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New Food Review--Trader Joe's Whole Wheat Cinnamon Raisin Rolls

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

I selected my first bag of these gems from the food pantry! Loaves & Fishes where I am receives donations from Trader Joe's--I have often gotten my first taste of TJ products there, and confess that I often eat better from the food pantry than I can afford on my own. Example-I selected two beautiful Trader Joe's swordfish steaks (frozen) from the food pantry a few months ago! (I consider myself primarily vegetarian, sometimes pescatarian.) TJ's donates such items as breads, fruit, vegetables, pastries and cookies, fish, chicken, canned goods, yogurts, and pre-made foods such as sandwiches and salads. Donations to my favorite and exclusive food pantry can be slim at times and sporadic, but I am thankful to g-d that I get free food and consider the fact that I attended a culinary school a blessing. Visits to the food pantry are restricted to once a month, the food given per person is supposed to be good for three days only, but when I get a good haul, I can stretch the food out to last sometimes an entire week! I like the challenge, too.

Well, here's a picture of the cinnamon raisin rolls I found online:

I have had a craving for Cinnabons recently. There is no Cinnabon store where I live--stores or kiosks that seem to populate mall food courts, train stations and airports in places with a larger population. Maybe you don't know what they are: large, gooey cinnamon rolls with sweet, sweet frosting, loaded with fat and calories. I remember them from my former life in the Midwest. Mmmm!

I have been tempted with the idea of buying a can of rolls, the kind that you twist and then separate the rolls and bake them in your own oven, that have the itty-bitty can of sweet icing. I haven't because this is impractical for a single person--all those left overs--and have been stopped also by the salt and calories those little near-miss rolls actually have.

I am completely satisfied with these whole wheat bagged rolls as a replacement for my Cinnabon craving. For one thing, I don't feel completely stuffed after eating only half a roll, and I don't get a sugar rush crash either--no gooey frosting! Plus, whole wheat flour in greater quantities than regular wheat flour (it's the first ingredient on the list), sweetened with fruit juices, and only 135 mg of salt per roll. NO preservatives! I thought I would miss the frosting anyways, but I don't--they are surprisingly sweet enough. Good from the toaster--you have to slice them in half yourself--with 2 TB almond butter on one half and a TB of natural strawberry jam on the other. I have since purchased my own bag from my local Trader Joe's and I highly recommend them for a quick breakfast!

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  • no profile photo RAISINROLLGUY
    I LOVE these TJ rolls for all the reasons you cite and more. But just today 11/11/17 I was told at my local TJ's store that that product is being discontinued!!!

    498 days ago
  • DS9KIE
    what a great idea to eat for a cinnamon roll substitute
    1080 days ago
    Mmmmm, love the occasional cinnamon raisin bread for a PBJ sandwich.
    1082 days ago
    I read that Trader Joe's will not open a store in Canada--but there is a store that sells TJ's in Canada. The owners drive down into the US, purchase large quantities of TJ products and re-sell them in their store! I don't remember what the rest of that article said, if there was a legal dispute about bringing products over the border in large quantities or Trader Joe's sued them for re-selling. There didn't used to be a TJ's in my town, my friend got over a hundred people to sign a petition to open one here, she sent it to the company, and that's how my town got a TJ's. Maybe...if you really miss it, you could do the same. Ours is supposed to be the smallest one existing, but it's extremely popular and has customers from out of town as well.
    1082 days ago
    They look delicious! Wishing there was a TJs still by me!
    1082 days ago
    I love your food reviews, and I love what you are able to do with so little.
    1082 days ago
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