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20 Trader Joe's Items Worth Selling Your Soul For And 10 That Are, TBH, Overrated

Hard pass on the cauliflower NO-cchi.

Note: This post was sourced with quotes from Reddit and has been updated with YOUR answers. Thank you, dear BuzzFeed readers!

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But of all the many hit products they carry, there are some misses.

Nobody's perfect! Here are a bunch of wins that you maybe haven't tried yet, and some controversial "flops" that don't quite live up to the hype. Scroll down for the hot takes!

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1. Underrated: Umami Seasoning Blend

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"That shit is fantastic!!! I’ve used it in marinara, as a rub, marinade, meatloaf...I also hate the taste of mushrooms. Hard to describe, but this is not 'mushroomy.' It’s magical, really!"

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2. Underrated: Gummy Tummies (Penguin Edition)

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"I'm a sucker for gummy candy, and the Gummy Tummy Penguins are the best!"

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3. Underrated: Queso Cheese Dip

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"The queso is so good! It just doesn't have that artificial taste like most other store-bought queso, which makes it far better, in my opinion."

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4. Underrated: Super Lemon Room Spritz

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"Great alternative to chemical-smelling air fresheners. Brought it on a family vacation and covered up unpleasant bathroom ~scents~ better then Poo-Pourri or matches or anything else. Seriously, you could go in right after and detect nothing but fresh lemon and eucalyptus lol."

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5. Underrated: Everything but the Bagel Greek Style Yogurt Dip

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"It's Greek yogurt and it is delicious, almost like a low-calorie French onion dip!"

charlotte25715

6. Underrated: Aloe Vera Gel

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"Trader Joe’s aloe is the best stuff. It’s not even 100% aloe, but it’s the best moisturizer ever."

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7. Underrated: Smashing S'mores

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"Anyone else try the S’mashing S’mores? They’re basically s’mores in a little cube, and they are fucking to die for. Sometimes I just eat them right out of the container, but when you heat them up, they taste EXACTLY like regular s’mores."

bunniesandme

8. Underrated: The Flower Section

Instagram: @traderjoes_flowers

"Always buy my bouquets there and they have a huge variety. Plus, they always last long."

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9. Underrated: Chewable Melatonin

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"I've tried other brands, but I always grab a bottle from T.J.'s. They are 3 milligrams and have a pleasant minty flavor. I take two and am usually dozing off within the next 20 minutes."

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10. Underrated: Zhoug Sauce

Instagram: @genebaur

It's a surprisingly versatile sauce made from cilantro that you can throw on anything that needs a little something saucy — pita with hummus, steamed vegetables and rice, grilled chicken, or salmon.

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11. Underrated: Strawberry Licorice Twists

Instagram: @traderjoesfoodreviews

"Honestly, I’m not a big licorice fan, but I really loved these Strawberry Licorice Twists! They are short, thick pieces of licorice with a delicious strawberry flavor that I found not to be too artificial, as some strawberry candies tend to be."

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12. Underrated: Habanero Hot Sauce

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This is one of my personal faves that I always stock up on at T.J.'s. It's a truly spicy hot sauce that will draw tears from your eyes, and I love how nonvinegary it is (despite the fact that there is, in fact, vinegar in the ingredients). It's like pure spiciness with a mild but delicious flavor, so it goes on any kind of cuisine.

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13. Underrated: Virtuoso Lip Balm

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"The Virtuoso Lip Balm is the only lip balm in my life now. Tried it last winter when my lips were cracking apart, along with a whole pile of other balms. I was desperate! Now all the others are in the trash, and this one is the keeper."

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14. Underrated: The Chimichurri Rice in the Frozen Section

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"I put the T.J. salsa verde, cotija cheese (not T.J.'s), and fresh cilantro on top for a twist, and the whole thing takes five minutes. Also this is the busy-mom dish, when the kids have something basic and Mom craves more."

Jacquelyn Nicoll Goldbeck

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15. Underrated: Crunchy Mochi Rice Nuggets

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"These pair with wine so well. I don't allow myself to buy them anymore because I eat the entire bag at once."

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16. Underrated: Soy Chorizo

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I implore you to try to tell the difference between this stuff and the real thing.

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18. Underrated: Field Fresh Salad (with black currants, asiago cheese, chicken, and sweet basil dressing)

Twitter: @TheSaladArtist

"In the prepackaged salad section. This is a new find for me, but I've had it three times in the last week. So good!"

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19. Underrated: Spicy Cashew Butter Dressing

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"It is fantastic on noodles. Add tofu (T.J.'s baked tofu is great), some veggies (like broccoli or soycotash), some fresh basil if you have some, etc. Any or all. My spouse's go-to meal when it's his turn to fix something."

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Thin enough to be used on salads; rich enough to act as a sauce on rice, noodles, or veggies; and also works great as a marinade.

20. Underrated: Masala Simmer Sauce

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"The Masala Simmer Sauce is so good. ... It’s a great pizza sauce for an Indian-style pizza."

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1. Overrated: Cookie Butter

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"I was visiting family in America and a friend BEGGED ME to bring back three jars of Cookie Butter. I ended up opening one up just to try it (she was fine with this) and thought it was so bland. That was a few years ago, so I don’t know if they still make it, but I definitely thought it was overrated."

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2. Overrated: Dried Mandarins

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"Not bad, just really overhyped (in my opinion) compared with all the other dried fruit, which is all pretty great."

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3. Overrated: Cauliflower Gnocchi

Instagram: @healthy.foodyss

"Everyone raved about it, but I found it bland...maybe I didn't cook it the proper way or use the right sauce..."

u/Denyala

Some people do swear by it when it's made in an air fryer, though.

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4. Overrated: Jackfruit Fishcakes

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"I didn't care for Jackfruit Fishcakes. I like jackfruit, I like fish, I like cakes, but somehow the combination was not a hit."

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5. Overrated: Danish Kringle

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"They're pretty solid, pretty good, but with the level of hype and excitement that gets posted every time they come in stock, I was expecting something that would completely blow my mind. Unfortunately, I just thought they were good, but nowhere near as mind-blowing as the first times I've had other pastries."

ragewinch

Overall, people find them to be wayyyy too sweet, and they could benefit from a little tartness.

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7. Overrated: Mandarin Orange Chicken

Instagram: @janinecoyle

"I bit into a piece that was pure fat; never again. I have an aversion to any orange/sesame chicken that I didn't make myself. The fear of biting into a piece of gross skin or chewy fat makes the whole experience too unpleasant."

u/welluuasked

Although some argue that the aversion is really about how you actually cook it...

"I had a bad time cooking it on the stove, but in the oven on a cookie sheet or preheated cast iron, it's great. Make sure you don't undercook it. I only use half the orange sauce and save the rest of the sauce to use with something later. Add the chicken to a rice bowl or stir-fry and you're set."

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8. Overrated: Chili Onion Crunch

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"Chili onion crunch is the watered-down, overrated version of Lao Gan Ma. It’s not spicy or salty and is nowhere near as good."

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9. Overrated: The Sushi Section

Instagram: @mbaukita

"Please add their sushi to the overrated list. That stuff belongs in the garbage."

cookiebiscotto

10. Overrated: Everything but the Bagel Seasoning Blend

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"The only thing it tastes good on, in my opinion, is egg salad sandwiches lol."

Holly Towner

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