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I Tried A Bunch Of Popular Trader Joe's Items Compared To The Famous Brand-Name Versions, And Some Of The Results Actually Shocked Me

Honestly, some of the winners (and losers) were not what I was expecting.

Hi, I'm Hannah, and for anyone who hasn't been following my Trader Joe's adventures, I'm a big fan. I love TJ's for its creative products, seasonal treats, convenient frozen items, and affordable prices. So yeah, I spend a loooot of time at Trader Joe's. And one thing that always catches my attention is that many Trader Joe's products appear almost identical to their big, brand-name counterparts.

A cart full of Trader Joe's products

In fact, I've heard plenty of chatter that suggests many of your favorite TJ's products are actually made by the same manufacturers behind the big brand names. So while I won't embark on a full-fledged investigation, I did decide to conduct a taste test. I picked up a bunch of Trader Joe's "knockoffs" and compared them against the brand names.

A bunch of Trader Joe's products vs. the name brand

While conducing this side-by-side comparison, I took into account factors including appearance, taste, texture, and price point. So without further ado, here's how some of your favorite Trader Joe's products stack up to their name-brand competition.

Me holding a Trader Joe's bag

1. Trader Joe's Joe-Joe's vs. Oreos

Winner: Oreos

2. Trader Joe's Sea Salted Saddle Potato Crisps vs. Pringles

Winner: Pringles

3. Trader Joe's Pastry Pups vs. Sabrett Cocktail Franks

Winner: Trader Joe's Pastry Puffs

4. Trader Joe's White Cheddar Corn Puffs vs. Pirate's Booty

Winner: Pirate's Booty

5. Trader Joe's Baked Cheese Crunchies vs. Cheetos

Winner: Trader Joe's Baked Cheese Crunchies

Trader Joe's Baked Cheese Crunchies and Cheetos

6. Trader Joe's Crispy Crunchy Chocolate Chip Cookies vs. Tate's

Trader Joe's crispy chocolate chip cookies and Tate's cookies in bags

Winner: Tie!

7. Trader Joe's Hummus vs. Sabra

Sabra hummus and Trader Joe's hummus in the packaging

Winner: Trader Joe's

8. Trader Joe's Wisconsin Cheddar Mac 'n' Cheese vs. Kraft

Winner: Kraft Mac

9. Trader Joe's Crunchy Cinnamon Squares vs. Cinnamon Toast Crunch

Winner: Cinnamon Toast Crunch

Trader Joe's cinnamon squares and Cinnamon Toast Crunch in bowls with milk

10. Trader Joe's O's vs. SpaghettiOs

Trader Joe's Joe-O's and SpaghettiOs in cans

Winner: Trader Joe's

11. Trader Joe's Rolled Corn Chili Lime Tortilla Chips vs. Takis

Rolled Corn Chili Lime Tortilla Chips and Takis in bags

Winner: Trader Joe's

12. Trader Joe's Mini Cheese Sandwich Crackers vs. Ritz Bits

Mini Cheese Sandwich Crackers and Cheese Ritz Bits in packaging

Winner: Trader Joe's

13. Trader Joe's Jumbo Cinnamon Rolls vs. Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls

Winner: Trader Joe's

14. Trader Joe's Scandinavian Swimmers vs. Swedish Fish

Swedish fish and Scandinavian Swimmers in packaging

Winner: Swedish Fish

Mini Swedish Fish and Scandinavian Swimmers on a table

15. Trader Joe's Spizzico di Pizza vs. Bagel Bites

Winner: Trader Joe's

16. Trader Joe's Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups vs. Reese's

Winner: Tie

Do you have a favorite Trader Joe's product that blows away the brand-name version? Tell me in the comments below!