[Review] Trader Joe’s Turkey and Stuffing Seasoned Kettle Chips

Happy Thanksgiving! Dinner is served.


Thanksgiving is a wonderful day, isn’t it? It’s a time to show our appreciation for the people in our lives and give thanks for what we have. It’s also a day to eat until you’re stuffed, and then eat some more. That’s the part I’m looking forward to the most, even though I should probably take it easy due to the cornucopia of food I’ve eaten this year.

Sadly, Thanksgiving is pretty much ignored in the junk food world. Around this time of year, snack companies tend to phase out pumpkin spice and caramel apple and jump right to the winter holiday flavors like mint and eggnog, skipping Thanksgiving completely. That’s why I’m thankful for the good folks at Trader Joe’s: they help me keep track of my fall holidays, and also give me something to snack on while watching the Thanksgiving Day Parade. Fun fact: I was actually invited to be part of the parade this year, but I was unavailable.

They asked me to be one of the giant balloons. 😔

Trader Joe’s Turkey and Stuffing Seasoned Kettle Chips smell strongly of herbs, an aroma that’s actually reminiscent of a homemade Thanksgiving meal. The back of the bag reads: “first you taste the turkey, then comes the stuffing, and if you close your eyes, you’ll swear you can taste the creamy gravy, too.” Three different foods all in one chip? I’m starting to think Trader Joe is actually Willy Wonka in disguise.

To my surprise, these chips actually have a meaty, poultry-like taste at first. I’m not sure where it comes from, since the ingredients point to a “turkey and stuffing seasoning,” which lists a bunch of herbs and spices (we’ll get to those later), but no specific turkey flavor. I can’t explain it, but I’m certainly not complaining.


Next, the stuffing taste sets in. These are the herbs and spices in the turkey and stuffing seasoning: onion powder, black pepper, celery, parsley, sage, and thyme. Each and every one is apparent in these chips, and they combine to form those familiar flavors from a classic Thanksgiving meal. I might have been dreaming, but the herbs and spices paired with the potato chip actually gave hints of mashed potatoes and gravy.

For a savory potato chip, Trader Joe’s Turkey and Stuffing Seasoned Kettle Chips are pretty good. All of the flavors are there: turkey (somehow), stuffing from the celery, sage, and thyme, and even mashed potatoes and gravy (seriously, it’s magic). Now, I’m not saying you should replace your Thanksgiving meal with potato chips. But if that turkey doesn’t turn out quite right this year, you could do a lot worse.

Item: Trader Joe’s Turkey and Stuffing Seasoned Kettle Chips
Price and Place of Purchase: $1.99 at Trader Joe’s
Nutrition Facts (serving size-1 oz): 140 calories, 60 calories from fat, 7 grams of fat, 0.5 grams of saturated fat, 130 milligrams of sodium, 17 grams of carbohydrates, less than 1 gram of dietary fiber, 2 grams of protein.
In a Nutshell: An entire Thanksgiving meal in a potato chip. Relying on junk food as a daily calendar. Aspiring to be a Thanksgiving Day Parade balloon.
Overall Score: 8.5 out of 10
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