Jun 13, 2009

A Funny Review: Trader Joe's Frozen Pancakes


Trader Joe's gluten-free and dairy-free frozen pancakes received positive reviews from some bloggers, so I was eager to try them. I decided to even purchase two boxes after hearing rave reviews from a store employee. The price is only $2.99. The pancakes are wrapped in four packages, each containing three pancakes.

I followed the instructions on the box and microwaved three pancakes in a stack. I couldn't believe that they could be so doughy! Next, I followed the instructions to microwave only one pancake and was able to roll it into three balls to make a snowman. Finally, I tried toasting two pancakes. The box lists toasting as the preferred method. Toasting still produced a very doughy pancake, which I rolled into a ball.

The pancakes can also be cooked in the oven, which I didn't try. I recommend these only for a gluten-free art project!

9 comments:

jenncuisine said...

wow that is good to know! We'd always been curious to try them - usually if we don't make them from scratch, we use Van's, I think we'll just stick with those, they don't turn into snowmen haha!

Kathleen Reale said...

Hi! I really like the Trader Joe's pancakes... I didn't find them too doughy at all! I found that you do need to push down the toaster at least twice to brown them up, and I've never microwaved them... I like mine with jam on them, as well as the traditional syrup.

Be Free!
Kathleen

marylandceliac said...

I wonder if some boxes of the pancakes are better than others. I did toast mine for about 5 minutes in the toaster oven. It was darker and more crispy on the outside, but still doughy on the inside.

Kim said...

My son eats these a lot. He uses the micro to heat them up. He hasn't complained at all about them (and he finds something wrong with everything LOL). I wonder if they are just inconsistent? We prefer pancakes made from Pamela's Baking & Pancake Mix, but the frozen ones are nice to have on hand for busy mornings.

G.F.Veg said...

This is one of the funniest product reviews (and review photos!) I've ever seen! I make my own waffles, which I prefer to pancakes, because they're crunchy....so...I guess this product isn't for me, but I think this blog is--I'm putting you on my blogroll!

ByTheBay said...

This is hilarious! Thanks for making me laugh. yes, they are UNBELIEVABLY chewy - it's as though the people who made them had no idea how to cook GF. I make (and freeze and reheat) pancakes all the time that taste... well, just like regular pancakes. I much prefer them. I just freeze them and then nuke or toast. But, I have to say, if you think of the TJ's pancakes as more of an Asian type of pancake - Similar to the texture of mochi and other sticky-rice products, they're ok.

Deb said...

Odd... I'm extremely taste-sensitive to gluten free flours. It has taken me quite a long time to get used to the different texture etc. but those pancakes have always been my go to decadent snack. I toast them on the highest setting, and then microwave for twenty seconds. They always come out browned, fluffy, and delicious!

Jenn said...

Oh noze! That's terrible and really funny all at the same time. ::stifles giggling::

Anonymous said...

i buy the gluten and dairy free pancakes from trader joes all the time and that never happened to me.
why would you put that in the microwave?
I toast them all the time and they are delicious! and they are just right!!