18 Best Snacks at Trader Joe’s Right Now
This Trader Joe's aficionado knows what snacks are the best of the best. It's time to stock up!
KRISTINA VÄNNI FOR TASTE OF HOME
From the bakery aisle to the frozen food section, incredible Trader Joe’s snacks can be found in every corner of the store. Here are our absolute favorites to add to your cart.
Who knew you could take a trip to the Netherlands by visiting local Trader Joe’s? We love the Daelmans authentic Dutch stroopwafels. These soft toasted waffles are filled with caramel, cinnamon and vanilla. The best part is they are actually mini stroopwafels, so you can eat them by the handful.
Scandinavian Swimmers Gummy Candy
If you like Swedish fish, you’ll love these Trader Joe’s snacks. Scandinavian Swimmers are soft and chewy in fun sea life shapes. We like that they are even softer than classic Swedish fish and come in a variety of fun colors.
Pimento Cheese Dip
No party in the South is complete without pimento cheese, and no trip to Trader Joe’s is complete without a container of Pimento Cheese Dip in your cart. This perfect blend of sharp cheddar cheese and pickled pimento peppers is great as a dip for veggies and crackers or used as a sandwich spread.
Crunchy Chili Onion Peanuts
Get on the chili crisp bandwagon with Trader Joe’s Crunchy Chili Onion Peanuts. They are the perfect purchase because they are be both a snack and an ingredient! The spicy nuts taste great on their own or tossed into a stir-fry. A delicious win-win all around.
Ube Tea Cookies
Ube, a purple yam from the Philippines, is a flavor that has taken Trader Joe’s by storm. The slightly nutty vanilla flavor of this colorful ingredient is incorporated into so many tasty snacks at TJ’s. Give this Filipino treat a try with these shortbread cookies coated in powdered sugar.
Look in the refrigerated section for grab-and-go Trader Joe’s snacks that are essentially a charcuterie board for one. In each package, you will find salami, roasted almonds and Parmesan cheese crisps.
Speculoos Crunchy Cookie Butter Spread
You thought Belgian Speculoos cookies were delicious? Wait until you try them in the form of a crunchy cookie butter spread. The warm winter spices are the perfect treat all year round. While there are smooth and crunchy versions available, we love the texture in the crunchy option.
Everything But the Bagel Potato Chips
Trader Joe’s is chock-full of options when it comes to the everything bagel flavor. If you are addicted to the seasoning mix, these potato chips are tailor-made for your taste buds. They are salty, savory snacking perfection.
Joe-Joe’s Chocolate Vanilla Creme Sandwich Cookies
These sandwich cookies are Trader Joe’s in-house answer to the Oreo. Chocolate and vanilla is the classic flavor combination, but TJ’s will often release seasonal varieties as well. Plus, they even offer a gluten-free version, so everyone can enjoy these store-brand “Oreos”.
Cinnamon Schoolbook Cookies
It’s hard not to feel like a kid again when you grab these letter- and number-shaped cinnamon cookies by the handful. Who doesn’t love spelling out words and then gobbling them up? We declare this a yummy and educational snack for kids of all ages.
Peanut Butter Filled Pretzel Nuggets
These bite-sized nuggets are a top favorite among Trader Joe’s snackers. They have all the enjoyment of a pretzel dipped in your favorite peanut butter in a convenient, mess-free bite. Perfect for school lunches, road trips or as an afternoon pick-me-up.
Hatch Valley Salsa
Hatch chilies are delicacy, and the fact that you can enjoy their unique flavor year-round in this salsa from Trader Joe’s is a marvel. Pick up a jar (or three) next time along with a bag of your favorite tortilla chips. It’s so addictive, you will soon find ways to use this salsa with tacos, enchiladas, eggs and more.
Chocolate Brooklyn Babka
As a former New Yorker, I immediately gravitated to the loaf of Chocolate Brooklyn Babka in the bakery section of Trader Joe’s. The sweet rich pastry layered with chocolate is heavenly slice after slice. Have it with breakfast, have it for dessert, have it as a snack. You can’t go wrong here.
These square shaped bites are described as kettle-cooked soft gummy candies, but I think they are closer to the pâte de fruit you might be served at the end of a high-end tasting menu. The orange, raspberry, lemon, blueberry, grape and mandarin flavors are distinct and unique. Take them out of the plastic container and serve on a decorative platter. Your guests will certainly take them for a sophisticated French confection!
Mini Meyer Lemon Biscotti
Anytime Meyer lemon is mentioned I come running. These mini biscotti are the perfect Trader Joe’s snacks to pair with your cup of coffee. They have a great crunch along with a tangy zing from the lemon. Definitely a snack not to be missed.
Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups
You thought Reese’s peanut butter cups were good? Get ready to be blown away by the Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups. The richness of the dark chocolate pairs even better with the sweet, creamy peanut butter filling. The only problem is that once you start snacking on these treats, it’s hard to stop! See how the Trader Joe’s brand stacks up in our peanut butter cups taste test.
Hold the Cone
There is a whole world of snacks in the freezer section of Trader Joe’s, but the one that I pick up every time? A box of Mini Hold the Cone Ice Cream Cones. They are the answer when you just want a little something to satisfy your sweet tooth, without being too heavy. Each box contains 8 mini cones filled with ice cream and dipped in a chocolate coating. Vanilla, chocolate and chocolate chip are classic flavors available year-round, but try and snag seasonal flavors when they pop up as well.
If there is one snack I can’t leave Trader Joe’s without, its a container of the incredible Pecan Pralines. The possibilities are endless when it comes to these sweet and crisp coated nuts. They are irresistible by the handful, but they can also be a great addition to salads or even tossed in your favorite banana bread. Versatile and delicious!