The Best and Worst Products at Trader Joe's Volume 4

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The crew from What's Good at Trader Joe's? weighs in with more than 26 new reviews

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The intrepid reviewers at What's Good at Trader Joe's have reviewed more than 320 of its products.

Best of the Rest

We can’t fit everything in tidy little categories. Here’s a non-exhaustive list of all sorts of random goodies we’ve found. No, the turkey meatloaf muffins are nowhere close to being on here.

1. Trader Joe’s Valencia Peanut Butter with Roasted Flaxseeds (9/10)

Roasty, toasty, creamy, crunchy, crispy, smooth, goopy, oily, sticky, salty, nutty, seedy... and absolutely amazing. Tasting is believing.

2. Trader Joe’s Vegetable Thai Kao Sai (9/10)

Forget that it’s a microwavable dish; it’s authentic enough to be on par with some of the best Thai restaurants out there. If you like creamy, coconutty, spicy, and obscenely delicious curry, make this your next lunch.

3. Trader Joe’s Organic Popping Corn (9/10)

TJ’s popcorn is one of the best incarnations of the stovetop classic we’ve found yet. Nearly every kernel pops into a big, fluffy piece that’s versatile to go with any seasoning while remaining melt-in-mouth soft. Make up a batch with Trader Joe’s Coconut Oil for an especially good treat.

4. Trader Joe’s Coconut Water Fruit Floes (8.5/10)

Beat the heat with this icy sweet treat. There’s some variety with the different fruit floes and popsicles that Trader Joe’s offers, but these are easily our favorites.

5. Trader Joe’s Organic Tomatillo and Roasted Yellow Chile Salsa (8.5/10)

The only thing this salsa lacks is just a tad more heat. Other than that, it’s impossible to argue with this smooth, smoky, full-flavored salsa offering. It’s our favorite Trader Joe’s salsa, and it’s not all that close.

6. Trader Joe’s Arancini Bites (8.5/10)

You know those breaded mozzarella sticks all the kiddies like? Imagine those, all grown up and dressed real nice, with a respectable haircut and a sense of responsibility. The arancini bites are exactly that, except even better.

 

Easy Dinners

We're all not Martha Stewart, and sometimes even she needs the night off. All these are easy enough for a college kid, but tasty enough for the whole family... if you decide to share, that is.

1. Trader Joe’s Reduced Fat Battered Shrimp (9/10)

Unlike so many other brands, Trader Joe’s shrimp in various forms consistently have been high-quality winners. Slide some of these in the oven with some fries or perhaps Trader Potato Tots, and you’ll see exactly what we mean.

2. Trader Joe’s Vegetable Masala Burgers (8/10)

Believe in Meatless Mondays? Believe in these, too. Dress them up like a regular burger, or experiment with something a little more exotic. No matter what you do, you can’t go wrong.

3. Trader Jose’s Chicken in Red Mole (8/10)

Real mole’s pretty darn involved. This full, spicy, smoky dinner-in-a-bag is easy enough that you can assemble IKEA furniture while making it. How do we know? That’s exactly what we did. We’re international like that.

4. Trader Joe’s Corn Penne Pasta (8/10)

Gluten-free folks deserve some darn good pasta, too, right? Cook these up like any other noodle, toss on whatever sauce, veggies, meatballs, whatever and BOOM. Dinner’s served

5. Trader Joe’s Macaroni and Cheese (8/10)

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While certainly not as good as homemade, this is way better than the more famous blue box. For a fun, spicy twist on this American classic, dash in some Trader Joe’s Habenero Sauce... if you dare.