Friday, July 24, 2009

Trader Joe's Crunchy Green Beans

Earlier this week I was in Boston for a work-related conference. Since I was already in Massachusetts, I packed a cooler in the backseat of my car and couldn't resist a pit stop to stretch my legs - and load up on some Trader Joe's goodies - in Hadley.

Unfortunately, they were out of the gluten free English Muffins that we've discovered (yum! - fortunately I still have a package in the freezer) but I was able to pick up frozen pancakes and toaster waffles, brown rice marshmallow treats, rice mac and cheese, mini tacos, taquitos, and a whole bunch of other yummy snacks. By this time it was already 5:00, lunch was a distant memory and I was anticipating worse-than-usual traffic so I picked up some things to munch on during the remainder of the ride home. Enter: Lightly Salted, Crunch Green Beans.

The back of the package has their "no gluten ingredients used" icon, and while I figured they weren't likely to be my husband's cup of tea, I shrugged and threw them in my basket along with dried, unsweetened mango slices. They're fried in canola oil, and while it seems a uniquely American pastime to make a serving of green beans 140 calories, I've got to say: they're gluten free crack. They're crunchy, salty, and have just enough sweetness to make them a completely addictive snack. I'm embarrassed to admit that I bought them yesterday and have already polished off the bag, and grateful that I only bought one bag to try out!

They're definitely on my list of must-have guilty pleasures for my next Trader Joe's visit - which, due to school starting up late next month, probably won't be for a while.


April said...

I love Trader Joes!!

I'll have to see if we have those at my local Earth Fare store... they sound super yummy.

Anonymous said...

I have just had a bag.. they're AWESOME!! Luckily I only bought the one bag, otherwise, I'm in real trouble.. ADDICTING!

Kathie said...

If you are near a Amish store they also have these there. They are a little cheaper. 10.10 a pound and sold in a bigger bag than Trader Joe. I think they were even better than T. J. also.

Kathie said...

I buy them in a Amish store. In their gluten free products. They are cheaper and I think better tasting