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 Post subject: Re: Tasty eats from Trader Joe's
PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2012 9:04 pm 
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Is the TJ's coconut ice cream new?

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 Post subject: Re: Tasty eats from Trader Joe's
PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 2012 7:50 am 
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Wait, about cookie butter- do you folks care about bone char sugar? If so, it's not vegan.


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 Post subject: Re: Tasty eats from Trader Joe's
PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 2012 9:23 am 
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gwen wrote:
Wait, about cookie butter- do you folks care about bone char sugar? If so, it's not vegan.

How did you figure that out? I have no idea what "candy sugar" means and my google-fu isn't helping.

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 Post subject: Re: Tasty eats from Trader Joe's
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gwen wrote:
Wait, about cookie butter- do you folks care about bone char sugar? If so, it's not vegan.

How did you figure that out? I have no idea what "candy sugar" means and my google-fu isn't helping.
I just emailed them. I'll let you know what they say.


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 Post subject: Re: Tasty eats from Trader Joe's
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Mr. Shankly wrote:
Is the TJ's coconut ice cream new?

Not really. They had it last year for awhile, then it went away, and now it's back again.

Doesn't the cookie butter have the v on the back? I could've sworn it did when I picked up the jar over the weekend.

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 Post subject: Re: Tasty eats from Trader Joe's
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A fellow vegan friend called after googling and seeing someone else had called. So I have not heard directly, but I don't see why my friend would lie about calling, nor the original poster.


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 Post subject: Re: Tasty eats from Trader Joe's
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Mr. Shankly wrote:
Is the TJ's coconut ice cream new?

Not really. They had it last year for awhile, then it went away, and now it's back again.

Doesn't the cookie butter have the v on the back? I could've sworn it did when I picked up the jar over the weekend.

I never paid attention to the coconut ice cream because the choco cherry soy one has my heart but my friend said that it was new. I could have sworn they had it before. Thanks!

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 Post subject: Re: Tasty eats from Trader Joe's
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gwen wrote:
A fellow vegan friend called after googling and seeing someone else had called. So I have not heard directly, but I don't see why my friend would lie about calling, nor the original poster.


Wow. Okay, sorry. You didn't say that in your first post nor did I track it back to anyone else saying it.


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 Post subject: Re: Tasty eats from Trader Joe's
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I know the apple strudel's been gone for a while, but I still catch myself looking for that package when walking past the spot they used to keep them...


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 Post subject: Re: Tasty eats from Trader Joe's
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Those sea salt almonds = pms cure!

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 Post subject: Re: Tasty eats from Trader Joe's
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Those sea salt almonds = pms cure!


Seriously. That's the only time I let myself buy them.


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 Post subject: Re: Tasty eats from Trader Joe's
PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2012 9:40 pm 
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I finally got some coconut ice cream today. I got the strawberry and it is tasty.

I also got some kumquats. Weird!


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 Post subject: Re: Tasty eats from Trader Joe's
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gwen wrote:
Wait, about cookie butter- do you folks care about bone char sugar? If so, it's not vegan.


That really does depend on the source. The original Speculoos is made in Europe, and so is going to be made using beet sugar, which isn't processed using bone char. Only cane sugar is whitened using bone char. Melisser has a really interesting piece about this in her Vegan Girl's Guide to Life.

I don't know if TJ cookie butter is different from Speculoos though.

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 Post subject: Re: Tasty eats from Trader Joe's
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And the email reply...

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Web Customer Relations webRelations@traderjoes.com
5:54 PM (5 hours ago)

Allison,

Thank you for your email. This product is not considered vegan since it contains refined sugar that has been filtered through bone char.

Sincerely,
Amy
Trader Joe's
Customer Relations


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 Post subject: Re: Tasty eats from Trader Joe's
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Boooo! That sucks.

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 Post subject: Re: Tasty eats from Trader Joe's
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But it says "Product of the Netherlands" on it!


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 Post subject: Re: Tasty eats from Trader Joe's
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But it says "Product of the Netherlands" on it!


This!

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 Post subject: Re: Tasty eats from Trader Joe's
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Yeah, aren't European things not supposed to be bone char-y? Is that something I have to start fretting about? Could it just be that Trader Joe's says all not-specifically-vegan sugars are processed with bone char?

I honestly don't usually worry about bone char because I can't afford to buy all natural things all the time, but if I know something's made with it I don't eat it. Sigh.


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 Post subject: Re: Tasty eats from Trader Joe's
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We still don't have the cookie butter at the Raleigh store anyway.


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 Post subject: Re: Tasty eats from Trader Joe's
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Yeah, I usually go to the Chapel Hill one but I've never seen it there.


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 Post subject: Re: Tasty eats from Trader Joe's
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Thanks to my TJ's trip today, I'm going all out for myself tonight. I've been having a rather crappy day today so I'm going to treat myself. Instead of just pasta and jarred sauce, I'm going to make garlic bread to go with it. I also picked up a bag of vegan meatballs and wine for my dinner. I don't think I've had meatballs since I went vegan. I also picked up tahini sauce, kalamata hummus, tabbouli, and soy creamer.

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 Post subject: Re: Tasty eats from Trader Joe's
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Those meatballs are great.


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 Post subject: Re: Tasty eats from Trader Joe's
PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2012 3:12 pm 
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Allison, not Alison wrote:
And the email reply...

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Web Customer Relations webRelations@traderjoes.com
5:54 PM (5 hours ago)

Allison,

Thank you for your email. This product is not considered vegan since it contains refined sugar that has been filtered through bone char.

Sincerely,
Amy
Trader Joe's
Customer Relations


Boo.


Thanks for taking the time to confirm, Allison! But ugh, rather disappointing.

Tofulish- As I wrote after my first post, a friend called them up, I'm well informed about Europe's superior sugar situation and am generally jealous of peace of mind beet sugar gives. That said, there are also plenty of products manufactured in Europe that utilize or just are cane sugar (golden syrup!), there are a number of cane sugar refineries in Europe which use bone char, and after the 2006 sugar reform food manufacturers have been using more refined cane sugar. So, point is, it's not so that since something is made in Europe it necessarily uses beet sugar.

But let's celebrate that biscoff exists, and is in fact tastier!


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 Post subject: Re: Tasty eats from Trader Joe's
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Finally tried the Mandarin Chickenless bites yesterday. I was sick on the couch and my girlfriend baked them til crispy. She really liked them sans-sauce and I had mine with. Super sweet, but evened out with Srichacha and soy sauce over rice with greens. I can see myself keeping these on hand for emergencies....if the tenders didn't exist : )

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 Post subject: Re: Tasty eats from Trader Joe's
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I haven't tried the Mandarin chicklenless bites yet, but I did have the plain breaded chickenless nuggets yesterday. I had never seen them before. They are in a little yellow bag. They were the sample at the store yesterday! And then my mom and I bought 2 bags and ate an entire one. They are SO SO good. Omg.
I also had the habanero lime tortillas for the first time. So good! Also my parents had kimchi fried rice in their freezer. Has anyone had this? I think it is vegan.

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