Packaged Food

Turn Anything To Carrot Cake With Trader Joe’s New Spread

When my mom asked me to try carrot cake for the first time, my five-year-old self rebuked the dessert with disgust. The idea of combining cake with a vegetable was unheard of… until I tried it. Nearly 25 years later and carrot cake has maintained its spot as one of my favorite cakes of all time.

For those who just can’t get enough of the humble dessert, Trader Joe’s new Carrot Cake Spread will let you pretty much turn anything into a carrot cake.

Essentially a jam, the spread is made with minced carrots, bits of orange peel, crushed pineapples, golden raisins, and fall spices. Sweetened with cane sugar and molasses, the spread also boasts a touch of concentrate from lemon and apple juice.

You can combine it with cream cheese and create a carrot cake frosting on pretty much anything you want, or pair it with some peanut butter in a sandwich.

No joke, we picked up a jar of this from our local TJ’s and it really does capture the taste of carrot cake — though we recommend using it in moderation until you find a good balance. It’s rather sweet.

The 10-ounce jars of Carrot Cake Spread can be found at participating Trader Joe’s locations in the grocery aisle.

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Here’s What The Internet Would Do With 20 Tons Of Nutella Hazelnut Spread

Last week, about 20 tons of Nutella were stolen from a truck in Germany. Authorities were baffled as to where all that hazelnut spread could have gone, or why so much was needed. The Nutella heist happened some time between Aug. 12 and Aug. 13. in the town of Neustadt, which resides about 120km from Frankfurt.

According to CBS Chicago, the stolen spread is valued at about $82,000. Neustadt police warn locals to be wary of someone offering them large quantities of chocolate through “unconventional channels.” Instances like this should be reported it to the authorities immediately.

User The-Potato-Lord posed a question on Reddit, in the wake of history’s biggest Nutella caper, asking:

If you suddenly came into the possession of 20 tons of Nutella, what would you do?

As a result of the call to action, we’re left with some pretty impressive options. Because who doesn’t dream of getting their hands on this plethora of sweet Nutella?

Here are all the clever and creative suggestions the Internet had to offer as to what to do with 20 tons of hazelnut spread:

And the #1 suggestion for the massive surplus of hazelnut spread:

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Watch An Entire Jar of Nutella Melted By A Blowtorch

Just when you thought you couldn’t find another use for Nutella, the folks over at Let’s Melt This decided to torch the popular hazelnut spread in one of the most hauntingly beautiful videos we’ve ever seen.

In their latest upload, an entire jar of Nutella is given the blowtorch treatment and melted to ashes.

What’s fascinating is the nearly three-minute process the jar undergoes as it’s exposed to extreme heat. Transitioning between beautiful macroscopic shots and wides, we see the entire breakdown of the sweet spread, from the bubbling plastic to the chocolate igniting.

You may also remember these same guys were the ones that threw sulfuric acid on a Big Mac just to watch it burn.

While our moms would whoop our rear ends for wasting a perfectly good jar of Nutella, we commend Let’s Melt This for taking the chance on this and other popular food items in the name of discovery. Although, we don’t envy their clean-up process.


Japan Created The World’s First Robot Farm And Here’s What It Can Do


Japan is really pushing forward with robotics. First, we got the pancake flipper, then the Sushi Robot and now a farm that’s fully operated by automatons will soon make its debut.

Tech Insider reports that Spread, a lettuce production company, will have a farm that only hires robots to harvest lettuce. About 30,000 heads of lettuce will be ready for shipment every day, reportedly. That’s nearly 11 million a year.

The machines, however, will be more like conveyor belts with arms attached than the cybernetic farmers we were picturing in our heads. Ah well, it’s probably for the best.

Scheduled to open in 2017, Spread’s Kameoka Plant will increase productivity. The robotic farm will also reduce labor costs by 50 percent, cut energy consumption by 30 percent and use 98 percent recycled water for the crops.

All these benefits will potentially lower costs for consumers, said a spokesperson for Spread.

Spread’s robotic farm is set to open sometime next year.

Packaged Food

Whoa, Trader Joe’s Now Has A Spicy Salami SPREAD


While perusing our local Trader Joe’s, we noticed a brand-new item grace the deli meat aisle. Upon first glance, it looked like someone misplaced a stack of raw ground beef. Nope. Turns out Trader Joe’s has added a new Spicy Salami Spread to their cold cut section.

Technically, it’s called Trader Giotto’s Nduja (en-DOO-ya). Nduja is a pork salami ground into a creamy spread. It’s mixed with a bunch of spices, particularly paprika, as well as a tomato paste.

Trader Joe’s recommends spreading it on some grilled toast for the full effect.


We were too excited, however, and just grabbed a bag of tortilla chips from the spot across the street. Tasted pretty fire.

A six-ounce tub of Salami Spread goes for about $3.49 at Trader Joe’s. Might grab a fat stack of these for the holidays.


New Caffeine-Filled Peanut Butter Will Wake You Up As Much As Your Espresso


Caffiene addicts no longer have to stick to coffee or energy drinks. They certainly don’t have to pull a Jesse Spano. Now there’s a new peanut butter that’s heavily caffienated for those looking for an edible fix.

Created by Steem Peanut Butter, the Caffeinated Peanut Butter features the same amount of caffeine you would get from two cups of coffee in two mere tablespoons. To be exact, a two tablespoon serving has 170 milligrams of caffeine.

According to Mashable, the caffeine-heavy peanut butter was created as a hangover cure among friends. One of the creators, Chris Pettazzoni, says they’ve been tinkering the recipe for a while. The caffeine content of the product was so high, however, that they stopped drinking coffee altogether.

The product is available for about $4.99 at select grocers and online. We should probably keep a jar around the office. Might save us a fortune in Starbucks.

Packaged Food

Bacon Spread Exists and It’s the New Jam


There’s never enough bacon. The popular, salted-pork trend has time and time again proven that the tasty strips will never get old or unnecessary. Kind of like Tyler Perry movies.

The problem is, if you want to upgrade your meals with bacon, you’re going to either have to pay more than you need to for a few measly pieces or go cook it yourself.

If only there was a way to use the savory flavors of bacon without having to repeatedly make restaurant trips or spend an hour frying and doing dishes. Things would be so much easier if you could just keep bacon in a jar.

Oh, hey.


While traversing the floors of the Fancy Food Show, we discovered Bacon Jams. They specialize in spreadable bacon jam, so you can have your pork and eat it too. At your earliest convenience. Made with a half pound of pure bacon in each jar, it’s definitely not bacon-flavored jam.

Don’t you dare call it that.

The ratio between bacon chunks to actual jam is so generous, it’s like they threw gourmet candied bacon into a blender. The spread is available in three flavors: Original, Red Chile & Garlic, and Pepper.

Sure, burgers and sandwiches are probably the most practical ideas. However, if you’ve read our Onion Crunch piece from a few years back, you know that creativity is highly encouraged. You can throw these on deviled eggs, scallops, or even go deeper on top of some pork belly. Spread it on your cupcakes, your apples, your loved ones.

There’s no monogamy when it comes to bacon love.


Oreo Cookie Butter Is Beautiful Black Magic


Here’s a confession: I didn’t know what cookie butter was until about a week ago. I’d only been to a Trader Joe’s one other time in my life. To my knowledge, Two Buck Chuck might as well have been a beaver.

Silly, silly me. Luckily, I’ve since come to see the error of my ways, and can therefore appreciate how truly f@#king spectacular something like Oreo Cookie Peanut Butter is. Dorothy of Crazy for Crust dreamt this stuff up in order to bring more protein into her diet (obviously). And as you can tell, the result is gorgeously inky, moderately healthy (just peanuts and Oreos), and totally Halloween-approved butter.


Spread it over witch finger cookies, into Black Velvet brownies, or better yet, all over your teeth for that fabulous “demon mouth” look. It’s Oreo Cookie Butter, people. This is some next-level sorcery shiz.

H/T + PicThx Neatorama