And just before Halloween happens, Thanksgiving has hit Trader Joe's. While there seem to be some new items, most of what is hitting shelves is a returning classic including Trader Joe's Nantucket Style Cranberry Pie.
Taste and review
Now, don't get me wrong, my absolute favorite Trader Joe's cranberry product hands down is their Cranberry Orange Relish that shows up in the refrigerated aisle along with the seasonal items that only last through the short holiday season.
However, I think this product is a bit misleading. When I think of pie I tend to think of a flaky crust. But when you cut into this it tastes more like a cookie with lots of walnuts in it.
Things seem to get more confusing when you take this out of the box and are looking at the bottom of the pie and not the top. The cookie side faces up but gets flipped down when you put it onto a serving dish.
The cranberries are good but I almost feel like there was something that needed to be added between the crust and the cranberries to break it up a little bit further.
Cranberries can be pretty assertive on their own and there was quite a bit of them here. The crust is plenty sweet and the cranberry topping is tart enough without making you wince.
Nothing bad, but unexpected. If you have visitors with a nut allergy this might not strike you as the type of item that has nuts in it.
This isn't a bad dessert. It basically is a defrost and you are ready to serve the type of item. And especially around the holidays, it is a great item to keep in your freezer.
The cranberries were on the tart side but still had some texture. My pie wasn't quite as presentable as the one pictured, but it wasn't too ugly that I wouldn't take it out of the house either.
For $5.99 this is way cheaper than a bakery and less time-consuming than making it from scratch.
Would I buy this again? Trader Joe's Nantucket Style Cranberry Pie is usually an annual purchase.
Did you try it? Let me know what you think in the comments section!
The box of Trader Joe's Nantucket Style Cranberry Pie:
Ingredients and directions
Out of the package you get:
After being flipped over you get:
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Trader Joe's Nantucket Style Cranberry Pie
Product Name: Trader Joe's Nantucket Style Cranberry Pie
Product Description: Trader Joe's Nantucket Style Cranberry Pie is a returning frozen dessert.
Trader Joe's Nantucket Style Cranberry Pie is a returning seasonal classic dessert.
- Not cloyingly sweet despite the fact that sugar is the first ingredient.
- A nice contrast of taste and texture.
- Contains walnuts. It adds crunch, but I'm not a fan.
- Seasonal, so it doesn't stick around very long