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Trader Joe's Granola Vs. Bakery On Main Granola


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#1 WW340

 
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Posted 05 May 2008 - 07:08 AM

A friend of mine in NY has been sending me Trader Joe's granola for about a year. I am totally hooked on this stuff.
Unfortunately, my friend has recently been diagnosed with cancer and I told her I could get the granola somewhere else.

There is no Trader Joe's in this whole region of the US and Trader Joe's does not mail order, but I noticed that Amazon has a Bakery on Main brand that has rave reviews. Has anyone tried both of these? If the Bakery on Main is very similar, I can order that, but it comes in 6 pack cases, so would like some opinions here.

Thanks for any input.
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Posted 05 May 2008 - 07:55 AM

no input on comparisons, but I'm at TJs on a regular basis and also ship regularly as I run my own home business, I'd be glad to help you out if you want. Just PM me if you would be interested.
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Posted 05 May 2008 - 08:13 AM

I recently purchased Bakery on Main granola bars, they were GROSS!!! Not worth the price. I am not sure if they are anything like the granola, but the bars are nasty.

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Posted 06 May 2008 - 01:24 PM

I have been buying the TJ's granola in quantity when I'm traveling near one. I just found the Bakery on Main's gluten-free granola at my local Super Giant last week. It LOOKS identical to TJ's, but I haven't opened the bag to try it yet. I'll report in when I do.

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Posted 06 May 2008 - 01:29 PM

I've never tried the TJ's, but I thought the Bakery On Main was delicious. It was the best granola I've had--gluten-free or not.
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Posted 06 May 2008 - 02:19 PM

I personally like the Bakery on Main better..but I have a TJ near me and nowhere sells the Bakery on Main granola. I had to order it online.
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Posted 06 May 2008 - 03:13 PM

Thanks for all the input.

no input on comparisons, but I'm at TJs on a regular basis and also ship regularly as I run my own home business, I'd be glad to help you out if you want. Just PM me if you would be interested.


I may take you up on that on some things if I can't find replacements. There are other things I have been getting besides the granola.


I recently purchased Bakery on Main granola bars, they were GROSS!!! Not worth the price. I am not sure if they are anything like the granola, but the bars are nasty.

-Jessica


Hopefully the granola is not the same.


I have been buying the TJ's granola in quantity when I'm traveling near one. I just found the Bakery on Main's gluten-free granola at my local Super Giant last week. It LOOKS identical to TJ's, but I haven't opened the bag to try it yet. I'll report in when I do.

Sue


Great Sue! This is just what I am looking for. A regular TJ'S buyer that has experience with the Bakery on Main's product. I will be anxiously awaiting your assessment.


I've never tried the TJ's, but I thought the Bakery On Main was delicious. It was the best granola I've had--gluten-free or not.


I have read that a lot on the internet. People seem to really like it. I really trust people here, so I am glad to have your opinion.

I personally like the Bakery on Main better..but I have a TJ near me and nowhere sells the Bakery on Main granola. I had to order it online.


Are they pretty similar? I was not much of a granola eater until my friend started sending me TJ's, and then I got totally hooked. If it is very similar, but better, that would be perfect.

I had read somewhere on the internet that someone thought Bakery on Main actually makes the TJ's granola and private labels it for TJ's.

Thanks again everyone this is really helpful.
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Posted 09 May 2008 - 03:51 AM

I buy and love both -- to me, they taste and look identical. My understanding had been that the TJ gluten free granola IS Bakery on Main granola under the TJ private label. I like the Cranberry Maple one -- I mix it with Brown Cow plain fat free yogurt, and sprinkle some ground flax seeds on top for extra fiber and nutrition.
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Posted 10 May 2008 - 04:49 PM

Thank you Rbh and everyone. Based on all the reviews, I have ordered a case of both the Rainforest and the Cranberry Maple. It sounds like I can't go wrong. I have found that following the advice of the majority on this board is a safe bet for finding food that I like.

Thank you all so much, for both your input here and across the board.
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Posted 11 May 2008 - 11:07 PM

A friend of mine in NY has been sending me Trader Joe's granola for about a year. I am totally hooked on this stuff.
Unfortunately, my friend has recently been diagnosed with cancer and I told her I could get the granola somewhere else.

There is no Trader Joe's in this whole region of the US and Trader Joe's does not mail order, but I noticed that Amazon has a Bakery on Main brand that has rave reviews. Has anyone tried both of these? If the Bakery on Main is very similar, I can order that, but it comes in 6 pack cases, so would like some opinions here.

Thanks for any input.

Personally, I am scared of Trader Joes because as soon as i walk in the door, all I see is wheat, and grain products everywhere, with flour literally present on other products from broken bags. Trader Joes does not really understand about celiac disease, nor do the employees get any training on assisting celiac disease sufferers, order your stuff on line. Look up Bob's Red Mill brands, they taste just like real bread products
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Posted 13 May 2008 - 08:36 AM

I haven't had TJ's granola but I can speak for Bakery on Main. I am totally hooked on the cinnamon and raison granola. It comes in a green bag. I get it at the local health food store or Whole Foods. I can't say enough about how good this tastes. Yogurt to me is just not that good unless I has granola and this pretty much saved my breakfast routine since eggs are becoming an issue for me.
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Posted 14 May 2008 - 04:02 PM

OOH- I wish the WHole foods near me carried the Bakery on Main granola. It's a pain to order it online.
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Posted 14 May 2008 - 04:50 PM

I saw this granola at TJ's and was wondering if it was worth the expense. Is this granola that you would use as cold cereal or would it be better for snacking on. It's probably a silly question and good for both!
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Posted 24 May 2008 - 07:24 PM

I saw this granola at TJ's and was wondering if it was worth the expense. Is this granola that you would use as cold cereal or would it be better for snacking on. It's probably a silly question and good for both!



You could probably use it for both. I love it as a snack. I keep a bag in my car for emergency food.

The Bakery on main is just as good or better, just like others on this thread suggested. I am so happy to have my granola again.
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Posted 13 July 2008 - 06:54 AM

Personally, I am scared of Trader Joes because as soon as i walk in the door, all I see is wheat, and grain products everywhere, with flour literally present on other products from broken bags. Trader Joes does not really understand about celiac disease, nor do the employees get any training on assisting celiac disease sufferers, order your stuff on line. Look up Bob's Red Mill brands, they taste just like real bread products


Really?! I'm quite suprised. I have been to many different Trader Joes stores in Chicago and California and have had so much help. They have a list of all the gluten free items in their store and I have not reacted to any of their listed products (granted I believe I am only a mild sufferer as not everything sets me off). The first time I walked into a TJ's after being diagnosed, one of the guys stocking the shelves suggested the quinoa (which I had never heard of but picked up and tried, and loved it) and got me one of the lists when I told him I had to remain on a gluten free diet. The EnviroKidz Cereals are cheaper there than the health food stores and the sausages that are gluten free are also better tasting and cheaper than equivelants at the regular grocery store. The Trader Joe's requires the manufacturers of their brand name products to be careful about cross contamination when manufacturing their products but often times that only includes cleaning the equipment between runs of gluten containing foods and gluten-free foods. They are also required to list if the product was manufactured on equipment that manufactures products with wheat.

I have also had their granola, which is great.
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