Google Tag

Search This Blog

Wednesday, April 19, 2023

Trader Joe's Garlic & Cheese Bread Sticks

Not sure what happened here. Did we get a bad batch? Did our local Trader Joe's manager go around changing freshness dates like Apu at the Kwik-E-Mart?

Sonia and I both thought these were bland, dry, and way too hard. We followed the heating instructions exactly. We consumed them before their "sell by" date. We tried them plain, with soup, and with various other dips.

There was no discernible garlic flavor in Trader Joe's Garlic & Cheese Bread Sticks. The cheese was wanting both in quantity and taste. Even the bread itself fell utterly short of the delightfully soft and fluffy Cheddar Jalapeño Pull Apart Bread we looked at last week. The breadsticks were slightly more palatable when we first pulled them from the oven, but now that they need reheated a second time, there's simply no redeeming them.

There was no greasy residue on these sticks. Maybe that's what they needed. To both Sonia and me, they seemed like nothing more than unsalted cylindrical crackers. We're struggling to finish them. If you want breadsticks without jalapeños, we recommend buying the pull apart bread and simply removing the jalapeños, because Trader Joe's Garlic & Cheese Bread Sticks simply aren't worth the $3.49 we paid for them.

Two stars a piece from Sonia and me.

Bottom line: 4 out of 10.


  1. bad batch is always possible, i really loved these.

  2. I'm with you Nathan, just plain boring taste. Trader Joe's needs to do better!

    1. I think you're the only other person on the entire internet that didn't like these!

  3. I love these, but I flatten them, spray with olive oil and put lots of garlic powder, dried onion flakes, seeds (caraway, sesame, poppy), and black pepper on and heat them in a toaster oven or air fryer.

  4. Oh, and they should be spongy, not hard, and they should not fall apart. Look for the latest date.


You Might Like: