I admit that my love for Trader Joe's is a passionate affair. Their products have made themselves at home in my pantry, fridge, freezer, and desk drawer.
But let's be honest — what we all love most about Trader Joe's are the snacks. As I prepare for a summer of road trips, TJ's is riding shotgun. Here are 10 of the snacks I'm taking along for the ride.
1. Just Beets
The name says it all — this crispy, crunchy snack is literally just dehydrated beets. Nothing else. I love these crisps as an alternative to greasy potato chips or crackers.
2. Freeze-Dried Fruit
Take your pick between berries, bananas, pineapple, and mango. It'll curb your craving for something sweet, without any messy fingers.
3. Trek Mix
Trader Joe's version of trail mix comes in more varieties than I can keep track of. Whether you prefer a version consists of all nuts, contains a mixture of dried fruit, or includes plenty of chocolate pieces, there's at least one version that's perfect for you.
4. Dark Chocolate-Covered Pretzel Slims
More proof that pretzels and chocolate were made to go together. Why choose between a sweet and salty snack when you can have both in the same bite?
5. Popcorn in a Pickle
The only thing better than snacking on handful after handful of popcorn is when it tastes just like pickles.
6. Gummy Tummies
Because, in my opinion, road trips simply aren't complete without gummy candies. And it's even better when they have liquid-filled centers.
7. Peanut Butter-Filled Pretzels
Like many things in life, it's what's on the inside that counts. And such is the case with peanut butter-filled pretzel nuggets. Beware, the bag will be gone before you know it.
8. String Cheese
Perhaps the number-one reason I always pack a small cooler bag for long drives. String cheese is a regular snack in my food arsenal at home, and one that's also perfect for the road.
9. Roasted Seaweed
This is one of those ideal snacks when you just need a little something to tide you over. Plus, who can resist the crunch factor?
10. Sea Salt and Turbinado Sugar Chocolate Almonds
There's nowhere I wouldn't go without these almonds. Sweet, salty, and wonderfully crunchy, they're an essential for any road trip. If you're worried about them melting, stash them in a cooler bag.
Your turn! What's your favorite road trip snack from Trader Joe's?