Trader Joe’s Unexpected Cheddar Spread: An Honest Review

Trader Joe’s Unexpected Cheddar Spread is TikTok’s new cheesy obsession. People are demanding their followers go out and get it immediately. They’re saying it’s a new keto essential. Even Trader Joe’s employees are proclaiming their adoration. So, of course, we ran out and grabbed a tub to taste.

Essentially, it’s a spreadable version of the also much-celebrated Unexpected Cheddar Cheese, which took the number two spot in our cheddar cheese ranking and tastes like the love child of aged parmesan and cheddar.. The cheesemakers combined the Unexpected Cheddar with salted butter and whey to make it ultra-creamy. Did you think that’s how cheese spread was made? I didn’t even consider the idea of mixing cheese with butter. What a full-throttle dairy-filled concept. I’m all for it. 

Anyway, Trader Joe’s called this new (butter and) cheese spread a “real crowd-cheeser.” Is it? I sat down with a knife and only a knife to taste it and find out. 

Trader Joe's Unexpected Cheddar Spread

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Trader Joe’s Unexpected Cheddar Spread

It’s creamy, it’s sharp, it’s…unexpected, dare I say? It really lives up to the description. Upon first bite, you get that rich, cheesy cheddar flavor. Then, it takes a turn, offering up the tangy, almost sweet flavors of parmesan. Then it finishes with a buttery unctuousness. My first thought was to spread this cheese on slices of tart green apple. I could eat the whole tub like that. But it would also be great on a cheeseboard with crackers or slathered onto a sandwich with ham or turkey or just a fistful of sprouts. Trader Joe’s viral products don’t always live up to their hype, but this one most definitely did. Add this to your TJ’s snack list. It’s a must buy.

Credit: Sarah Demonteverde




Tasting Trader Joe’s Unexpected Cheddar Spread

About the Author

Justine Sterling

Justine Sterling is the editor-in-chief of Sporked. She has been writing about food and beverages for well over a decade and is an avid at-home cook and snacker. Don’t worry, she’s not a food snob. Sure, she loves a fresh-shucked oyster. But she also will leap at whatever new product Reese’s releases and loves a Tostitos Hint of Lime, even if there is no actual lime in the ingredients.

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