All things considered, Trader Joe’s has an impressive track record when it comes to the products it sells. But for every huge success like Speculoos Cookie Butter, there’s bound to be a clunker. Here are 11 Trader Joe’s products that most likely should have never made their way onto store shelves.
These dried kale leaves would probably taste just fine with some salt on them, but for some reason TJ’s decided to give them a “nacho” flavor, divined from cashews, sunflower seeds, carrot powder, red bell pepper powder, onion, vinegar, lemon, garlic powder, and chipotle powder. It makes no sense, and the only discernible isn't nacho — it's “peculiar.”
Trader Joe’s original soy chorizo was an incredibly popular product, but it had to be discontinued last year because of issues with the supplier. So they reformulated it and re-introduced it to stores, but with one major difference: it was no longer vegan, containing “milk powder (for freshness).” After an uproar, the product was re-reformulated, and is now vegan again — but just not very good.
Trader Joe’s has never been a go-to sushi place, and it shouldn't try to be. The rice has a strange texture, and the California rolls are filled with some sort of mush that vaguely tastes like seafood, with no discernible difference between the regular and spicy rolls. Seriously, does that look like a California roll to you?
One of the all-time most despised Trader Joe’s products, the Turkey “Meatloaf Muffins” (quotes theirs) come in plastic muffin tins topped with mashed potato “icing.” The box tells you to microwave them, and the end result is off-putting to say the least: the mashed potatoes taste boxed, the spinach is limp and watery, and the meatloaf is flavorless and mushy.