By Sophie Wells
Here’s the deal; we all love saving a quick buck. And when you get something extra tasty WHILE spending less money...well...it may just be the best feeling in the world.
That’s why I’ve started going to Trader Joe’s.
This isn’t an advertisement telling you to go and give the store a try. This is an honest college student trying to spread the word about some cheap, delicious food! I see so many of you on TikTok, Instagram, Facebook, etc. also talking about their favorite products from this place. So, I’ve decided to give some of them a try and give you my honest feedback.
1. Chicken Soup Dumplings - 10/10
Thank GOSH someone found the true magic that is Trader Joe’s Chicken Soup Dumplings. These little pockets of heaven can turn any frown upside down. Don’t believe me? Give them a try and see for yourself. Their soft, doughy exterior melts away into it’s warm, brothy, chicken-filled interior, and melts you right into a food coma.
2. Cauliflower Gnocchi - 8.5/10
I have always heard so many wonderful things about this healthy alternative to regular gnocchi. After trying, I definitely understand what the hype is all about. The only thing stopping me from bumping it’s points up higher is that I had to add a little bit of parmesan on top to thoroughly enjoy it. Maybe I cooked it wrong, or maybe I’m not the biggest cauliflower fan. Either way, I would still recommend giving it a try!
3. Everything But The Bagel Seasoning - 10/10
I’m sorry, but how does this not deserve a 10/10?! When I bought this seasoning I literally put it on EVERYTHING. I started with seasoning simple avocado toast, (as you TikTokers so kindly recommended,) and it turned into chicken, salami, any kind of vegetable, sandwiches...you name it! I love it on almost everything.
4. Pumpkin O’s - 7.5/10
If you’ve ever had the Trader Joe’s “Honey O’s,” then you know how great (and relatively healthy) this brand of cereal is. However, they recently put a twist on this popular cereal and gave it a more fall, pumpkin-spice kind of flavor. I thought it was really tasty, don’t get me wrong! But, the original honey-flavored type is just a tad bit better to me.
5. Ghost Pepper Potato Chips - 9/10
*WARNING* If you don’t like spicy food, these chips aren’t for you! After buying a couple bags of these (since they’re so dang good) I’ve realized that some bags come hotter than others do. Maybe that’s in my head, but some days I’m sweating bullets and other days I can take a whole bag down in under 20 minutes. Either way, the flavor is phenomenal. They are waffle-cut and perfectly seasoned with ghost pepper-goodness.
6. Buffalo Style Chicken Dip - 7/10
Although I did enjoy this beloved dip, I have to say I was a little disappointed. It had so much potential, but when I took the first bite, I found it to be a little bland. However, I found out later on that you are supposed to warm the dip up first (which I failed to do). I will definitely give it another shot next time I’m at the store.
7. Pancake Bread - 8.5/10
You guys were not kidding when you said this stuff is addicting. It’s super soft and sugary, like a pancake, and is perfect for breakfast. Have a slice with your morning coffee and it’ll be the sweetest start to your day.
8. Dark Almond Butter Cups - 9/10
Chocolate has always been a huge weakness of mine. Once I have a bite, it’s hard for me to stop. So, naturally, when I tasted Trader Joe’s dark almond butter cups, I had to go back and buy a few more bags. The dark chocolate shell is just the right amount of sweetness, so it balances out the extra sweet, soft inside.
Sophie Wells is an editorial intern who is knowledgeable in all things fashion, cooking and entertainment.