The word “snack” used to conjure feelings of deep seated guilt and images of Cheetos, Doritos, Lays and maybe even a Slim Jim. For years I hoped that someone would create snacks that taste sinful, but don’t fill your body with chemicals, preservatives, artificial colors and hydrogenated oils.
I have a very long thank you letter in the works for Trader Joe’s that keeps growing and growing because they continue to listen to our collective yearnings and make virtually guilt free snacking possible.
My focus has never been low fat or low calories and even though organic is preferred, I don’t always eat organic. I eat pre-packaged foods as long as the ingredient list is short and I can identify all of the players.
These are my current top three “snacks” from TJ’s:
Chocolate Covered Pretzel Slims: An incredible balance of deep chocolatieness and a wafer thin salty and crispy pretzel. The chocolate is not the waxy weird chocolate imposter you find on many chocolate covered foods. I could not make these puppies better myself. These little guys are surprisingly light as long as you don’t kill the whole bag in one sitting. Caution: sun + heat + bag of choco pretzel slims = clump-o- chocolate pretzel slims.
Jalapeño Cheese Crunchies: Baked, not fried, these little batons of joy will satisfy even the most discerning hormone craving. I once dipped them in plain sour cream. Enough said.
Wasabi Peas: Er? I have had these many times in little germ laiden bar snack bowls, but the TJ’s varietal are so tasty and addictive… When you first crunch down on one or 20, you get the strong nostril opening wasabi, then you get a lovely warm crunchy pea flavor. I admit, the pea flavor doesn’t sound good, but I guarantee if you eat one, you will be hooked, unless you hate wasabi, in which case, I can’t help you.
HOT OR NOT? I keep seeing people buying these at Trader Joes and not just hipsters and Samurais, but regular peeps like you and me. I gave in and bought a pack. They are essentially “wafer thin” Nori that have been roasted to perfection? I tried one and it tastes like wafer thin roasted seaweed. I think these would be great for garnishing appetizers along with bonito flakes. You can cut them into little shapes or crumble them, but I don’t see myself eating them solo as a snack. What do you think? Have you tried them?
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE PACKAGED SNACKS FROM TRADER JOE’S OR ANYWHERE?