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My obsession with trying Trader Joe’s brand new, limited-edition items began when I was a sophomore at NYU, and lived above Trader Joe’s busy Union Square location. That’s when I came across the store’s Mixed Berry Granola, Brown Rice and Quinoa Fusilli and Creamy Tomato Soup.
Since then, Trader Joe’s has added countless new items to its shelves, becoming more creative with each passing year. A loyal Trader Joe’s patron, I try to sample all of the store’s newest items, and when I learned that Trader Joe’s had introduced a new Truffle Ranch Dressing, I just had to try it. Decision? Well, it’s complicated.
Trader Joe’s New Truffle Ranch Dressing
Truffle is a strong flavor, but since I enjoy it from time to time, it didn’t bother me initially. Since ranch can also be quite powerful, I wondered how the two flavors would complement each other. Curiosity piqued, I opened the bottle.
Thick and creamy like traditional ranch, Trader Joe’s new Truffle Ranch Dressing has a distinct aroma of truffle. So, I wasn’t surprised to find that it tasted exactly like most truffles, with very little ranch flavor. I enjoyed it as a dip for crudities but I thought its flavor might overpower the salad. If you’re a big fan of truffles, you may feel differently, but ranch purists may prefer to stick to the classics.
As much as I wanted to love this new take on classic ranch dressing, I was honestly underwhelmed. However, I would still encourage you to try it if you’re a big fan of truffles or, like me, love to try every new item that hits the shelves at Trader Joe’s.
For truffle lovers who can’t wait to get a bottle home, timing is of the essence. Trader Joe’s Truffle Ranch Dressing is available for a limited time only. Each 9.6 ounce bottle costs $6.99, which may seem like a steep price compared to other Trader Joe’s salad dressings. However, it’s right in line with the price point of artisan dressings you’ll find at traditional grocery stores.
While you’re roaming the aisles of Trader Joe’s, check out its brand new fall desserts as well as its signature Fall Quiche for the perfect, cozy weeknight dinner.