Review: Trader Joe's Lite Kettle Corn - Celiac Disease
Aug 2 2010

Review: Trader Joe's Lite Kettle Corn

One of my favorite stores to shop at for gluten-free and healthy foods is Trader Joe’s. I could go there daily to just browse around and find something new (and gluten-free) to try each time. The selection of produce to the gourmet cheeses, wines, sauces & dips, yogurt and much, much more. You really can’t beat the prices, either.

Today I want to share my newest find – Trader Joe’s Lite Kettle Corn. This is probably not something that I would have purchased had it not been on display, as I would not have been looking for it. However, there was a package of 6 small, 1 oz, bags on sale for $2.99 at the front of the store not too long ago.

There are so many amazing products at Trader Joe’s and even though I go 3-4 times/month, I find new things each time I go. I checked the ingredient list, even though the front of the bag has the “no gluten ingredients used” symbol on it. The ingredients are simple: popcorn, sugar, sunflower oil and salt. Doesn’t get much better than that. Not only does the “Lite” version of Trader Joe’s Kettle Corn have half the fat of the regular kettle corn, it is also low in sodium! Check out these stats:

Calories: 110
Fat: 4g
Sodium: 120mg
Fiber: 3g
Protein: 2g

At first I was a little concerned about how I would like this kettle corn. I am spoiled when it comes to kettle corn – my brother-in-law makes some mind-blowing kettle corn in this old pot on the stove. It is quite possibly the best part of vacation. 😉 So, now you can see why I was concerned. After the first bite, while I knew that this was not the same kettle corn I was used to, it was very good. It had the perfect blend of salty & sweet, just the right crispness and for the record, 1 oz of popcorn is a good sized snack! Definitely nothing to feel guilty about if you choose this as a snack.

Have you tried Trader Joe’s Lite Kettle Corn? I would be interested to taste or hear the difference between the regular & lite.

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Kyle Eslick is the founder of Gluten Free Media, as well as the creator of the popular Celiac Support Groups page. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and now Google+!


  1. Tiffany Janes says:

    Thanks for the info, Kim. I didn’t know there was a lite version of TJ’s kettle corn, but I love the regular version so I’ll have to try this one. Also, in order to make any bagged kettle corn more like the “real” version, pop it into the microwave (in a bowl) to heat it up. We’ve done this with several versions and it always improves the taste tremendously. Nothing is as good as something right out of the kettle, of course 😉

  2. Renee says:

    Yummy! I love kettle korn. Last year at the Balloon Fiesta my mom and I split a huge 2′ long bag of kettle korn before 10am! Oops! I keep seeing it at TJ’s and walking by, purposefully! But now I will have to buy some, maybe for our road trip next weekend! It would be dangerous to have in the house very often.

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