Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Trader Joe's Cornbread Crisps

Somebody please explain the appeal of hot soup in the summer time to me.

In the fall when the leaves are turning and there's that cool crispness in the air? On a blustery cold wintry day? Even in the springtime, when it's not all that warm yet? Sure, soup to you on all those kinda days? But summer? Precisely what makes soup great on all those other kinda days is what makes soup awful for the summer - that warm, full, salty, brothy feeling in your stomach. That's the last thing I want when it's pushing the 90s for both degrees and humidity.

Yet I see people eat soup all summer long. Even when complaining how hot it is outside. Even when living in a 100 year old brick house with no AC. I don't get it.

Yet...I've never wanted to make a big ol' crock pot of chili or potato or chicken noodle soup in August like I do right now. All thanks to Trader Joe's Cornbread Crisps.

These better be around come autumn, or me and Big Joe will have some words. Serious words. These chips are all the classic comfort taste of high quality cornbread in a highly snackable form. If you have bad impulse control, you may want to avoid - there's some serious binge-eating potential here. Think cornbread, with it subtly earthy sweetness and salty, greasy vibe, mixed with a crumbly Wheat Thin, and that's about what we have here - but better. Crispy, crunchy, and light, but with every bit of cornbread essence, even down to the grittiness of cornmeal in the last bite or two. Delectable, delicious, delightful....devine even? Not that far of a stretch. At first it felt odd to make the Wheat thin comparison, but then I saw wheat flour was the first ingredient - apologies to the gluten-free crowd - so it's not too far off base.

These crisps are begging for soup to be crumbled atop. They'd be perfect alongside my chili. Sure, there's some other, much more summer friendly applications possible, like tossing in with a salad, eating straight, serving with some cheese, or even smushing some up to use as a pie crust. My only disappointment is that the crackers didn't match quite as well with either my family's new favorite fruit jam or my favorite store bought salsa as I would have hoped.

Definitely try them out, and maybe some stock up on some for when it's crockpot meal weather. Can't say there's much wrong. Double fours from the Mrs and me.

Bottom line: Trader Joe's Cornbread Crisps: 8 out of 10 Golden Spoons


  1. I wish I had never bought these are I can't stay out of the bag! I'd give them 10 out of 10 spoons.

  2. Autocorrect error in my first comment. Hope you know what I mean. I just can't stay out of the bag. Taste like eating sweet/salty cornbread to me.

  3. these didnt blow me away but they were quite snackable

  4. I think that it would be great crumbled up for casseroles or stuffing. A great crunch element.

  5. I bet these would be awesome for chilaquiles or a version of fatoosh! I saw these at the store and passed them up since i'm leaving town in a week but obviously that was a mistake, hopefully i can get some once i return

  6. I dipped these in the three layer hummus I bought from Trader Joe's today. Very tasty!

  7. I just got these yesterday, and man are they SO DELICIOUS! I could have finished them in a sitting if I let myself. As it is, they only lasted two days, and I want to go back and buy a bunch more bags.

  8. I'm hooked on these after they were featured with the peach bellini jam last month. Now I can longer find them at Trader Joe's and I'm so sad! Please bring them back!

  9. For some reason, these are back on the shelves already! I grabbed a couple of bags yesterday. YAY!

  10. When does TJ sell these??? Are they seasonal???

    1. Not seasonal now. Maybe in the beginning but they've been at my TJs for a good while. So good!