Trader Joe’s New England Clam Chowder Reviews

3.38 out of 5 based on 8 customer ratings
(8 customer reviews)

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8 reviews for Trader Joe’s New England Clam Chowder Reviews

  1. Lizz
    2 out of 5

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    I just picked this up at the store last night at the Woodward and 11 mile site. Had it for lunch at work. The flavor/seasoning was great. I liked the thickness of the broth but when I chewed the meaty clams…lt was tender but also had sand in it. That’s new to me. I’ve eaten clam chowder for decades and I’ve never had sand added so it took away from the meal. I mainly put aside the clams and drank the soup.

  2. N
    4 out of 5

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    Grabbed this Clam Chowder last night and had it for lunch today with some TJ’s sourdough artisan bread. Was very very happy with everything. The broth was delicious (I do wish it was just a hair thicker though, I would’ve given it 5 stars if it were.) I didn’t have any sand issues as previous reviewer experienced, just a nice hearty chowder that I will definitely be buying again!

  3. LuAnn
    4 out of 5

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    I totally agree with N’s posting, just a tiny little bit thicker will be perfect but not too thick though. I was nice enough to save 1/3 of it for my husband to try. I have no reservation to recommend to my friends and family.

  4. Renuea
    5 out of 5

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    Awesome! After trying many clam chowders that are premade this is one of the best for taste, portion and price. Find it serves two of us We have this as often as we can obtain it! Chewy pieces of clams, felt the thickness of the chowder was good. Much better too than that which is offered at Sprouts. Balanced combination of potatoes, cream, and clams with a touch of pepper. yum! Thank you Trader Joes.

  5. Erica
    3 out of 5

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    I also had the issue of a sandy or gritty feeling when biting into the clams. Which was disappointing because the flavor of the broth was very good! But like pp the chewing on sand feel was odd putting enough for me to not enjoy the whole container

  6. CHARLES SCHWARTZ
    1 out of 5

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    As of around November 2018 Trader Joe changed the recipe on their clam chowder. It’s now “cheesy”. The older recipe was MASSIVELY better and is what the previous reviews here speak to. I HOPE they go back to the old recipe (supplier ?). The older recipe was a true classic. I’ve eaten a lot of clam chowders in my day. It just excellent. I’ll be looking for another chowder if Trader Joe sticks with this new funky cheese recipe. Pepe Le Pew !

  7. Ray Saulnier
    3 out of 5

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    I live on the Maine coast an know GOOD CHOWDER. I really have been very satisfied wth Trader Joe’s products BUT the clam chowder was a somewhat big disappointment.
    Upon opening the seal, an pouring into a pan to heat up, I didn’t see any real solids in it. Looked again when heated an saw there was next to NO solids in with the broth. I gathered up 3 pieces of clam, along with 4 small pieces of potato. That was it………
    My real disappointment was that, after melting a pat of butter an a touch of salt, the broth was delicious. It had a wonderful creaminess to it, and probably the best I’ve had in my 69 years.
    I just can’t understand how this is. Someone failed, and makes me now think twice about any of your other soups.
    I never write reviews, but nothing will ever change if you don’t speak up. I’m trying……….

  8. John Fiedler
    5 out of 5

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    I bought the NE Clam Chowder again at the end of this May (2019) and it seems that the OLD recipe is back! The soup tastes great again, there are more chunks of clams and perfectly cooked potatoes, the creamy broth is thicker again. I hope that it stays this way for a long long time now….
    The latest negative comments (like above) and I am sure in the stores – but most likely much lower sales of the product since last November – have worked!

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