Warning: you’ll be tempted to eat the entire bag.
If you’ve been to Israel, you know you can’t go far without seeing a bag of Bamba. The peanut-shaped puffs are the best-selling snack in the country, and for good reason. They’re light and airy with a satisfying crunch, and have a delectable (but not overpowering) peanut butter flavor. According to Osem, the Israeli manufacturer of Bamba, 90 percent of Israeli households buy Bamba regularly, and 1 million bags are produced daily.
Unfortunately for stateside Bamba lovers, it hasn’t been easy to access the snack in the U.S.—until now. Trader Joe’s recently debuted their own Bamba snack, and to keep the authentic taste, it’s produced for them in Israel. Each bag contains just four ingredients: corn grits, peanut paste, palm oil, and salt.
According to Trader Joe’s, the process begins by popping the corn grits under high pressure (creating puffed, unflavored Bamba). Then, the long rope is cut into peanut-sized pieces and air-baked for 20 seconds, giving it its crispy exterior. Lastly, the nuggets are moved into rotating drums, where they are coated with hot, liquid peanut butter. Our mouths are watering just thinking about it. Each 3.5 oz. bag is just $0.99 at Trader Joe’s.
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If you’ve never had Bamba, but love Pirates Booty (or White Cheddar Corn Puffs, Trader Joes’ version), we guarantee you’ll fall for this snack. It’s like cheese puffs, but with peanut butter instead of cheese. How genius is that?