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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Trader Joe's Hold the Corn! Appetizers



Hold the corn! That must be a pun on "Hold the phone!" But wait, that doesn't rhyme—not even close. Ah, Trader Joe's must be making a play on "Hold the cone!" which is, in turn, a pun on "Hold the phone!" I guess TJ's is making fun of themselves. Unless this is somehow a play on "Hold the horns!" you know...like you "hold the bull by the horns," buuut that's a stretch.

The inspiration behind the title of this product means nothing if the product doesn't taste good. Fortunately, it does. Oh how it does.

The rice wrapper here is crispy, dry. The veggie-based filling is moist and fairly rich, but not overpowering in any way. The primary flavors are sweet corn (imagine that) along with some onion, the rice from the shell, and juuust a hint of spice from the red chili powder, green peppercorns, and garlic.


I could have sworn I detected the taste and texture of quinoa up in the mix, but alas, there is none listed on the ingredients. They aren't excessively greasy or oily. The nutrition info here is very reasonable, considering how utterly delectable these things are.

There's also the slightest suggestion that these are somehow veggie spring rolls that want to be dipped in a sweet and sour sauce of some kind. I might have tried that pairing if we'd had any packets laying around. Most people might not have that inclination—Sonia certainly didn't—but I'm big into condiments, and I always want to dip my appetizers in something—maybe an avocado salsa or chipotle sauce would have worked here...? I would have even slathered them with melted cheese of some kind—not that they really needed it. They didn't last long enough to be experimented upon. Perhaps we'll try them with dips upon the next purchase—and there will be a next purchase.

Served as appetizers, these will certainly make your guests ready to eat more food. The only problem I can foresee is that the only thing they'll want to eat is more of these delicious cones of corn. Each one is like a mini cornucopia, perfect for Thanksgiving...or any other time for that matter. $3.99 for 12, found in the frozen section. Two big thumbs up and a very high recommendation from this nomadic half of WG@TJ's. Four and a half stars from me. Five stars from Sonia.

Bottom line: 9.5 out of 10.

14 comments:

  1. Lol we had these last night! It took until you mentioned Sonia to figure out that Russ didn't write this, because I thought of egg rolls while eating mine!

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  2. Just had them last night. Spot on. Question, as the Mrs and I disagree: Would you think these would be good with gravy as long as they remained a little crispy?

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    1. I'm not really a gravy guy, but if you're into gravy, yeah that might work...

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    2. I've had good luck with a mix of sweet & sour and garlic hoisin sauce (neither of which you can get at TJ's, unfortunately) for things like this... I use it for the Lemongrass Chicken Stix and it's pretty perfect.

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  3. Wow these sound! fantastic! Unfortunately I'm very averse to coconut, mushrooms, and cilantro so I guess they're not for me. 😢

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    1. I'm usually not good with mushrooms, but they're barely detectable here. If you're against coconut and cilantro, too, I guess this is a no-go :(

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    2. Now I feel like I must try these!

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  4. I'm so glad you reviewed these, and loved them... I was tempted when I was at TJ's on Saturday but had already had many treats in my basket, including the cheesecake cones, which I'm sorry to say did not fare nearly as well as these. Cheesecake part was just bland and creamy and the cone part was overwhelmingly sweet.

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    1. Darnit. I had high hopes for the cheesecake cones.

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    2. You might like them! Other folks online rave that they're the best thing they ever ate, so YMMV =)

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  5. WOW! This will satisfy the vegan & gluten free crowd. Host a vegan feast for sure. Vegan turkey roast, vegan gravy, mashed sweet potatoes, sauteed green beans, hold the corn apps, cranberry sauce, and for dessert baked apples.

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  6. These are made with netted spring roll wrappers - which are typically used to make thai/viet style spring rolls - likely why you are looking for some sweet/sour sauce - my vote would be to dip into the sweet chili sauce (add chopped peanuts and cilantro to the sauce). I think it would work well with this.

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