People are losing their minds over Trader Joe’s new salty potato snack, and so am I.

By Brooke Schuldt
Updated January 16, 2018
Trader Joe's Spud Crunchies
Credit: Trader Joe's

There are few things in this world I like more than potatoes. They are the perfect food—filling, delicious, perfect with cheese, and a key element of some of the worlds best dishes (mashed potatoes, twice baked potatoes, poutine, French fries, potato chips, Shepherd’s Pie—I could go on forever).

But when I was walking down the snack aisle at Trader Joe’s on my lunch break one afternoon last fall, I wasn’t really thinking about potatoes. I was on the hunt for a healthy snack that would satisfy my 3 pm food craving without making me feel too guilty. And then I found Spud Crunchies.

For anyone who hasn’t had the privilege of sinking their teeth into a Spud Crunchie, this is the best way I can describe them: they have the crunch of a chip, the shape and saltiness of a French fry, and the natural taste of a mashed potato. All that, plus they are gluten free, made with just three ingredients (potato, canola oil, and salt), and only 150 calories per serving.

My name is Brooke, and I am addicted to Spud Crunchies.

I bought one bag and brought it back to my desk for a snack, and after my first bite, I immediately regretted not buying more bags. As a healthy eater and proud food label reader, I knew that there were four servings in a bag, but that didn’t stop me from eating the entire bag in one sitting.

On my next Trader Joe’s trip, I bought four bags. “This should last me for the next few weeks,” I foolishly thought, patting myself on the back for choosing a healthier snack option to enjoy for the rest of the month.

Those bags were gone in four days. Yes, you read that right. I had one bag every day.

Meanwhile, I was telling everyone in my life to eat them. My friends were sick of hearing me talk about them, my boyfriend was wondering why I kept talking about them—I even found myself telling strangers on the Spud Crunchies aisle at Trader Joe’s that they needed to buy them because they were so delicious. I was a woman possessed.

I raved about them so much to a friend, that he bought them himself to see what all my fuss was about. (Spoiler alert: He loved them. Of course he did.) I bought a bag for my boyfriend to try, and was concerned when his verdict was, “These are okay.”

What finally got me to tone down the spud mania? It was my 2018 resolution to eat more vegetables. After incorporating more veggies into my diet, I found I wasn't as hungry by 3 pm. I started eating just a third or half of a bag instead of a full bag.

So I came up with a Spud Crunchies portion-control hack that helped me keep the rest fresh for another day. It’s a tip that I highly recommend that you try when you finish reading this article, get in your car, drive to Trader Joe’s, and buy a bag for yourself. Open the bag and dump it out on a paper towel. Resist eating all of the Spud Crunchies right then and there, and instead evenly distribute them into four sandwich bags.

I still tell everyone I meet about the wonders of Spud Crunchies—I’ve already told two people today that they need to add the snack to their shopping lists. And I'm currently enjoying some Spud Crunchies as I write this. (I have justified that this is for work, and therefore these calories don’t count.)

So do yourself a favor and go get some Spud Crunchies. Just make sure that you pick up some sandwich bags, too.