In today’s post, I will be writing about hit and miss Trader Joe’s products. Now, I know what you’re thinking: “Conor, you live in Toronto, how the heck do you get all these products if there are no Trader Joe’s in Canada?!” Well, I am a compulsive shopper, so every four or five weeks my best friend and Mum pack up our car, and set out on a journey to the depths of the Earth: the Buffalo suburb of Amherst, New York. In early September, I went to Trader Joe’s for the very first time. Not everything is vegan, but you’d be surprised how many usually non-vegan foodstuffs you’ll be able to find there.
Vegetable Masala Burger: This burger is like any other veggie burger you’ve ever had. It’s spiced with Indian spices, and its flavour resembles that of Indian takeout, minus the meat and dairy.
Mini Cinnamon Sugar Churros: These churros are amazing! I may not be the best judge of a good churro, as I’ve only had one once at Disneyland, but these are seriously such a great sweet treat when you don’t feel like whipping up a homemade dessert. All you do it put them in the oven, sprinkle on the cinnamon-sugar packet, and BAM, you’ve got yourself a traditional Mexican sweet: no travelling required.
This spectacular spread is like if peanut butter and cookies had a baby. It’s sweet but not too sweet. It’s crunchy, but not too crunchy. It goes perfectly atop toast or pancakes, or if you’re like me, by the spoonful!
Okay, now, I really wanted to like this product. I’ve tried leaving them in the oven longer… shorter… I’ve tried setting the temperature higher… lower, but each time they come out really rubbery and always have this oddly sweet taste to them.
Once again, I had very high hopes for this product, but was disappointed. After I took the cauliflower out of the oven and onto my plate I had a realisation… Some piece were wonderfully crunchy and flavourful, while others (usually the larger pieces) were dreadfully soggy and mushy. The crispy ones were great, but the mushy ones… Not so much.
Shockingly, this product is vegan. Usually fried rice contains massive amounts of butter and egg, but this one doesn’t. However, I found myself missing the buttery flavour, and wish that Trader Joe’s had found a way to substitute that taste. This left for a dryish, relatively unflavourful dish. Although it wasn’t so bad that I wouldn’t eat it again, there are definitely items higher up on my shopping list.