Trader Joe’s Kettle Corn Cookies

Trader Joe's Kettle Corn Cookies

I like kettle corn, but not enough to be a big fan. I like crispy cookies ok, too, but again—not really a fanatic. However, there’s something about these cookies that makes them just slightly more than the sum of their parts—It could simply be the novelty of having popcorn inside a cookie. Let’s examine this possibility.

In the past, we’ve reviewed Trader Joe’s White Cheddar Popcorn and Trader Joe’s Popcorn with Herbs and Spices, both of which garnered average-ish scores. But when they played it safe and simply offered plain organic kernels, they pretty much nailed it. TJ’s record in gimmicky popcorn-things may not be particularly notable for good or bad. However, if TJ offers something new with popcorn, we, TJ’s adventurous taste-testers, will buy it. We’re always looking for new products. These colorfully packaged snacks are akin to going to a circus in another universe, where kids eat popcorn-filled cookies instead of cotton candy or peanuts.

I don’t know what that last sentence meant. You can rest assured that it is of deep significance and will be included in this blog entry. I think what I meant to say was that these cookies are new and novel, and yet there’s something quite classic about them, too—there’s a familiarity about them that makes them seem as if they could be an integral part of America’s snacking culture, as common as hot dogs or bubblegum. Perhaps they’ll become a classic. I don’t know.

These combine traditional kettle popcorn with the buttery goodness found in sugar cookies. The popcorn adds texture and flavor to the cookies. You can taste it! corn. It blends very well. You should make sugar cookies using corn flour. Trader Joe, I’m looking at you, buddy. They might be very tasty, I think.

They’re also quite crumbly. I hate getting crumbs all over the place. These crumbs can be eaten in the car, on the couch or anywhere else. Unless your crumb-catching skills are exceptional. This is something I don’t have.

Sonia is on a diet, so I had no choice but to force her to eat these cookies. I reminded her that she picked them, so she was obliged to eat them. She was unable to argue with my logic so she quickly ate one. She replied, “They’re pretty great I guess, for the way it is.” “I prefer regular cookies.”

She gives them three stars. I give them 3.5.

The bottom line: 6.5 out 10.