Back in the holiday season of 2017, Trader Joe's hit us with a sleeper hit: Pitted Amarena Cherries. It didn't make waves, but you can bet it made everything from Manhattans to ice cream sundaes better. Now Trader Joe's has snuck another little treat onto shelves: Trader Joe's Italian Strawberries in Syrup.
Now, if you are used to the huge and mostly tasteless run-of-the-mill strawberries we have here in the states, then you'll want to check your expectations of these strawberries when you pop open this jar. You are going to be staring at some of the smallest but most intense berries you'll experience short of making a trip overseas.
When my sister visited Europe, she always commented on how different the food tastes there, especially the produce. I always thought it was the high of being on vacation where everything just happens to taste better because of being away.
Pop open this jar and you will have the most intense strawberry experience possible. But these are some teeny tiny strawberries. I opened the jar expecting them to be cherry-sized, but in reality, they were closer to wild blueberry size.
Now if you are concerned about them having some type of gross texture, these are not at all mushy. However because they are so small, they do have a bit of a chewy texture to them.
So what can you use this for? Well, the possibilities here are pretty endless. But ice cream, pound cake, or the most intense strawberry milk you can make at home are all starting points. They would probably be fabulous in baked goods provided you drained them (and don't discard that syrup) first.
For $4.99 these are marked as a seasonal item on my receipt. So if you find you love them, it is time to stock up. Because once the season is over, who knows when or if we will ever see these again.
Did you try it? Let me know what you think in the comments section!
The jar of Trader Joe's Italian Strawberries in Syrup:
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Trader Joe's Italian Strawberries in Syrup
Product Name: Trader Joe's Italian Strawberries in Syrup
Product Description: Trader Joe's Italian Strawberries in Syrup is a seasonal jarred berry that can rival the Amarena Cherries in terms of intensity and quality
Trader Joe's Italian Strawberries in Syrup is a new, seasonal jarred fruit that looks basic, but the jar is anything but.
- Trader Joe's Italian Strawberries in Syrup are intense and delicious
- Syrup is just as good as the berries themselves
- The berries retain some texture by also taste like they've been dried first.
- Seasonal. So this is a limited-time item
- You might be fooled by the berries tiny appearance as they are quite intense despite their tiny size
- If you aren't a fan of sweets, then this is a pass. Anything already sitting in syrup is going to be quite sweet.