Trader Joe’s French Onion Soup Bites with Caramelized Onions and Swiss Cheese Review

Trader Joe's French Onion Soup Bites with Caramelized Onions and Swiss Cheese

If you’re looking for appetizers but don’t want to make anything from scratch, the Trader Joe’s freezer aisle is a real godsend. It’s filled with tasty, app-sized treats that can be heated reasonably quickly and shared with friends and family members. Their Hold The Corn! Appetizers, for example, are a real conversation-starter.

But today we’re not talking about those corn-filled cones (though you can read our full review if you’d like to know more about them). No, today we’re checking out a very different appetizer, the Trader Joe’s French Onion Soup Bites with Caramelized Onions and Swiss Cheese.

These appetizers are not designed to be cooked in a microwave or toaster oven, since they come in an oven-safe tray that you’ll need to cook them in. We won’t get into the full cooking instructions here, but if you’re curious about them you can check out our package scans at the bottom of this review.

Trader Joe's French Onion Soup Bites with Caramelized Onions and Swiss Cheese

After cooking these, you’ll need to scoop the appetizers out of the tray with a spoon. We admit we struggled with this part, as some of the pieces were stuck to the tray pretty aggressively. A few of ours were crushed in the process, but a majority of them came out just fine.

Trader Joe's French Onion Soup Bites with Caramelized Onions and Swiss Cheese

If you’re at all worried about these being soupy (since they have the word Soup in the title), you’ll be relieved to hear that the consistency of the filling is more like a jam than a soup. It’s not like a jam in flavor, of course; it has an oniony soup broth flavor with just a subtle sweetness to it.

The crusts are small and quite thin; they hold the filling inside while not contributing a whole lot in the flavor department. In fact, we’d say that, in general, these soup bites aren’t super flavorful. It’s not a bad thing — just don’t go into these expecting some kind of taste explosion. It’s a muted flavor, but a good one.

Now, we were expecting to find some swiss cheese inside. While Trader Joe’s promises it’s in there somewhere, we really didn’t find any. We assume that the light film on top of some of these was the cheese, but the portion size is really too small to even be able to tell. If the cheese was a big selling point for you, you’ll need to temper your expectations.

These are pretty loaded up with calories for how small they are. Four pieces is considered a serving, and a serving contains 170 calories. Keep in mind that one of these pieces is about a bite, so all of those 170 calories come from four bites of food. You definitely don’t want to fill up on these apps (which will be tricky anyway because they’re not very filling).

The Trader Joe’s French Onion Soup Bites with Caramelized Onions and Swiss Cheese make for a pretty easy, tasty appetizer. They’re not huge on flavor, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t delicious — they’re just a little bit subtle.

To learn more about the nutrition content, ingredients, or cooking instructions for these Trader Joe’s appetizers, check out our package scans below.

Trader Joe's French Onion Soup Bites with Caramelized Onions and Swiss Cheese
Trader Joe's French Onion Soup Bites with Caramelized Onions and Swiss Cheese