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    20 Trader Joe's Items Worth Selling Your Soul For And 10 That Are, TBH, Overrated

    Hard pass on the cauliflower NO-cchi.

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    Trader Joe's is one of the few comforts we have left in our pandemic-stricken world.

    But of all the many hit products they carry, there are some misses.

    Nobody's perfect! Here are a bunch of wins that you maybe haven't tried yet, and some controversial "flops" that don't quite live up to the hype. Scroll down for the hot takes!


    1. Underrated: Umami Seasoning Blend

    "That shit is fantastic!!! I’ve used it in marinara, as a rub, marinade, meatloaf...I also hate the taste of mushrooms. Hard to describe, but this is not 'mushroomy.' It’s magical, really!"


    2. Underrated: Gummy Tummies (Penguin Edition)

    "I'm a sucker for gummy candy, and the Gummy Tummy Penguins are the best!"


    3. Underrated: Queso Cheese Dip

    "The queso is so good! It just doesn't have that artificial taste like most other store-bought queso, which makes it far better, in my opinion."


    4. Underrated: Super Lemon Room Spritz

    "Great alternative to chemical-smelling air fresheners. Brought it on a family vacation and covered up unpleasant bathroom ~scents~ better then Poo-Pourri or matches or anything else. Seriously, you could go in right after and detect nothing but fresh lemon and eucalyptus lol."


    5. Underrated: Everything but the Bagel Greek Style Yogurt Dip

    "It's Greek yogurt and it is delicious, almost like a low-calorie French onion dip!"


    6. Underrated: Aloe Vera Gel

    "Trader Joe’s aloe is the best stuff. It’s not even 100% aloe, but it’s the best moisturizer ever."


    7. Underrated: Smashing S'mores

    "Anyone else try the S’mashing S’mores? They’re basically s’mores in a little cube, and they are fucking to die for. Sometimes I just eat them right out of the container, but when you heat them up, they taste EXACTLY like regular s’mores."


    8. Underrated: The Flower Section

    9. Underrated: Chewable Melatonin

    Bottle of Trader Joe's chewable melatonin

    "I've tried other brands, but I always grab a bottle from T.J.'s. They are 3 milligrams and have a pleasant minty flavor. I take two and am usually dozing off within the next 20 minutes."


    10. Underrated: Zhoug Sauce

    11. Underrated: Strawberry Licorice Twists

    12. Underrated: Habanero Hot Sauce

    Two bottles of Trader Joe's Habanero Hot Sauce

    This is one of my personal faves that I always stock up on at T.J.'s. It's a truly spicy hot sauce that will draw tears from your eyes, and I love how nonvinegary it is (despite the fact that there is, in fact, vinegar in the ingredients). It's like pure spiciness with a mild but delicious flavor, so it goes on any kind of cuisine.

    13. Underrated: Virtuoso Lip Balm

    Green and white packaging for a 3-pack of Trader Joe's Virtuoso spearmint lip balm

    "The Virtuoso Lip Balm is the only lip balm in my life now. Tried it last winter when my lips were cracking apart, along with a whole pile of other balms. I was desperate! Now all the others are in the trash, and this one is the keeper."


    14. Underrated: The Chimichurri Rice in the Frozen Section

    Chimichurri rice by Trader Joe's cooking in a pan
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    "I put the T.J. salsa verde, cotija cheese (not T.J.'s), and fresh cilantro on top for a twist, and the whole thing takes five minutes. Also this is the busy-mom dish, when the kids have something basic and Mom craves more."

    Jacquelyn Nicoll Goldbeck

    15. Underrated: Crunchy Mochi Rice Nuggets

    "These pair with wine so well. I don't allow myself to buy them anymore because I eat the entire bag at once."


    16. Underrated: Soy Chorizo

    1. Underrated: Kumato Brown Tomatoes

    "They’re my favorite store-bought tomato and first choice if they’re available." —Roxbury_Bat

    18. Underrated: Field Fresh Salad (with black currants, asiago cheese, chicken, and sweet basil dressing)

    Field Fresh Chopped Salad with Grilled Chicken Breast from Trader Joe’s

    Twitter: @TheSaladArtist

    "In the prepackaged salad section. This is a new find for me, but I've had it three times in the last week. So good!"


    19. Underrated: Spicy Cashew Butter Dressing

    20. Underrated: Masala Simmer Sauce

    Jar of Trader Joe's Marsala Simmer Sauce

    "The Masala Simmer Sauce is so good. ... It’s a great pizza sauce for an Indian-style pizza."



    1. Overrated: Cookie Butter

    "I was visiting family in America and a friend BEGGED ME to bring back three jars of Cookie Butter. I ended up opening one up just to try it (she was fine with this) and thought it was so bland. That was a few years ago, so I don’t know if they still make it, but I definitely thought it was overrated."


    2. Overrated: Dried Mandarins

    Bag of Trader Joe's Dried Mandarins

    "Not bad, just really overhyped (in my opinion) compared with all the other dried fruit, which is all pretty great."


    3. Overrated: Cauliflower Gnocchi

    4. Overrated: Jackfruit Fishcakes

    Trader Joe's Vegan Crabless Jackfruit Cakes, served with lemon and parsley garnish
    Trader Joe's

    "I didn't care for Jackfruit Fishcakes. I like jackfruit, I like fish, I like cakes, but somehow the combination was not a hit."


    5. Overrated: Danish Kringle

    1. Overrated: Organic Cold Brewed Hibiscus Tea & Lemonade Beverage

    7. Overrated: Mandarin Orange Chicken

    8. Overrated: Chili Onion Crunch

    Jar of Trader Joe's Chili Onion Crunch

    "Chili onion crunch is the watered-down, overrated version of Lao Gan Ma. It’s not spicy or salty and is nowhere near as good."


    9. Overrated: The Sushi Section

    10. Overrated: Everything but the Bagel Seasoning Blend

    Bottle of Everything But the Bagel Seasoning from Trader Joe's on a kitchen counter

    "The only thing it tastes good on, in my opinion, is egg salad sandwiches lol."

    Holly Towner

    Note: Responses have been edited for length and/or clarity.