had an abundance of cucumbers and a pack of "make your own bread and butter pickles" mix. I made them with the truvia and they have the EXACT crappy taste.

                      I have resolved to stop avoiding sugar. I'm putting the "avoid sugar" advice from nutritionists in the same category as the "avoid fat" advice. My cholesterol didn't go down until I ditched the pretend fat foods and started eating real butter and real cheese. So much for the smarty-pants nutritionists.

                      1. re: Harts52

                        I'm not exactly avoiding sugar but I often use Splenda instead of the real stuff, because it dissolves quickly in cold liquids. Real sugar for baking etc.

                        1. re: John Francis

                          Has anyone tried the coconut sugar that TJ's is now carrying? I picked up a package of it on my last trip there - haven't yet used it, but it smells kind of like brown sugar to me. Wondering how it will taste if I used it in place of regular sugar in coffee?

                          1. re: littleflower

                            Its great in coffee! I use it in mine once in a while- anywhere you would use regular sugar. It doesn't taste like coconut.

                            1. re: littleflower

                              I haven't tried the TJ's in particular but in general, it has a mild and distinctive flavor. In coffee, it reminds me a little of chicory if you use enough.

                              The flavor is somewhat like a cross between brown sugar and sorghum or cane syrup or molasses. Ttrockwood is right, nothing like coconut.

                              Nothing wrong with it, but I don't really have any particular use for it that regular sugar or unrefined sugar won't work for. Mostly I use it when I cook Thai food because I don't keep palm sugar.

                            2. re: John Francis

                              domino now makes a superfine sugar. works great in cold drinks.

                              http://www.dominosugar.com/sugar/quic...

                              1. re: Vidute

                                domino's overpriced superfine has ben around for decades. to make your own: put some granulated sugar in a food processor or blender and turn it on:)

                                1. re: wonderwoman

                                  For sweetening cold drinks, the easiest and least expensive solution is to make simple syrup and keep it in the frig. 1 cup of regular sugar and one cup of water and simmer until sugar disolves. Keeps at least a month in the frig.

                                  1. re: wonderwoman

                                    I read that a few years ago and it does work. I rarely use powdered sugar but when I need some, I just but some regular sugar in the blender or the electric coffee grinder.

                              2. re: Harts52

                                Yeah, agreed - the taste of stevia is just...terrible. I bought the powdered stuff from TJ's once, actually, a million years ago, and returned it because it was just so gross. So, that's a retroactive nay, too.

                            3. re: Harts52

                              I also cut the Organic Lemonade with half water/half lemonade and pour it over ice. Super refreshing combination.

                              I also occasionally buy the Organic Pink Lemonade and combine 1/4 cup pink lemonade, 1/4 cup TJ's sparkling limeade, and 1/2 cup water over ice.

                              1. re: littleflower

                                Have you ever mixed the mango with the lemonade? I bought some mango lemonade from an organic farmer in my area and the grandsons loved it but it was pricey. When I saw organic mango nectar at TJs, I grabbed it. I'm hoping the guys like it. Not sure what ratio to use, though.

                                1. re: Harts52

                                  Nay on the mango nectar. Ugh. The grandsons liked it okay. They cut it with soda water. I sent it home with them. It seemed like it would work for a reduction for chicken, but who needs 64 oz. of mango nectar for that? I won't be buying it again but I have a request for a case of the lemonade :-)

                              2. re: mcel215

                                I didn't try the regular one but I liked the low calorie pink lemonade. I got a bottle last week. But I always dilute bottled beverages and juices a touch and add ice too so maybe that's why it didn't seem overly sweet to me?

                                1. re: mcel215

                                  yeah..........I have had some bad ersatz lemonades and this is right up there

                                2. YAY - 100% Cherry Juice. So rich and delicious. Perfect with vodka AND with whiskey.

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                                  1. re: huntandharvest

                                    Makes a wonderful base for Hungarian cold sour cherry soup. Just need good sour cherries (frozen are ok), lemon juice, cinnamon stick, and a little sugar. Cook briefly then chill well and serve with a dollop of sour cream. Delish on a hot summer night! Also good for dessert...over vanilla ice cream!

                                    1. re: josephnl

                                      Would TJ's Morello Cherries work for this? Are they sour enough?

                                      1. re: Harts52

                                        Never had them, but if they're reasonably sour they would. You could also up the lemon juice. Fresh cherries (of course) are the best, and pitting with a potter is not too much of a chore. Frozen are acceptable. Depending upon what cherries use use, adjust the cooking time carefully. You do not want the cherries to taste raw, but neither do you want them mush.

                                        1. re: Harts52

                                          They work great in any sour cherry recipe really. I love those things!

                                          1. re: Harts52

                                            Yes--I use those all the time and they work great. I strain the juice and cook in flavored water (sugar, cinnamon stick, lemon peel). The make a sour cream slurry to thicken.

                                        2. re: huntandharvest

                                          On a *somewhat* related note, sampled the Sweet Cherries today - really good quality - Yay.

                                          1. re: littleflower

                                            I bought a box. $5.99 for 2 lbs. They are very good, definitely a YAY! They are from Washington.

                                          2. re: huntandharvest

                                            And tequila- a nice inexpensive Cuervo Gold or similar with cherry juice, and my favorite guilty pleasure, a little Cherry Republic's cherry juice concentrate, over ice and stirred to blend. Heaven in a glass.

                                          3. Yay! for Salsa Autentica. Great smokey chile flavor.

                                            1. YAY for the Pane Guttiau. It certainly lives up to all the rave reviews. I doubt that I'll buy it again because I just couldn't figure out what to do with it, but it got me googling recipes so I might try that and make small manageable pieces. I'm thinking it'd be heaven topped with thin slices of cheese and fruit and prosciutto.

                                              1. I know it's been praised before, but YAY to the Belgian Chocolate Pudding. Just the salve needed for my son who had his wisdom teeth out.

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                                                1. re: roxlet

                                                  That stuff is WAY too delicious. I cannot have it in the house.

                                                  1. re: ChristinaMason

                                                    Right. He didn't finish it after his mouth started feeling better, and I had to toss the remainder...but not before sticking a finger in it just to make sure it was still OK.

                                                  2. re: roxlet

                                                    I'm one of a few who gives it a nay. For me, it's cloyingly thick. I tried the tapioca recently and give it a nay, too. The pearls felt like they were larger and starchier than I am used to. Sigh...I think I'm a Kozy girl. I will be the first to admit I have a crap palate.

                                                    1. re: Harts52

                                                      Harts, the same goes for me as well in regards to the belgian chocolate pudding. I really wanted to like it but it was too chocolately rich and thick for me.

                                                      1. re: littleflower

                                                        me too, which surprised the hell out of me:)

                                                      2. re: Harts52

                                                        Assume you mean the Kozy puddings, right? I find them all delicious...especially the tapioca and the caramel custard. I could probably eat a dozen custards in a row...but would then be really sick!

                                                        1. re: josephnl

                                                          Yep, those are the ones. I've only tried the tapioca and rice. Didn't care for the rice but I was thinking it was just the type of pudding, not the brand (I never had rice pudding up to then). Love Kozy's tapioca.

                                                      3. re: roxlet

                                                        I have a love/hate relationship with their pudding with the latter finally winning out so that it's been more than year since I've bought it.

                                                        LOVE that it's a dark chocolate pudding. Flavor is just perfect.

                                                        HATE that half the time it's not 100% smooth and has little bits throughout texturally which completely spoils the enjoyment of it for me. After a few dozen purchases I got tired of rolling the dice and gave up on this. :(

                                                        1. re: NuMystic

                                                          You could always put it through a sieve.

                                                          1. re: NuMystic

                                                            Have to change subject for a moment- just "discovered" Jeni's ice cream- the latest i am trying is a dark chocolate- ridiculously pricey but also ridiculously good- and super smooth, so if you can find it ,and want to splurge definitely a step-up from choco -pudding. Don't know where you are, but they also have a web-site and scoop shops (not near me) and even mail order

                                                            1. re: 51rich

                                                              I have both of her books. They are outstanding recipes. I finally got to try her pints, and the taste was nearly identical to mine!

                                                              1. re: Becca Porter

                                                                I've been tempted to buy her books, but most of my "cooking" is confined to just reading the books and then never making anything from them. Maybe in the spring,I will add them- ice cream is definitely summer food for me.

                                                            2. re: NuMystic

                                                              That's strange. I've been buying the Belgian chocolate pudding off and on for a long time and have never ever found its texture less than smooth.

                                                              1. re: John Francis

                                                                Meanwhile I've got half a tub in my fridge right now that I bought last night. After posting that comment I thought I'd give it one last try. No sizable bits in this batch but still incredibly grainy when compared to any other cooked commercial, home made, or restaurant pudding I've ever had.

                                                                Seems we've just got different standards of what we consider "smooth" in a pudding. I'm clearly in the minority but I'm far from the only one. Even in the SeriousEats pudding taste testing some others reported the same experience even though it didn't keep it from being their top rated pudding overall:

                                                                "A vocal minority strongly disliked this pudding for its texture, thinking it grainy, pasty, and too thick—closer to frosting than pudding."

                                                                It's a shame (for me) too because when it comes to flavor it's my favorite overall as well.

                                                                1. re: NuMystic

                                                                  No, I agree. It's delicious, but far from silky.

                                                            3. YAY- new cold pressed "green" juice. I usually make my own but grabbed one running errands after checking out the ingredients. Great flavor but potentially too "green" for those who don't often drink veggie juices, nice hit of plant based protein too.

                                                              There's also a "red" with beets and a "yellow" that looks sweeter with pineapple and apple. $5, which is half what most cold pressed green juice is from organic ave, juice press etc (although theirs are also organic)

                                                               
                                                               
                                                               
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                                                                1. re: Tripeler

                                                                  but it cleanses your cilia instead. LOL

                                                                2. re: Ttrockwood

                                                                  Still loving this green juice, also tried the "red" which was very good. Couldn't even taste the beet in the red one.
                                                                  Both of TJs versions have a ton more produce in them than the "evolution" juices at a similar price point (sold at starbucks among other locations), which also list the amount of produce on the side

                                                                  1. re: Ttrockwood

                                                                    I'm a big fan of all three. The yellow is sweet, but not overly so, since it's tempered w/cucumber, yellow pepper, and lime. Love the red and green too, though the green is definitely the most assertive. Highly recommend.

                                                                  2. I'm that weird person who primarily goes to TJ's for frozen food and the occasional snacks.

                                                                    Meh to the frozen scallion pancakes. They taste fine, but are Korean-style, which means they are very thick (almost latke-like) and have other vegetables inside... I prefer my scallion pancakes Chinese-style.

                                                                    Yay to the Sublime Ice Cream Sandwiches. I love chipwiches and the Trader Joe's ones are delicious. The rolling in extra chocolate chips is nice, and the cookies are chewier than other chipwich cookies I've had, which is fantastic.

                                                                    Huge, huge yay to the frozen Poutine. Until I can a) find cheese curds at a local supermarket, or b) go to Canada for the authentic stuff, Trader Joe's frozen Poutine has to do in a pinch... and every time I buy it, I end up eating the whole package.

                                                                    Another huge, huge yay to the Mac and Cheese Bites and Arancini Bites. I LOVE THESE THINGS. I do sometimes wish these were microwaveable (because I hate waiting 8 minutes to take these cheesy treasures out of the super-hot oven.) But it's okay, because the waiting is worth it.

                                                                    Do I even have to give a reason for my YAY to both the Speculoos Cookie Butter and the cookies themselves?

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                                                                    1. re: shenanigans11

                                                                      Love the Speculoos cookies dipped in local honey and sprinkled with a bit of sea salt. Trust me, it is yum.

                                                                      1. re: shenanigans11

                                                                        I also like the frozen foods. I like the potato pancakes (latkes)
                                                                        They are not too thick and have the right amount of onions. My son loves the fettucini alfredo . I buy a frozen tortellini entre that contains cherry tomatoes and zucchini.(I bring it to work for lunch occasionally.) I like the mini ice cream cones.

                                                                        1. re: shenanigans11

                                                                          I, too, love their frozen foods. If you like feta, I can HIGHLY recommend the feta/carmelized onion pastry bites. Little bits of heaven. I try not to buy them, because I eat the entire package. A perfect dinner for me is a plate with some of those, some of the mac and cheese bites, some Morningstar chicken nuggets (not a TJ's product, I know) and some fruit to balance it out :)

                                                                          1. re: schrutefarms

                                                                            Second the recommendation for the feta/caramelized onion pastry bites. One of my favorite TJ's frozen derves.

                                                                        2. BOO!...they discontinued carrying the imported buffalo mozzarella!

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                                                                          1. re: Novelli

                                                                            Yes. I've posted my dismay on the "discontinued items" TJ thread.

                                                                            Sucks balls. Fresh buffalo mozzarella balls, to be exact.

                                                                          2. NAY on the New Mexico Piñon Coffee. $6.99 for a 12 oz. can. It is a medium roast and grind. No noticeable taste from the pine nuts and the coffee is very mild and requires using an extra scoop to get something drinkable. Just bleh and weak and non-descript, like bad diner coffee. Very disappointing.

                                                                            1. YAY! for the champagne grapes. $1.99 for 1 lb. clamshell. Sweet, tiny bunches. I just eat the small stems, too.

                                                                              A caution, though. They were picked a week ago, so it was necessary to look at about five packages to get one that didn't have mushy, leaking grapes on the bottom.

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                                                                              1. re: RussTheRaccoon

                                                                                those grapes are so amazing, but I have also noticed that they are all a bit over ripened in the store.

                                                                                1. re: CulinaryInspiration

                                                                                  Yes, indeed. I must of picked up and examine ten boxes before I found one that was okay. That is often the case at my TJ's--overripe or damaged fruit left out with the rest. Sometimes there is none of a particular type that I will buy.

                                                                                  I went into Fairway the other day and was shocked at some of the huge piles of mushy fruit. They needed to throw a lot of it away.

                                                                              2. With all the groans about the quality of TJs handmade tortillas, I couldn't resist posting this (hope it isn't considered inappropriate for the board):

                                                                                http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Yu7Kb...

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                                                                                1. re: Harts52

                                                                                  I just had a blt on one of TJs homemade tortillas and I have to say, I consider myself very lucky to have really really good ones. I know this is tied to whatever local baker supplying TJs so for Pittsburgh, these are a huge YAY. The homemade ones are going to have to be crazy good and fun to make to beat out TJs.

                                                                                  1. re: Harts52

                                                                                    I make them better (I think), by placing them on my glass stove top on medium heat and using tongs cook and flip for a minute or two.

                                                                                    It makes them more pliable and they don't have that raw or uncooked flavor any longer.

                                                                                    Just a suggestion. :)

                                                                                    www.saffron215.blogspot.com

                                                                                    1. re: mcel215

                                                                                      I have a gas stove, although I've seen tv chefs cook tortillas on the grates. Don't know that I'm that adventurous.

                                                                                      I just saw something on facebook this morning - tortillas used to make french toast and then filled with fruit for a wrap. Yum!

                                                                                      I'd better get back to yay/nay before I get scolded. Sorry peeps.

                                                                                      1. re: Harts52

                                                                                        I always warm tortillas on the hob of my gas grill, both corn and flour. Just flip them every five seconds or so and pull them when they're warm, soft and lightly browned.

                                                                                        The homemade tortillas would taste terrible just out of the package, but that's true of all flour tortillas. Big yay from me.

                                                                                        1. re: Jenny Ondioline

                                                                                          Mine are actually delicious straight out of the package. I'm feeling extra lucky. We do have some outstanding bread bakers in Pittsburgh. I don't know who is responsible but they are getting my smiles. I wonder if they're the same people making the organic white bread (awful). I'll have to ask.

                                                                                2. YAY--Peanutters. New peanut-cookies... I brought these to my two cousins for movie-night, and we went through the container. I am pretty sure they fed a few to the dog too because he really loves peanut-butter. Anyway, they are small and hit the peanut-butter flavor well. Somehow taste like natural peanut-butter.

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                                                                                  1. re: GraceW

                                                                                    GraceW I totally agree - I am on my third tub of those Peanutters peanut butter cookies. Extremely good PB cookie hard to stop eating them once you start!

                                                                                    1. re: GraceW

                                                                                      they were sampling those when I went to TJ's on Saturday. They spread just a bit of the cocoa almond spread on them.

                                                                                      1. re: GraceW

                                                                                        Yes, littleflower--I think they would probably become an addiction of mine, if I ever bought them for myself again... unless I had company coming over.

                                                                                        That being said, they are 25 calories each--so I guess that is pretty sensible compared to other cookies.

                                                                                        Coney with everything--cocoa almond spread on these would be awesome. Even better would be if you used two as a sandwich and put it in between.

                                                                                          1. re: GraceW

                                                                                            Big giant yay as well. They're delicious! <3

                                                                                          2. Oh no! This is a BIG YAY :-/ Trader Joe's Pretzel Slims. They are so tasty. The "oh no" is because it is very very hard to limit intake...for me, at least. In the future, I will force myself to use it as a carrier for something that has some nutritional value so I don't eat as many. I have evil thoughts of drizzling these buggers with chocolate though and packaging them as sweet/salty treats for the holidays.

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                                                                                            1. re: Harts52

                                                                                              I looovvee the "everything" pretzel slims! Perfect paired with cherry tomatoes and cucumber slices.

                                                                                              And, um... Don't look too closely at the shelves. There's a dark chocolate covered version of pretzel slims that are....terrible! Horrible! You would never like them!
                                                                                              ;)

                                                                                                1. re: Ttrockwood

                                                                                                  If you like the everything pretzel slims then you definitely need to try the everything bagel chips. The bagel chips contain even more of the "everything" flavor in each bite.

                                                                                                  1. re: littleflower

                                                                                                    I did try them once and loved the flavor but I'm just not a big bagel chip person...they're too thick and hard or....something for me. I want them to make everything flavored hummus for me to dip the everything pretzels in!

                                                                                                    1. re: littleflower

                                                                                                      i like the everything crackers much better than the bagel chips-which i do not care for btw-too crunchy/crisp

                                                                                                  2. re: Harts52

                                                                                                    If you have a Fresh Market nearby.... their pretzels thins are amazing! The best!

                                                                                                    1. re: Becca Porter

                                                                                                      I believe we have one Fresh Market in the Pittsburgh Metro area. It's in an area of the city that I don't get to very often, but I may find my way there sometime soon. Thanks for the tip!

                                                                                                      1. re: Becca Porter

                                                                                                        They are called Splitz. I bought two bags yesterday.

                                                                                                    2. Yay - and I will NOT be buying again - Chocolate Sunflower Seeds. These are so bloody good! Hard to just have one handful.

                                                                                                      Yay - Chocolate covered powerberries - now these I can control since they are dark chocolate. Tasty and not too sweet.

                                                                                                      Meh- Chocolate filled with caramel (small bars usually available at checkout). Not bad - I inhaled so fast I didn't really get a chance to taste.

                                                                                                      1. Yay to the Crunchy Curls – at first they were a Meh/Nay, because the texture is styrofoamy... but they soon became a Yay because they taste toasty and potato-y and nutty and are addicting as heck. Thanks to whomever recommended them!

                                                                                                        Yay to Virgil's Root Beer. The last time I had this stuff was the last time I was on Nantucket... which was years ago. This root beer is magical.

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                                                                                                        1. re: shenanigans11

                                                                                                          shenanigans...not at TJs but if you like Dr Pepper, the Virgil's Dr Better is indeed better. Less cloyingly sweet

                                                                                                          1. re: coney with everything

                                                                                                            Coney - great news! TJ's is now carrying bottles of Dr. Better!! I lived off of Dr. Pepper to help me stay awake during exam weeks in college. I bought a bottle today which is currently cooling in the refrigerator - can't wait to try it!

                                                                                                            1. re: littleflower

                                                                                                              I hadn't have Dr.Pepper in a long time.Its a pretty good soda.

                                                                                                          2. re: shenanigans11

                                                                                                            If your TJs has Virgil's Cream Soda, try that too. My daughter loves it.

                                                                                                            1. re: shenanigans11

                                                                                                              Your post has convinced me to give this root beer a try. I always bought the Vintage Cola and Vintage Root Beer before TJ's decided to discontinue them!

                                                                                                              1. re: littleflower

                                                                                                                my fave root beer ,by far is abita from new orleans,nowadays several markets in the ny area carry it.they also make regular beer so some large beer carriers will sometimes have it

                                                                                                              2. re: shenanigans11

                                                                                                                shenanigans, I felt the same way about the curls. I bought my first bag a few months ago (based on a rec from an earlier version of this thread) and when I first tasted them, couldn't figure out why people raved about them. Then I kept eating and before I knew it, I had finished the whole bag... and immediately went back to TJs to buy another one.

                                                                                                                1. re: shenanigans11

                                                                                                                  Just tried the Virgil's Root Beer - this gets a YAY from me as well. Nice well-rounded root beer flavor.

                                                                                                                2. YAY - Jelly beans. I usually hate jelly beans but these all taste vaguely real and there are a large number of flavors all things considered.

                                                                                                                  1. YAY - Turkey Corndogs. Maybe my base of comparison is low (I hadn't had a corndog since I was in elementary school), but these are amazing. Great cornbread flavor and the turkey dog is moist. I could easily eat a whole box..

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                                                                                                                    1. re: huntandharvest

                                                                                                                      Yes, I picked up a box of these as well from the frozen section, and the breading is good and has great flavor.

                                                                                                                    2. I bought/tried the Manuka honey; WHY did I do that? It was $11, (for a very small plastic jar) tasted strange, not sweet. It's supposed to be good for you...

                                                                                                                      This is a NAY

                                                                                                                      1. My TJ finally got in the frozen Argentinian shrimp again so I bought it .. don't know the best way to cook this item .. any suggestions?

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                                                                                                                        1. re: walker

                                                                                                                          I saute very quickly in oil or add to greens to cook a few minutes. I don't get this. My usual store never has them but the store 20 minutes in the other direction usually does.

                                                                                                                          1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                            I had the same question about cooking those shrimp. I just bought some but haven't done anything with them yet. When you say saute quickly, is that from the frozen state, or do you defrost them 1st, such as a few minutes in a water bath?

                                                                                                                          2. re: walker

                                                                                                                            I roast them in spices with broccoli and lemon peel.

                                                                                                                          3. YAYx100 for Coffee Bean Blast Ice Cream. It's truly wicked! I could inhale an entire pint without coming up for air. Although obviously not traditional, a few scoops topped off with an espresso makes a wonderful affogato.

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                                                                                                                            1. re: josephnl

                                                                                                                              I think they sampled this with the chocolate covered sunflower seeds a few weeks ago...I used to think I didn't even like coffee ice cream!

                                                                                                                              1. re: josephnl

                                                                                                                                TJ's coffee ice cream is really good. It's my favorite. It's also a very good price at TJ's--is it $4.49 or $4.99 for the quart? (It's actually a full quart, not a pint!)

                                                                                                                                I went to Fairway today because they had their own brand of ice cream on sale at two for $6. That's pints, not quarts. They had some new flavors I wanted to try, like fig and Saba. I also wanted to compare their coffee ice cream to TJ's.

                                                                                                                                Turns out those flavors are considered premium ice creams and were not even on sale. They were the full price, $5.49. Again, that's a $5.49 a pint, not for a full quart like TJ's. No way was I going to pay well over twice the price compared to TJ's. I just made them refund the sale and crossed the street and stopped by TJ's on the way home.

                                                                                                                                1. re: RussTheRaccoon

                                                                                                                                  It's #3.99 a quart at my TJs in Pittsburgh ;-P

                                                                                                                                  1. re: Harts52

                                                                                                                                    Probably the same here, too. That just reinforces my point that the Fairway ice cream was way overpriced compared to TJ's.

                                                                                                                                  2. re: RussTheRaccoon

                                                                                                                                    The fairway brand ice cream and sorbets are a "meh" at best. Wait for when they put Talenti on sale, happens with some frequency, 2/$6 with some amazing flavors. Haven't tried their coffee yet but the pistachio, blood orange sorbetti, and salted caramel are favorites

                                                                                                                                2. Meh for the frozen polenta provencale with peas and spinach. I didn't find the cream sauce it's in to be the littlest bit spicy, which it's advertised as, and I find the whole thing a little bland overall.

                                                                                                                                  1. YAY for taste - Daelmans Caramel Bites/Mini Stroopwafels: I saw these hanging up right next to the coffee/tea section and thought they would be great with a cup of tea. The caramel makes these cookies slightly chewy with a delicate caramel flavor. I enjoyed them until I read the ingredients list (when am I going to learn to read it before I buy something?) and found out it contains vegetable margarine. NAY for that ingredient being included.

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                                                                                                                                    1. re: littleflower

                                                                                                                                      Lactose intolerant/dairy free/vegan can only eat vegetable margarine (most margarines also contain lactose and or milk products). This is a better ingredient than Crisco for cookies.

                                                                                                                                      1. re: Cathy

                                                                                                                                        I would suggest that you give these cookies a try then except for the fact that at the bottom it says it contains milk/lactose as well!

                                                                                                                                        1. re: littleflower

                                                                                                                                          Oh. Well then the vegetable margarine means nothing as far as the ingredient list goes. Strange.

                                                                                                                                          Mom gets the large Stroopwafels from a friend each Christmas, places on top of the hot coffee/tea cup and the steam softens the cookie. I get to try one a year. The minis will be like a holiday treat...

                                                                                                                                    2. Hear ye, here YAY! I wish I could say Lexington has the THOMCORDS, but there's no TJ's there. However, I am playing Paula Revere to announce that Burlington MA has the THOMCORD grapes in!!!
                                                                                                                                      It seems to me that this is earlier in the season than they've previously had them, so time will tell if they have a longer season this year, or if it's just moved up. A woman with two teenagers was standing chatting in front of that part of the chilled case, so I asked if I could duck past her to grab a couple of clamshells. She was unfamiliar with the Thomcords so I opened one of the ones I was buying and gave her one. After she popped it into her mouth, she kept repeating, "Oh my God, oh my GOD!" as she put 3 clamshells into her cart, then thanked me for introducing her to them. One of the clerks recommended the champagne grapes. I tasted one - they are cute but to me taste like other red grapes, nothing unusual. They've got nothing on the Thomcords.

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                                                                                                                                        1. re: zitronenmadchen

                                                                                                                                          They are a hybrid of Concord and Thompson seedless. The flavor is a blend of both. They look like Concords, with a delicious slip skin and seeds that are so tiny that you ignore them. Some individual Thomcords seem to be seedless.

                                                                                                                                        2. re: greygarious

                                                                                                                                          I've bought the Thomcords for a couple of weeks here in CA, and while they are a general YAY they are a meh in comparison to previous years. Not as much great Concord flavor.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: greygarious

                                                                                                                                            I tried the Thomchords and find them to be only MEH. I prefer nice crunchy red grapes (though I've had biodynamic Thompsons - not from TJs - and if you ever see THOSE, they're not to be missed).

                                                                                                                                            1. re: NativeMiami

                                                                                                                                              I prefer nice crunchy Red/Green Grapes.I bought some really good Organic Grapes from Safeway.Those suckers were $3.49 lb.They were the best Grapes.I was in TJ friday and saw some
                                                                                                                                              big juicy grapes.

                                                                                                                                          2. YAY--to the fact that Trader joe's just added again Cashew Butter for $6.99 to their stock of nut-butters. I won't be able to try it for a bit, but when they used to sell it (maybe the 90s? or ~2000 or maybe 2004), it was an everyday love of mine. Let's hope it is good--the price does make me a little suspicious though because it is cheaper than I typically see.

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                                                                                                                                            1. re: GraceW

                                                                                                                                              Another product that caught my eye on the new product shelf was Chicago Popcorn. Bags of caramel popcorn + cheddar popcorn that I can only assume comes from that famous popcorn shop in Chicago. Sadly I won't be trying it since I do not digest popcorn well, but you popcorn fans out there will probably love it!

                                                                                                                                              1. re: littleflower

                                                                                                                                                Uh oh, my favorite--it will be interesting to see what the ingredients are. My guess would be that it would be re-packaged G.H. Cretors.. not Garrett's.

                                                                                                                                                1. re: GraceW

                                                                                                                                                  Ingredients: dry roasted cashews, sunflower oil, sea salt, and less than 1% dry roasted almonds.
                                                                                                                                                  I find the addition of the almonds in there kind of odd but I still want to try it.

                                                                                                                                                  Edited: Sorry! I thought you meant cashew butter ingredients. Not the popcorn!!

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: GraceW

                                                                                                                                                    It's good - I bought some today.

                                                                                                                                                    Ingred: Air popped popcorn, brown sugar, cane sugar, sunflower oil, butter, brown rice syrup, cheddar cheese powder, sea salt, soy lecithin and baking soda.

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Savour

                                                                                                                                                      That Popcorn sounds different but certainly worth a try.

                                                                                                                                                  2. re: littleflower

                                                                                                                                                    Re: Littleflower.. I tried our store, and we didn't have any new popcorn. :(

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: GraceW

                                                                                                                                                      Hmm...maybe your store hasn't gotten it in yet. Has anyone else seen bags of Chicago Popcorn on the new product shelf in their store?

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: littleflower

                                                                                                                                                        Yes, they had it at my store in LA.

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: aching

                                                                                                                                                          It was in my store in Columbus, OH

                                                                                                                                                  3. re: GraceW

                                                                                                                                                    And I haven't seen it at the actual store yet, but supposedly Trader Joe's peanut butter with the flax and chia seeds has returned!!!
                                                                                                                                                    Good week for nut butters it seems.

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: paw1717

                                                                                                                                                      There were jars of peanut butter that I noticed in the new product section at my store that were not there last week- probably the kind you are speaking of!

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: littleflower

                                                                                                                                                        I really love the PB with chia and flax! Great on bread and also good in baked goods.

                                                                                                                                                  4. Yay to the balsamic glaze (not super new, but my first time buying it), I dripped a little over goat cheese/tomato on toast.
                                                                                                                                                    Meh to the Thomcord grapes, don't know if it was the bunch I got but although delicious they were really soft (is that normal?) which means DH won't eat them (he likes his grapes almost "crunchy").

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                                                                                                                                                    1. re: BeeZee

                                                                                                                                                      I use the balsamic glaze to roast veggies-they always come out great!

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: schrutefarms

                                                                                                                                                        Great idea. I've drizzled it over a watermelon, feta, and basil salad. Delish.

                                                                                                                                                    2. Mild yay: spelt risotto with vegetables and chickpeas (frozen). It was cheesier than I expected. My son thought the amount of cheese was just right, though. The vegetables were good and not too soft (asparagus?, carrots, not sure what else) and the chickpeas were tender. Made a decent side dish, but only 2 servings in the bag.

                                                                                                                                                      1. Yay to the Raisin Rosemary crackers.

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                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Berheenia

                                                                                                                                                          I think I've said this on every months TJ's thread….but try the rosemary crackers with the honey goat cheese! A sublime combination!!

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: schrutefarms

                                                                                                                                                            The plan is to serve them (to company) with the new Sweet Chili Chevre, but I tested them with Philly Chive and onion cream cheese. Loved the combo.

                                                                                                                                                        2. These have been around a while, but I thought I'd mention them because lately I've been buying them every time I go (and finishing them in short order): YAY for TJ's Organic Corn Chips.

                                                                                                                                                          Anybody remember a Laura Scudder version of corn chips called Wampum? They were fairly coarse-grained, and I didn't love them. But TJ's texture is somewhere between Frito's and Wampum, in a sweet spot that IMO is better than both.

                                                                                                                                                          Also, perfect size and shape for dipping. In, for example, TJ's onion or bacon ranch dips (YAY for both...don't judge me).

                                                                                                                                                          1. Does TJ have any good packaged chocoalate chip cookies?

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                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Monica

                                                                                                                                                              There are some soft chocolate chip cookies in a bag with a window in the front that are good. There are several varieties in similar packaging. One is "Sutter's Formula". Another is oatmeal raisin. Sorry I can't remember the exact name but if you ask at the store with that information, the staff should be able to help you find them. There is another variety in the same packaging that is either a chocolate cookie or a chocolate with chocolate chunks cookie that is also good.

                                                                                                                                                              If you want little crunchy ones, the one in tubs are okay to me but you may like them. I am just not fond of that type of cookie.

                                                                                                                                                              Here is a photo of the Sutter's Formula so you can see the packaging.

                                                                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                                              1. re: RussTheRaccoon

                                                                                                                                                                If you like crispy not soft cookies, I can vouch for the Mini Oatmeal Chocolate Chip cookies in the round tub. Addictive.

                                                                                                                                                                The Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip regular sized cookies in the fresh bakery section (bag with clear window on the front) are great as well.

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: RussTheRaccoon

                                                                                                                                                                  I love Trader Joe's Xmas Cookies.I am curious as to what the other cookies taste like also.

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Smiley881

                                                                                                                                                                    Then by all means, try them. TJ cheerfully opens packages to allow customers to sample before purchasing, and issues refunds for items returned by customers who are not satisfied with them, policies that should have special appeal for you.

                                                                                                                                                                2. re: Monica

                                                                                                                                                                  There's a small chocolate chip almond cookie, in the clear round tubs, that's not bad if you like crisp cookies (I do) but not nearly as good as the Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip cookies (same style) that were inexplicably discontinued a few years ago.

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Monica

                                                                                                                                                                    I know they carry Tate's. Those are pretty good. But it's hard for me to buy any cookie other than the almond florentines. Those are uh-may-zing.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: schrutefarms

                                                                                                                                                                      Pretty sure they discontinued their Highbrow cookies (Tate's relabeled) awhile back . . .

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: HeyImBack

                                                                                                                                                                        Oh, I hadn't noticed! I did try their TJ's brand Uncle Eddie's-like chocolate chip with walnuts once. Wasn't into it. I don't remember why. I think I just compared them to Uncle Eddies and they fell short.

                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: Monica

                                                                                                                                                                      Negative. The "highbrow" thin crispy ones were the best version (tate's kind of cookie) but i think those are gone... At one point they sold frozen choco chip cookie dough whihc maybe your best bet. I thought the clear window brown bag ones were rubbery, like fake fresh or something....ones in the plastic bins dissolve on contact w milk :/

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Ttrockwood

                                                                                                                                                                        yes, I forgot about the chocolate chip cookie dough in freezer section. Those were good cookies. I am looking to make some ice cream sandwiches and I think these are perfect.
                                                                                                                                                                        I personally didn't find any cookies in those large round plastic tubs any good.

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Monica

                                                                                                                                                                          The ginger ones in the tub are great.

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: schrutefarms

                                                                                                                                                                            I agree! Just bought some this weekend...loving the pieces of crystallized ginger in them!

                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: Monica

                                                                                                                                                                            Oh, for ice cream sandwiches definitely bake your own! I haven't looked for it lately but they've carried it for years...

                                                                                                                                                                            And schrute is right- the triple ginger cookies are the exception in the plastic tubs, nice and gingery kick to them too.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Ttrockwood

                                                                                                                                                                              Also, I just tried their Sublime Ice Cream Sandwiches last night-TJ's was right, they are sublime! Chocolate chip cookies with vanilla ice cream, rolled in mini chocolate chips. I loved them! Big YAY!

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: schrutefarms

                                                                                                                                                                                I saw those!! They look so good- Dairy hates me though... :/ the soy creamery sandwiches are amazing- i swear they are made by tofutti...

                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: Monica

                                                                                                                                                                              There were a lot of Yays! last month for the Peanutters cookies, which come in a tub. We got some and liked 'em.

                                                                                                                                                                          3. re: Monica

                                                                                                                                                                            I like the Charmingly Chewy ones in the cookie (not bakery) section. But, obviously, if it's not chewy you're after...

                                                                                                                                                                          4. Gigantic NAY to the new Organic Low Fat Cottage Cheese. The kind of large curd in disgusting creamy liquid that turns many off Cottage Cheese plus an off taste. And pricey. yuck all around.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. Super nay: "trader joes masters the art of co qua vin". Gross. Tried a third of the box, the left over is going back to the store. I expect a lot more quality for $6.99.

                                                                                                                                                                              1. YAY - Grilled Lemon Pepper Chicken (prepared foods section): We all know that their prepared foods can be a hit or a miss - this is definitely a hit. One package lasted me three lunches, and it has a light grilled lemon flavor with barely any noticeable peppery flavor which I appreciated (I can easily add more pepper to it as needed).

                                                                                                                                                                                It is fully cooked, so I sliced it into strips and microwaved for 30 seconds to reheat. Really good and will be a repeat purchase.

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                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: littleflower

                                                                                                                                                                                  I love this too. It's a really great, easy addition to salads.

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: aching

                                                                                                                                                                                    I am pretty sure you were the one to mention it on here -thank you for the recommendation! I probably would not have tried it otherwise.

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: aching

                                                                                                                                                                                      Completely agree. Last time I cut it up and added it to a lemon dill orzo salad.

                                                                                                                                                                                  2. NAY to the faux Funyuns. They were awful.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Becca Porter

                                                                                                                                                                                      The Snack-O's? They're not the worst... though I will always prefer my real Funyuns to knockoffs any day.

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: shenanigans11

                                                                                                                                                                                        YAY/MEH to the Baked Snack O's onion ring snacks. They are fairly good when dipped into ketchup (thanks GraceW for that idea based on the Crunchy Curls thread!). I just wish they didn't have that hint of sweetness to them. I will finish this bag but most likely won't be drawn to buy these again.

                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Our local store says that they no longer have the TJ's Sweetened Condensed Milk because it's a only "seasonal" item.

                                                                                                                                                                                      I'm cynically thinking that was a bogus answer. Does your store still have this?

                                                                                                                                                                                      It's so convenient to use, and makes amazing Vietnamese coffee!

                                                                                                                                                                                       
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                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: pugsam

                                                                                                                                                                                        It may well be seasonal! It's amazing how many things that I think should not be seasonal at TJ's, are...it can be ridiculous! Raclette cheese is seasonal. Cranberry biscotti are seasonal. And can you believe, this week I couldn't find canned anchovies which I've bought many times at TJ's, and was told they are seasonal! Really...what season is anchovy season??

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: josephnl

                                                                                                                                                                                          I don't think the canned anchovies are seasonal. I get them to use on pizza occasionally and they have them year 'round. Even if anchovies are seasonal, canned ones are not, even at TJs.

                                                                                                                                                                                          I haven't seen the condensed milk before. Is that on the shelf or in the dairy case? If on the shelf, where is it usually?

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: RussTheRaccoon

                                                                                                                                                                                            The sweetened condensed milk isn't refrigerated in the store. It's on a shelf, in what I think of as the general "grocery" section.

                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: josephnl

                                                                                                                                                                                            I complained about the lack of anchovies today and was told they have been out of stock for a year, and the checkout guy gets complaints at least 1x a day. He said they are planning to bring them back, but if you want them faster, use the contact us button on the website and get all your friends and family to as well.

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Savour

                                                                                                                                                                                              They are just choosing not to stock them in your store. There were two rows of them in my store last week and they aren't just sitting there gathering dust.

                                                                                                                                                                                              Maybe you can ask them to order a case for you. Other grocery stores will do that, not sure about TJ's. Go up to the service counter and ask.

                                                                                                                                                                                              At my store they will look or pretend to look in the computer and give a phony status, but you can tell them that you know for a fact that other stores are stocking them.

                                                                                                                                                                                              You could also just buy them at another grocery store. They are not hard to find, at least around here. I also get them at the $0.99 store.

                                                                                                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: RussTheRaccoon

                                                                                                                                                                                                Interesting. The checkout guy did tell me that it was a repackaging issue. And I frequent multiple TJ's on a regular basis. (I did go ahead and buy them at the regular grocery store, where I stock up on things like soda, corn on the cob, bulk sausage meat, and sundry other items that TJ's doesn't carry)

                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: Savour

                                                                                                                                                                                                Bought a can of anchovies today at TJ's.

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Savour

                                                                                                                                                                                                  It's absolutely ridiculous that TJ's often (indeed most of the time) does not have anchovies. They have canned tuna, salmon, smoked trout, etc. and yes anchovies, but only on occasion. The manager at my store said that they are seasonal, but of course this is ridiculous. It shouldn't be an availability issue because every other market in our area has them all the time. What do you think's the story?

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: josephnl

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Ignorance on the part of the manager. Confront him nicely. Ask him what the anchovy season is and when they will be ordering them. Tell him they are available in other TJ's year 'round.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sometimes when I ask about items that are not in stock they obviously either don't know how to find an item in the computer or can't find it or don't understand the information there. They have told me all kinds of incorrect information at my store when I have asked. Some of the employees will simply pretend to know something or guess rather than admit they don't know. When the frozen breaded shrimp was discontinued the employee tried to tell me they had never carried anything like that. Absurd!

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: RussTheRaccoon

                                                                                                                                                                                                      I have tried to get anchovies at 3 different TJ's in southern CA and none had them, and each store told me they were currently unavailable. Savour also reports above that his/her store does not have them. I suspect the problem may be a regional supply issue, rather than the "seasonal" nonsense.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: josephnl

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Yes, I'm in SoCal, too. I wonder if it's specific to CA laws on packaging/labeling or sustainability.

                                                                                                                                                                                              3. re: pugsam

                                                                                                                                                                                                Haven't seen in a looonng time. There are plenty of other companies making the exact same product- just save and refill your squeezey bottle.

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: pugsam

                                                                                                                                                                                                  I believe it is seasonal for winter-holiday baking. So it should/might reappear right after Halloween.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: GraceW

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Last year, the Pasadena store put out Pumpkin and a LOT of 'seasonal' items ON Sept 21- first day of Autumn.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: pugsam

                                                                                                                                                                                                    My store had this in stock in June, well past the holiday season. Then again, as many people have already commented on this board, TJ's idea of a season sometimes isn't what we think it is.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: pugsam

                                                                                                                                                                                                        AW!!! I didn't even notice in my store (L.A.!) It looks JUST like the La Lechera Bottle, but la Lechera isn't organic!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                        --Dommy!

                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. MEH-herb goat cheese; shockingly as someone who just started liking goat cheese last week, this wasn't goaty enough for me though I liked the thyme flavor vs the parsley flavor of most other herbed goat cheeses

                                                                                                                                                                                                        MEH-peanut butter with flax and chia seeds; my first taste I wasn't too into it and thought it was slightly too sweet with too much texture going on but I kept dipping into the jar so...apparently I like it enough. I'll definitely finish it, might not buy it again

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Have you tried the chili goat cheese? I like it. It's a definite YAY for me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Is that the cheese of the month new goat? I did see that. Is it spicy?

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Not sure about the COTM, but they were handing out tastes. We liked it enough to get it (at $2.99 it was hard to resist). It's got a bit of a kick, but I wouldn't call it spicy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              I do have a high tolerance for heat, tho.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Awesome, thanks. I'll try that this week.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                I don't think it's very spicy and I have a low tolerance for "hot." I don't even think a child would find it spicy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: walker

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Thanks. I guess I asked about spicy because I was thinking perhaps it was actually sweet like that leicester with peppers which I don't particularly like.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I don't dislike it but I don't like it enough to repurchase.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    What's the best goat cheese to buy at TJ? I like to make a fresh corn casserole with goat cheese, cheddar, roasted poblanos and roasted serranos (they aren't as hot when roasted).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: walker

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      If you are adding so many other flavors, perhaps you want to stick to chèvre that has no other ingredients but goat's milk.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      That said, I like the herb chèvre a lot.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Do you buy the small or large size herb chevre? They looked different. I picked up the small one, perhaps I'll try the larger sized product.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Pretty sure it's the small log. We try not to eat too much cheese, so we generally only get it for when we have guests.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Isn't that one more firm than a chevre? Like you could pick up a slice of it or shred on a grater?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Ttrockwood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Yea it's still softish but definitively grateable

                                                                                                                                                                                                              3. YAY - bag of san marzano mini tomatoes. sliced in half, sprinkled s&p, and drizzled a tiny bit of olive oil. great flavor.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. YAY-Chicago Popcorn. It isn't Garrett's.. but it is pretty close, and you don't feel like you have been slammed by an indulgent semi-truck after you have some. Anyway, I LOVE popcorn, LOVE popcorn--so I'll be clear about my bias, but I've had Garrett's a lot, and I believe if you cannot make it to Chicago any time soon, then you can at least grab a bag of this until you can get a hot bag of Garrett's for real.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  YAY-Again, also for the Greeting Cards. They seem to change it up a lot--which is good given that I think I might be the only one buying them. BUT: just grab a few Happy Birthday cards and Thank You cards and keep them in your work-desk, then every time some one has a birthday: MAGIC, you are the awesome person that totally remembered.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  (I might be slap-happy from the popcorn, pardon me.)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: GraceW

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Well, or nyc- there's a garrett's popcorn shop on 34th st next to penn station that i am no longer allowed to go in....! (A few too many popcorn for dinner and now i have a stomace ache incidents!)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. A lower-case yay for the Mint Chip ice cream. Very subdued mint flavor and just the right amount of real chocolate. It really wasn't so minty tasting after the first few bites, but it was still rich. No green coloring, either.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. NAY for the New Mexico Piñon Coffee. I tried it twice and returned it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Smelled stale and tasted like Maxwell House or Folgers. Didn't see any nuts and it didn't seem to have any piñon or other special flavor. Sort of a medium roast, bland coffee.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I think it did have piñon nuts in it because, like chicory, it clogged my coffee filter, but not as badly.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Pretty can, though!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: RussTheRaccoon

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        They were tasting this coffee and i only managed a tiny sip- NAY for me too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. NAY to the frozen Dover sole. The filets are paper thin and fall apart; they're also not very flavorful.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. YAY - Garlic Salt Grinder: Excellent over already cooked meats and especially potatoes! I use this all the time now - ingredients include sea salt, roasted garlic, onion, and parsley.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          MEH - Organic Oregano: The flavor is muted compared to other brands that I have tried.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: littleflower

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Thanks for the recommendation for the garlic salt. I don't usually browse the spices but bought it today after I read your post. It's delicious! It was the star of dinner with the Argentinian shrimp.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Absolutely - I am so glad you liked it as much as I do! Delicious on so many foods! I like the addition of the onion and parsley flakes to give the garlic salt added dimension of flavors.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: littleflower

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ok I'm thinking a little goes a long way...I'm chugging water which is similar to my experience with the pink salt grinder. It seems the garlic flavor is subtle so to get more flavor you need more but then it's a salt lick. Do you prefer it as a finishing salt rather than the primary seasoning in a complete dish? I used it in a casserole last night and while it was delicious perhaps best with just a sprinkle like the potato idea :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I use it as a finishing seasoner after the food has already been cooked. I haven't tried cooking with it but could see where the salt flavor could possibly be a bit overpowering especially if you are using a lot of it. Did you sub it 1:1 for salt in your dish?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: littleflower

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I didn't add any other salt just used it to season. If I did sub 1:1 it should have been less salty now that I think about it :) It's tasty but it will now be a finishing salt like the Himalayan...duh not sure why I decided it was just a good idea to go crazy. I'm so glad you recommended it, simple and delicious.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Another thing too that I should have mentioned is that I salt everything and have a higher than normal tolerance for it. One thing I do know about the garlic salt grinder is that when I use it on food, I only add pepper not my usual salt+pepper. That would be too much salt I think even for me! :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I think what makes it so appealing is that the garlic is roasted in it, and the onion flakes add a lot of flavor as well. Definitely better than other brands of garlic salt that I have tried.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: littleflower

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      "I think what makes it so appealing is that the garlic is roasted in it, and the onion flakes add a lot of flavor as well. Definitely better than other brands of garlic salt that I have tried."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Absolutely!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        What seasoning is this?It sounds good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            3. YAY - Garlic salt grinder

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              YAY - Goat's milk creamy cheese (near the yogurt). I happened upon this while looking for cream cheese and glad I bought it. It's like a goat cream cheese and very tasty.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The goat's milk creamy cheese sounds wonderful! What did you have it with?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: schrutefarms

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I used it to make a sauce with the Argentinean shrimp seasoned with the garlic salt and steamed broccoli. I'm glad I bought two!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ooooh, goat cream cheese? that'd be perfect for some goat cheese crostini with fresh blackberries i saw online the other day!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Yea, creamy like cream cheese instead of crumbly creamy like usual chèvre. It's also sold in a cute little sealable container

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I wonder if it's similar to Snofrisk, a Danish goat cream cheese. It really is delicious. I'll have to try it :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      How do you eat it?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I've spotted that at Whole Foods (triangular container IIRC) and the container at least looks similar and they were tasting it once and the consistency looked the same though I didn't like goat cheese back then...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Last night I used it to make a sauce with the Argentinean shrimp seasoned with the garlic salt and steamed broccoli.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The next plan is to smear it on salami for dessert tonight.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          fldhkybnva, would you be be willing to describe how you made the sauce, and really the whole dish? The shrimp dish with broccoli and goat's milk creamy cheese sauce sounds great. I've just been waiting to try the Argentinian shrimp I have in the freezer and your creation might be the perfect way to do it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Dave B

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            It was pretty easy, peasy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Steam broccoli and set aside, you can saute it but I prefer steamed broccoli.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Saute garlic in olive oil and butter, add shrimp and saute just for a few minutes and set aside.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            3. Add broccoli to the pan (I also add Shirataki noodles, but you could add pasta or anything else you wanted at this point), seasoned with garlic salt and pepper
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            4. Return shrimp to pan, lower heat and add goat cheese, stir until incorporated and finish with black pepper and Aleppo pepper

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            It was simple and delicious! I love the shrimp as well. I picked up the Langostino tails for the first time this week and looking forward to trying them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                3. YAY for the wedge combining Parmesan and Gouda. Lately I've been braising leek greens until they are tender, then adding baby spinach, seasonings, and the P/G cheese for a version of creamed spinach, no cream necessary on account of the melty cheese.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: greygarious

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I second that yay!! The nice "bite" of parm with the creaminess of gouda.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: greygarious

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      this sounds great. i don't recall seeing it before, so hoping this is not this month's special cheese. i wanted to try july's bergenost, but my local tj's was out by the time i got there.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. I just tried some Crazy Janes Mixed Salt.See my discussion

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      On Crazy Jane's salt.That stuff is screaming.I am going to

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      need a daily fix of it every day.I would rate it a 10.I also

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      have a box of Vanilla Frosted Flakes from Trader Joes.I would rate

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      those flakes a 10.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. I'm waffling but I think it's a yay for the turkey corndogs. The dog part is awfully skinny and kind of rubbery but I've always thought every turkey product (other than the whole real bird) is rubbery. The corn part is great. I baked in the oven. Has anyone tried both oven and microwave? I always hesitate to nuke something like this.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Nay on the choco chip cookie ice cream sandwiches. I don't know what I was expecting...something with a little more firmness to the cookie part? By the time I was 1/3 finished, the cookie was so mushy I needed a dish and a spoon. Would be a very messy snack for a kid. The cookie didn't have much flavor for me, either.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I know baked goods vary by store but big nay on the organic white bread. I was really looking for something soft and white as an indulgence. Disappointing. It would probably make good french toast but I'll probably tear it up and put it in a meatloaf and make crumbs from the remainder. It's probably going to make awesome crumbs, now that I think of it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Harts52

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Turkey corn dogs wouldn't be my cup of tea.I use to love

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Vegetarian Linketts they made the best Corn Dogs.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Harts52

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The organic white bread is a meh for me - hate to further disappoint you, but I didn't think it made very good french toast. I stopped buying it several months ago.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: littleflower

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I am not a big fan of most bread they sell. They all seem to be a bit too dry and brittle.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I do love their low carb wraps though. I am not even on low carb diet but I prefer these over regular wraps...more chewy and moist.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Monica

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I love the low carb wraps as well. I hated them at first but now I love them, nearly every night my snack is a low carb wrap with turkey and cheese.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Monica

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  and for me, those that i've tried have been too moist. i think it's from the breads de-frosting in the plastic bags.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Vidute

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I ask for bread directly from their stockroom freezer. Take it home in an insulated bag and keep it frozen at home, just bringing out a few slices at a time, for use immediately or at least that same day. Always seems fresh that way.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: pugsam

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      never thought of that! thank you for this great hint!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: littleflower

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I probably won't try it for french toast. I tried it yesterday for grilled cheese and it wasn't too bad but didn't convince me it was ever worth buying again. I also noted it is low fat, which may be a big part of the problem. Apparently they didn't get the notice that the low-fat b.s. we were all fed in the 80s and 90s is definitely b.s.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  It's also 110 cals per slice. Stupid more.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                3. re: Harts52

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The morningstar vegetarian corn dogs are a rare indulgence for me, really very good with a non-rubbery texture and good batter to dog 50/50 ratio.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Ttrockwood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Thanks for the tip! I'll have to give them a try.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: Harts52

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I purchased the turkey corndogs on my latest trip, I'll let you know my thoughts on them! I agree that microwaving would likely be a bad idea though.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: juliejulez

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      You are right about avoiding using the microwave to cook these. I put the turkey corndogs in the oven and cook them a couple of minutes more than what is recommended on the package to make sure that the cornbread part is nice and crispy and cooked hot all the way through. They make a great quick snack/lunch and kids love them, so I like to always have a box on hand in the freezer.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: littleflower

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Yep, microwaving is AWFUL. I was starving and thought "what the heck." Ha! Bad, bad idea. Hard to believe something so good from the oven could be so bad from the microwave.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  3. Spinach Dip. NAY, NAY, NAY, NAY - THE NAY'S HAVE IT.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I'm afraid even extensive doctoring couldn't save it. Into the trash it went. Spinach in a white glop with a slightly weird dill flavor. This tastes so bad/bland I don't see how it got into production. Who would buy it twice? Did I get defective batch? This was just the plain TJ Spinach Dip, not the Spinach and Kale Greek Yogurt Dip. I haven't tried that yet.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Antilope

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I will be sure not to touch that spinach with

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      a ten foot pole.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Antilope

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I hated the spinach & kale yogurt dip too. Almost the whole tub went down the drain. But many on the board here love it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Frosty Melon

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I think they have two spinach dips IIRC, interested to know which OP tried.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Frosty Melon

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I didn't love it the first time I got it. It definitely grew on me. I probably wouldn't have bought it again, but they were sampling it with the sea salt pita chips, and it's a good combo. I'll grab a tub on occasion. PS If you want a great dip, try the yogurt/cilantro/green onion dip. It must be very light on the cilantro, because I really don't taste it, but it is thick and creamy and tangy and delicious. I like it with the salt and pepper rice chips, my BF likes it with the sweet potato chips.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: schrutefarms

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Sorry, I was talking about the spinach and kale dip :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. YAY--"Tiny blossoming plant"-I think that is what it was called. $1.99 and it is perfect for a desk at work. When I was checking-out three people got out of line to get one because they hadn't seen it.. which happened to me last time.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: GraceW

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            TJ's plants are often a great deal. They have good prices on flowers, too, but they almost never have water in the buckets at my TJ's so they don't last very long and there is no point in buying them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: RussTheRaccoon

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Wow, I've found the OPPOSITE to be true on TJ's cut flowers...my son gave me 7 gorgeous red roses last Friday (8/15) for my birthday...and they are STILL vibrant...not drooping at all! And I bought myself a 4th of July bouquet and it lasted about 1 week! Just saying, I think their cut flowers last longer than anything I'd get in Publix (our big grocery store here in FL).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Val

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I am going to have to pick up on some of those Roses.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                They would look nick on my table.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Val

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I personally could care less whether I get seven or a full dozen roses -I would rather receive roses more often (due to TJ's incredible price) and have them look beautiful for well over a week.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Val

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Yes, it really aggravates me that they don't take care of them at my store. I mentioned it to one of the employees and she didn't seem to know that they even needed water. Incredible but true.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: RussTheRaccoon

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    My aunt, who is a florist, often goes to TJ's if she runs out of stuff like alstromeria. She said the pricing there isn't much higher than what she pays at the wholesale supplier she normally goes to (that is about an hour drive away).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. It may be a good thing that I have to drive for hours to a Trader Joe's. Made a list and pretty much stuck to it. Yay for the whole wheat and flax seed pita bite crackers, as well as a big yay for the salt and pepper pistachios. Happy to see that Chariot Gypsy wine is in stock as it seems to disappear quickly.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Meh for the brioche toasts only because of their size, much bigger than I thought that would be.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Yays for parm/Gouda cheese and the triple cream blue! Hoping to try the mushroom Brie tonight.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. It is probably a good thing I have to drive a couple of hours to get to a Trader Joe's. Made a list and pretty much stuck to it. Yay for the whole wheat and flax seed pita crackers and a big yay for the salt and black pepper pistachios.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Meh for the brioche toasts only because of their size. Thought they would be smaller.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Happy to see the Chariot Gypsy in the store. It disappears as fast as it comes.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Yay for the Parm/Gouda cheese and the triple cream blue. Hoping to try the mushroom Brie tonight.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Picked up the chocolate chunks based on the recommendation from this discussion.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. MEH - Langostino tails. I spotted these last week for the first time and quickly scooped them up. Though, I wasn't expecting much they fell below those expectations. Not much flavor.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Is the cashew butter new? I saw it today, $6.99 a jar- didn't notice the exact size... I passed since i still have a sizeable nut butter collection but would be curious on feedback from anyone who has also tried maranatha cashew butter....(my current favorite)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Ttrockwood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I have never heard of cashew butter.I want to try
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          some Almond Butter.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Smiley881

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Trader Joe's sells almond butter (both raw and roasted) at a great price that won't "burn a hole in your pocketbook" best price I've seen anywhere.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I will try some of Almond Butter as

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              soon as I get through gulping down

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              this bad batch of Jiff Peanut Butter.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Smiley881

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                You might try TJs peanut butter as well. World's better than Jiff.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Which variety of TJs PB do you like?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: calmossimo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I like the unsalted crunchy and the new flax seed and chia seed pb has grown on me unfortunately :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    TJs peanut butter is my favorite out of all of them(as a pb fanatic, I've tried quite a few!) - just the regular salted creamy one.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I picked up a jar of this yesterday on your "better than Jif" comment. Oh my!!! The flavor is outstanding!! My only issue is that I have very bad tennis elbow so mixing the oil back in is beyond challenging. I might have to ask my daughter to come mix my peanut butter for me...LOL.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Harts52

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Ooh, glad you liked it! Usually after the first big stir, I don't have to stir too much more though your daughter might be useful for the first big stir!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I think I just had it for dinner....or at least I had enough calories to qualify as a big meal. Just one of the best product switches I've made so THANKS again :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Harts52

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            No problem...I often have the same thought except it usually follows having already had dinner :/

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: Harts52

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Harts - if you don't need to open the PB right away, what I do is leave it on the kitchen counter and invert the jar once a day for several days. That seems to get it 90% mixed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Dave B

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Nice! My tennis elbows thank you!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Dave B

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              That has never helped me with Smuckers natural. I use this: http://witmerproducts.com/pbutter.html

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: Harts52

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              This is probably odd, but for natural nut-butters, I like to dump out most of the oil and turn it into a "nut-butter solid." Typically then each day I like to take out a chunk as a snack and roll it into a ball, then roll it in cocoa powder--like a solid nut butter truffle. BAM: mock-buckeye protein ball.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: GraceW

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Me too!! I always dump out the oil from the almond butter, I love the chunks at the bottom of natural butters so eventually realized I could make the whole jar like that.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: Smiley881

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ohhhh...the TJ almond butter is banned now with me...I could sit down and eat some for dessert every night...I've had the raw, unsalted unsweetened...it is like crack to me. I realize it's a healthy food in moderation but it pushes buttons with me like crazy...I can control myself with my beloved Smucker's Natural PB but that TJ's almond butter is beyond belief. Now, should I even consider the cashew butter?? uhhhh...I want to say "IX-NAY"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Val

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          It's all crack to me! Well most nuts and nut butter are crack to me! I was actually going to pop open my raw unsalted crunchy last night but alas it needs to be returned for a new jar. Although I did ponder taking the risk of Salmonella.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      3. re: Ttrockwood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Yup it's new. It has almonds and sunflower oil in it so I passed but I love Maranatha and Wegmans brand actually is my favorite.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Almonds?? Sunflower oil? Well i guess now we know why it's so much cheaper than other versions.... IMO it should be more like "cashews, salt". Period.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: Ttrockwood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I have not had the Maranatha cashew butter, but I was not impressed with the jar I purchased at TJs. Not nearly as tasty as the one I bought at Aldi, but that was, alas, a temporary product.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Ttrockwood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Yes, it is new. I also passed it by because I have a similar nut butter collection problem, so I can't tell you if it tasted like the maranatha, which I also liked.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Ttrockwood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I just got the last jar at my store. Nice and creamy (the last cashew butter I bought, which was years ago, was dry and crumbly) and it made nice blondies.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Ttrockwood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I picked up the cashew butter but haven't opened it yet. I feel like TJ's is the best place for these products - their prices and quality are amazing. I love the various peanut butters, almond butter and the sunflower butter. The new PB with flax and chia is awesome, too! Best prices!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. YEA - Joe's Dark Coffee Beans - 13 oz cardboard canister (similar to a Quaker Oats container)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  YEA - TJ Keurig Coffee Cups Medium Roast - 7 Keurig cups in box - 2.96 oz
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  YEA - TJ Specialty Teas - English Breakfast - 48 bags, 3.84 oz (makes great iced tea).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Antilope

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Small Yay to the Organic French Roast coffee that they were sampling this week. Good taste but admittedly am partial to their Dark French Roast coffee which is a-mazing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: littleflower

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Are you talking about this one? I've been drinking this and love it, but I adjusted the grind to turkish so I'd get the deepest flavor out of a despicable Keurig.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Harts52

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Yes, I think that's it! I liked the taste of it, but truly LOVE the rich robust taste of TJ's Dark French Roast. On a scale of 1-10, I would give the Organic FR an 8.5 and the Dark FR a 10.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: littleflower

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Me of the crap palate...they taste exactly the same to me. In this case, I'm glad. I struggled for over a year to find a way to make a decent cup with my Happy Mothers Day Keurig. I finally nailed it (thanks to people in this group) and then realized I could switch to TJs organic french roast. If the switch had resulted in a noticeable difference to me, I would have been so unhappy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. careful with the grinders. my brand new TJ's peppercorn grinder was not screwed on (though in its plastic "protection" sleeve). i went to season some scrambled eggs and boom, there flowed the peppercorns! D'OH!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Like 40 clove of garlic chicken, a new dish! The 1000 peppercorn omelet. ;-). Should appeal to chiliheads.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Antilope

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        thankfully, it was off to the side of the skillet, somewhat.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        yes, an interesting addition to my breakfast burrito eggs.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. I need recommendations from the TJ canned fish eaters! I've had the canned salmon but not the oysters or sardines and a possible impending anemia diagnosis means I need to up my iron and these would be a good source. Are some better than others? Any to avoid? (The color of the can would be helpful to make them easy to spot!)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Thanks so much! I don't want to have to trial and error this one.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: weezieduzzit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        (Raises hand)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I like both the unsalted sardines in water (blue) and the lightly smoked in olive oil (pink). I also remember liking the smoked herring but can't remember the can color.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Second this: love the smoked sardines. I also get the yellowfin tuna in olive oil for tuna salad.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Does TJ carry Sardines in Jalapeno Juice?I am going to have to try that yellow Fin Tuna in Olive Oil.I have been wanting some Tuna in Olive oil.I will race you to TJ.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Those are the best Sardines.I was buying cans of them from the .99 store.Some batches aren't as hot as others but when you come across a hot can it will have some screaming.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Thanks Lingua, I have had the tuna now that I think of it! I don't eat a lot of canned tuna but I remember that being good (and always in oil!)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: weezieduzzit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I love tuna it makes the perfect night time snack.I have been looking for Tuna in oil.I guess I read TJ sells some Yellow Fin Tuna in oil.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I knew I'd hear from you. :) Thank you for the color-coded recommendations, it will help a lot since I'm feeling pretty crappy and like to get in and out so I'm home quickly. Do you eat them plain or have you found good no-cracker methods?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: weezieduzzit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I often eat them plain with mustard or hot sauce but love to mix with either avocado or egg or wrap in a lettuce leaf with any type of dressing or just regular olive oil and vinegar. A favorite is sardines mashed with avocado and pickled onions.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: weezieduzzit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I eat them slightly smushed up, with or without crackers, with lemon juice, capers, chopped onions, tabasco, and cracked black pepper. Sometimes add mustard. If on crackers, occasionally I also smear on some cream cheese.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  +1 on the unsalted (blue). I was appalled to see I brought home unsalted. I'm a salt lover and usually hate anything unsalted. These are just as good as the salted and these are, hands down, the chubbiest sardines in a can I've ever encountered.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Harts52

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I heartily chuckled when I read "...the chubbiest sardines in a can I've ever encountered".

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Thanks for the laugh and the rec. Now I'm intrigued. I'm usually a salt lover also and now I'll seek these out next time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I eat both of these as well - lately I've been favoring the pink can, but both are good. I think the smoked herring is in a green can?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Smoked herring is in a green can, and it's one of my staples. Excellent stuff. I make a very nice spread with it using cream cheese, a little sour cream, lemon juice, microplaned shallot, pepper, and a dash of cayenne.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The unsalted Sardines don't sound good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            You don't have to worry.I don't spend money
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            on something I don't like.If TJ has Sardines in Mustard Sauce and Jalapeno I am ready to stock up.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Smiley881

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The upside with TJs is that if you try them and don't like them, you can just get a refund. I'm a salt freak and I like them. I usually mix mine with dijon mustard but I tried one plain and it was great.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: weezieduzzit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I've tried the pink can lightly smoked sardines in olive oil. They were tasty. Would buy again!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: weezieduzzit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The yellow fin tuna is the best of their canned tunas, and better than the national brands I've tried. Blue and yellow can.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: John Francis

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I personally like the tuna in water they sell which is the best price I've seen elsewhere though I'm a "tuna in water" girl. Just FYI for others who might be looking for tuna.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: John Francis

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              How many oz is the can of this Yellow Fin Tuna?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              How much is it?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Smiley881

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Why don't you go to your local TJ's and find out?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I don't really shop at TJ.The Tuna sounded good.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I thought someone might be able to quote a price.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I am headed to TJ on my next shopping trip.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Smiley881

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    You seem to go there often enough to have an opinion on several of their products, which is why I suggested you check out the tuna selection on your next visit.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I am not a regular at TJ.I do like some of their products.I am picking up some ideas from this discussion.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: Smiley881

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The can is 5 oz. I'm not sure of the price. I'm sure someone will have the answer.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Smiley881

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Smiley, the tuna is $2.29 per can. Picked up two yesterday.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Also, whomever was asking about anchovies, there lots at my Pittsburgh store yesterday but they were tucked at the very end of the shelf and nearly obscured by the endcap. I nearly missed them because the cans to the right were to the edge of the shelf and the anchovies were kind of hidden. I caught a glimpse of the yellow can and had an "aha" moment. LOL.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Harts52

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Thx for the price on the tuna.Its less than Safeway cost for one 5oz can of Albacore Tuna.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Smiley881

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I find TJs is almost always better quality & better price.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: Smiley881

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      4 ounces drained weight, 5 oz total. Harts52 has given the price. The olive oil is good enough that I use it making tuna salad (no mayo), instead of draining it and then adding other olive oil.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: John Francis

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Good idea on the oo. It wouldn't have dawned on me to do that!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    3. re: John Francis

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I would love to try some Yellow Fin Tuna in Oil.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    4. re: weezieduzzit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Also note that the new pressed "red" juice and "green" juice are a source of nonheme iron- and dried apricots and pumpkin seeds are other sources. Just cuz sometimes canned fish isn't an easy snack... ;)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Ttrockwood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I have the advantage of working from home so pretty much anything goes as a snack- I have the whole kitchen at my disposal. :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Thanks for posting the pic but that's much too much sugar per serving for me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Whoa! That supreme triple cream cheese sounds maaaahvellous!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: cbg84

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Haven't tried anything new from it yet, but maybe these will be new to some of us:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Yea - Joe's O's compete with Cheerios and win. Simpler ingredients list, otherwise just about identical, lower price. I only wish they didn't come in an outsize box that doesn't fit into my cereal cupboard.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Yea - Uncured Sliced Black Forest Ham for sandwiches.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Yea - Cheddar Rocket Crackers. If you like Pepperidge Farm Goldfish you'll like these.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: John Francis

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            +1 on the Joe O's. And TJ's Rice Krispies knockoff is also great.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            This is the first I'm hearing of the Cheddar Rockets. They're going on the list!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: EM23

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              My wife is very into those cheddar rockets. (They're basically a Goldfish knockoff, if you're having trouble picturing them.) We usually get a box of them for her and a box of the organic cheese-and-cracker sandwiches (which she finds way too salty) for me.