It's actually been a while since I tried a Trader Joe's product that I really didn't like. That streak just came to an end now that I've tried Trader Joe's Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese Bites.
As much as I was hoping to taste Trader Joe's Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese in these. Oh, how disappointed I was.
Trader Joe's actually makes pretty decent Mac and Cheese Bites that are sold year-round. And yes, they've been changed over the years but are still pretty good.
My expectations tasting this were those mac and cheese bites with the sauce of the butternut squash mac and cheese.
But let me tell you, it isn't the same sauce. Not by a long shot.
And let's be honest if they could have just switched out the mac and cheese sauce it should be divine.
Yet it wasn't.
This might be one of the worst things I've tasted since the awful Beef Cabbage Rolls.
It really came down to the sauce. It was very veggie without tasting very creamy. I see it in the ingredients but for some reason, the butternut squash came through more. The spices used: nutmeg, ginger, and mustard tasted like they had more of a leading role than they should have.
And that's a shame.
Because Trader Joe's didn't need to do much to succeed here.
The bread crumb on the outside of these isn't very seasoned so you may find you are reaching for the salt to amp these up just a bit.
The cooking directions were fine. I made mine in the oven.
But the taste was the downfall here. I've never had a pack of mac and cheese bites where I only ate one. And then I had no interest in the rest of them.
The packaging here is pretty much the same as the mac and cheese bites. The product comes in a box. Inside the box is a plastic tray with 10 mac and cheese bites. The tray is covered in a thin plastic to prevent the breading from going all over.
There is a saying about pizza in my household: even when pizza is bad, it's still kinda good. As much as I thought that would apply to mac and cheese bites that wasn't the case here.
And listen, at the end of the day I really, really like Trader Joe's Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese, but as bites they just weren't working for me.
I didn't like this. I'm glad it is seasonal and will be off of shelves.
Would I buy this again? Not a chance would I buy Trader Joe's Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese Bites again. All they had to do was basically adjust one thing.
For $3.99 this was a waste. Stick with the regular mac and cheese bites or the actual butternut squash mac and cheese.
Did you try it? Let me know what you think in the comments section!
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Trader Joe's Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese Bites
Product Name: Trader Joe's Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese Bites
Product Description: Trader Joe's Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese Bites are new but not like the other butternut squash mac and cheese.
Trader Joe's Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese Bites are new and seasonal.
- Easy to follow directions
- Not overly salty.
- For some reason, this didn't live up to the frozen butternut squash mac and cheese.
- Too much veggie taste.