When a reader, H M, mentioned that this was new to shelves I got excited. And then H M tried it. And gave it a big thumbs down. Intrigued, I hunted for this product.I, too, agree. Here is a product that I had a fantasy what it must taste like. My vision for this was like the carrot cake equivalent of cookie butter.
H M warned me in advance that it has no flour and no eggs. Then the bomb was dropped: this is more of a chutney. And a weird one at that.
I’m not sure why they picked carrot cake for the name. It has ingredients that you probably wouldn’t find in most run of the mill carrots cakes: pineapple, apple juice concentrate, and pectin.
The dominant flavor is raisin (which isn’t a favorite of mine) and sugar. It’s very sweet. But the biggest problem with me was taste and texture. Neither worked for me.
Even going through how to use this, I couldn’t see myself enjoying it in any of those ways. And especially not how the jar mentions eating it: by the spoonful. A little nibble and my face scrunched up in disgust.
Perhaps if someone wants to experiment with using this in a more savory way, I’m all ears on how you are using this. But I loved neither the taste nor the texture nor the name carrot cake. It’s a spread. It seems deeply misnamed. I’m sure this will have its fans, but you can’t count on me being one of them.
For $2.99 I’m not a fan on this one. It’s way too sweet, doesn’t taste like anything remotely carrot cake like, and wasn’t enjoyable to eat on its own. Fortunately, it is seasonal. So the shelves will be cleared at some point to make room for some other things.
Would I buy this again? No. This is one of those rare times I’ll have to take advantage of their return policy.
Here is the visual run down of what you get if you buy this product:
The jar of Trader Joe’s Carrot Cake Spread:
The nutritional information:
How Trader Joe’s describes this product:
Out of the package you get:
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Trader Joe's Carrot Cake Spread
Product Name: Trader Joe's Carrot Cake Spread
Product Description: According to Trader Joe's: Carrot Cake in a jar without the flour or eggs.
To me, this product should be renamed as there was nothing cake like about this. This is far more of a jam/marmalade/chutney texture. Has some ingredients that don’t seem like they would traditionally be found in a carrot cake. Based on the name, I was left deeply hoping for the carrot cake answer to cookie butter’s texture. Maybe even something that could be formed into cake balls.
- New and Seasonal
- May pair well with cream cheese according to some users
- Does not taste like carrot cake
- Would have preferred a different texture based on the name of this product