Best Trader Joe’s Cheese: 7 Best Cheeses at Trader Joe’s

Trader Joe’s is for cheese. It is the reason to go to Trader Joe’s over another grocery store. Sure, the dips are okay and the frozen section can occasionally feature some strong offerings, but the cheese selection is something different. Something spectacular. Something totally next level. They have all the classics (like cheddar and feta), plus fancy selections (like truffle burrata), PLUS flavors you’ve probably never heard of before (green goddess gouda, anyone?).

Jamie Pityinger, podcast producer and editor at Mythical, joined us to taste all the most popular, interesting, and beloved Trader Joe’s cheeses to determine which ones are worth the hype and which we’re ready to discontinue.


Best of the Best

Creamy Toscano Cheese Soaked in Syrah

The Creamy Toscano Cheese Soaked in Syrah combines two things I don’t really care about (wine and hard cheese) to make one of the most delicious cheeses I’ve ever tasted in my life. It is so flavorful that you don’t need any accouterments to enjoy it. Don’t dull its shine by putting it on a cracker. There’s no need to contrast its flavor with a fig jam because it is already complex enough on its own. Why add salumi? It’s already salty enough! Did I mention that this parm-like cheese has the most wonderful element you can find in a hard cheese: crunchy flavor crystals (aka tyrosine crystals that form in nice aged cheeses)?!

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Rating:

10/10

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Best Creamy

Triple Creme Brie Cheese

The triple creme in this Triple Creme Brie is no joke! It is so sensationally creamy that it’s almost a liquid. In terms of spreadability, this rates off the charts. While I find that more brie cheeses typically have a mild flavor, this one is funky in the best way possible. It almost tastes like camembert. I’d happily slap a wedge of this on a cheese board or use it to make a very gooey grilled cheese. Now it’s time to ask the important question: What’s the difference between “creme” and “cream,” anyway?

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Rating:

10/10

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Best Flavored

English Cheddar with Caramelized Onions

Cream cheese has the right idea: Adding onions makes everything better! I’m glad this English cheddar is following in its footsteps. The combination of cheddar cheese and savory onions  is such a flavor symphony in my mouth. It’s sweet, salty, and sharp. Jamie pointed out that this cheese would be absolutely killer melted onto  French onion soup. I brought this home and plan to make the world’s most delicious mac and cheese. Basically, this cheese begs to be folded into any and every cheese-forward recipe.

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Rating:

9.5/10

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Best Spicy

Spicy Buffalo Cheddar

I have no clue why they’re calling this a “Buffalo” cheese because there is no Buffalo flavor to be found whatsoever. That being said, it is delicious. And, even better, it’s actually spicy! To me, this tastes like a spicier, creamier pepper jack. The texture edges on Velveeta-y and I absolutely love that. I want to shred many blocks of this and make a wonderfully spicy loaded queso with tortilla chips for dipping to be enjoyed with a margarita while wearing pajamas and watching all the Shrek movies.

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Rating:

9/10

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Best Shredded

Unexpected Cheddar Cheese Shreds

The Unexpected Cheddar Cheese Shreds are the only type of shredded cheese that feels like actual cheese. Instead of being weird, tiny, waxy wiggles of cheese, these have the exact same texture as cheese that has been freshly shredded at home. Jamie insisted that it tasted like an actual human person “grated [this cheese] right into the bag.” If you’re a Trader Joe’s fan, you probably already know that block of Unexpected Cheddar is perfection and I urge you to try it in its bagged form as well. After trying this, I will have a hard time ever buying another type of pre-shredded cheese ever again.

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Rating:

9/10

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Best Sweet

Blueberry Vanilla Chevre Goat Cheese

Blueberry Vanilla Chevre Goat Cheese is a dessert. There is no other use for this cheese other than eating it alone after dinner. It’s so sweet. The gooey blueberries have a tartness that cuts through the richness of the vanilla-kissed goat cheese. If you’re into cheesecake and are in search of a cheap and easy cheesecake alternative, smear this onto a graham cracker. This will scratch that itch for a fraction of the cost of a Cheesecake Factory dinner and a fraction of the time of it takes to make your own cheesecake.

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Rating:

8/10

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Best for a Cheese Board

Asiago Cheese with Rosemary & Olive Oil

Asiago is wildly underrated. I never hear people list it as a favorite cheese and I rarely see it at the store. The only popular utilization of it I can think of is the Wendy’s Asiago Ranch Club sandwich. I genuinely don’t know why we aren’t eating asiago more regularly. It’s tasty! This TJ’s rendition with Rosemary and Olive Oil is a perfect cheese board cheese. It’s savory, herbaceous, and creamy and would pair perfectly with sliced apple or a mild cracker.

Credit: Ryan Martin

Rating:

8/10

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About the Author

Jordan Myrick

Jordan is an L.A.-based writer and comedian who believes all food should come with extra sauce. When they're not writing for Sporked, Jordan is at the movies or sharing an order of french fries with their elderly chihuahua.

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  • Their Lemon Ricotta cheese is heavenly, it’s like lemon cheesecake. We took it to a party with some lemon and ginger thins (also from TJ’s) and everyone said it was so good it has to be illegal, haha! The syrah soaked cheese is my other favorite, 100%

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  • I’m obsessed with Port salut! Not a tj’s brand cheese but it’s an incredible cheese I can only find at tj’s !! Highly recommend, it’s a decisions soft cheese:)

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