TJ’s Uncrystallized Candied Ginger M.I.A. for months and months!


Uncrystallized Candied Ginger 8 oz bag $1.49 (if you can buy it)

TJ’s Uncrystallized Candied Ginger has been M.I.A. for months now!

When I first tried this product, it was love at first bite.

I love ginger and most any candied ginger is a real favorite of mine. Trader Joe’s candied ginger is quite different from most of these, its not hard and tough like some candied ginger. Its is much softer, chewier, nice sweet spicy morsels made from “just” pure natural ginger. Its naturally very very spicy, and well, ginger-y. This product is made with good quality natural ginger and it has just the right amount of sweetness to balance out the heat. This is yet another TJ product I tried just once, and was instantly hooked on! It is delicious eaten on its own but I can tell you it is even more delicious eaten with a bite of dark chocolate (eaten together this is better than most chocolate covered ginger candy sold). You can dice it up and add add it to various things (like yogurt, cereal…). I use it in cooking too, even in a pinch adding it to dishes I’m making that need ginger. If you like ginger spiciness, this is so so good. They sell it for a great price, compared to rock hard stuff you might find that is the more “crystallized” version – hence why TJ specifically calls this ‘uncrystallized’.

Unfortunately though I haven’t seen it on the shelves in months now! Its gone Missing In Action!

When I’ve inquired about it at the front desk, they’ve told me they are “expecting to get more next month”.  I’ve heard this same thing for the last four-five months. Has it been (shudder) Discontinued, added to that infamous list of TJ’s products?! I hope not. This is a great product. If you like ginger candy and ever see this again, its a must try.

Uncrystallized Candied Ginger: PLEASE COME BACK!

A SPLIT DECISION:  a RAVE for the product / a RANT for being missing in action

UPDATE-1 (June 1 2011) I’M STILL WAITING; Just checked with TJ staff and they confirm, its not discontinued; they can’t get the product. Out Of Stock.

UPDATE-2 – (July 2011) I asked Manager; She said they finally got it in. It was on the shelves for one day before they were told to remove it because of some “label issue” WTF!!

UPDATE -3 (Oct 2011) I spoke with the Front Desk manager at my local TJ’s. She said officially “the product has NOT been discontinued” and that’s its one of the most requested items to get back on the shelf. According to her the problem is Trader Joe’s can’t get the ginger! She told me TJ’s has had trouble with their regular source’s ginger crop (in Indonesia?). Oh well. It can’t hurt to “pester” them! There can’t be only one source for ginger in the entire world, can there?

UPDATE-4  (Dec. 2011) Interesting update – Again spoke with another manager at Front Desk. This guy time told me. a) Confirmed again Product NOT discontinued; b) The Product has had an issue with its formulation. He said something like “Sulfites” and that it needed to be reformulated by the producers. Hmm… see update-2 above, right?

UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE 3/16/12 – ITS BACK in stock. Check this post


20 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Antoine
    May 06, 2011 @ 08:17:16

    You got great stuff here, that’s why I always love checking out your blog!


  2. Christina (@Fromageball)
    Sep 22, 2011 @ 10:51:44

    I was wondering what happened to this stuff…yesterday they confirmed that it at least has not been discontinued. I wish there were at least another brand I could buy while waiting for TJs to get their act together.


    • promacnyc
      Sep 22, 2011 @ 13:12:12

      A few months back they were on the shelf for one day. A manager told me they “mislabled” and were yanked off the shelf! I found out the next day; I would have bought a dozen!


  3. Lucinda Michele
    Oct 02, 2011 @ 02:03:06

    We should all call our local TJ’s and pester them every day. Perhaps this will terrify them into restocking the product.


    • promacnyc
      Oct 05, 2011 @ 00:30:53

      I spoke with the Front Desk at my TJ’s. They can’t get the ginger they normally use. She told me TJ’s has had trouble with their regular source’s crop of ginger (Indonesia?). Can’t hurt to “pester” them!


      • bea
        Oct 18, 2011 @ 20:02:29

        Bea in California: It has finally hit us in Ca. I went to purchase more ginger candy and there was nothing. The bag has product of Thailand. This one of my favorite items at TJ’s. There must be somewhere else to purchase this product. If anyone finds that out, please share with the rest of us.

  4. Anonymous
    Nov 14, 2011 @ 19:10:46

    I miss my ginger. Lots of folks I know miss it, too. I have a dish I make with it. It’s become a staple at my parties and any time I go to pot lucks, etc. Lately I’ve been coming up empty to a lot of disappointed faces — none more than mine.


  5. PatK
    Nov 22, 2011 @ 21:08:06

    Found your post while Googling for news about my favorite TJ’s product. At the local store, the product manager looked it up on his computer and said it was due in stores in “mid-November.” And then said, “uh, that’s now, isn’t it?” He also said they’d had “some kind of packaging issue.” I’m stopping by again on my way home from work tomorrow in hopes of finding some; if not, it’s standard-issue sugar-coated ginger for my Thanksgiving ginger cookies, and it just won’t be the same…


  6. melody
    Nov 26, 2011 @ 17:51:36

    Will keep checking this site for any update on the MIA uncrystallized ginger.


  7. Betsy
    Jan 26, 2012 @ 11:18:25

    okay — so when is the next EDA —


    • promacnyc
      Jan 29, 2012 @ 18:42:49

      Hey Betsy. Good Question! We need our fresh ginger Candy!
      Doesn’t sound too difficult to make. Lets all give to make our own while TJ’s gets their act together.


  8. nancy
    Mar 15, 2012 @ 22:22:27

    It’s back!!! As of 3-16-12.


  9. promacnyc
    Mar 16, 2012 @ 14:59:59

    Nancy, thanks for the NEWS! I got some today at my local TJ’s (NYC, 72 St)


  10. BCinBrooklyn
    Mar 17, 2012 @ 20:17:58

    I emailed TJs 3/12 asking about our ginger and Aloe drink —and haven’t heard back. Can’t wait to check!!!!


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  12. BCinBrooklyn
    Mar 19, 2012 @ 21:53:55

    confirmed in Brooklyn (Bought 10)


  13. Kathy
    May 02, 2013 @ 21:42:24

    This uncrystalized TJ candied ginger is said to have lead in it and State if Calif is suing TJ’s


    • promacnyc
      May 23, 2013 @ 17:30:01

      Please follow up with any info you can find, once this gets investigated. I’m sure people want to know if this is true or not. Thanks for posting!


  14. Jason N.
    May 04, 2013 @ 15:18:33

    “Trader Joe’s has also been named in a lawsuit — along with Target, Whole Foods and others — accusing it of selling candy with high levels of toxic lead. The lawsuit was filed by California Attorney General Kamala Harris’ office in Superior Court in San Francisco, the Times said.

    The product connecting Trader Joe’s to the issue is Uncrystallized Candied Ginger, the Times said.”

    Should I be worried? I’ve been purchasing and consuming these treats for a while now…


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