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Trader Joe’s Now Sells Kunefe, A Middle Eastern Dessert With An Insane Cheese Pull
Few desserts provide the same comforting bear hug of warmth and deliciousness that a slice of kunefe can provide. This gooey, stretchy Middle Eastern treat consists of a crispy exterior of kataifi (shredded phyllo dough) and a melty cheese interior. That all then gets drenched in a floral syrup and garnished with plenty of pistachios to give you a festival of textures, flavors, and feelings all in one bite.
Growing up in a Middle Eastern church, kunefe has always been one of my favorite desserts. It’s also one of the most difficult out there to get right, as everything has to be in the correct ratios and cooked to perfection. While I usually leave this science and wizardry up to the way more talented bakers at my church, there’s apparently a version of kunefe at Trader Joe’s that makes this sweet way more convenient.
Folks have been spotting kunefe in the freezer section of Trader Joe’s for the past four days or so, which, to be honest, surprised me. Kunefe is a pretty niche dessert, even though it’s been gaining popularity on Instagram, particularly with Turkish and Middle Eastern accounts. Sure, that cheese pull makes it eye-catching, but I had no idea that there was enough appeal for a major grocer to create their own take on it.
In terms of similarities, it seems like the Trader Joe’s team stuck pretty close to how kunefe is typically made. The outer crusts are made of kataifi, while the interior is a blend of two cheeses: mozzarella and myzithra, a ricotta-like cheese made from sheep or goat milk.
Inside the package also comes a small amount of ground pistachios for garnish, as well as a packet of syrup to soak the entire pastry in once it’s baked. Thus, the full kunefe experience is now available in freezer form, making this dessert way more accessible to the average American consumer.
While I haven’t taken this kunefe on a test run yet, I’m curious to see just how close this Trader Joe’s version comes to the real thing. Stay tuned.
Traditional Churro Stand Near Disneyland Is Serving Strawberry Funnel Cake Churros
Just outside of Disneyland, you can find the Don Churros Gomez stand cranking out a 50-year-old tradition on weekends. They’re likely the only churro shop in the country to sell churro grueso, a unique, bread-like churro found in Yahualica, Jalisco, Mexico. Don Churros, which originally started in the mountains of Yahualica, is now putting a creative spin on those churros worthy of their theme park neighbors.
Their new Strawberry Funnel Cake Churro is a way to celebrate summer that holds true to churros but brings in the flavors of funnel cake. It takes nearly half a spiralized rosca, or thread, of churros to make, and is coated con nieve style, with powdered sugar, a wild strawberry ice cream, and wild strawberry syrup drizzled on top. The wild strawberry is less sweet but more aromatic, lending a strong fruity flavor to the treat.
You can also order the Strawberry Funnel Cake Churro in churro grueso form, which acts more like an elongated ice cream sandwich with churro buns. The chewy yet crispy churro grueso adds an intriguing balance of textures to an already craveworthy combination.
The proverbial cherry on top with Don Churros Gomez, however, is the mesmerizing process they use to make their churros come to life. Cooking them by the massive spiral or rosca, which you can see in the below video or through their stand’s windows, is core to what makes this churro such a full-on sensory experience.
Don Churros will be selling these throughout the summer as their first-ever limited time offering, and if it goes well, may begin serving up other special edition churro desserts in the near future.
Subway Just Became The First Chain To Bake King’s Hawaiian Bread In Stores
In terms of fast food secret menus, none is more legendary than the Animal Style from In-N-Out. The option to add secret sauce, cheese, onions, and a plethora of other condiments to your burgers and fries has become the tried and true way to enjoy the burgers for tons of fans.
In-N-Out may have a new competitor in that space though, because Subway is beginning to test its own version of a secret sub construction method called Aloha Style. The secret ordering method features a first for the industry as well, as Subway is now the first ever chain to fresh bake their own King’s Hawaiian bread.
“Aloha Style” arrives as Subway is testing a new 8-inch King’s Hawaiian sub roll in 300 restaurants in various parts of the country. That test involves two new sandwiches featuring the bread, a Turkey, Bacon & Provolone as well as a Ham & Swiss. However, folks in the test locations can also upgrade ANY sandwich on the menu to “Aloha Style.” What that means is that a typical 6-inch sub will be bumped up to the 8-inch King’s Hawaiian roll, and you’ll get an upgraded portion of meat and cheese to match. The increase amounts to 50% more meat and double the amount of cheese in a 6-inch sub.
Right now, Subway is testing the new bread in over 300 restaurants in the Champaign, Illinois, Reno, Nevada and Richmond, Virginia areas, so you’ll have to head there if you want your go-to sandwich made in this new secret style.