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Friday, January 31, 2020

Trader Joe's Fig Butter

Ah, the wondrous fig. Did you know that figs aren't technically fruit? They're inverted flowers. And did you further know that there are, in fact, dead wasps inside each fig? Not particularly appetizing. But not to worry, the wasps are completely digested by the fruit—er, flower—by the time they're turned into delicious fig butter. Yum?

Anyway, this fig butter has been around Trader Joe's for a long, long time. It's been a mainstay on their shelves and in our pantry for years. Some time ago, Sonia took a recommendation from a TJ's employee to put fig butter and almond butter in a sandwich together. It has completely replaced peanut butter and jelly in her diet. I'll admit, it's a tasty combo, but nothing can take the place of good old PB & J for this guy.

Still, there are many uses for this yumtastic fig butter. I'll have toast with cream cheese and fig butter on occasion. It goes well with goat cheese and crackers. I'm sure you could use it as a glaze for certain meats, a topping for puff pastries, or even in a salad dressing mixture. What else could you do with Trader Joe's Fig Butter? You could make figgy pudding I suppose. Then when those carolers come around next holiday season you could really surprise them when they get around to that obnoxious verse in We Wish You A Merry Christmas.

It's naturally sweet, mostly smooth, and has just a bit of grit from the seeds. No, those aren't wasp parts, at least according to that article I linked to in the first paragraph.

This might be Sonia's favorite Trader Joe's product of all time. "Simply scrumptious," she says. Perfect five stars from her for this fig butter. I like it a lot, too. Four stars from me. I can't believe we didn't review this earlier. Better late than never, I suppose.

Bottom line: 9 out of 10.


  1. I concur. This is good stuff. I like it so much better than that cinnamon roll spread.

  2. I'm with Sonia....the nut butter and fig spread combo is delicious! Interestingly, I also like PB and IKEA's lingonberry spread too.

  3. Wasps or no wasps, this stuff is amazing on pizza. I use it as a sauce with mozzarella, TJs chicken sausage (apple chardonnay is my go-to, but I keep meaning to try one of the more savory ones) and caramelized onions. Delicious.

  4. It’d probably be great on top of Brie baked in puff pastry.

  5. It kinda screams to be made into homemade fig newtons.

  6. It’s delicious with Brie and and the raisin rosemary crackers!


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