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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Friday, March 18, 2016

Trader Joe's Gluten Free Crispy Crunchy Ginger Chunk Cookies

A long time ago, Sonia and I checked out the chocolate chip equivalent of these and were fairly impressed. The cookie base is pretty much the same animal here. It's crispy and crunchy, as the name would imply. I do prefer soft cookies, but as crispy cookies go, these are top-shelf. I'm sure it's much more difficult to make a gluten-free soft cookie, anyway.

Flavor-wise, there's a nice sweet butteriness to the cookie. If you're taking modest bites, not every bite has a chunk of ginger, but the ones that do have a lot of ginger. Sonia wishes it were more evenly distributed. I totally agree. I'd prefer ginger bits to ginger chunks—which, incidentally, have nothing to do with fat redheads. Also, never ever Google "fat redheads."

The zesty, spicy zing of the ginger isn't quite as potent as that of some other products we've seen in the past, such as the Ginger, Almond & Cashew Cereal, but it's still strong enough to get your attention. In this instance, though, we both think the ginger flavor blends pretty well with the rice flour base.

As the front of the packaging suggests, there is a supple "melt in your mouth" quality about these baked goodies that's very pleasant for the gluten-sensitive and non-gluten-sensitive alike. As far as scores go, it looks like another four stars from Sonia and another three and a half stars from me.

Bottom line: 7.5 out of 10.

8 comments:

  1. I like the cute cartoony chefs on the package.

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    1. TJ's always use great art to draw cartoons!

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  2. I'm certainly not gluten free, but i am a serious ginger lover. Usually i get the triple ginger snaps- aka the Only purchased ginger cookie with enough ginger flavor for me :). Are these similarly intense? Or just when you get the bite with ginger and the rest is like a sugar cookie?
    Ttrockwood

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    1. Yes I'd say these are similarly intense. I guess what I said in the post is a little misleading. More bites than not DO have a lot of ginger, but it is possible to have a bite in each cookie without ginger...and yes, they're similar to sugar cookies when you get those ginger-free bites.

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  3. These sound like a knockoff of Tates Ginger Zinger gluten-free cookies, which I love by the way.

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    1. I'm pretty sure the consensus is that the TJ's gluten free cookies ARE Tate's, but nothing is ever known officially ;-)

      These cookies are delicious. I usually prefer chewy cookies, but the chocolate chip version of these (and now these also) have almost completely converted me. I LOVE both of them =D

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  4. I did end up buying these tonight. They are packed exactly like Tates Ginger Zinger gluten-free cookies, are just as good and way cheaper! Tate's cookies go for $5.99 a bag

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