good solid favorites, some unusual ones (like a grill-worthy cheese? Inconceivable!), and, well, a few out-and-out bizarre ones like this chocolate-cheddar mash up from years back that was out right in time for Valentine's Day...
...but nothing, to my fairly faulty knowledge, has been quite like Trader Joe's Sticky Toffee Cheddar Cheese. I gotta admit, the name sounded intriguing, even though I wasn't sure exactly what to expect. It didn't make the blog, but not long ago, Sandy and I enjoyed a rather delicious creamy cinnamon toscano that TJ's had out, and if this were anything similar, it'd be a slam dunk.
Well...it's not. Maybe I'm just used to good ol' 'murican-style cheddar from the great states of Vermont and Wisconsin, with its solid sharpness, its blocky bite, its wax-covered wonder. And maybe I've narrowed my scope of anything labelled as "English cheddar" to the shelves of TJ's and therefore subject to solely their selections, as perhaps unrepresentative of the entirety of the genre of English cheddar. But, just like another English cheddar we tried a few months back (the ones with caramelized onions, also not reviewed - hey, sorry, can't do it all!) - this stuff seems sad, soft, slightly soggy, kinda like a half-molten candle. It's so soft - almost more like a brie than most cheddar I'm used to - that I was half tempted to find a cracker and a knife to do some spreading. I bet you it would have worked.
Sandy feels much the same.We popped in our first taste simultaneously, looked at each other, and made a face. After repeating this ritual a couple more times, we finally gave up. I don't feel as though we necessarily wasted our money on it (sold in various sized chunks for $8.99 a pound), and I'm willing to give another shot, perhaps with some crackers and a dark porter or stout within reach. But as is, we're gonna hit it with some double deuces.
Bottom line: Trader Joe's Sticky Toffee Cheddar Cheese: 4 out of 10 Golden Spoons
I think that they could had added more crunch to it. Also maybe needed to age a bit to develop more flavor and firmness.ReplyDelete
I actually enjoyed this, but if you're looking for cheese, I agree it tastes nothing like cheese. Before I tried it, someone told me it is kind of like cookie dough, so maybe I was more prepared for that sorts of flavor and texture. Paired very well with a coffee stout for dessert!ReplyDelete
Yeah - wish I had a Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout or something like that on hand. Good chance I would have liked it betterDelete
Try the sticky toffee pudding in the frozen section! Amazing!ReplyDelete
So I hear - thanks for the tip!Delete
I loved the English cheddar with caramelized onions in it but this stuff sounds just wrongReplyDelete
Definitely had me scratching my head - well, that's what we're here for :)Delete
Thx for the review--will probably pass on this. Looked weird when I saw it, and sounds like it's not my cup of tea.ReplyDelete
Another suggestion: Just saw/bought a new item: chocolate raspberry tamales(!). And they are pretty good imo. Not too sweet either. A review candidate?
Oh definitely - seen them too, haven't had the chance to, but they are absolutely on our radar!Delete
Nothing TJ gets by you guys... :)Delete
I tried it and it like a brownie!!! It really amazing and don't taste any corn at all. YUMDelete
^ This refers to the tamale, not the cheese!Delete
Every once in a while we miss something in the onslaught ...especially this time of year - but something kinda crazy like that definitely stands out. I *think* they're on the list for a shopping run if not today then very, very soon. Even more eager to try them now!ReplyDelete
The tamales caught my eye (as did this toffee cheese--sorry!) and I just picked it up even tho it hadn't appeared here yet. And saw it in the TJ flyer 2 days later. It is really good!Delete
This is sooo tasty, I almost ate the whole thing in one sitting!!!ReplyDelete