All the Trader Joe’s Foods, Ranked
Not all frozen meals are created equal
Trader Joe's is more than just a grocery store. It's a magical place where you can buy all the ready-to-eat foods your heart desires, from frozen naan to cookie butter and everything in between. However, not all Trader Joe's foods are created equal. Here, 20 items ranked from worst to best.
18. Party Size Mini Meatballs
Maybe it's the toothpicks...maybe it's the kid's birthday party font...but something here is creeping us out.
16. Japanese Style Fried Rice
We'll stick with takeout from our local joint on this one.
14. Greek Honey Yogurt
Not the worst Greek yogurt we've tried, but not as good as Fage.
13. Handmade Tamales
Skimpy on the chicken and green chiles, but, OK, pretty convenient.
12. Any flavor hummus
Mediterranean, edamame, beet--we'll happily dunk our carrots and pita chips into this guy.
11. BBQ Chicken Pizza
When it comes to frozen pizza, our expectations are never too high. But this BBQ chicken version does the trick.
10. Hatch Chile Mac & Cheese
The hatch chiles give this microwavable option a needed kick. (And if we're being honest, the cheesiness is on-point.)
9. Frozen Naan
This thick, doughy naan may not be exactly authentic, but it's pretty awesome when you have made your chicken tikka masala from scratch and need something to sop us the sauce.
8. Reduced Guilt Spinach & Kale Greek Yogurt Dip
A healthier substitute for the original dip. But it's hard to feel "reduced guilt" after downing an entire tub.
5. Fig Butter
Better than jam. And we would eat it on pretty much anything. Spread it on your morning toast or add it to your cheese plate.
4. Corn Chile Salsa
Trader Joe's has a strong salsa game. This tomato-less dip is a top choice. No Tostitos in the house? No problem--we'll eat this stuff straight by the spoonful.
3. Triple Ginger Snaps
Christmas comes early whenever these melt-in-your-mouth ginger cookies are around. Actually, can you remove these from our sight before we devour them all?
2. Parmesan Pastry Pups
These are the gold standard by which we judge all other finger foods. Move over, Hebrew National: These little franks are essential to any successful cocktail party.