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The Best and Worst Food and Drinks at Trader Joe's

Two members of the What's Good At Trader Joe's review site, from left, Russ Shelly and founder Nathan Rodgers.
What's Good at Trader Joe's? Devotees of the popular chain might respond with, "Everything!" Since last August, one blog has taken the question as its name and mission: to systematically review every product. It isn't the only Trader Joe's review site. As Nathan explained, "We noticed there were some other webpages rating Trader Joe's products,...
The Best and Worst Products at Trader Joe's
What's good at Trader Joe's? What's not? These are questions that fans and detractors of the store are very passionate about. Last August, Nathan Rodgers, his wife Sonia, and their friend Russ Shelly and his wife Sandy decided to systematically review every product to find out. Click for The Best and Worst Products at Trader Joe's Slideshow. The...
Trader Joe's: The Good, the Bad, and the Dearly Departed
The team behind What's Good at Trader Joe's? have been reviewing and rating the store's best and worst products since August of 2010. Twice this year, they ranked some of the 130 products they reviewed in different categories from Top 5 Vegetarian to "Worst. Stuff. Ever." The rankings set off comments from fans and haters alike who weighed in with...
A Shopping Guide to Trader Joe's
If you love Trader Joe's, really love TJ's, you know the review site, What's Good at Trader Joe's?. Its four-member team has set its sights on reviewing all of the cult grocer's some 4,500 products. Since launching in August 2010, they've reviewed about 225 products. In previous articles, including readers' reviews, The Daily Meal featured reviews...

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Trader Joe's Drinks

Consider the topic: Trader Joe's and drinks. More often than not, for fans and deal-seekers, thoughts immediately turn to good wines and great prices. And with good reason, too. But look around the main store and you'll find a multitude of other beverages — health drinks, coffees, teas, juices, even beers — hoping to find their way into your...

In the past few years, peanut butter filled pretzels — little nuggets of crispy pretzel shell filled with peanut butter — have been exploding in popularity. We sampled the ones offered by Trader Joe’s house brand, and while they’re not the best on the market, there’s still plenty to like about them. [related]

The pretzel shell is super-...

Trader Joe’s sells plenty of frozen items through its eponymous house brand, and the fully-cooked falafel certainly sounds promising. The packaging claims that they’re “quite moist on the inside and crisp on the outside… [with] chopped parsley and a good amount of garlic so the falafel is really flavorful.” Nothing wrong with that, right?...

We were quite intrigued when we saw firecracker shrimp as an option in Trader Joe’s frozen food section. Advertised as “lightly battered and fried shrimp with a fiery sweet chili sauce,” it comes with frozen fried shrimp and a separate pouch of sauce which needs to be thawed under hot water before being tossed with the shrimp, which needs about...

When it comes to frozen Indian Food, Trader Joe’s actually makes some of the best around. A good example of their domination of this field is their chana masala, a chick pea curry that’s intensely flavorful, just spicy enough, and obviously formulated by someone who knows what they’re doing.

The...

Trader Joe’s makes a Kansas City-style barbecue sauce through its self-titled house brand, and it’s one of the best that you’ll encounter.

Kansas City-style sauce is sweet and smoky, and most of the mass-produced sauces on the market, including KC Masterpiece and Sweet Baby Ray’s, use high-fructose corn syrup to reach the right level of...

Trader Joe’s house-brand "fiberful" granola bars are touted as a great way to add more fiber to your diet, and they certainly succeed on that front: the fact that each bar contains 9 grams of fiber per serving is plastered on the front of the box. In fact, the first ingredient in these bars is oligofructose, a white powder that’s known as a...

Trader Joe’s makes cereal bars in a handful of flavors, and we decided to put its most standard variety, strawberry, to the test.

These cereal bars are obviously intended to mimic Nutri-Grain bars, and they do a very good job of doing just that. They have the same general look and smell, even though these are a bit thicker and have a...

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