I Tried Trader Joe’s Most Popular Appetizer, and Here’s How It Went

updated May 24, 2019
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The Super Bowl is just weeks away, and if you’re anything like me you’re looking forward to the snacks just as much as, if not more than, the game itself. The best Super Bowl parties have a full spread of dips, chips, wings, pretzels, and nachos to keep everyone happy and satisfied even if their team is losing.

That’s why I decided to try out Trader Joe’s $3 Creamy Spinach and Artichoke Dip during Sunday night football. It’s one of the grocery store’s most popular appetizers (#1, in fact according to consumers), but would it survive an evening of tense sports competition? Okay, I admit it, I was only it in for the food. The game went totally over my head.

My Review of Trader Joe’s Creamy Spinach and Artichoke Dip

This Trader Joe’s dip promises to be creamy, and in a spinach dip, one of the first elements I look for is texture, because that will be crucial to my enjoyment. Once I got the frozen dip out of the package and heated up, though, I immediately noticed it was thinner and runnier than I expected. Spinach dip typically forms a dense mound of cheese and spinach on your chip, but this one is more liquid than you might be used to. I was a bit disappointed in its lack of body.

Now on to the taste. There is a fair amount of shredded spinach in the dip, which is a positive. You want to see lots of green flecks in there. But the cheese flavor is generic, and I couldn’t taste the artichoke at all. In fact, we needed a salty cracker (Trader Joe’s sea salt pita crackers, to be specific) to add a dash of flavor. And yet, we couldn’t stop eating it. We finished the entire bowl. It reminded me of an appetizer you order at a chain restaurant when you’re hungry and need to fill your body with a warm comfort food ASAP.

If you’re looking to beef up your Super Bowl party menu, then you might consider reaching for this dip (especially if you’ve got your hands full with bigger dishes or a lot of guests). It’s not knock-your-socks-off superb, but it’s a crowd-pleasing snack that will keep people satisfied until the wings come out of the oven.