Truffle evokes exactly two emotions: Yum or Yuck. It doesn't seem to be much in between on this flavor. But odds are if you are reading this review, you are part of the yum part of the population who likes the earthy flavor that is truffle.
This winter we have seen the return of Truffle Mac and Cheese, Truffle Butter, White Truffle Potato chips, and even Truffle Dip. So on the end cap, not too long ago were these little jars of salt. While I recently reviewed the lovely gift set 7 Salts of the Earth, it only contained one truly flavored salt. But Trader Joe's Truffle Salt with Black Truffles is a salt all unto its own.
For $3.99 this is the cheapest truffle salt around. The last time I was in Sur La Table, I'm pretty sure I spent almost $10 to get a jar of the same size. When opening the jar, it's clear that they did not short change you in any way of truffles. That's a good thing. Ever since they debuted the truffle butter, my morning scrambled eggs have not been the same (and I'm not sure I ever want to go back).
To be fair there seem to be two groups when it comes to truffles: OMG Yum and OMG yuck. I'm part of the first group. I love the earthiness of truffles that is so difficult to describe. You can impart a good amount of truffle flavor in just a sprinkling of this salt.
What else does truffle salt pair well with? According to The Flavor Bible "bacon, beef, cauliflower, chicken, cod, eggs, foie gras, langoustines, lemon, mushrooms, olive oil, pears, potatoes, rabbit, scallops, shellfish, chicken stock, tarragon, and balsamic vinegar" all pair well with the flavor of black truffles. As for me, it's been fun to experiment to see what works well, but there is also enough of this to last until my supply of black truffle butter runs out.
This item was priced well and did not shy away from truffle flavor. I hope this is around next year.
Here is the visual run down of what you get if you buy this product:
The jar of Trader Joe's Truffle Salt:
The nutritional information and the ingredients:
Out of the package you get:
Would I buy this again? While I won't have the chance to buy Trader Joe's Truffle Salt with Black Truffles again this year, I would absolutely buy this again in the future.
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Trader Joe's Truffle Salt with Black Truffles
Product Name: Trader Joe's Truffle Salt with Black Truffles
Product Description: Black truffle bits in truffle salt.
Truffle salt with bits of black truffles already there.
- Trader Joe's Truffle Salt with Black Truffles is one of the least expensive truffle salts I've seen.
- The last jar of truffle salt I purchased cost about $10. This jar is a fraction of the price.
- This is a seasonal item so if you see it and are curious about it, grab it. If you were a fan of the hard to find Black Truffle Butter, then this would make for a decent substitute.