Hello. My name's Nathan, and I love Trader Joe's. My wife Sonia does too. She's a great shopper, has excellent taste and knows good value when she comes across it. As many of you know, Trader Joe's is unsurpassed in the world of good-value grocery stores, so we spend a lot of our time and money there. Although the store fairly consistently delivers great taste with its own unique line of food products, there are definitely some big-hits, and unfortunately, there are some misses...

After doing a couple of internet searches for reviews of TJ's food items, Sonia discerned an apparent dearth of good, quality reviews for the store's offerings. So, at her suggestion, we decided to embark on a journey of systematically reviewing every Trader Joe's product, resulting in the blog you are about to read...

A couple of months into our Trader Joe's rating adventure, an old college friend, Russ, who unbeknownst to me had been following our TJ's blog, decided that I had been slacking in my blogging duties (which, of course, I was) so he decided to contribute his own original TJ's reviews to the blog, thus enhancing it, making it more complete and adding to it a flavor of his own. He and his wife Sandy are also avid TJ's fans and, as you will soon discover, he is an excellent writer and is nearly as clever, witty and humble as I am.

Seriously though, Russ: You go, boy!

So here it is: "What's Good at Trader Joe's?"

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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Trader Joe's Pumpkin Bread Pudding

Because I'm quite certain there's no pumpkin in coconut cashews, and also because I'm pretty sure pumpkin seeds do not constitute a pumpkin product, and also because my last 2 posts have been relatively pumpkin-free, and because my wife and I have suffered from severe pumpkin-withdrawal over the last 2 weeks, and finally, because it's Halloween, I have decided that it's high time to take a look at something pumpkintacular once again.

It's pumpkin-flavored bread pudding. I remember the first time I heard of bread pudding. I was like, "Wait...you mean it's bread and it's pudding?" I was overjoyed. "What's next?" I thought. "Ice cream and cake? Cookie butter and cocoa spread?" It's kinda like that Ford Fusion commercial where they say "I like 'and' better," which is quite obviously a rip-off of the Old Country Buffet commercial where the people visit "The Land of &."

Well, I just visited the Land of Bread and Pudding and Pumpkin, and I'm thinking about transferring my citizenship there. It's pretty awesome. And to add to all of the awesomeness, I must mention that I didn't even turn on the oven to prep this product. I got lazy and used the microwave, even though I've sworn off such barbaric practices in previous posts, even if the instructions list it as a viable heating option. But in this case, it worked pretty well. Our microwave is cheap and old, so it didn't heat completely evenly, but I often wonder if heating the bread pudding in the oven might have dried it out a bit.

Ours was crazy moist, like bread pudding's supposed to be. Both Sonia and I agree that it's actually a bit better served at room temperature rather than warm, despite the instructions contradicting us. Because remember, the WG@TJ's crew is always right. The product tastes bready and custardy, and the whole thing has an air of pumpkin pie. It's just solid enough that you can eat it with your hands or out of a napkin, but it's also melt-in-your-mouth soft, and you could theoretically eat it with a spoon.

This stuff goes great with coffee, it tastes a good bit like pumpkin, and at least in our case, it stayed moist for the whole 12 hours it lasted on the counter under some saran wrap. Sonia gives it 4.5 stars. I give it 4.

Bottom line: 8.5 out of 10 stars

16 comments:

  1. I do not make it to TJ's often, but I'm hoping to pick this up next time I'm there. I've actually NEVER had bread pudding before, and given how involved it seems to make, I think this might be a solid way to break in. Thanks for the heads up!

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    1. You're welcome, Adam. Thanks for reading. Hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

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  2. Has your wife seen the Pumpkin Body Butter? Oh. My. Word. It is so amazing. Also, I just discovered the Pumpkin Butter. It left me speechless. This looks great - I'll have to pick it up next time I'm there!

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    1. I did our last TJ's run by myself and I didn't see the body butter—but thanks for the reminder to look for it!

      Yeah, we reviewed the Pumpkin Butter a year or two ago...glad you liked it!

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  3. Where do you find this in TJ's??? Looks amazing!

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    1. It was in the frozen section, Claire. It's pretty good!

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  4. I made this in the oven. I realized halfway through I was supposed to wrap in foil and it still turned out moist. Good stuff.

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    1. Good to know! Thanks for sharing your oven experience. Now we know it works both ways.

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  5. I don't think it's part of The Actors Diet, Lynn ;)

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  6. This looks delicious will have to try it next time. Just want to tell you I love your blog and check it every day for new reviews. I also loved the video reviews you and your wife did. I have found many favorite items from tjs thanks to you guys. You're awesome! :)

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    1. Thanks so much for your kind words, Melissa! That means a lot. Thanks for reading (and watching)!

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  7. Threw this in the cart on a whim, and now I'm making plans to go buy as many as I can before the season is over. DELISH with fresh whipped cream!

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    1. We didn't try it with whipped cream, but I bet that's tasty...or vanilla ice cream :)

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    2. That's exactly what I did, Linda! My freezer is now stockpiled with TJ's Pumpkin Bread Pudding!

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