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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.
Friday, April 10, 2015
Day 100 - Chicago Style Popcorn
I have made it to DAY 100 on this
blog! And for the big 100th
review I have chosen one of our very favorite new products – CHICAGO STYLE
I am going to tell you right off
the bat – this product is a solid 5 stars!!!!
We are so excited about it!
Let me explain… My friend Amy told us once about this
“delicious popcorn available in Chicago” that is a combination of caramel and
cheese. Sure, it sounds gross, but it is
NOT gross. Anyway, it is available in
O’Hare Airport at a little place called Garrett Popcorn Shop. Oh suuuuure – you can also get it at “Nuts On
Clark” at O’Hare, but if you do that, you are a beginner and do not GET
IT. No – it is worth waiting in line at
Let’s just say this – once Amy told
us about Chicago style popcorn at Garrett and we had tasted it, our travel
changed. We cannot go thru O’Hare now
without going to Garrett and stocking up – even if it means running through a
terminal to get there and back to our gate in time. My partner David has been known to fly
strange routes and accept long lay-over times JUST TO GET GARRET POPCORN (he
sometimes buys straight caramel instead of the mix, but that is another
topic…). I often travel alone and if I
go through Chicago I MUST stop at Garrett and bring back a bag for David. Last time I was there I snapped a photo to
text him while I was in line, and the guy in front of me did the same thing and
texted it to his wife – it seems we are not the only addicts! And I should point out – this popcorn is not
cheap at Garrett, not at all.
What the WHAT??? Wheeeee!
ENTER TRADER JOE’S!!!!!You guys – they now have CHICAGO STYLE POPCORN
for only $2.99!!
Does he looked a little bit EXCITED???!!!
We were nervous…We thought, there was no way it could be as
good as Garrett’s…I mean, when you have
had the BEST, isn’t it dangerous to even try a new kind???
But it ROCKS! It is so, so, so good! The caramel pieces are amazing and the cheese
ones, too! There are very few “yuckies”
at the bottom of the bag. Even if you
think this combination of flavors sounds disgusting I urge you to try it! You will like it or your money back (note: the “money back” is from
Trader Joe’s, not me. Just take the bag
back if you think it is not good and they will give you your money back with a
There is a bit of a mystery with
this product -it is exciting!!!When we
first bought it at the La Jolla, CA store, the bag said “Chicago Style Popcorn”.Then, in New York City, they called it
“Caramel and Cheese Popcorn”!!!Same
bag, same great taste, all the other artwork is the same, but the NAME is
different…So I checked at our local
Trader Joe’s in Virginia and guess what – they had one bag that was named
“Caramel and Cheese” and the rest were called “Chicago Style”!!Bizarre!I hope they stick with “Chicago Style” cuz that is a much cooler
name.Even if shoppers don’t know right
away what it means, if they read the package they will get it.
The mystery of the names....
Color us happy that we don’t have
to pay hundreds of dollars to fly to Chicago to get this anymore (but we will
still go to Garrett’s when we are at O’Hare!).
You will find things like, “HOLY
SCHNIKIES” and “WTF!” and “Have you ever found yourself with the a
warped sense of morals in which it is suddenly okay to trample small children
to snag the last bag of your favorite treat?”