TTrader Joe’s appetizers were launched in the market in 1967. Since then it became a household favorite for every host, every parent goes to evening snacks. But, every snack from there is not junk, so it is also very famous among vegans and healthy eaters.
Today we are going to make two lists of the 10 best Trader Joe’s Appetizers. One list is for the junk party section and the other one will be the list of healthy appetizers offered by Trader Joe’s.
10 Best Trader Joe’s Appetizers (Junk)
Let’s be honest here, no healthy food can ever replace the taste bud satisfaction of a deep-fried chicken leg or a beautifully fried bucket of French fries. If not those, then also the options should be equally engaging; just like our list of best Trader Joe’s appetizers.
1. Parmesan Pastry Pups
Pieces per box: 10
Ingredients: Miniature hot dog, puff pastry, Parmesan cheese
This is one of the most famous Trader Joe’s appetizers in all of America. Kids are crazy about it and for adults, it pairs perfectly with white wine. A miniature hot dog covered in buttery puff pastry and sprinkled with parmesan. Make sure you buy a box per person.
2. Creamy spinach and artichoke dip
Ingredients: cream cheese, sour cream, cooked spinach, marinated artichoke hearts, minced garlic, parmesan cheese, mozzarella cheese and seasonings
Now in case you’re a vegetarian and want to shop from Trader Joe’s then creamy spinach and artichoke dip might be just the right appetizer for you. Try this with any cracker, it tastes amazing and is not completely unhealthy.
3. Mac and Cheese bites
Pieces per box: 10
Ingredients: Macaroni, cheese, milk, breadcrumbs
Trader Joe’s mac and cheese bites are to die for. Another veg appetizer by Trader Joe’s. It goes perfectly well with a pizza sauce or tangy garlic sauce. These are also known as the teen favorite among the parents.
4. Organic blue corn tortilla chips
Pieces per packet : 12
Ingredients: Ground Organic Blue Corn, Organic Sunflower Oil, Sea Salt and Trace of Lime.
Trader Joe’s sells these amazing kosher organic blue tortilla chips, which are perfect for any sweet and sour dip. The chips are pretty salty with a slightly sour kick. They even look amazing when you serve them on a match day with dip and beer.
Pieces per box: 6
Ingredients: Flour, Beef, lots of seasoning
Usually people prefer having simple Italian or American meatballs because their bland taste helps to bring the sauce to make the meal a little lighter. But in case you plan on snacking on meatballs then you should always go for the Kibbeh from Trader Joe’s. It is a middle eastern meatball delicacy that can be microwaved or steam boiled. They give you a surprising burst of flavors and they are a little heavier than the regular chips and dip. The size of each meatball is a little smaller than a chicken egg.
6. Buffalo Style Chicken Poppers
Pieces per box: 10
Ingredients: Grilled chicken, wheat, a lot of spices, milk and cream.
This is a very good replacement for chicken wings during the game night to avoid stains. This gives you the perfect burst of flavors like Buffalo wings with a perfect breading to tone it down.
7. Mango & Sticky Rice Spring Rolls
Pieces per box: 5
Ingredients: Mango, sticky rice, sugar, coconut oil, wheat flour, tapioca starch.
It is very easy to make, just pop it in the microwave and after some time enjoy a crispy shell filled with sweet mango and starchy rice combination. It is heavenly enjoyed by both kids and adults. Easy to satisfy sweet cravings anytime.
8. Trader Joe’s Spicy Shrimp Appetizer Duo
Pieces per box: 6+6 (Two different flavors come in two different packets in one box.
Base Ingredients: Shrimp, lemongrass, flour, Kung pao seasonings
This is one of the best appetizers for both prawn and dumpling or wonton lovers. This box contains two packets of shrimp dumplings, one is a kung pao spring roll and another is lemongrass shrimp wontons. Each packet contains 6 dumplings each. They have the perfect mix of flavors and are great as a snack for dumpling lovers.
9. Party-Size Mini Meatballs
Pieces per box: 42
Base Ingredients: Beef, milk, soy, breadcrumb
Trader Joe’s party size mini meatballs are famous for multiple reasons. My favorite is the leftover snacks that can be served over with dinner as well. It consists of Italian flavors and goes perfect with marinara to trigger the nostalgia.
10. Trader Joe’s Doughnuts
Pieces per box: 6
Base Ingredients: Flour, egg, sugar
Trader Joe’s recently introduced doughnuts in two flavors, one is chocolate glazed and another is sour cream. They are available in small boxes and they are to die for. Without any doubt these are soon going to be the American household best Trader Joe’s appetizers.
Here is the end of the junk food line but we only mentioned the top 10 here, to help people out with a palate more open to exploration some other good suggestion would be the Chicken Tikka samosas, Fried Olive bites, Spizzico Di Pizza, Pimento cheese puffs, Mozzarella sticks and many more.
As we have finished the list of junk appetizers we are going to focus on the healthy appetizers. Trader Joe’s has got a lot of healthy options to go with for snacking. If you are a health conscious person or you depend on store bought food regularly for your meals you should really keep this list handy.
10 Best Trader Joe’s Appetizers (Healthy)
The healthy food section contains both veg and nonveg, savory and sweet. We are going to throw in a mix of all these in the list.
1. Hold The Corn Appetizer
Pieces per box: 4
Base Ingredients: Rice wrapper, sweet corn, water chestnut, coconut, red chili pepper, soybean oil.
Very easy to prepare, within 14 minutes you get a perfectly healthy and tasty snack that serves your pizza cravings just about right. It is 100% veg and does not bloat you up like a pizza.
It has got 0 trans fat. So you do not have to worry about overeating it.
2. Egg Frittata
Pieces per box: 2
Base Ingredients: Egg, cauliflower
A fluffy and hearty snack for a healthy diet to follow. Food doesn’t have to taste bad to be healthy. The perfect example is the egg frittata by Trader Joe’s. Put it in the microwave and have it as breakfast or evening snack. It will fulfill your taste buds and will also help you with measured protein intake. It is a non-veg snack, with 0 trans fat.
3. Trader Joe’s Channa Masala
It is an amazing Indian vegan dish filled with flavors. The base ingredient is chole also known as chickpea. It has lots and lots of spices and goes perfectly well with rice but is always preferred with wheat chapati. This product is also easy to serve, just pop it in the microwave and it is the perfect amount for 2 people. It is preferred if you finish it in one sitting once it is made.
4. Just Grilled Chicken Strips
It is a high protein, grilled, 0 trans fat and the perfect snack for gym freaks.
This is just grilled chicken strips, heat it up and have it with salad or in a sandwich. You can also snack on these while watching a movie.
5. Organic Cotton Candy Grapes
It comes in a box that contains 2 pounds of organic cotton candy grapes. These grapes are amazingly sweet and crisp. It has a flavor that resembles cotton candy very much. You can enjoy them frozen as a replacement to sugary ice pops or you can have it at room temperature as well. It has got no trans fat and kids are not going to throw away a sweet treat of cotton candy flavored grape.
6. Apple Chip Duo
If you like chips but prefer eating healthy then apple chip duo is the perfect suggestion for you. You can add it in your kid’s school Tiffin, serve it with sandwiches or as a snack individually. It does not have any oil or added sugar. It is just red and green apple slices dried into chips.
7. Chile and Garlic Cashews
If you’re looking for some gains then this is the perfect snack for you. Trader Joe’s Chile and Garlic cashew is one of the best flavourful cashews I have ever had and being a garlic lover this feels like the best snack alongside a glass of Whiskey.
8. Quinoa and Black Bean Infused Tortilla Chips
It is a slightly sour and salty chip that helps you to increase metabolism by consuming balanced food. This product is also a great snack for a football match or a movie night if you do not want to fill up on snacks. It does not make your body heavy or bloaty, it will keep your appetite perfectly free for your dinner but will prevent you from over eating dinner as well.
9. Fruit Frenzy Bars
On a hot summer day, a nice icicle made out of fruit sorbet. It is sweet, healthy, refreshing and affordable.
10. Greek Chickpeas With Parsley and Cumin
This one is my absolute favorite. It is the best Trader Joe’s appetizer. It comes in a can, it’s healthy and it is very affordable. You can have it as a snack on its own or you can turn it into a salad. It is completely plant based and very flavourful.
There are multiple other healthy appetizers that Trade Joe’s have. Like chocolate covered fruits, dates, buffalo chicken dip, Garden vegetable soup, over baked cheese bites. These options are healthier if you are a regular store bought food dependent person.