Trader Joe's Fake Cheetos


I'm sure I'm violating some kind of copyright law by calling these Fake Cheetos when their official name is Baked Cheese Crunchies, but they taste exactly like Cheetos would taste if Trader Joe's got hold of them, which is precisely what has happened. And while I used to only allow myself actual Cheetos in times of extreme desperation---homesickness, hangovers, heartbreak---I find that I cut myself a little more slack with these and will allow them to creep in to my diet during not-so-desperate times. Like, say if there is a "y" in the month. Or maybe in the day. 

Here is the good news, though: they have 33% less fat than proper Cheetos Regular Cheese Crunchies---even though Trader Joe's does not even, uh, sell Regular Cheese Crunchies---which means you also feel 33% better about eating them. And therefore 33% better about the state of your life in general.

I recommended these to my friend Moose and she picked them up when she was in Trader Joe's, and then later sent me an email to tell me that she was never going to speak to me again for allowing her to get addicted to them. She tried to go on a nice long healthy walk, you see, and ended up TAKING THE BAG WITH HER.


All Adither
Jun 22, 2008

TJs pita chips are equally as addictive. And maybe even less fatty?

Nothing But Bonfires
Jun 22, 2008

BUT ARE THEY CHEESY? I rest my case.

Jun 22, 2008

Trader Joe's is pretty much the best place ever. I don't think I've met a food there I didn't like at least a little bit.

Jun 22, 2008

Oh man, once we actually GET a Trader Joes here, it is SO ON. Because Dr. Pepper and Cheetos are my horrible, horrible guilty pleasure food (I even like diet dr pepper, equally bad for me but with less calories) and I've been able to curb the dr. pepper issues, but I dont think I can ever quit cheetos. Yes, cue cheesy brokeback mountain music.

LA Blogger Gal
Jun 22, 2008

I love Cheetos, but only when eating sandwiches. Otherwise, I could care less. These do sound yummy though. And I agree with Ali up there, TJ's pita chips are freakin' awesome!

Jun 23, 2008

I saw the picture and wanted to comment that I had a similar mortar and pestle in my cart at Marshalls this weekend - and LEFT IT. I wonder if it's still there...

Anyway, a huge LOL at Moose taking them on her walk!

Jun 23, 2008

These are, hands down, AMAZING. The #3 item I ask people to bring me from TJ's (#1 being those peanut butter filled pretzel nuggets, #2 their Albacore tuna).

Jun 23, 2008

We do not have Trader Joes here in Oklahoma and this saddens me on so many levels. Perhaps when I'm in town next month I shall have to make a pilgrimage To TJ's.

Jun 23, 2008

wah...no trader joe's in canada.
boo. hiss.

Jun 23, 2008

I'd like to second the earlier comment about the TJ's pita chips. And also the white cheddar fake Pirate's Booty.

Jun 23, 2008

I moved from California to Colorado a couple years ago and I still maintain that the only things missing from Colorado are the ocean and Trader Joe's--that's it! I had to re-learn how to grocery shop for myself without good ol' TJs, and now I have to resort to stocking up when visiting CA or having my mom send me TJ goodies!

Jun 23, 2008

Few things make me more bummed about Kansas City than our complete lack of a Trader Joe's.

Jun 23, 2008

You know what's super addictive? TJ's JALAPENO baked cheese crunchies. Amazingly cheesy and spicy!

Jun 23, 2008

I love these!
And there are none in my house. And now it's the only thing I can think of ...

Jun 23, 2008

I don't have a Trader Joe's. But I have a strange fascination with mortal and pestles. Mortars and pestles? I dunno. YOU GET THE IDEA.

Kerri Anne
Jun 23, 2008

I'm addicted to TJ's plain popcorn. I have no idea why I like it so much, but I routinely attempt to rationalize eating it for dinner.

Jun 23, 2008

Ah, I bought that pestle and mortar at Marble Mountain in Vietnam, halfway between Danang and Hoi An. It cost just under two bucks and weighs about seventy pounds. I maybe use it twice a year, but I love it anyway.

Jun 23, 2008

I make the art at a Trader Joe's and would like to pitch in that it is not only a place for deliciousness (baguettes, desserts, chocolate everything, stir fry sauces, hard cider, wheat ale, and cheese crunchies of both the regular and jalepeno persuasion and so on and so on) it is also a place of cheap (check out the price of a lb of butter)

In working there what has struck me the most is that I can (unlike most places) feel good about supporting them because they are really great to their employees-- really great. I have better benefits at 20 hrs. a week than everyone I know and the pay is good if you stick around. My favorite part personally is that they allow me to make an actual living making art-- and by doing that in my work life I am able to commit myself to creative endeavors more easily in my time off.

Jun 24, 2008

I also wish there was a Trader Joe's in Canada! Bring me Trader Joe's, Target, and Victoria's Secret and I could die a happy woman.

Jun 26, 2008

Am I the only one who saw "fake Cheetos" and immediately thought of the season finale of 30 Rock when Liz Lemon got a false positive pregnancy test because she couldn't stop eating Sabor de Soledad (fake Mexican Cheetos)? No? just me?

Jun 27, 2008

I still haven't forgiven you. You could always buy back my affection, of course. Say, with a selection of cheesy snacks.