Customers Agree: These Are The Worst Trader Joe's Items
What’s not to love about Trader Joe’s? With so many unique, delicious snacks, frozen foods, and seasonings to choose from, it’s no wonder this grocery store has developed somewhat of a cult following. However, we can’t all be happy with everything they have to offer. A few of the products you’ll find on their shelves are straight up bizarre—and while many of them will surprise you with how tasty they are, others simply fall flat in the flavor department.
Below, we’ve put together a list of some of Trader Joes’ fanatics least favorite items in their favorite store. From “gummy” sushi to “bland” cereal, here are a few groceries you’re better off leaving on the shelf:
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1. Pre-Made Sushi
Let's be honest: We could've predicted this one. Buying pre-made sushi from the grocery store is always risky (Costco customers seem to agree that the wholesale store's sushi also misses the mark), but still, we have high hopes for TJ's, and this product doesn't meet the store's standards. Trader Joe's fans at Real Simple describes the rice as "way too sweet" and the fish as "gummy at best." Say it ain't so! You're simply better off ordering takeout or trying your hand at rolling up some sushi at home.
2. Cauliflower Pizza Crust
While cauliflower pizza may be a great way to enjoy one of your favorite foods guilt-free, Trader Joe's shoppers recommend looking somewhere else for a good crust. On one hand, it's definitely one of the healthier options out there, coming in at just 80 calories. But unfortunately, it falls flat in the flavor department. Real Simple describes it as "gross and soggy," which is definitely not what we're in the mood for when we're craving pizza. They suggest opting for the Broccoli and Kale Crust for some better flavor.
3. Original Joe's O's Cereal
Typically, we love some good Trader Joe's cereal. Their granola? Delicious. Honey O's? Sign us up! But when it comes to the original, unflavored Joe's O's Cereal, we have to agree with the writers at Real Simple, who describe the OG version as having a "stale, dry texture and excessively bland flavor." Flavored Joe's O's, however, are perfectly tasty, so take your pick and succumb to the sugar content. We won't tell anyone.
4. Philly Cheesesteak Bao Buns
Trader Joe's is known for their superb frozen food section—the gnocchi! The macaroni and cheese! The Chicken Tikka Masala! However, with such a wide variety of cuisine, they're bound to miss the mark at some point. And miss the mark they did with the Philly Cheesesteak Bao Buns. We have to be honest: This combo doesn't sound great in the first place, and according to Real Simple, there's no reason to test that assumption. Luckily, TJ's has other, tastier dumplings on their repertoire to choose from.