TRADER JOE Ridge Cut Chips

7 Dec

I have decided that among all the other hats I wear, I am also somewhat of a hunter-gatherer when it comes to Trader Joe’s.    I mean the ENTIRE store is full of nothing but TJ products so I (and you) have absolutely no idea of what to expect with each and every item.

That is kinda part of the fun I think.  Re-discovering foods.  Trying new things.  People in DFW are going nuts for everything TJ.

There is also another company invading the metroplex- ALDI.   They have a similar approach of selling lesser-known brands- but here is the weird part:

ALDI is called by some, a “cheap” store, and Trader Joe is thought of as cool and eclectic.  But they both sell the same type of stuff.   Items we aren’t familiar with.  That’s kinda funny to me that one generic is “hip” and the other is “cheap”.

Like these TJ Ridge Cut Salt & Pepper chips.  They are VERY good.  They taste similar to the KETTLE CHIPS brand of Salt/Pepper chips.   So these are worth picking up for sure.

On the other hand I also purchased some sopressatta that wasn’t very good.  So it’s a gamble.

But for the most part I love the selection and choices of TJ and will continue my crusade to find the best Trader Joe has to offer.

And I type this with a mouthful of TJ’s uber-amazing COOKIE BUTTER.

 

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2 Responses to “TRADER JOE Ridge Cut Chips”

  1. W. White December 9, 2012 at 6:52 pm #

    “There is also another company invading the metroplex- ALDI. They have a similar approach of selling lesser-known brands- but here is the weird part:”

    There’s a very obvious reason why. (Hint: The companies are, shall we say, related?)

    “ALDI is called by some, a “cheap” store, and Trader Joe is thought of as cool and eclectic. But they both sell the same type of stuff. Items we aren’t familiar with”

    ALDI is a cheap store. They compete against Wal-Mart and Target and Kroger and Albertson’s. They sell the same house brands as these stores.. but they use next-to-nothing on advertising, labor, store fixtures, overhead to keep prices lower than those other markets store brands.

    TJ’s is not a cheap store compared to ALDI, but they are vs. their actual competition: Whole Foods, Central Market, Sprouts, etc. There private label brands that are made by Amy’s and Annie’s and Stacy’s and Straus Family Creamery and other brands that cost and arm and a leg at the above mentioned stores, but are 25-50% cheaper at Trader Joe’s.

    Also, try the Trader Joe’s version of Oreo’s (Joe-Joe’s) and their bagged Kettle Corn. And yes, that cookie butter should be illegal and sold in viles on street corners it’s so damn good.

    • junkfoodcritic December 9, 2012 at 8:13 pm #

      Wow, you just blew my mind. With about 10 seconds worth of digging online I found you are 100% correct- they are related. The irony is so funny because so many down Aldi but Love TJ. ha! Great info W.White! Of course now I want to visit them both in the same day to compare.

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