The pros: Trader Joe's Hollandaise Sauce is almost as good as homemade or restaurant quality. Easy as anything to prepare. Mine was ready in about 30 seconds.
The cons: Perishable, so keep an eye on the expiration when buying this.
The verdict: For $2.99, this was a total surprise in the best possible way. Now granted, some of the ingredients are not commonly found in homemade Hollandaise (ok, not ever), this was far better than the powdered package you might get in the store and as close to homemade as you'll get without making it yourself. For the price, it's lasts quite a while in the refrigerator. I've made hollandaise sauce at home only once. It was a lot of work. As a time saver and to make a dish more fancy, this is the way to go. This product can also be modified. I've used it to make a béarnaise sauce. You might not even notice this product in the refrigerated case, but if you like the flavor of hollandaise then this is a pretty good buy.
The container (which always seems placed up high in the refrigerated section):
The nutritional information:
How to prepare:
Out of the package you get:
I took out what I needed (1 heaping soup spoon full) and put it in a separate bowl and microwaved for 30 seconds and it was ready:
So now what to do with it? I poached an egg:
Added some paprika:
And realized something was missing to make this a complete breakfast. Since I had neither Canadian bacon nor an English Muffin in the house I improvised with Trader Joe's Hashbrowns instead:
Would I buy this again? Yes! When you are cooking for 1 or 2 people making this from scratch is a pain and then it's never really the same after you've put it away. Trader Joe's Hollandaise Sauce is your next best bet. Taste it as is. I found there was a pronounced pepper taste so I didn't need to add anything. I'll experiment with this later to see if I can turn it into a béarnaise. Now, while I said this is something I'll absolutely buy again, it won't make the weekly shopping list. It's basically an egg and butter sauce which means it has a ton of calories. But in my opinion, totally worth it as a treat.
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Steven Sholem says
As you are aware, they no longer sell it. Many people, including me, think it is excellent and equal or better than most restaurants and better than can be made (easily) at home. Priced fairly, too. Is there anything that can be done to encourage them to restock it? This happened years ago with their blue cheese dressing which they also pulled. I believe it is back now, tho.
Hey Steven! Unfortunately, I'm not connected with TJ's in anyway. However, I couldn't agree with you more on the Hollandaise Sauce. It was very good. Now, as you pointed out this has been done from time to time. Most recently with the return of Midnight Moo. I think the best recourse for the situation is to let Trader Joe's hear from you directly. On their website there is both a product feedback and general feedback area of the website. I think that would (and anyone else reading this comments section) be the best place to start to see if you can get a dialogue going with them. I hope this helps.
jonna datz says
One reason I used to go out of my way to shop at TJ's was this hollandaise sauce. I would love if we could get it on line (or at Aldi's) but it doesn't seem to be in the cards. I am very disappointed also that TJ will not divulge where they obtained this hollandaise product so I could order it independently of TJ. Don't they know the reason we shop at TJ is that we feel that they truly wish to make their customers happy? The service is always friendly, but is this just a leaned behavior. I wonder. Disappointed.
Hey Jonna! I can't tell you how many people have reached out to me about this product since it's been discontinued. I'm going to try to post a copycat recipe (hopefully). The best place to voice this is with corporate themselves. Here is the link: https://www.traderjoes.com/contact-us/product-feedback
I hope that helps!
Steven Sholem says
It amazes me that TJ's (which I love) has removed their Hollandaise from their products. Unfortunately, some other products remain on their shelves that are tasteless and should be removed. I'd like to find out where it was made and try to purchase from them or whoever sells it.