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Trader Joe’s Hatch Chile Cheddar Seasoned Popcorn (NEW ITEM!!!)

Another NEW ITEM from Trader Joe’s! What could be better? They’ve released a new popcorn flavor, Hatch Chile Cheddar Seasoned Popcorn! This popcorn has been getting a lot of hype on social media so lets dig into this review!

Stick around to see if you can handle the heat! Read on for our exclusive cart review!

What is Trader Joe’s Hatch Chile Cheddar Seasoned Popcorn?

Hatch Chiles are native to New Mexico and have a very harsh taste when eaten raw. Most times they are fire roasted to release their natural sugars, resulting in caramelization, to counteract the harsh flavor. Hatch Chiles come in three different levels of heat; mild, medium and hot.

Trader Joe’s created this popcorn, accompanying it with a savory cheddar cheese seasoning. Sounds totally delicious right?

Generally speaking, a Hatch Chile is spicer than an Anaheim pepper, but milder than a Jalapeño!

The kernels are totally covered in this seasoning and when I opened the bag I was expecting to be hit with a burst of spicy cheddar. Unfortunately for me, that wasn’t the case.

Where In the Store?

I found bags of this Hatch Chile Cheddar Seasoned Popcorn in the snack aisle at my local Trader Joe’s. It was tucked in among all of the other popcorns that they have to offer, which is A LOT.

Luckily I didn’t have to search too hard, especially with this being a new item.

On my most recent haul, I picked up a bag of this popcorn, a bag of the Key Lime Kettle Popcorn, and a bag of their White Cheddar Popcorn (a review on that soon to come).

How to Serve Trader Joe’s Hatch Chile Cheddar Seasoned Popcorn

Popcorn can be eaten whenever, wherever right? So, that’s just what I did.

I poured a bunch into a bowl and dug in!

This would be the perfect snack to take on a road trip, camping, or on a boating trip. The bag travels well, just like any other ordinary bag of chips or popcorn.

On the back of the package, Trader Joe’s does suggest enjoying this popcorn during a movie night! What’s better than a movie and popcorn, only this popcorn adds a little *spice*.

The other popcorn that was stealing the spotlight for a few weeks on allllllll social media accounts was the Synergistically Seasoned Popcorn! That bag was bursting with so many different flavors, five to be exact!!

Click on the link above to read all about that review, and have your tastebuds tingling!

The Review

From the picture above, the popcorn kernels are covered in yummy seasoning. I was so excited to see that when I opened the bag.

The popcorn was crunchy, savory, cheesy and yes, spicy. The spice is what hit me first, but I have a very low tolerance for spice. After the first few handfuls I found myself reaching for a glass of something cold to drink!

The next flavor I got was definitely cheddar, but it was well, kind of underwhelming. I was bummed. I kept reaching in the bowl scooping up another handful hoping that this next batch would hit me with more flavor.

It didn’t, and all I got from that was my mouth beginning to set fire from the Hatch Chiles.

The popcorn itself was the perfect size, not too big, not too small, and it did definitely have some flavoring. I was just hoping that there would be more. Maybe even just less heat with more of a cheddar cheese dusting.

If you enjoy Chile heat, you would definitely enjoy this popcorn. I feel like I’m a little biased to spicy things and heat because I have such a low tolerance.

I brought the bag downstairs for my brother and his girlfriend to try and they loved it and both agreed that the cheddar cheese seasoning is what came through more so for them than the Hatch Chile spice! So I feel like it’s all preference.

Buy It Again?

I can’t say with all certainty that I’ll be buying this popcorn again for myself.

I was really hoping for more flavor, so I was a little let down. There are so many other popcorns that Trader Joe’s offers, so off to try a different bag it is!

This is getting a 3 carts out of 5 for me, just because of the lack of seasoning and flavor, in my opinion. It got so much hype on social media, I was really excited for it, and was totally let down. I think I was just expecting more of the cheddar to come through and the Hatch Chiles to take a back seat. But Trader Joe’s has fooled me yet again!

Let’s just say that I wouldn’t go out of my way to buy this popcorn again, but if someone else was offering it for a snack, I would eat it.

Have you tried this Hatch Chile Cheddar Seasoned Popcorn from Trader Joe’s? What’s your favorite popcorn on their shelves? We want to hear from you! Let us know in the comments!

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