We Tried Trader Joe’s New Japanese Soufflé Cheesecakes

Trader Joe’s is known for bringing buzzy international dishes to the American masses (with varying degrees of success), and they just released a new dessert to keep that trend going. Speaking of trends, do you remember when social media was chockablock with videos showing off the delightful jiggle of Japanese soufflé cheesecakes? Trader Joe’s is getting in on that action *checks notes* at least a full year too late. I get it—it’s hard to cook things up in the test kitchen under a time crunch, so I’ll go easy-ish on them for the tardiness and focus on what’s important: Does Trader Joe’s interpretation stand up to the real-deal, bouncing, jumping, back-flipping Japanese soufflé cheesecake? 

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Trader Joe’s Japanese Soufflé Cheesecakes

I’ll say this: I appreciate the attempt that was made. It’s damn hard to compete with the freshly baked version of this viral dessert. And not everyone has a bakery in their city or town that’s dishing out warm and jiggly cheesecakes, nor the patience to make their own version at home. It’s great that TJ’s created a store bought version—even if they didn’t quite nail it.

Pros: The cheesecakes, which come frozen in a two-pack, are moist and airy, just as promised. That said, they’re denser than the typical Japanese soufflé cheesecake, likely so they can hold up better in the freezer and you’re not left with dry and cakey cheesecake. A seemingly accidental pro (it doesn’t seem to be the main objective of the dessert) is that each cake is only 150 calories. This would be a great dessert to keep around to pair with something sweet (TJ’s recommends fresh fruit or whipped cream). And it’d be a calorie-conscious way to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Cons: On its own, the flavor leaves something to be desired. Each bite delivers a slight hint of cheesecake flavor. Like you’re daydreaming about cheesecake and your brain takes over—you swear you can taste it, but it’s just not all there. Also, these are meant to be kept frozen and thawed in the fridge for three hours before you dig in. I can’t schedule my sweet tooth that far in advance! And, no, they don’t really jiggle.




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Vinz Karl

Vinz Karl is a freelance contributor to Sporked and self-proclaimed Guy Fieri superfan. He believes in breakfast supremacy and is on a never-ending mission to try every flavor of Oreo out there. Originally from the Midwest, Vinz now resides in Los Angeles, where you can find him going on hikes, checking out new restaurants, and preparing for his eventual casting on CBS's Survivor.

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  • I don’t understand the comment about flavor profile here. Have you. Had souffle cheesecake before? From Japanese bakeries? Because that’s pretty much exactly the right flavor it has. If you wanted the punch of ny cheesecake, then please get that instead.

  • I tried it today, and couldn’t plan far enough ahead, but the defrost setting on my microwave worked well in 2 minute increments. I added strawberries but would have been great with some lemon curd.

  • Yumm cake with hint of cheese

  • Survivor, eh?

  • Single serve cheesecake? Okay need!!!!

  • I wonder how hard they are if you attempted to eat them straight out of the freezer?

  • The fact they are only 150 cals is a game changer! I could eat three whole packs and still be under 1k cals. My weekend plans are set!

  • Is cheesecake supposed to jiggle?

  • What is the best fruit to pair with the cheesecake?