What’s The Deal With Trader Joe’s Watermelon Jerky?

I’m a wannabe vegan, kind of healthy-ish foodie. And I love all of the healthy foods and snacks that are rolling out lately, especially at my local Trader Joe’s. I try my best to keep healthy snacks around because snacking in quarantine is a whole different beast.

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On a recent trip to Trader Joe’s, I forgot to get something and made a mad dash through the aisles. I grabbed what I needed but a pink bag caught my eye. I thought, oh this looks new. The bag was labeled Watermelon Jerky. I picked it up then immediately put it back. I paused for a moment thinking, how will jerky made out of watermelon even taste? I was intrigued but thought should I even bother trying it? I decided to try it. It’s vegan. It’s healthy-ish. It’s a snack. And so, I went home with a bag.

When we got home, we did our whole routine of sanitizing everything. When we were all done, I had to try this “watermelon jerky”. I popped the bag open and well…

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It wasn’t what I expected. I had “jerky” in mind when I bit into the first piece. I guess I was expecting a fruity piece of jerky. However, it was simply freeze dried watermelon pieces. But it was interesting nonetheless. Although it wasn’t what I was expecting because of the name chosen, it was really good. So what does it taste like?

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When I posted a picture on Instagram everyone was curious and at the time I had no idea how to describe it. But after snacking on this for a few days, I’ve finally figured out what it reminds me of…cotton candy. It starts off crunchy with a hint of watermelon but once you start chewing, it kind of tastes like cotton candy and gets a little sticky. The only downside is…well… they still have seeds! Other than that, I love it! Although “jerky” may not be the best way to describe it, it definitely caught my eye because of the name.

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