Taste-testing and ranking popular Trader Joe’s dips

Infographic depicting rankings of Trader Joe's dips
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With relatively affordable prices and a short walk from campus, Trader Joe’s is where UC Berkeley students probably spend a fair amount of time conducting grocery hauls. It’s easy to feel like a kid in a candy store, browsing all the different aisles and niche goodies in stock. Trader Joe’s boasts a variety of dips and sauces that can elevate any meal, making it more flavorful and exciting without breaking the bank. I decided to ask a few of my family and friends what their favorite vegan dips were and rate them in a taste test!  
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