Another new seasonal item from Trader Joe’s coming at ya in the form of Kettlecorn!! Autumn time screams maple and what better combination than sweet and salty Sea Salt?
Keep reading to see if this needs to end up in your cart for the Fall time, or if it’s something you can skip! Our exclusive cart rating is below!
What is Trader Joe’s Maple & Sea Salt Kettlecorn?
Kettlecorn is a sweet variety of popcorn that is typically mixed with a light refined sugar, salt and oil. It was traditionally cooked in a cast iron skillet, hence the name Kettlecorn. Nowadays, any pot or pan will do the trick.
Trader Joe’s created this popcorn for the Fall just in time to roll out onto their shelves with all of the other Pumpkin, Apple, Cinnamon, Maple and Butternut Squash items! Yahooo!
This Maple & Sea Salt Kettlecorn has a really nice crunch with a touch of maple-y sweetness and a hint of the sea salt. It’s a wonderful combination all together, just like the Key Lime Kettlecorn was from Trader Joe’s this summer!
The kernels are totally covered in the crunchy caramelized sugary coating. It’s a great snack to take on the go, or to put out for a party. I’ve never seen Maple & Sea Salt flavored Kettlecorn, so of course I grabbed this as soon as I saw it!
Where In the Store?
I found the bags of this on one of their end caps with everything else Fall. This Kettlecorn was actually in quite a few spots throughout the store.
Pictured below is where the biggest display of them was. This was located in the chip and popcorn “snack aisle.” Probably one of my favorite aisles at Trader Joe’s along with the freezer section!
Luckily I didn’t have to look very hard to find these bags because they’re a new seasonal item! Run out and go grab yourself a bag (or two) before they vanish for the season!
How to Serve Trader Joe’s Maple & Sea Salt Kettlecorn
Popcorn is the ultimate movie night snack for me. To be honest, it’s an anytime snack! Snuggle in with your favorite fall movie and nice big bowl of this maple-y goodness popcorn and you’re all set!
Because it was the middle of the day, doing my photoshoot for this, I decided to just pour a bunch right into a bowl and snack away.
This would be the perfect snack to take on a road trip, camping, or on a boating trip, of whats left of them for the Fall time. The bag travels well, just like any other ordinary bag of chips or popcorn.
This Kettlecorn would be wonderful with some additions like M&M’s, peanuts and craisins. Make your own trail mix! The beauty of that is that you can add in anything you like, make it your own, go crazy with the additions!
A few other snacky items that are a MUST try from Trader Joe’s are:
- Synergistically Seasoned Flavored Popcorn (Unfortunately gone for the season)
- Carolina Gold BBQ Potato Chips (Also gone for the season)
- Spicy Mochi Rice Nuggets
- PB&J Snack Duo
- Sea Salted Saddle Potato Crisps
- Key Lime Kettle Popcorn (Gone for the season)
- Organic Corn Chip Dippers
- Hatch Chile Seasoned Popcorn (Also gone for the season)
- Patio Potato Chips (Gone for the season)
Now I know I put some of these items on that list that you can’t get anymore until next season, BUT read the review so you can make sure to put them on your list for next year!
From the picture above, the popcorn kernels are totally covered in this sugary crunchy maple goodness.
The popcorn was crunchy, sweet and salty, the perfect combination! It was such a fun flavor to enjoy in the midst of Fall, just as the weather is starting to cool off. Maple flavors always reminds me of something warm and cozy, so this was the perfect treat.
I myself am not Gluten Free, but I know a lot of our readers are, so fear not you guys! These are Gluten Free, and totally delicious!
Buy It Again?
I really enjoyed this popcorn, like probably more than I should have. I’m sad that it will only be a season item, but its probably for the best just so I don’t keep eating bag after bag.
When I did my last Trader Joe’s “Fall haul” I did grab two bags of this popcorn because I wasn’t sure when I would get there again next. My nearest Trader Joe’s is about 35 minutes away on a good no traffic day.
This Maple & Sea Salt Kettlecorn is totally getting a 5 out of 5 carts from me! The maple flavor was just perfect and not too overpowering. The little bit of the hint of sea salt balanced out the sweetness of the maple, a winning combination.
Make sure to at least try this kettlecorn before its gone for the season! It’s worth a try and I bet you won’t regret it!
Have you gotten to try this yet? Let us know in the comments below, we love to hear your thoughts! Give us some fun suggestions on fun ways to enjoy this sweet treat!