Trader Joe’s Is Selling a “Nostalgic and Delicious” Upgrade to Their Top-Selling Cheese, and Fans Can’t Get Enough of It

published Apr 3, 2023
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Trader Joe's exterior and sign. Trader Joe's is an American privately held chain of specialty grocery stores headquartered in Monrovia, CA.
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It’s no secret that the Trader Joe’s cheese selection has quite the fanbase. As many shoppers stock up on their expansive variety of options for just about everything — from cooking to cheese plates or boards — the cheese is most likely one of the first things to make it into the carts of shoppers each visit. One popular offering that has long been on everyone’s lists? The Unexpected Cheddar brand, and fans will be happy to know that it just got an exciting upgrade.

The new Trader Joe’s Unexpected Cheddar Cheese Spread is made with that familiar award-winning aged cheddar, but in a spreadable form. According to the Trader Joe’s website, this spread is made by blending the crumbly Unexpected Cheddar with salted butter and whey. The result is super rich and creamy, and can be used on everything from sandwiches to spread on bread or crackers. The possibilities truly seem endless with this spreadable cheddar. 

While it’s an obvious way to add an additional cheesy layer to grilled cheese and burgers, it could also be an upgrade to recipes such as queso or mac and cheese. It is also an instant addition to spring cheese boards looking for a spreadable element.

Unsurprisingly, the Unexpected Cheddar Cheese Spread already has a fervent social media following, with Reddit threads referring to it as a “nostalgic and delicious” throwback to cheese crackers and dip of another era. I’m very grateful, however, it is a shopping option in this current era. It’ll be such a fun new ingredient to integrate into spring menus!