REVIEW: Trader Joe’s Turkey and Stuffing Seasoned Kettle Chips
Look, it doesn’t matter what I say about these Trader Joe’s Turkey and Stuffing Seasoned Kettle Chips. You’re going to buy them no matter what they taste like. For you see, Trader Joe’s has us by the balls (or lady-balls) on this one. Because Trader Joe is an absolute genius, he took kettle cooked potato chips and seasoned them with an entire holiday specifically designed as an excuse for us to consume 10,000 calories. It’s everybody’s favorite food holiday and for good reason. Trader Joe’s Turkey and Stuffing Seasoned Kettle Chips were JUST released, and the entire display had already been ravaged. I was lucky to grab one of the last two bags.
Thanksgiving-seasoned chips aren’t entirely new. We reviewed Boulder Canyon Turkey & Gravy chips (which were decent) and Boulder Canyon Pumpkin Pie chips (which were not decent). But Trader Joe’s felt we needed more carbs so he tossed stuffing into the mix. And since our Thanksgiving plates are usually just a heaping pile of everything all at once, I’m hoping these taste exactly like that. After all, the package boasts “all the flavors of Thanksgiving in each potato chip.” In an apparent oversight, though, Trader Joe’s forgot to add cranberry sauce, candied yams, and the Taco Bell leftovers from when I got too drunk on Thanksgiving Eve. I forgive him.
Trader Joe’s Turkey and Stuffing Seasoned Kettle Chips are one fine savory chip. Herbs galore with a black pepper backdrop. The seasoning uses salt, onion powder, celery, parsley, sage, and thyme. I get a fair amount of onion power along with that medley of green herbs. Man, these are delicious. There’s damn fine crunch which isn’t unexpected from a kettle chip. Through it all, the flavors are blended together elegantly with a creamy mouthfeel as if these were swimming in turkey gravy. I also appreciate that these retain a great “potato-y” flavor, so we’ve got the Thanksgiving mashed potatoes covered as well. I poured a heaping bowl of these just to take a good picture, but these are so damn delicious that this bowl does not stand a chance in the presence of this disgusting food blogger.
My minor criticism is that I could stand for a bit more salt. One serving only has 5% of my daily sodium – we can do better than that. Because I’m not even trying anymore, I sprinkled some Himalayan Pink Salt Crystals on these and it took them to entirely new heights. I can’t recall a chip in recent memory than I enjoy as much as these Trader Joe’s Turkey and Stuffing Seasoned Kettle Chips. If you love Thanksgiving or just being an actual garbage dumpster like me, you do not want to pass on these chips.
How Many Bags I Will Eat Before Thanksgiving Arrives Rating: 25 out of 10
How Much Trader Joe’s Has Us By The Balls On This One Rating: 9.5 out of 10
Overall Rating: 9.5 out of 10
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