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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Trader Joe's Organic Maple Butter

Are we pumpkin spiced out?

Here we are....halfway thru October...and there's been nary a new, exciting, enthralling, OMG-worthy debut of anything pumpkin spice related. That's fine by me. When we've reached the tipping point of society where the local garage is advertising pumpkin spice brake pads, it shows we've gone too far. Cinnamon is far too crumbly to offer decent stopping ability anyways.

Maple, though?

In my opinion, maple really ought to be the official flavor of fall. Can't get enough of it. It goes well with almost anything. It's far more versatile than most people give it credit - think beyond pancakes, people. Maple is where it's at.

And so it is with Trader Joe's Organic Maple Butter.

It's really tempting to compare TJ's maple butter with something like their maple sugar candy, although that wouldn't be precisely accurate. Whereas maple sugar is highly concentrated nature sugar bomb from boiling down maple syrup to remove liquid, maple butter is simply churned maple syrup that got agitated to the point of creaminess. That's it. As a result, it's still very maple-y, of course, but not quite as much as maple sugar. There is a similar feel though, in that there is a slight chalkiness from the sugar granules. It's nowhere near offputting.

The maple butter is pretty darn excellent. It's absolutely creamy, smooth, and a little bit drippy and runny, but nowhere to the same extent as regular maple syrup. That might make it an excellent "mess control" option for the younger crowd. Like regular butter, it will melt/seep into something warm if placed on top of it, like on top our sweet potatoes the other night. Put it on anything though - veggies, toast, pork roast, chicken, ice cream, etc. And yes, I guess even pancakes too.

It's $5.99 for the small jar, which is about in line pricewise for most maple products. It's not an awful value. I'll admit to being tempted to just guzzle the whole jar down. Love maple and anything maple, as does Sandy, so it's an absolute winner from us. The only thing keeping it from a perfect score is the small lack of anything truly amazing/unique about it, but that doesn't mean it's not worthy of your pick up next time you're at the shop. It's a small jar, you'll find room for it alongside all your pumpkin spice crazy stuff.

Bottom line: Trader Joe's Organic Maple Butter: 9 out of 10 Golden Spoons

9 comments:

  1. I never understood the thing about maple being a Fall flavor. Maple season is Spring. Generally somewhere between February and April.

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  2. I bought a jar of this and it tastes amazing but I just don't know what to do with it!

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    1. Maybe do make maple cinnamon rolls. Instead of just butter with cinnamon sugar on top. Switch the sugar with maple butter.

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    2. Brussel sprouts, carrots - roasted

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    3. On toast with some butter, add to plain yogurt, use as a sweetner for oatmeal
      Ttrockwood

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  3. Thank you - I needed your blessing on this one

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  4. I’m regretting not buying this! The dumb store i shopped at last trip had the new items shelf in the middle of the line to check out, so if i had stopped the twit behind me would have clipped my heels again with his cart. Will be sure to pick up next time, i love anything maple! Thinking i’ll add a bit to my morning yogurt and even my coffee....
    Ttrockwood

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  5. Never even got to taste it...this past weekend was told "Done for the Season" Whaaaaaat!

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