If you haven't already been blessed with pure beauty that is Trader Joe's, then you need to pop a U-Turn even if it's just for these snacks below. If you know anything about me, I'm your stereotypical lover of food, but in New Orleans there's a standard for incredible food. Trader Joe's is known for their name brand foods and cheap prices that make TJ fans flock to their stores. From fresh vegetables to savory and sweet dips to cheap (but oh so needed) wine for your Friday movie nights, this place has it all; however, in my weekly shopping trips, I've wandered down the aisles, trying not to bump into every living soul in the crowded aisles, to find one new TJ's snack to try for the week. It's safe to say I'm insanely obsessed with all of these I've discovered, and I can't live without them, even if my bank account tells me I can. So if you're looking like a snack and feeling like a snack, here's a list of Trader Joe's snacks you're not going to want to pass up on your next grocery run:
When I say I put this on everything, I legit mean everything from tortilla chips to my avocado toast in the mornings. For all my #PumpkinSpice ladies and gents out there, you won't have to wait until Fall for you pumpkin fill. TJ's take pumpkin seeds, also known as "pepitas" are blended with zesty tomatoes and peppers to create the chunkiest, most delicious jar of salsa you'll have all year. As an added guarantee, I'll give you a dollar if you don't want to eat an entire jar in one sitting. With only 30 calories per serving, pair them with baked tortilla chips or cucumbers for a mid-afternoon snack, you snack.
DARK CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER CUPS
Dark chocolate is healthy right? As I sit here collecting all my favorite TJ's snacks for y'all, these addictive cups are getting shoveled down my throat happily by the handful. The dark chocolate and peanut butter are of way better quality than any leading commercial peanut butter cup out there, which makes them the perfect treat yo self snack for any season or szn, especially bikini bod szn.
EVERYTHING BUT THE BAGEL SEASONING
This isn't a snack on it's own obviously, but you can put this not only on all your favorite snacks: you can put this on the whole meal. Trader Joe's has been killing the game recently with all of our seasonings coming out, and the EBTB seasoning is at the top of the list featuring sea salt, pepper, garlic, and onion. Instagram blew this product up when influencers shared all of their Sunday Funday Avocado Toast insta stories featuring the now famous seasoning. I'm a hard believer of this little bottle of flavor among my other favorite TJ's seasonings including: Mushroom & Company Unami Seasoning and Chili Lime Seasoning Blend
ORGANIC KOSHER HOT & SPICY DILL PICKLE CHIPS
Pickles and Peanut Butter aren't just pregnant cravings so I've heard, but these hot & spicy dill pickle chips are so addicting, I wouldn't put it past myself to try them with peanut butter too. Straight out of the jar or deep fried, these dill pickle chips will satisfy any spicy craving, and when do Southerners ever not have a crave something spicy?
BLUE CHEESE MUSTARD
Blue Cheese AND Honey Dijon Mustard swirled together? Sign me up. Obviously not a snack on it's own, unless you're into that weird spoonfuls of mustard kind of thing. This mustard is the perfect dipping sauce for anything from carrots to grilled chicken nuggets to a snack lettuce wrap. With 10 calories per serving, if you're on a calorie crunch and need a flavor boost, this just might be the perfect snack addition for you.
CRUNCHY CINNAMON SQUARES
Taking their own spin off the beloved cinnamon crunch cereal, Trader Joe's rendition as Crunch Cinnamon Squares bring me back to my childhood sugar bomb Saturday mornings. I'm completely in love with this snack; however keeping in mine that a moment on the lips, forever on the hips is a real motto as I get older, these squares are an amazing rare treat that I look forward to when I want to treat myself. With some almond milk for my dairy free friends or dry straight out of the box, it's a purchase you won't even think to regret.
CHUNKY ARTICHOKE & JALAPEÑO DIP
"It’s everything you love about a spinach and artichoke dip, but kicked up a notch. It's creamy, it has texture, and it packs the perfect amount of heat. It’s especially amazing with TJ’s multigrain pita crackers." - Alissa
Alissa hit the nail on the head, but if you're looking for that low carb option, switch out some raw veggies if you're eating this dip cold or warm over a chicken breast. Either way you're bound to be obsessed and eat the entire tub in 10 minutes.
ORGANIC DARK CHOCOLATE PB&J MINIS
It's time to give your kiddie PB&J a MAJOR upgrade *cue Beyonce's Upgrade U* With smooth peanut butter and raspberry jam, the perfect dark chocolate covered bite of this mini is the perfect adult version of our favorite sandwich has come to life. You'll catch your kids trying to snatch these from your bag, so go get your two minute hiding spot. I promise it'll be worth it.
*PRO-TIP* Find these minis in their milk chocolate bar form in the candy section right next to the checkout counter. You're definitely welcome.
MINI BRIE BITES
With only 70 calories a brie bite, these are perfect creamy pockets that'll fill you up in the most decadent way possible. Paired with a Trader Joe's Edamame Chip or Trader Joe Sweet Potato Dip (my ultimate favorite chip) you will not be disappointed.
MILK CHOCOLATE S'MASHING S'MORES
My bad y'all. I started this blog post with the full on intention of keeping these majorly healthy snacks, but the more I thought of my top Trader Joe's cravings, my one-track mind kept finding it's way back to chocolate. So my last Trader Joe's snack suggestion for you snacks are the Milk Chocolate S'mashing S'mores. These milk chocolate covered bites are packed with graham crackers and marshmallow, so everything you need outdoors without the campfire. It takes everything in me to pass by these and not throw 13 packs in my cart, but sometimes I slip and eat all of them before checkout... whoops.
*PRO-TIP* Throw these bites in the microwave for a few seconds to melt the marshmallow for a gooey twist.
If you've got a Trader Joe's snack suggestion for me or the WNOE Krewe, comment below! Happy Snacking!