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What happened to Trader Joes Soy Crisps?

Could it be that Athletic-Minded Traveler's recent blog about Trader Joe's nutrition bait and switch led to the discontinuation of the very tasty Soy Crisps?

Editor's 2023 update: If you are in search of a fabulous crunchy snack, view our curated list of recommendations.

It was about a month after the post that I no longer spied my favorite crunchy and salty snack on the store's shelves. Hmmmm. I contacted TJ's and was told via email that:

We have discontinued that product in our stores due to slow sales. Because our stores have such limited space, if an item does not meet a minimum sales volume, we will discontinue it in order to bring in something we think will sell better. I will pass your comments on to our buyers for consideration. From time to time, if there is enough outcry to bring back a discontinued item and we are able to do so, we will give it another run.

Other Soy Crisp Options: Whole Foods and some of the big grocery chains still carry soy crisps (Genisoy, 365 Brand, O Organics brand).

At Trader Joe's, if you are in search of a replacement, I recommend the Barbeque Popped Potato Chips. The flavor is salty and sweet and the nutrition profile is sensible. However, beware a garlic aftertaste, which isn't too surprising since garlic powder is an ingredient. I taste the garlic hours after eating the chips!

Trader Joe\'s Barbeque Popped Potato Chips

If you are familiar with Popchips, the Trader Joe's version is the same -- and likely simply a private label version of Popchips. The nutrition profiles are identical. For one serving (19 chips) there are 120 calories, 4 grams of fat, 250 mg sodium, 2 grams sugar and 1 gram protein. We posted about Popchips and compared them to soy crisps a while back. Here's the link. Bottom line is that Soy Crisps deliver 6-8 grams of protein per serving versis Popchips' 1 gram.

Other Products We Loved that are Gone:

  • Guiltless Potato Chips in White Cheddar -- The regular flavor is still being sold, but we liked the white cheddar much more.
  • Whole Grain Chocolate Filled Cereal Bites -- Oh my goodness! These were just fabulous and we were only able to enjoy ONE box. We discovered them just as they were being discontinued! The nutella-like filling surrounded by a nice crunchy cereal shell was delicious. 

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