We spoke to employees all over the country about this seasoning that’s already a cult favorite, but no one could vouch for it. Here’s the good news: We tried it and loved it! It’s usually stocked near the now legendary Everything But the Bagel Sesame Seasoning Blend. It’s not as addictive, but then again nicotine and caffeine aren’t as addictive as that bagel seasoning. But fear not! This is a fantastic addition to your pantry. The main ingredients in the Umami Blend are kosher salt, onion, mustard seed, and two types of mushroom powder. Consider this a way to pump up the mushroom flavor in any dish that could use the help. Sprinkle it into marinara sauce or atop any meat. It’s umami flavoring, after all, and it adds a deeper layer of flavor to anything it touches. Maybe don’t put it on those Sunflower Seed Butter Cups, though.
Pancakes? Perfect. Bread? Brilliant. Pancake Bread? Hmm, isn’t that just too much of a good thing? Not at Trader Joe’s, where those geniuses baked bread that tastes exactly like buttermilk pancakes -- probably because the bread has heavy cream, eggs, buttermilk, and maple syrup baked into it, along with a buttery brown sugar topping. “This is the greatest stuff since sliced bread, literally,” said Paul from Las Vegas, Nevada. “It tastes better than pancakes. It’s ridiculous, I’ve eaten like seven of them since we got it.” While Paul heard that customers have liked heating up slices of the ultra-soft bread and putting butter on it, he said it’s not required. “People ask me how I eat it; I just grab a fork,” he noted. Pour yourself a mimosa and cut a piece of pancake bread and you have one easy homemade brunch.
You know how when you and your friends are hanging out and someone always goes, “Man, I could really go for some corn, peas, beans, and quinoa right about now?” And then everyone else in the room is like, “I was just thinking that!”? You’re gonna love this new, unappetizing sounding TJ’s bag of chips. And the best part is that they’re actually quite appetizing! “It’s not as healthy tasting as it sounds!” exclaimed Jessica in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. “They’re salty and kind of like a popcorn chip. It’s good with guacamole.” Another TJ’s employee, Paula from Southlake, Texas, concurs. “It’s similar to the texture of those circular sea salt rice crackers we had in. Or those popped barbecue chips, but not barbecue.” Next time you’ve got some guac or a bowl of salsa on the kitchen table, these crisps are just what you need.