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A picture of Trader Joe\'s fall Goods
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Best Trader Joes Snacks for a Road Trip

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This summer, as college became a reality rather than something to put in your Instagram bio, I decided to spend more time with my family before I crossed the country. This meant tagging along with my mom on her weekly Trader Joe’s grocery trips. Naturally, each week, I would fill the cart with as many snacks as I could, leaving whatever was actually on the grocery list to my mom. By the time August rolled around, I had tested a very considerable chunk of their offerings. Here are the best ones that I’ve discovered:

  1. Rolled corn tortilla chips – Dare I say, these are better than Takis they are inspired by? Spicy, crunchy and with a strong lime flavor, the only downside is that the delicious chili powder they are covered in tends to be a little messy.
  2. Rice cracker medley – This mix consists of rice crackers with a variety of flavors, from soy sauce to salt and vinegar to chili. A bonus to the delightful taste, this snack is gluten free, so even those with gluten intolerances can enjoy it.
  3. Freeze dried Fuji apple slices – A life-long “Just Mango Slices” supporter, these apples have converted me. Crispy, light and sweet, they make me feel better about not spending $5 on fruit at Paws and Go.
  4. Sweet potato tortilla chip – Used with guacamole or salsa, these chips elevate a basic salty snack with a slightly sweet twist. Plus, sweet potatoes are super healthy, aren’t they?
  5. Garlic naan crackers – A more recent discovery, purchased on my pre-move in Trader Joe’s run, I have enjoyed these savory crackers alongside hummus dip, topped with cheese and all by themselves.
  6. Dark chocolate peanut butter cups – If you are craving something sweet, this is you answer. TJ’s take on Reese Peanut Butter cups consist of rich dark chocolate surrounding creamy peanut butter.
Hi, my name is Maxanne and I am a first-year prospective math major at WashU. I love reading, doing crosswords and binge watching Netflix.