34 Trader Joe’s Snacks We Could Polish Off in One Sitting

June 18, 2018

Walking into Trader Joe’s can be an overwhelming experience. For so many reasons. First, there are all the charming, helpful employees with their breezy Hawaiian shirts and delightful smiles. And then there are all the the products: bags and boxes and containers of food that seems to extend for miles and miles and miles. The sheer amount of options is dizzying.

Because we’re creatures of habit, we tend to stick to what we know, that which brings us comfort. We’ve all got our favorites and that’s totally okay. But I was curious to know about—hungry for, if you will—everyone’s go-to Trader Joe’s purchases.

So I asked the staff, posed a simple question: What are your favorite Trader Joe’s snacks? Goodies you couldn’t live without? Munches you could devour a whole bag of in one sitting?

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What I received in turn was a maelstrom of energy and answers. The Slack channel practically crashed from pure excitement. It seemed everyone had something to say, some snack to profess their love for. And so, I share with you all this list of favorites. They range the gamut from salty to sweet and back again.

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“House staples we LOVE: Salted peanut butter pretzel bites Sea salt and turbinado sugar dusted dark chocolate almonds-crazy good so surprised no one listed this! Pimento cheese (in southern stores, at least I think they still carry-Northeast stores discontinued). Cheddar cheese with little kick of jalapeño and pimento. Really good. Rosemary and sea salt marcona almonds. Dark chocolate peanut butter cups (we keep in the container in the fridge for quick grabs) Frozen croissants especially thr chocolate—another one I’m surprised no one mentioned! These proof overnight and bake up to be crazy good, patisserie-like croissants. They are THAT good. Houseguests love, kids love. You’ll look like a rockstar in the morning! They also offer seasonal varieties around the holidays like Queen of Hearts, really good too. Olive oil popcorn. Mirepoix containers. For speed. Squarish focaccia rolls are great for sandwiches and mid size panini’s. Chocolate S’more bites. Taste sensation! Agree with all on cheese, crackers, interesting chips and salsa selection. Really good. I could go on and on! ”
— Nannette

I’ve edited and condensed the list for clarity and flow.

Rob Strype: Milk Chocolate–Covered Peanut Butter Pretzels, amazing!

Jackson Fust: SALTED PEANUT BUTTER PRETZELS… The unsalted are trash.

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Jeremy Beker: Their Pita Crackers, and always the Unexpected Cheddar.

Joanna Sciarrino: Crispy, Crunchy Mochi Rice Nuggets. They're always near the line to pay and get me every time. I've come reallllly close to finishing a bag in one sitting.

Amanda Hesser: Merrill introduced me to their Peanut Butter Cups. Damn her!

Eric Kim: An entire jar of Speculoos Cookie Butter for dinner!

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Sophie Corwin: Omg their Sweet & Spicy Pecans are everything… Also their Chocolate Cat Cookies dipped in coffee for dessert… Also any of their mini cookies… Basically all of Trader Joe’s.

Brinda Ayer: Zesty Nacho Kale Chips and their Popcorn in a Pickle. Or their Popcorn with Herbs and Spices.

Megan Güntaş: Does the Flax and Chia Seed Crunchy Peanut Butter count? I eat that literally every day. Oh!! The Sweet Potato Tortilla Chips are so addicting. They are so much better than the usual tortilla chip. Oh, also the Pistachio Pomegranate Crisps! Also, the Mediterranean Hummus is so yummy.

Erin Alexander: I don’t even like them that much, but I could eat a thousand of the Inner Peas Baked Peas and Happy Trekking Nut Mix!

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Danielle Curtis-Williams: I buy 2 of the Chipotle Garlic Salsas at a time because I ran out once and it was a sad, sad day. Also their Bollywood Popcorn.

Eunice Choi: The Mini Mint Ice Cream Mouthfuls, Hold the Cone Mini Ice Cream Cones, dried mangos, veggie chips, mango gummies, and so much more.

Jackson Fust: Double Roasted Salsa deserves a shout out too.

Sophie Corwin: Cowboy Caviar, too!

Danielle Curtis-Williams: And the Green Goddess Salad Dressing is good on ANYTHING (salads and meat)!

Hana Asbrink: The Sour Cream & Onion Corn Puffs!

Caroline Harris: Their Crispy Crunchy Chocolate Chips Cookies are my downfall.

Sarah Yaffa: Their Bamba Peanut Snacks: the best snack for babies.

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Lindsay-Jean Hard: Scandinavian Swimmers and all of their seasonal varieties (vegetarian-friendly gummies for the win!) and their berry and strawberry Soft Licorice Twists.

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What are the Trader Joe's snacks you just can't quit? Let us know in the comments.


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susan Z. January 31, 2019
i cant live without their TEJAVA 4 pack lunch size bottles or quart size for table or parties. it has a clean refreshing taste. like water for me! their organic corn chips are very good, hold up to chunky guacamole and salsa.
Mary M. January 27, 2019
Organic Corn Chip Dippers!!!!! Organic version of Fritos salty and crunchy1
Eileen N. November 23, 2018
Have a fun story. In 1990, my bf & l bought a peach mango ginger salad dressing in Safeway. I ate it by the spoonful & put it on more than salad. Years later, got word being discomtinued. One Saturday we went to every Safeway in 25 mile radius. Most already gone. Last one had 18 bottles. Bought every one. We felt like thieves with an addiction. What looks & comments we got.

Total bought 36! When we opened last bottle & one serving left, we couldn't finish it. Eventually did. Still mourning!
Eileen N. November 23, 2018
I enjoy the Wine Country Chickken salad, but sometimes l get a bone or grizzle. I am very careful when l eat it!

I also love the kale dip. It's in section with l believe pub cheese in containers near packaged salads.

Anything with dark chocolate, cranberry pomegranate or the fig olive crackers, veggie potstickers, frozen lemon tarts, chocolate cranberry trail mix etc etc etc!

Kudos to the free tasting area with coffee. Never go to TJs when very hungry!
di October 15, 2018
I was so addicted to Honey Butter potato chips and, without telling me(!) they discontinued carrying them!
They were the best, a great balance of sweet & salty flavors and not too unhealthy! TJ’s them made to their specs.
I have written TJ’s and they will reinstate if others email.
I tried another brand from Amazon, but the flavor was not at all the same!
Anyone else like enjoy these???
Eileen N. November 23, 2018
Will do same. How do you email them? No flyer right now & need to use lnstacart. The service l used once to order TJs had a $25 Service fee for $55 worth of groceries, plus gave her $5 tip and 5 items l always buy she couldn't get! Would have bought more, just got paid!
Mary-Gay October 12, 2018
Lightly salted in-shell edamame from the freezer section, dolmas (no one believes they're from a can!), Unexpected Cheddar cheese-my favorite, and chocolate chips for my non-dairy daughters (TD's chips are dairy free and way cheaper than pretty much everywhere else.)
zeldie October 12, 2018
Why would Food 52, which I consider smart and health oriented, promote this garbage unhealthy junk food? My opinion of Foid 52 just went down several points
Anja October 12, 2018
Why would you consider Food 52 health oriented? The zillion recipes for cakes and other delectable items does not support such an assertion.
Linda S. October 14, 2018
Perhaps a vegans-r-us website would be more appropriate for some people. Love food 52 but never think of it as healthy eating inspired.
Marsha S. December 28, 2018
I totally concur!!!!!!

Marsha S. December 28, 2018
In total agreement!!!!
Lisa G. January 31, 2019
Really? You think lovers of food need only eat kale? That’s sad
Mickie H. October 12, 2018
Kelly October 7, 2018
Yep, it’s the Crispy, Crunchy Mochi Rice Nuggets. They taste strangely like a Cheeto without the “Chee.” And the Salt and Pepper Chips, and all the lovely frozen appetizers (the little puff pastry wrapped cocktail wieners with brown mustard....), the Breakfast Brie, the sesame sticks, the truffle Marcona almonds (and the rosemary), and probably about 30 other things I’m not remembering off of the top of my head. And here’s a shout out for TJ’s ice creams: I worked for a period of time as an ice cream taste tester (poor me;) with Haagen Dazs, and Trader Joe’s Vanilla and Coffee were among the best ice creams on the planet. Both in flavor and texture.
Tessa July 8, 2018
The green olive tapenade is the best ever!
Carol R. October 14, 2018
Cook penne or similar pasta until al dente, reserve some pasta water. Meanwhile, cook bacon cut in lardons until crisp in a saute pan, add cut up cherry tomatoes and cook until soften. Then stir in a few dollops of olive tapenade, add pasta, combine. Add pasta water, stir until pasta glistens. Turn off heat and sprinkle with parsley (optional) and Romano cheese. Serve.

Jan G. June 30, 2018
Listen, I’ve made 3 trips to TJ’s this week because of all these suggestions! The problem is-I love them all(except the chocolate or coffee things-allergic)😰
Ttrockwood June 30, 2018
So many favorites! For snacks the salted pb pretzels are tied with the pumpernickle pretzel sticks (which i proceed to dip in pb), the sesame cashews are a legit problem for me to have around, triple ginger snap cookies and of course the vegan mochi- especially the mango!
cosmiccook June 30, 2018
We don't have Aldi's in New Orleans.
Staci P. June 30, 2018
Since it's seasonal only to summer, I stock up for the year on BBQ Rub & Seasoning with Coffee & Garlic. Chicken, steak, pork chops - become memorable and addicting with this rub.
sassygirl711 July 1, 2018
the bbq coffee rub has never let me down. it is so sad when they take it off the shelves. i’m a huge fan!
Hank A. June 28, 2018
For Brioche Hamburger Buns give Aldi a try ... you'd think they just came from the local Bakery...and I'm a bread nut!
Toddie June 28, 2018
Completely forgot to mention that TJs is my source for "New England Style" hot dog buns, a/k/a side split! Great for hot dogs, absolutely necessary for lobster rolls.
Jaye B. June 28, 2018
Ditto on the Salted Peanut Butter Pretzels, I can't leave the store without them. All of the nuts, especially the luxury of not having to crack Brazil nuts. Horseradish Pub Cheese on anything. I don't think there's a bad cracker on their shelves, but the Brioche Toasts reign supreme!
Noreen F. June 28, 2018
Or shell pistachios!
Holly B. June 27, 2018
Oh so many! Fresh tomatillo salsa; must have dark choc pb cups; spinach & kale bites (in frozen) roasted slow and long - a really good appetizer/cocktail treat; low-calorie lemonade; EV olive oil; hummus w/horseradish; premium chocolate ice cream best in the world; 100% pure grade B maple syrup, also best in the world.
KM June 27, 2018
Garlic Dip&Spread on everything. Spud Crunchies (sprinkled with malt vinegar or dipped in the Garlic Dip). Lentil Curls. Vegan protein chai as an afternoon pick-me up. And RIP Pane Guttiau. Those were perfect on their own or with smoked salmon and cream cheese. Also miss their refrigerated Pickled Cauliflower Medley. It was the perfect light and satisfying snack, but apparently I was the only one who liked it--it was discontinued for low sales :(
Magdalena R. June 26, 2018
Anyone else love the dark chocolate–pistachio toffee or the dark chocolate–sea salt graham cracker squares ? And to the dark chocolate–peanut butter cup–fans, we stand united. All together, these 3 items are enough to brave NYC check-out lines.
Staci P. June 30, 2018
Oh YES to the pistachio toffee!