I know I’ve ragged a bit on Trader Joe’s in the past for their tendency to carry so many imported items versus locally sourced ones, but I do still shop there for a couple of items and was pleasantly surprised to approach the register the other day and be greeted by Kale Chips. At $3.99 a bag the price point is significantly less than I’ve found at other natural food retailers in the area and comes closer to what it costs me to make a batch at home (roughly $2-2.50 to yield about a third more).
The ingredient list is good – nothing in there I object to and if I’m reading the package correctly it’s a raw product, though they go the route of saying it’s prepared at a “low temperature”. Sounds dehydrated to me. From a nutritional standpoint the only drawback I have with them is that they are a little high in sodium.
The taste is good. It’s zesty, but not necessarily a “nacho” flavor or cheesy. The taste of the cashews and sunflower seeds comes through strongly but not in an overwhelming way.
Two servings per package is accurate. I ate half as a snack at work and the other half I used as a salad topping, which was a good idea since they are a bit crumbly and hard to eat when you get near the bottom of the bag
Overall, I give these two thumbs up for the price point and for being a better snack option than much of what you’re going to pick up in terms of packaged foods. I still think the quality you get from making your own is much higher but if you’re on the run this is a good option.