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– February 6, 2016
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.
– February 6, 2016
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!
– April 20, 2018
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.
– September 29, 2018
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.
– October 13, 2018
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
– December 11, 2018
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 !
– May 17, 2019
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……….
– June 15, 2019
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!
– November 13, 2019
I bought the NE Clam Chowder last month for the first time, I thought it was delicious and plan to buy more when I am in Nashville again. The consistency was exactly what I was expecting and the ingredients delicious.
– January 17, 2020
Very good flavor! But the sand in every other bite killed the experience.
– February 19, 2020
Tastes like vinegar! I’ve had this before and liked it but just thought it had too much black pepper. This container had visible black pepper again, but the taste was like salad dressing. If you love vinegar buy this! Not much clams or other chunks either. Hopefully this was just a mistake…
– March 4, 2020
This clam chowder is so good, it will turn a conservative into a kale-eating liberal. Maybe a little to thin texture, but excellent taste.
– July 22, 2020
Bought`some today; liked it. Delicious, thick broth. Clams tasted like clams, good chunks of potatoes, and a nice level of pepper.
– January 28, 2021
Best (pre-made) Clam chowder! Excellent flavor, meaty clams! I would have given it a 5 star rating, but it is a little thin. I prefer soup that is thicker. Definitely worth a try!!
– March 1, 2021
It was okay. Way too much black pepper and the broth tasted like butter and not chowder. I did like the creaminess though and I felt like the clams were perfect!
– June 18, 2021
As was pointed out by Alan Wray in January, TOO MUCH SAND. The clams really need to be cleaned better. Maybe it was a bad batch? I am just now adding my review but it has been several months since I ate it and could have been back in January.
– August 12, 2021
John A Rejniak
– November 19, 2021
2 months ago the clam chowder was chock-full of clams and potatoes with some onions. Last month the clam chowder had very few clams and potatoes in it. I agree if it were a little thicker that would deserve a five-star. Trader Joe used to have canned concentrated clam chowder where one could add enough milk suitable to their own thickness.
– December 20, 2021
Soup tastes great but every bite has SAND!!! I won’t buy it again. Sand killed it for me :/
– January 11, 2022
I bought the clam chowder today for the first time, delicious! Better than any restaurant chowder I’ve had , I saw on previous reviews (from a few years ago) people found it gritty, not us! Just wish we had a Trader Joe’s closer to where we live
– January 12, 2022
FISHY, FISHY, FISHY.
I don’t return food but this is going back.
People need to know how fishy it is.
Good seafood doesn’t “smell fishy” or taste fishy.
The phrase “Somethings fishy about…”
Refers to something being wrong or “off”.
– June 25, 2022
Bought it for the 1st time last week and was amazed @the taste – really, really delicious! Could have been a bit thicker but was the real deal & I know my chowder, brought up on it in New England. Just wish we had a Trader Joe’s nearby.
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