Sweet on Trader Joe's Sunday: PB & J Bars


Trader Joe's PB & J Bars review

Well guys, this is Jack's last Trader Joe's review before he leaves for college.
(How is that even possible?)

We're a little unsure where this series will go from here. It has been suggested that I mail Jack TJ's goodies and have him review from school, but I really don't want to be THAT mom. ;) (I'm already THAT mom in so many other ways.) I'll be sending him Trader Joe's treats in care packages, but just for his enjoyment. Mr. E and I may do a Trader Joe's "he said/she said" version. Please leave suggestions in the comments.

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On to the review...this week we're reviewing Trader Joe's PB&J Bars. It's funny; last week, Jack requested a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for lunch, speculating that PB&J is probably not an option in the dining hall. That had never occurred to me. So when we saw these, they were the perfect pick for our last week.

Trader Joe's PB & J Bars review

A box of 6 bars costs $2.69. Described on the box as "soft and chewy oat bar with creamy peanut butter and strawberry fruit filling."

A mom's (my) take: The texture and taste of these remind me very much of Nutrigrain bars. Soft, oat-y crust with a thin layer of fruit filling. I really wasn't getting peanut butter here. Looking at the ingredients, I noticed that the peanut butter is actually IN the crust, not a filling. It gets overpowered by the oats. That said, they'd still make a good after-school snack or a quick breakfast.
Overall rating: 4 of 5 stars

A teenager's (Jack's) take: These are so realistic--they taste exactly like a PB&J sandwich from the first bite. The only really noticeable difference is that the "bread" (in this case, the oat grain bar) is richer than the bread you might find on an average PB&J. Other than that, if you had blindfolded me, I'm sure I couldn't tell the difference, as far as the taste goes. The peanut butter does overshadow the jelly a little bit, but that's not so bad :) Last thing--they don't crumble hardly at all!
Overall rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Trader Joe's PB & J Bars review

Trader Joe's PB & J Bars: We had totally different takes on these bars, but we both liked them! 


[note: We have no affiliation with Trader Joe's. I'm sure they have never read this blog and have no idea who we are. Hey, we like being incognito, although we never wear sunglasses indoors. ;)]

Read all of our reviews of Trader Joe's treats and sweets here!


17 comments

  1. These are a breakfast favorite of our toddler - not too much sugar!

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  2. They pretty much have everything a kid could want in the ND dining halls. They probably have the ingredients for PB&J at every meal!

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  3. Peanut butter was the first thing in the cart when we did our dorm snack shopping! I have two that have graduated and the last one will be a college junior and my best advice is ...after all his stuff is in the room "make the bed" then put the clothes and get everything else organized. Because after a long and emotional day, the last thing you want to see is an unmade bed when you are tired. Good luck!

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  4. How can Jack be that old? Time flies........

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  5. Please keep up these reviews, I love reading them! And good luck to Jack (and Mom!) :)

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  6. I love these because they are GF and it gives me my PB&J fix :-) I think a He Said/ She Said will be a nice change until Jack comes home to visit from college though! haha

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  7. How about a he said/she said and then do a "special guest" edition when Jack is home visiting. These special guest appearances could even be tied to a holiday themed treat, when Jack would be home for Christmas break, etc

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  8. I will loan out my 10-year old and his discerning palate until Jack gets home! We could run it on each of our blogs? Email me: kellymikolich@comcast.net or my blog: www.kellylynnssweetsandtreats.com

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  9. I adore your reviews. I hope you keep them up in whatever form works best for you and your family. You've guided me to some really tasty finds! Best of luck to Jack and have fun too.

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  10. Surprised you guys liked these, they are one of the things I have hated most from TJ's! Tried them once and never again!

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  11. please keep doing the TJ reviews. I've tried many things because of them

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  12. Please keep doing reviews! Also, at the dining halls he could make his own PB&J with the sliced bread and then adding peanut butter and jelly.

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  13. There is always sliced bread, peanut butter, and many types of jelly in the ND dining halls! And they also have a "grab'n'go" option where you can put 7 items in a paper bag to go, rather than going into the dining hall for a meal...and I'm pretty sure pre-packaged PB&Is were one of the options.
    As an ND alumna, I'm so excited for the adventure Jack is about to undertake, and for you to become a part of the Notre Dame family as well. (And I'm selfishly excited to see all the ND-themed cookies you dream up, lol! That interlocking logo is harder than it looks!)

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    1. So good to know! I think we were caught up seeing all of the food options when we visited and didn't notice the bread and peanut butter. :)

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  14. Wow time has flown! Enjoy college Jack! Learn many things! Hang in there Mom!

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  15. Best of luck to Jack--and you, of course--during this momentous transition. Please tell him that as far as I know there's always bread, PB, and jam to make a sammy with in the dining hall! As for this column, just wanted to let you know I love it--a Fearless Flyer II sort of thing. He Said/She Said sounds good. You could also feature guest reviewers from your loyal blog readers. Don't forget to bake some treats for yourself during this time; leftovers can be mailed in care packages :)

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  16. I wanted more peanut butter flavor in these but overall thought they were delicious and a great value.

    A he said/she said review would be great!

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