Monday, March 25, 2019

Pancakes: Breakfast Champions? Or Glorified Syrup Sponges?

Trader Joe's Pancake Bread  - Trader Joe's
I haven't bought anything from Trader Joe's since I moved into my house two years ago. It's too far of a drive, so I've been living vicariously through my friends over at What's Good at Trader Joe's There have been some murmurs of a Trader Joe's AND a Costco being built in my area in the near future, but I'll believe it when I see it. We've been burned by business promises before.
Anyway, while my boyfriend fiance (still not used to it!) was out, he happened to see a Trader Joe's and popped in to grab me a pancake-y present because, "It looks like something you'd review." And he's right!  
Today I'm going to skip packaging and get right into the review! (For the record, packaging is cute, but a little boring.) 
Visually, this looks like a streusel-topped coffee cake, nothing too pancake-y about it. When opened, you get a whiff of maple syrup, which put me into the pancake-breakfast mindset, but I'm pretty sure this is just a pancake syrup flavored coffee cake hiding under the guise of a much fancier sounding name. 
Digging in with a fork, the texture was lighter than I expected, and it looked a bit like a large, fluffy, pancake mixed with yellow cake mix. Mouthfeel-wise, I wouldn't say this feels like I am eating a pancake. In fact, the only thing pancake-like about it that the buttery syrup flavoring mixed in with the sweet crumbly streusel. The syrup flavoring leans more Aunt Jemima than actual maple, but there is a certain breakfast flavoring to it, which is enjoyable, but not as unique as the name "Pancake Bread" makes it out to be. 
This is neither pancake, nor bread. This is a giant, maple flavored, version of Tastykake's cinnamon coffee cake. It's yummy, and very enjoyable, but it isn't worth a 40+ minute trip to my closest Trader Joe's.  
I gotta say, I agree with everything What's Good at Trader Joe's had to say about this "bread." It's yummy, and enjoyable for what it is, but if you're looking for a unique pancake experience like no other, this isn't the product for you. Pour some syrup on some coffee cake and call it a day. 
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