The pros: Trader Joe's Garlic Spread Dip is a hidden treasure in the refrigerated aisle.
The cons: The calorie count is equivalent to eating mayo.
The verdict: If Trader Joe's actually ran commercials for their products, then this one would go like this: I can't believe it's not Mayo. Perhaps Fabio can make an appearance as well.
I picked this up from a recommendation from a follower of this blog, Dag. She said it was amazing. She wasn't wrong.
I had my concerns about this product. How much garlic can a person tolerate in order to make a dip out of it? Only vampires should be fearful of this.
This is a vegan product, but has a texture that can best be described as somewhere between mayo and whipped cream cheese.
Now, my biggest concern wasn't the texture, it was the flavor. How good can something whose first ingredient is oil taste? Apparently, pretty good.
You see, if I've learned anything from being a recreational cook, it's that most dishes don't taste great because they aren't seasoned properly. If seasoning does not fix things, then acidity will.
The acidity here is what makes this item work. Garlic has the potential to overpower many things, but it manages to play amazingly well with the lemon that is in this mayo-like vegan dip. It adds a brightness to the flavors that just plain old work here.
I enjoyed part of this with Trader Joe's Everything Crackers, but this really has some potential in so many dishes.
For $2.99, I found something that is flavorful and delicious. Vampires can skip this one, but this is one of my new favorites.
Here is the visual run down of what you get if you buy this product:
The package of Trader Joe's Garlic Spread Dip:
The nutritional information and the ingredients:
Out of the package you get:
Would I buy this again? Yes, I would buy Trader Joe's Garlic Spread Dip again. Sorry, Hellman's, this made me want to forget about regular mayo.
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