A bagel and a schmear. As a lifelong New Yorker, I'm pretty sure there is a certain amount of Yiddish that has been added infused into the local lexicon. And when it comes to bagels there is a reason for this.
While so many people enjoy a low-carb diet, there are certain quintessential New York foodie items that we have mastered. Pizza and bagels immediately come to mind. It doesn't matter where you travel, they're never quite the same when you go elsewhere.
So back to this schmear business. Up until now, you had some options at Trader Joe's if you want something on your bagel (or another food item), you had whipped, regular, vegan, and the seasonal pumpkin cream cheese. But now, you are getting a tub of cream cheese that is heavily infused with the flavors of onion and chive.
Onion and chive might not jive with everyone but is a common bagel store item. It naturally pairs with the other item that you'll find on a New York bagel: lox.
Unlike what you get at a bagel store, this relies on dried herbs that are mildly rehydrated by placing them into this cream cheese spread. They don't have much texture, but they were heavy-handed in adding them here.
Right off the bat, I was a bit concerned with how my tub handled itself in the refrigerator. Mine developed an air pocket which made me wonder if the contents inside were any good. The foil was inflated like a mylar balloon, which had me wondering.
I did what was natural: I went for the sniff test. Nothing seemed off.
Here you end up with a thick cream cheese that doesn't shy away from the flavor of chives or raw onion. There are even hints of garlic.
But mine was acidic tasting, perhaps the copious amounts of onion and chive also contributed to this.
If I can say anything about this product is that the words onion and chive are in big letters because they used such a healthy quantity in this.
For $1.99 it's cheap enough to try. And while it wasn't bad, I'm still waiting to see my personal favorite cream cheese appear: strawberry cream cheese. But we will have to wait and see on that.
Did you try it? Let me know what you think in the comments section!
The container of Trader Joe's Onion and Chive Cream Cheese Spread:
Out of the package you get:
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Trader Joe's Onion and Chive Cream Cheese Spread
Product Name: Trader Joe's Onion and Chive Cream Cheese Spread
Product Description: Trader Joe's Onion and Chive Cream Cheese Spread has onions, chives, and garlic in it
Trader Joe's Onion and Chive Cream Cheese Spread has onions, chives, and garlic in it.
- Another variety of cream cheese that begs for lox and a bagel.
- Mine had an almost vinegar-y taste to it