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Key Lime Kettle Popcorn (NEW ITEM!!)

Hang on to your hats, friends! You’re in a for a wild ride with the newest Trader Joe’s popcorn to hit the shelves: Key Lime Kettle Popcorn. The public’s reviews have been mixed but you know that our Two Cousins Review examines everything you want to know about. How does this popcorn hold up to our Exclusive Cart Review?

A bag of Trader Joe's Key Lime Kettle Popcorn laying on a marble counter with some of the popcorn spilling out the top of the bag onto the counter.

What is Trader Joe’s Key Lime Kettle Popcorn?

I’m going to start off by asking you to keep an open mind with this new Trader Joe’s popcorn flavor. It’s an unconventional one, to say the least, but when has Trader Joe’s been known for its convention?

The new Key Lime Kettle Popcorn is absolutely bursting at the seams with flavor in the best possible way! Just like the Synergistically Seasoned Popcorn, Key Lime includes a mix of flavors that hit on a few of the taste sensations, which combine into a flavor profile that completely works.

Back of a bag of Trader Joe's Key Lime Kettle Popcorn that shows the Nutrition Facts and Ingredients.

As you would expect from something key lime-flavored, this popcorn is tart, tangy, and sweet. But it’s also got just the right balance of saltiness that adds the extra level of “oomph” to push the flavor to a new level.

The notes on the bag basically say that the Key Lime Kettle Popcorn is an infusion of classic country fair kettle corn mixed with a limey tropical tang.

It’s total tropical vacation vibe popcorn!!

And since this is kettle corn, you’re going to expect a good amount of crispy crunch, right? Well, you’ve got it here!

Back of a bag of Trader Joe's Key Lime Kettle Popcorn that shows the description of the popcorn.

Kettle corn isn’t easy to get right. Sometimes it’s too crunchy but more often I find that popcorn that’s called kettle corn is just extra sweet without any of the crispiness that comes from being popped at the bottom of a hot spinning sugarcoated kettle.

Not so with the Key Lime Kettle Popcorn! It’s got EXACTLY the right amount of crunch paired with the PERFECT amount of sweetness. And it’s light without being just another cheap, airy popcorn.

And 1 suggestion? Take at least 2 or 3 bites before deciding if you like it. The first bite is a little weird because the flavors are so different but the next few bites will definitely make sense to your tastebuds!

New Items shelves in Trader Joe's that has the Key Lime Kettle Popcorn on the top shelf.

Where In the Store?

You can find the Key Lime Kettle Popcorn in the chips aisle of Trader Joe’s nestled among the other popcorn flavors. And because it’s a new item, your local store may also have it on the New Items display at the end of one of the aisles.

How to Serve Key Lime Kettle Popcorn

In my own humble opinion, the BEST way to eat this popcorn is straight from the bag. With a bag in hand, it’s almost like you can transport yourself to the fairgrounds where the kettle corn is bagged up while still slightly warm and you meander around eating from the bag all day.

No? Just me? Oh well.

More of Our Favorite Snacks

If you’re heading on a road trip this summer or have days planned at the beach or pool, you KNOW you need some great snacks! Here are 3 of our faves!

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Anyway! Since this is a such a punchy snack on its own, I don’t really feel like you need to get fancy with it. It still IS popcorn after all.

BUT, you could certainly make a little trail mix with it if you wanted to. Just add some freeze dried raspberries or blackberries, maybe some granola clusters, and some dark chocolate chips. Or maybe toss it with some chopped up graham crackers and drizzle it with melted white chocolate? Oh yeah!!

The Review

I’m not going to beat around the bush here: I FREAKING LOVE THIS POPCORN.

Two hands of a child holding a big handful of the Key Lime Kettle Popcorn.

Hands down, this is THE BEST snack I’ve tried from Trader Joe’s to date and I honestly could not stop eating it. Well, obviously I had to, but not before almost half of the bag was gone in 1 sitting. Oops!

I can’t even say that I’m a big fan of key lime desserts either. I can count on 1 hand how many times I’ve eaten a key lime dessert and it would literally never be the dessert I choose off a menu at a restaurant should I have the choice to.

But this popcorn! Oh man!!! The tang, tart, sweet, and salty flavor sensations are all there and they’re perfectly in sync with each other.

And the kettle corn itself, exclusive of the other flavors? Outstanding! Crispy, light, crunchy, and utterly addictive.

You can probably guess what my Exclusive Two Cousins Cart Review will be based on the fact I’m basically falling all over this Trader Joe’s popcorn but keep reading to see!

Buy It Again?

All I can say is that I’m going to be extremely bummed when this seasonal popcorn goes away until next year. In the meantime, I’ll be stocking up on bags and bags of this stuff and hoarding it for slow consumption throughout the fall and winter.

Don’t judge me for it, either.

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    1. Hi Joanne! You can check Amazon to see if anyone is selling it there but I’m always a little leery about purchasing food from a 3rd party so be careful. Otherwise, this popcorn is a seasonal product at Trader Joe’s so it should be back in stock next May or June.

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