Trader Joe's: A grocery store. A culture. A DESTINATION. I don't work for TJ's, I am simply a customer who loves the store, the products, & the experience.
This blog was a year-long project. In 2015 I reviewed 1 TJ's product EVERY SINGLE DAY. I visited lots of TJ's stores around the country, and when the year ended I couldn't stop. I still post often (though not daily) & I welcome your comments on the products & reviews.
Saturday, February 14, 2015
Day 45 - Sriracha
Here’s the deal – if you like sriracha, you LIKE sriracha! There was a huge stink (literally) about it
last year in the media, apparently neighbors were complaining that the
manufacturing of it at a nearby plant was making their eyes water
(understandable really – I have made my eyes water and made myself cough often
by cooking with a wee bit too much of the stuff!). Here is a HuffPo article on the
If you have not tried sriracha, you should! It is a great on a variety of food.
18.25 oz of flaming goodness
But here is the deal – the “real” sriracha, the one most
people know and love, is made by Huy Fong Foods. It has an iconic rooster on the label and a
loooovely little green squeeze tip.
Huy Fong Goods Sriracha - 17 oz
HOWEVER, Trader Joe’s also sells their own brand of sriracha… Now, you purists may be wiggling in your
chairs at the thought of eating a “knock off” sriracha, but TRY IT!! It (to me) tastes just as good. In a price comparison with a local (cheap)
grocery store (Shopper’s Food Warehouse) the famous brand sold for the same
price ($2.99) as the Trader Joe’s variety, but was a smaller container (17 oz
as compared to 18.25 oz). Sure, the
Trader Joe’s bottle doesn’t have a ROOSTER on it, but it does have a really
awesome fire breathing dragon!!! The thing
I miss is the little green pointy tip. I
know this might be totally uncool to do, but I think I will try to see if a Huy
Fong bottle cap will fit on a Trader Joe’s bottle of sriracha!! (If you have already tried this and have the
answer, please tell me in the comments section.)
Rooster Sriracha - same price but smaller bottle
So, that’s sriracha.
If you are already a fan, please try the Trader Joe’s version and let me
know what you think. If you have never
tried it (and like hot stuff), GET A BOTTLE!
P.S. – Posting this on Valentine’s Day, cuz love is