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15 States That Don't Have Trader Joe's (Slideshow)

15 States That Don't Have Trader Joe's (Slideshow)


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There are currently 15 states without the popular grocery store

Alabama

Although Alabama is the twenty-third most populous state in the Untied States, they still don't have a Trader Joe's store. Hopefully the "Heart of Dixie" will be able to get one soon.

Alaska

Trader Joe's hasn't yet expanded this far North to Alaska. Alaska's economy is based on oil and fishing, but you would think a Trader Joe's would fit right in with all the tourism.

Arkansas

Like other states in the Southern region of the United States, Arkansas doesn't yet have a Trader Joe's.

Hawaii

Trader Joe's hasn't hit the topical islands of Hawaii yet. Seems like the luau celebrations will have to do without the Trader Joe's products for the time being.

Idaho

Idaho won't have to wait long for a store. Trader Joe's webiste states that they are opening their first store at the end of February 2014.

Lousiana

Although Trader Joe's has some creole products, they aren't for sale in Lousiana, as of now.

Mississippi

Similar to the states that it borders like Lousiana, Alabama, and Arkansas, Mississippi doesn't yet have a Trader Joe's.

Montana

It's not just the South that Trader Joe's is negelcting. Northern States, like Montana, don't have Trader Joe's yet either.

North Dakota

Similar to Montana, North Dakota is awaiting a Trader Joe's as well.

Oklahoma

Another Southern state that doesn't yet have a Trader Joe's is Oklahoma.

South Dakota

Like North Dakota, South Dakota doesn't yet have a Trader Joe's store.

Utah

Although closer to the West Coast where the Trader Joe's are populous, Utah doesn't have a store yet.

Vermont

Vermont doesn't yet have it's own Trader Joe's, but luckily there is one close in New Hampshire.

West Virginia

Another part of the South awaiting a Trader Joe's is West Virginia.

Wyoming

Wyoming is the second least populated state and could be why they don't have a Trader Joe's yet.


25 Best and Worst Snacks at Trader Joe's

Some Trader Joe's snacks are much better than others.

Shopping at Trader Joe's is unlike any other grocery store experience. With so many private-label products that are made exclusively for Trader Joe's and sold nowhere else, it can be a little daunting to try and figure out what's worth your money and what isn't. That's why we've partnered with the folks behind the popular blog What's Good at Trader Joe's? to bring you the low-down.

"Most people would agree you can't do all your grocery shopping at Trader Joe's," Nathan Rogers, who runs the site with his wife Sonia and friend Russ Shelly, told us. "But snacks is one category they've got down pat. Whether you're looking for something 'lite' and low-cal or something ultra-indulgent, there's no better place than TJ's for your unique noshing needs and get-togethers."

We've tackled Trader Joe's many times in the past with the help of the blog -- you can find our Trader Joe's review roundups here, here, here, here, and here (and one devoted exclusively to drinks here) -- but snacks are a very special component of TJ's that are deserving of some extra-special attention. Trader Joe's is renowned for its snacks, but some are definitely better than others.

The What's Good at Trader Joe's? team (who have recently launched a great new podcast) divided the snacks into five categories: Best Summer Snacks, Best Party Snacks, Best Non-Traditional Salsas and Dips, Best Oddball Snacks, and Worst Overall. They chose their five favorites in each category (and five least favorites overall), and assigned them a score from one to ten. Some are delicious, some are OK, some left them scratching their heads entirely. But hopefully their field testing will allow you to make some smart decisions the next time you head out to your local TJ's.

#1: Best Summer Snacks

It's summertime -- better hit up the snack aisle to spend it in style. Whether you're at the beach, the mountains, or the backyard, TJ's is bound to have some perfect snackage ready to go.

Summer Snacks: Trader Joe's Salted Caramel Gelato -- 9.5/10


Photo Credit: What's Good at Trader Joe's?

The Lemon Triple Ginger Snap Ice Cream will always hold a special place in our hearts, but sadly, it's no longer with us. The Salted Caramel Gelato is, though, and man. smooth, creamy, and cold, with a perfect balance. Perfect for a hot, sticky night.

Summer Snacks: Trader Joe's Key Lime Pie -- 9/10


Photo Credit: What's Good at Trader Joe's?

In a pinch for a dessert to take to a cookout? We dare you to try to pass this Key lime pie off as your own. Bright and citrusy with an unexpected touch of a delicious gingery crust, this pie is worth every bite.

Summer Snacks: Trader Joe's Organic Strawberry Lemonade -- 8/10


Photo Credit: What's Good at Trader Joe's?

Sometimes, the best summer treat is a tall, cold glass of iced refreshment. Trader Joe's offers several different terrific fruity lemonades, but take it from us, the Organic Strawberry is the best. Perfect for after mowing the lawn, we wish this would fill the pools at the local water park. Just hope the kids won't pee in it.

Summer Snacks: Trader Joe's Zucchini Fries -- 7.5/10


Photo Credit: What's Good at Trader Joe's?

This frozen variety isn't quite as good as homemade fries right from the backyard garden, but the taste is just good enough to conjure some fond memories of doing just that growing up. There's a good mix of crispy and squishy, but an accompanying dipping sauce would have put these over the top.

Summer Snacks: Trader Joe's Fruit Frenzy Bars II -- 7/10


Photo Credit: What's Good at Trader Joe's?

Some summer nights ain't right without a frozen treat on a stick. Featuring an unusual (but tasty!) mix of grape, tangerine, and blood orange, these bars are one summer sequel you don't need to experience the original to appreciate.


25 Best and Worst Snacks at Trader Joe's

Some Trader Joe's snacks are much better than others.

Shopping at Trader Joe's is unlike any other grocery store experience. With so many private-label products that are made exclusively for Trader Joe's and sold nowhere else, it can be a little daunting to try and figure out what's worth your money and what isn't. That's why we've partnered with the folks behind the popular blog What's Good at Trader Joe's? to bring you the low-down.

"Most people would agree you can't do all your grocery shopping at Trader Joe's," Nathan Rogers, who runs the site with his wife Sonia and friend Russ Shelly, told us. "But snacks is one category they've got down pat. Whether you're looking for something 'lite' and low-cal or something ultra-indulgent, there's no better place than TJ's for your unique noshing needs and get-togethers."

We've tackled Trader Joe's many times in the past with the help of the blog -- you can find our Trader Joe's review roundups here, here, here, here, and here (and one devoted exclusively to drinks here) -- but snacks are a very special component of TJ's that are deserving of some extra-special attention. Trader Joe's is renowned for its snacks, but some are definitely better than others.

The What's Good at Trader Joe's? team (who have recently launched a great new podcast) divided the snacks into five categories: Best Summer Snacks, Best Party Snacks, Best Non-Traditional Salsas and Dips, Best Oddball Snacks, and Worst Overall. They chose their five favorites in each category (and five least favorites overall), and assigned them a score from one to ten. Some are delicious, some are OK, some left them scratching their heads entirely. But hopefully their field testing will allow you to make some smart decisions the next time you head out to your local TJ's.

#1: Best Summer Snacks

It's summertime -- better hit up the snack aisle to spend it in style. Whether you're at the beach, the mountains, or the backyard, TJ's is bound to have some perfect snackage ready to go.

Summer Snacks: Trader Joe's Salted Caramel Gelato -- 9.5/10


Photo Credit: What's Good at Trader Joe's?

The Lemon Triple Ginger Snap Ice Cream will always hold a special place in our hearts, but sadly, it's no longer with us. The Salted Caramel Gelato is, though, and man. smooth, creamy, and cold, with a perfect balance. Perfect for a hot, sticky night.

Summer Snacks: Trader Joe's Key Lime Pie -- 9/10


Photo Credit: What's Good at Trader Joe's?

In a pinch for a dessert to take to a cookout? We dare you to try to pass this Key lime pie off as your own. Bright and citrusy with an unexpected touch of a delicious gingery crust, this pie is worth every bite.

Summer Snacks: Trader Joe's Organic Strawberry Lemonade -- 8/10


Photo Credit: What's Good at Trader Joe's?

Sometimes, the best summer treat is a tall, cold glass of iced refreshment. Trader Joe's offers several different terrific fruity lemonades, but take it from us, the Organic Strawberry is the best. Perfect for after mowing the lawn, we wish this would fill the pools at the local water park. Just hope the kids won't pee in it.

Summer Snacks: Trader Joe's Zucchini Fries -- 7.5/10


Photo Credit: What's Good at Trader Joe's?

This frozen variety isn't quite as good as homemade fries right from the backyard garden, but the taste is just good enough to conjure some fond memories of doing just that growing up. There's a good mix of crispy and squishy, but an accompanying dipping sauce would have put these over the top.

Summer Snacks: Trader Joe's Fruit Frenzy Bars II -- 7/10


Photo Credit: What's Good at Trader Joe's?

Some summer nights ain't right without a frozen treat on a stick. Featuring an unusual (but tasty!) mix of grape, tangerine, and blood orange, these bars are one summer sequel you don't need to experience the original to appreciate.


25 Best and Worst Snacks at Trader Joe's

Some Trader Joe's snacks are much better than others.

Shopping at Trader Joe's is unlike any other grocery store experience. With so many private-label products that are made exclusively for Trader Joe's and sold nowhere else, it can be a little daunting to try and figure out what's worth your money and what isn't. That's why we've partnered with the folks behind the popular blog What's Good at Trader Joe's? to bring you the low-down.

"Most people would agree you can't do all your grocery shopping at Trader Joe's," Nathan Rogers, who runs the site with his wife Sonia and friend Russ Shelly, told us. "But snacks is one category they've got down pat. Whether you're looking for something 'lite' and low-cal or something ultra-indulgent, there's no better place than TJ's for your unique noshing needs and get-togethers."

We've tackled Trader Joe's many times in the past with the help of the blog -- you can find our Trader Joe's review roundups here, here, here, here, and here (and one devoted exclusively to drinks here) -- but snacks are a very special component of TJ's that are deserving of some extra-special attention. Trader Joe's is renowned for its snacks, but some are definitely better than others.

The What's Good at Trader Joe's? team (who have recently launched a great new podcast) divided the snacks into five categories: Best Summer Snacks, Best Party Snacks, Best Non-Traditional Salsas and Dips, Best Oddball Snacks, and Worst Overall. They chose their five favorites in each category (and five least favorites overall), and assigned them a score from one to ten. Some are delicious, some are OK, some left them scratching their heads entirely. But hopefully their field testing will allow you to make some smart decisions the next time you head out to your local TJ's.

#1: Best Summer Snacks

It's summertime -- better hit up the snack aisle to spend it in style. Whether you're at the beach, the mountains, or the backyard, TJ's is bound to have some perfect snackage ready to go.

Summer Snacks: Trader Joe's Salted Caramel Gelato -- 9.5/10


Photo Credit: What's Good at Trader Joe's?

The Lemon Triple Ginger Snap Ice Cream will always hold a special place in our hearts, but sadly, it's no longer with us. The Salted Caramel Gelato is, though, and man. smooth, creamy, and cold, with a perfect balance. Perfect for a hot, sticky night.

Summer Snacks: Trader Joe's Key Lime Pie -- 9/10


Photo Credit: What's Good at Trader Joe's?

In a pinch for a dessert to take to a cookout? We dare you to try to pass this Key lime pie off as your own. Bright and citrusy with an unexpected touch of a delicious gingery crust, this pie is worth every bite.

Summer Snacks: Trader Joe's Organic Strawberry Lemonade -- 8/10


Photo Credit: What's Good at Trader Joe's?

Sometimes, the best summer treat is a tall, cold glass of iced refreshment. Trader Joe's offers several different terrific fruity lemonades, but take it from us, the Organic Strawberry is the best. Perfect for after mowing the lawn, we wish this would fill the pools at the local water park. Just hope the kids won't pee in it.

Summer Snacks: Trader Joe's Zucchini Fries -- 7.5/10


Photo Credit: What's Good at Trader Joe's?

This frozen variety isn't quite as good as homemade fries right from the backyard garden, but the taste is just good enough to conjure some fond memories of doing just that growing up. There's a good mix of crispy and squishy, but an accompanying dipping sauce would have put these over the top.

Summer Snacks: Trader Joe's Fruit Frenzy Bars II -- 7/10


Photo Credit: What's Good at Trader Joe's?

Some summer nights ain't right without a frozen treat on a stick. Featuring an unusual (but tasty!) mix of grape, tangerine, and blood orange, these bars are one summer sequel you don't need to experience the original to appreciate.


25 Best and Worst Snacks at Trader Joe's

Some Trader Joe's snacks are much better than others.

Shopping at Trader Joe's is unlike any other grocery store experience. With so many private-label products that are made exclusively for Trader Joe's and sold nowhere else, it can be a little daunting to try and figure out what's worth your money and what isn't. That's why we've partnered with the folks behind the popular blog What's Good at Trader Joe's? to bring you the low-down.

"Most people would agree you can't do all your grocery shopping at Trader Joe's," Nathan Rogers, who runs the site with his wife Sonia and friend Russ Shelly, told us. "But snacks is one category they've got down pat. Whether you're looking for something 'lite' and low-cal or something ultra-indulgent, there's no better place than TJ's for your unique noshing needs and get-togethers."

We've tackled Trader Joe's many times in the past with the help of the blog -- you can find our Trader Joe's review roundups here, here, here, here, and here (and one devoted exclusively to drinks here) -- but snacks are a very special component of TJ's that are deserving of some extra-special attention. Trader Joe's is renowned for its snacks, but some are definitely better than others.

The What's Good at Trader Joe's? team (who have recently launched a great new podcast) divided the snacks into five categories: Best Summer Snacks, Best Party Snacks, Best Non-Traditional Salsas and Dips, Best Oddball Snacks, and Worst Overall. They chose their five favorites in each category (and five least favorites overall), and assigned them a score from one to ten. Some are delicious, some are OK, some left them scratching their heads entirely. But hopefully their field testing will allow you to make some smart decisions the next time you head out to your local TJ's.

#1: Best Summer Snacks

It's summertime -- better hit up the snack aisle to spend it in style. Whether you're at the beach, the mountains, or the backyard, TJ's is bound to have some perfect snackage ready to go.

Summer Snacks: Trader Joe's Salted Caramel Gelato -- 9.5/10


Photo Credit: What's Good at Trader Joe's?

The Lemon Triple Ginger Snap Ice Cream will always hold a special place in our hearts, but sadly, it's no longer with us. The Salted Caramel Gelato is, though, and man. smooth, creamy, and cold, with a perfect balance. Perfect for a hot, sticky night.

Summer Snacks: Trader Joe's Key Lime Pie -- 9/10


Photo Credit: What's Good at Trader Joe's?

In a pinch for a dessert to take to a cookout? We dare you to try to pass this Key lime pie off as your own. Bright and citrusy with an unexpected touch of a delicious gingery crust, this pie is worth every bite.

Summer Snacks: Trader Joe's Organic Strawberry Lemonade -- 8/10


Photo Credit: What's Good at Trader Joe's?

Sometimes, the best summer treat is a tall, cold glass of iced refreshment. Trader Joe's offers several different terrific fruity lemonades, but take it from us, the Organic Strawberry is the best. Perfect for after mowing the lawn, we wish this would fill the pools at the local water park. Just hope the kids won't pee in it.

Summer Snacks: Trader Joe's Zucchini Fries -- 7.5/10


Photo Credit: What's Good at Trader Joe's?

This frozen variety isn't quite as good as homemade fries right from the backyard garden, but the taste is just good enough to conjure some fond memories of doing just that growing up. There's a good mix of crispy and squishy, but an accompanying dipping sauce would have put these over the top.

Summer Snacks: Trader Joe's Fruit Frenzy Bars II -- 7/10


Photo Credit: What's Good at Trader Joe's?

Some summer nights ain't right without a frozen treat on a stick. Featuring an unusual (but tasty!) mix of grape, tangerine, and blood orange, these bars are one summer sequel you don't need to experience the original to appreciate.


25 Best and Worst Snacks at Trader Joe's

Some Trader Joe's snacks are much better than others.

Shopping at Trader Joe's is unlike any other grocery store experience. With so many private-label products that are made exclusively for Trader Joe's and sold nowhere else, it can be a little daunting to try and figure out what's worth your money and what isn't. That's why we've partnered with the folks behind the popular blog What's Good at Trader Joe's? to bring you the low-down.

"Most people would agree you can't do all your grocery shopping at Trader Joe's," Nathan Rogers, who runs the site with his wife Sonia and friend Russ Shelly, told us. "But snacks is one category they've got down pat. Whether you're looking for something 'lite' and low-cal or something ultra-indulgent, there's no better place than TJ's for your unique noshing needs and get-togethers."

We've tackled Trader Joe's many times in the past with the help of the blog -- you can find our Trader Joe's review roundups here, here, here, here, and here (and one devoted exclusively to drinks here) -- but snacks are a very special component of TJ's that are deserving of some extra-special attention. Trader Joe's is renowned for its snacks, but some are definitely better than others.

The What's Good at Trader Joe's? team (who have recently launched a great new podcast) divided the snacks into five categories: Best Summer Snacks, Best Party Snacks, Best Non-Traditional Salsas and Dips, Best Oddball Snacks, and Worst Overall. They chose their five favorites in each category (and five least favorites overall), and assigned them a score from one to ten. Some are delicious, some are OK, some left them scratching their heads entirely. But hopefully their field testing will allow you to make some smart decisions the next time you head out to your local TJ's.

#1: Best Summer Snacks

It's summertime -- better hit up the snack aisle to spend it in style. Whether you're at the beach, the mountains, or the backyard, TJ's is bound to have some perfect snackage ready to go.

Summer Snacks: Trader Joe's Salted Caramel Gelato -- 9.5/10


Photo Credit: What's Good at Trader Joe's?

The Lemon Triple Ginger Snap Ice Cream will always hold a special place in our hearts, but sadly, it's no longer with us. The Salted Caramel Gelato is, though, and man. smooth, creamy, and cold, with a perfect balance. Perfect for a hot, sticky night.

Summer Snacks: Trader Joe's Key Lime Pie -- 9/10


Photo Credit: What's Good at Trader Joe's?

In a pinch for a dessert to take to a cookout? We dare you to try to pass this Key lime pie off as your own. Bright and citrusy with an unexpected touch of a delicious gingery crust, this pie is worth every bite.

Summer Snacks: Trader Joe's Organic Strawberry Lemonade -- 8/10


Photo Credit: What's Good at Trader Joe's?

Sometimes, the best summer treat is a tall, cold glass of iced refreshment. Trader Joe's offers several different terrific fruity lemonades, but take it from us, the Organic Strawberry is the best. Perfect for after mowing the lawn, we wish this would fill the pools at the local water park. Just hope the kids won't pee in it.

Summer Snacks: Trader Joe's Zucchini Fries -- 7.5/10


Photo Credit: What's Good at Trader Joe's?

This frozen variety isn't quite as good as homemade fries right from the backyard garden, but the taste is just good enough to conjure some fond memories of doing just that growing up. There's a good mix of crispy and squishy, but an accompanying dipping sauce would have put these over the top.

Summer Snacks: Trader Joe's Fruit Frenzy Bars II -- 7/10


Photo Credit: What's Good at Trader Joe's?

Some summer nights ain't right without a frozen treat on a stick. Featuring an unusual (but tasty!) mix of grape, tangerine, and blood orange, these bars are one summer sequel you don't need to experience the original to appreciate.


25 Best and Worst Snacks at Trader Joe's

Some Trader Joe's snacks are much better than others.

Shopping at Trader Joe's is unlike any other grocery store experience. With so many private-label products that are made exclusively for Trader Joe's and sold nowhere else, it can be a little daunting to try and figure out what's worth your money and what isn't. That's why we've partnered with the folks behind the popular blog What's Good at Trader Joe's? to bring you the low-down.

"Most people would agree you can't do all your grocery shopping at Trader Joe's," Nathan Rogers, who runs the site with his wife Sonia and friend Russ Shelly, told us. "But snacks is one category they've got down pat. Whether you're looking for something 'lite' and low-cal or something ultra-indulgent, there's no better place than TJ's for your unique noshing needs and get-togethers."

We've tackled Trader Joe's many times in the past with the help of the blog -- you can find our Trader Joe's review roundups here, here, here, here, and here (and one devoted exclusively to drinks here) -- but snacks are a very special component of TJ's that are deserving of some extra-special attention. Trader Joe's is renowned for its snacks, but some are definitely better than others.

The What's Good at Trader Joe's? team (who have recently launched a great new podcast) divided the snacks into five categories: Best Summer Snacks, Best Party Snacks, Best Non-Traditional Salsas and Dips, Best Oddball Snacks, and Worst Overall. They chose their five favorites in each category (and five least favorites overall), and assigned them a score from one to ten. Some are delicious, some are OK, some left them scratching their heads entirely. But hopefully their field testing will allow you to make some smart decisions the next time you head out to your local TJ's.

#1: Best Summer Snacks

It's summertime -- better hit up the snack aisle to spend it in style. Whether you're at the beach, the mountains, or the backyard, TJ's is bound to have some perfect snackage ready to go.

Summer Snacks: Trader Joe's Salted Caramel Gelato -- 9.5/10


Photo Credit: What's Good at Trader Joe's?

The Lemon Triple Ginger Snap Ice Cream will always hold a special place in our hearts, but sadly, it's no longer with us. The Salted Caramel Gelato is, though, and man. smooth, creamy, and cold, with a perfect balance. Perfect for a hot, sticky night.

Summer Snacks: Trader Joe's Key Lime Pie -- 9/10


Photo Credit: What's Good at Trader Joe's?

In a pinch for a dessert to take to a cookout? We dare you to try to pass this Key lime pie off as your own. Bright and citrusy with an unexpected touch of a delicious gingery crust, this pie is worth every bite.

Summer Snacks: Trader Joe's Organic Strawberry Lemonade -- 8/10


Photo Credit: What's Good at Trader Joe's?

Sometimes, the best summer treat is a tall, cold glass of iced refreshment. Trader Joe's offers several different terrific fruity lemonades, but take it from us, the Organic Strawberry is the best. Perfect for after mowing the lawn, we wish this would fill the pools at the local water park. Just hope the kids won't pee in it.

Summer Snacks: Trader Joe's Zucchini Fries -- 7.5/10


Photo Credit: What's Good at Trader Joe's?

This frozen variety isn't quite as good as homemade fries right from the backyard garden, but the taste is just good enough to conjure some fond memories of doing just that growing up. There's a good mix of crispy and squishy, but an accompanying dipping sauce would have put these over the top.

Summer Snacks: Trader Joe's Fruit Frenzy Bars II -- 7/10


Photo Credit: What's Good at Trader Joe's?

Some summer nights ain't right without a frozen treat on a stick. Featuring an unusual (but tasty!) mix of grape, tangerine, and blood orange, these bars are one summer sequel you don't need to experience the original to appreciate.


25 Best and Worst Snacks at Trader Joe's

Some Trader Joe's snacks are much better than others.

Shopping at Trader Joe's is unlike any other grocery store experience. With so many private-label products that are made exclusively for Trader Joe's and sold nowhere else, it can be a little daunting to try and figure out what's worth your money and what isn't. That's why we've partnered with the folks behind the popular blog What's Good at Trader Joe's? to bring you the low-down.

"Most people would agree you can't do all your grocery shopping at Trader Joe's," Nathan Rogers, who runs the site with his wife Sonia and friend Russ Shelly, told us. "But snacks is one category they've got down pat. Whether you're looking for something 'lite' and low-cal or something ultra-indulgent, there's no better place than TJ's for your unique noshing needs and get-togethers."

We've tackled Trader Joe's many times in the past with the help of the blog -- you can find our Trader Joe's review roundups here, here, here, here, and here (and one devoted exclusively to drinks here) -- but snacks are a very special component of TJ's that are deserving of some extra-special attention. Trader Joe's is renowned for its snacks, but some are definitely better than others.

The What's Good at Trader Joe's? team (who have recently launched a great new podcast) divided the snacks into five categories: Best Summer Snacks, Best Party Snacks, Best Non-Traditional Salsas and Dips, Best Oddball Snacks, and Worst Overall. They chose their five favorites in each category (and five least favorites overall), and assigned them a score from one to ten. Some are delicious, some are OK, some left them scratching their heads entirely. But hopefully their field testing will allow you to make some smart decisions the next time you head out to your local TJ's.

#1: Best Summer Snacks

It's summertime -- better hit up the snack aisle to spend it in style. Whether you're at the beach, the mountains, or the backyard, TJ's is bound to have some perfect snackage ready to go.

Summer Snacks: Trader Joe's Salted Caramel Gelato -- 9.5/10


Photo Credit: What's Good at Trader Joe's?

The Lemon Triple Ginger Snap Ice Cream will always hold a special place in our hearts, but sadly, it's no longer with us. The Salted Caramel Gelato is, though, and man. smooth, creamy, and cold, with a perfect balance. Perfect for a hot, sticky night.

Summer Snacks: Trader Joe's Key Lime Pie -- 9/10


Photo Credit: What's Good at Trader Joe's?

In a pinch for a dessert to take to a cookout? We dare you to try to pass this Key lime pie off as your own. Bright and citrusy with an unexpected touch of a delicious gingery crust, this pie is worth every bite.

Summer Snacks: Trader Joe's Organic Strawberry Lemonade -- 8/10


Photo Credit: What's Good at Trader Joe's?

Sometimes, the best summer treat is a tall, cold glass of iced refreshment. Trader Joe's offers several different terrific fruity lemonades, but take it from us, the Organic Strawberry is the best. Perfect for after mowing the lawn, we wish this would fill the pools at the local water park. Just hope the kids won't pee in it.

Summer Snacks: Trader Joe's Zucchini Fries -- 7.5/10


Photo Credit: What's Good at Trader Joe's?

This frozen variety isn't quite as good as homemade fries right from the backyard garden, but the taste is just good enough to conjure some fond memories of doing just that growing up. There's a good mix of crispy and squishy, but an accompanying dipping sauce would have put these over the top.

Summer Snacks: Trader Joe's Fruit Frenzy Bars II -- 7/10


Photo Credit: What's Good at Trader Joe's?

Some summer nights ain't right without a frozen treat on a stick. Featuring an unusual (but tasty!) mix of grape, tangerine, and blood orange, these bars are one summer sequel you don't need to experience the original to appreciate.


25 Best and Worst Snacks at Trader Joe's

Some Trader Joe's snacks are much better than others.

Shopping at Trader Joe's is unlike any other grocery store experience. With so many private-label products that are made exclusively for Trader Joe's and sold nowhere else, it can be a little daunting to try and figure out what's worth your money and what isn't. That's why we've partnered with the folks behind the popular blog What's Good at Trader Joe's? to bring you the low-down.

"Most people would agree you can't do all your grocery shopping at Trader Joe's," Nathan Rogers, who runs the site with his wife Sonia and friend Russ Shelly, told us. "But snacks is one category they've got down pat. Whether you're looking for something 'lite' and low-cal or something ultra-indulgent, there's no better place than TJ's for your unique noshing needs and get-togethers."

We've tackled Trader Joe's many times in the past with the help of the blog -- you can find our Trader Joe's review roundups here, here, here, here, and here (and one devoted exclusively to drinks here) -- but snacks are a very special component of TJ's that are deserving of some extra-special attention. Trader Joe's is renowned for its snacks, but some are definitely better than others.

The What's Good at Trader Joe's? team (who have recently launched a great new podcast) divided the snacks into five categories: Best Summer Snacks, Best Party Snacks, Best Non-Traditional Salsas and Dips, Best Oddball Snacks, and Worst Overall. They chose their five favorites in each category (and five least favorites overall), and assigned them a score from one to ten. Some are delicious, some are OK, some left them scratching their heads entirely. But hopefully their field testing will allow you to make some smart decisions the next time you head out to your local TJ's.

#1: Best Summer Snacks

It's summertime -- better hit up the snack aisle to spend it in style. Whether you're at the beach, the mountains, or the backyard, TJ's is bound to have some perfect snackage ready to go.

Summer Snacks: Trader Joe's Salted Caramel Gelato -- 9.5/10


Photo Credit: What's Good at Trader Joe's?

The Lemon Triple Ginger Snap Ice Cream will always hold a special place in our hearts, but sadly, it's no longer with us. The Salted Caramel Gelato is, though, and man. smooth, creamy, and cold, with a perfect balance. Perfect for a hot, sticky night.

Summer Snacks: Trader Joe's Key Lime Pie -- 9/10


Photo Credit: What's Good at Trader Joe's?

In a pinch for a dessert to take to a cookout? We dare you to try to pass this Key lime pie off as your own. Bright and citrusy with an unexpected touch of a delicious gingery crust, this pie is worth every bite.

Summer Snacks: Trader Joe's Organic Strawberry Lemonade -- 8/10


Photo Credit: What's Good at Trader Joe's?

Sometimes, the best summer treat is a tall, cold glass of iced refreshment. Trader Joe's offers several different terrific fruity lemonades, but take it from us, the Organic Strawberry is the best. Perfect for after mowing the lawn, we wish this would fill the pools at the local water park. Just hope the kids won't pee in it.

Summer Snacks: Trader Joe's Zucchini Fries -- 7.5/10


Photo Credit: What's Good at Trader Joe's?

This frozen variety isn't quite as good as homemade fries right from the backyard garden, but the taste is just good enough to conjure some fond memories of doing just that growing up. There's a good mix of crispy and squishy, but an accompanying dipping sauce would have put these over the top.

Summer Snacks: Trader Joe's Fruit Frenzy Bars II -- 7/10


Photo Credit: What's Good at Trader Joe's?

Some summer nights ain't right without a frozen treat on a stick. Featuring an unusual (but tasty!) mix of grape, tangerine, and blood orange, these bars are one summer sequel you don't need to experience the original to appreciate.


25 Best and Worst Snacks at Trader Joe's

Some Trader Joe's snacks are much better than others.

Shopping at Trader Joe's is unlike any other grocery store experience. With so many private-label products that are made exclusively for Trader Joe's and sold nowhere else, it can be a little daunting to try and figure out what's worth your money and what isn't. That's why we've partnered with the folks behind the popular blog What's Good at Trader Joe's? to bring you the low-down.

"Most people would agree you can't do all your grocery shopping at Trader Joe's," Nathan Rogers, who runs the site with his wife Sonia and friend Russ Shelly, told us. "But snacks is one category they've got down pat. Whether you're looking for something 'lite' and low-cal or something ultra-indulgent, there's no better place than TJ's for your unique noshing needs and get-togethers."

We've tackled Trader Joe's many times in the past with the help of the blog -- you can find our Trader Joe's review roundups here, here, here, here, and here (and one devoted exclusively to drinks here) -- but snacks are a very special component of TJ's that are deserving of some extra-special attention. Trader Joe's is renowned for its snacks, but some are definitely better than others.

The What's Good at Trader Joe's? team (who have recently launched a great new podcast) divided the snacks into five categories: Best Summer Snacks, Best Party Snacks, Best Non-Traditional Salsas and Dips, Best Oddball Snacks, and Worst Overall. They chose their five favorites in each category (and five least favorites overall), and assigned them a score from one to ten. Some are delicious, some are OK, some left them scratching their heads entirely. But hopefully their field testing will allow you to make some smart decisions the next time you head out to your local TJ's.

#1: Best Summer Snacks

It's summertime -- better hit up the snack aisle to spend it in style. Whether you're at the beach, the mountains, or the backyard, TJ's is bound to have some perfect snackage ready to go.

Summer Snacks: Trader Joe's Salted Caramel Gelato -- 9.5/10


Photo Credit: What's Good at Trader Joe's?

The Lemon Triple Ginger Snap Ice Cream will always hold a special place in our hearts, but sadly, it's no longer with us. The Salted Caramel Gelato is, though, and man. smooth, creamy, and cold, with a perfect balance. Perfect for a hot, sticky night.

Summer Snacks: Trader Joe's Key Lime Pie -- 9/10


Photo Credit: What's Good at Trader Joe's?

In a pinch for a dessert to take to a cookout? We dare you to try to pass this Key lime pie off as your own. Bright and citrusy with an unexpected touch of a delicious gingery crust, this pie is worth every bite.

Summer Snacks: Trader Joe's Organic Strawberry Lemonade -- 8/10


Photo Credit: What's Good at Trader Joe's?

Sometimes, the best summer treat is a tall, cold glass of iced refreshment. Trader Joe's offers several different terrific fruity lemonades, but take it from us, the Organic Strawberry is the best. Perfect for after mowing the lawn, we wish this would fill the pools at the local water park. Just hope the kids won't pee in it.

Summer Snacks: Trader Joe's Zucchini Fries -- 7.5/10


Photo Credit: What's Good at Trader Joe's?

This frozen variety isn't quite as good as homemade fries right from the backyard garden, but the taste is just good enough to conjure some fond memories of doing just that growing up. There's a good mix of crispy and squishy, but an accompanying dipping sauce would have put these over the top.

Summer Snacks: Trader Joe's Fruit Frenzy Bars II -- 7/10


Photo Credit: What's Good at Trader Joe's?

Some summer nights ain't right without a frozen treat on a stick. Featuring an unusual (but tasty!) mix of grape, tangerine, and blood orange, these bars are one summer sequel you don't need to experience the original to appreciate.


25 Best and Worst Snacks at Trader Joe's

Some Trader Joe's snacks are much better than others.

Shopping at Trader Joe's is unlike any other grocery store experience. With so many private-label products that are made exclusively for Trader Joe's and sold nowhere else, it can be a little daunting to try and figure out what's worth your money and what isn't. That's why we've partnered with the folks behind the popular blog What's Good at Trader Joe's? to bring you the low-down.

"Most people would agree you can't do all your grocery shopping at Trader Joe's," Nathan Rogers, who runs the site with his wife Sonia and friend Russ Shelly, told us. "But snacks is one category they've got down pat. Whether you're looking for something 'lite' and low-cal or something ultra-indulgent, there's no better place than TJ's for your unique noshing needs and get-togethers."

We've tackled Trader Joe's many times in the past with the help of the blog -- you can find our Trader Joe's review roundups here, here, here, here, and here (and one devoted exclusively to drinks here) -- but snacks are a very special component of TJ's that are deserving of some extra-special attention. Trader Joe's is renowned for its snacks, but some are definitely better than others.

The What's Good at Trader Joe's? team (who have recently launched a great new podcast) divided the snacks into five categories: Best Summer Snacks, Best Party Snacks, Best Non-Traditional Salsas and Dips, Best Oddball Snacks, and Worst Overall. They chose their five favorites in each category (and five least favorites overall), and assigned them a score from one to ten. Some are delicious, some are OK, some left them scratching their heads entirely. But hopefully their field testing will allow you to make some smart decisions the next time you head out to your local TJ's.

#1: Best Summer Snacks

It's summertime -- better hit up the snack aisle to spend it in style. Whether you're at the beach, the mountains, or the backyard, TJ's is bound to have some perfect snackage ready to go.

Summer Snacks: Trader Joe's Salted Caramel Gelato -- 9.5/10


Photo Credit: What's Good at Trader Joe's?

The Lemon Triple Ginger Snap Ice Cream will always hold a special place in our hearts, but sadly, it's no longer with us. The Salted Caramel Gelato is, though, and man. smooth, creamy, and cold, with a perfect balance. Perfect for a hot, sticky night.

Summer Snacks: Trader Joe's Key Lime Pie -- 9/10


Photo Credit: What's Good at Trader Joe's?

In a pinch for a dessert to take to a cookout? We dare you to try to pass this Key lime pie off as your own. Bright and citrusy with an unexpected touch of a delicious gingery crust, this pie is worth every bite.

Summer Snacks: Trader Joe's Organic Strawberry Lemonade -- 8/10


Photo Credit: What's Good at Trader Joe's?

Sometimes, the best summer treat is a tall, cold glass of iced refreshment. Trader Joe's offers several different terrific fruity lemonades, but take it from us, the Organic Strawberry is the best. Perfect for after mowing the lawn, we wish this would fill the pools at the local water park. Just hope the kids won't pee in it.

Summer Snacks: Trader Joe's Zucchini Fries -- 7.5/10


Photo Credit: What's Good at Trader Joe's?

This frozen variety isn't quite as good as homemade fries right from the backyard garden, but the taste is just good enough to conjure some fond memories of doing just that growing up. There's a good mix of crispy and squishy, but an accompanying dipping sauce would have put these over the top.

Summer Snacks: Trader Joe's Fruit Frenzy Bars II -- 7/10


Photo Credit: What's Good at Trader Joe's?

Some summer nights ain't right without a frozen treat on a stick. Featuring an unusual (but tasty!) mix of grape, tangerine, and blood orange, these bars are one summer sequel you don't need to experience the original to appreciate.


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