It’s not a pepper to take lightly, causing extreme pain, increased heart rate, and even reports of hallucination! So next time you go grocery shopping, you’ll know all the secrets. And sometimes products are discontinued temporarily because a TJ’s producer changed a product price, or because the team wants to alter the recipe or packaging of a certain item. This was a failure of branding writ large: good potato flavor, good seasoning flavor, and nice crispy crunch. Okay, we understand. But hey — it could be worth a phone call to corporate. So when we bit into these chips for the first time, we expected an immediate searing sensation to spread across our tongues. It’s no wonder that fast food has clung to such an extreme pepper. But they’re not just spicy BBQ chips. If these were anything but what they said they were, they would probably be a solid 4 (the portion size is just dismal no matter the flavor). Like a ghost, capturing the Bhut Jolokia is easier said than done, and it isn’t for the faint of heart to try. The ghost pepper. Where was the heat? “We don’t do sales (we can’t, our prices are already too low) and we don’t advertise. The Bhut Jolokia. AMA! Most of these goods are of higher quality, too, thanks to Joe’s working directly with manufacturers and cutting out middlemen. AMA! But ghost-chasing is what October is all about, so when we stumbled upon this bag of Trader Joe’s Ghost Pepper Potato Chips, we knew we had may had found a worthy competitor laying claim to the title of The World’s Third Hottest Pepper. AMA! Except… it didn’t. Trader Joe’s is our happy place. AMA!” the March 24th Reddit post was titled. It never progressed past a mild tingle. It was the heat we craved, minus the flavor we wanted. It’s true. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. ", YoungHeartsAmerica’s comment from discussion "I work at the largest Trader Joe’s in America. Well, whatever, right? ", to learn all the TJ’s tricks of the trade. TJs Ghost Chile BBQ Sauce Trader Joes has been on a roll with the recently new ghost pepper products such as Ghost Pepper Chips or Ghost Pepper Cheddar Cheese. We are constantly on the hunt for the most spicy of snacks, no matter the country of origin. Megbeth89’s comment from discussion "I work at the largest Trader Joe’s in America. Trader Joe's Smoked Ghost Chilies with Grinder, 0.7 oz - 2-PACK 4.8 out of 5 stars 7 Paqui Spicy Hot Tortilla Chips, Gluten Free Snacks, Haunted Ghost Pepper, (6) 2oz Bags Where as most grocery store hot sauces rank around 2,000-3,000 Scoville heat units, the ghost pepper ranks in at 1,041,427. I work at the largest Trader Joe’s in America. A pepper that was once the hottest in the world, and still takes home the bronze in heat today. They might give you an idea as to when the item will be back in store. Ships from and sold by Fast Trader LB. AMA! Your email address will not be published. The warehouses usually supply anywhere from 5 to 10 stores in the region.”. The chips are seriously thin – if you hold them up to the light, they’re see-through thin, and they have a crunch in between kettle chips and ripple chips. That’s fine… but it’s still going to be a bit disappointing if these aren’t spectacular mouth-bursts of flavor. This item: Trader Joe's Smoked Ghost Chilies with Grinder, 0.7 oz $19.99 ($28.56 / 1 Ounce) Only 3 left in stock - order soon. AMA! Overall, these were a disappointment. This is the ghost pepper. They’re ghost pepper chips, and when we eat anything that says it has ghost pepper in it, we expect to suffer. The ghost pepper is also a pepper with a unique gimmick: being extremely spicy. ", semblanceofafeeling’s comment from discussion "I work at the largest Trader Joe’s in America. But these are ghost pepper chips, and as ghost pepper chips, it’s pretty miserable. I cant give away too much, but if you have any questions about inner workings of the store, what the company culture is like, and why we cycle through products so quickly!”, “I’ll bite,” one Reddit user wrote. So seasonal and special items keep people coming back.”. This was not the case. “If you’re asking why we run out sometimes, that has to do with ordering and warehouse,” they explained. Hit the jump and find out. We here at Eggware.XYZ love spicy food. ", Buzzfa’s comment from discussion "I work at the largest Trader Joe’s in America. ", aidoll’s comment from discussion "I work at the largest Trader Joe’s in America. “Why do you sell out of things that people would obviously buy?” they asked. There we go! FOOD: Trader Joe’s – Ghost Pepper Chips [Discontinued] We here at Eggware.XYZ love spicy food. You can’t fill chip bags all the way or they’ll be smashed and stale by the time they get on shelves. With their light texture and subtle taste, they’re easy to scarf if you’re into potato-flavored chips. But it was the smell that gave us our first serious sense of worry: all potato. It’s true. Read page 7 of the Discontinued at Trader Joe's in 2018 [OLD] discussion from the Chowhound Markets, Trader Joes food community. We are constantly on the hunt for the most spicy of snacks, no matter the country of origin. AMA! Part of the problem became evident once we reached the end of the bag: all of the powder and flakes had settled to the bottom, leaving the last few chips unpleasantly salty and unnecessarily flavorful. How much ghost pepper is IN this stuff? “Do bigger stores have a greater variety of products?” one person asked. But there’s one pepper that’s come into vogue that’s continued to elude us. Trader Joe’s is our happy place.The food is cheap, delicious, and for the most part, healthy. We’ll admit it. Lots of restaurants and snack food providers have tried to obtain the ephemeral essence of the ghost pepper, and many have failed. It seemed like it was starting to ramp up to true heat now. Trader Joe’s has always been good for us when it comes to cheap food and wine – will they hold up to the heat of the Bhut Jolokia itself? AMA! The lattice cut gave it a nice, crisp crunch with a lot of great authentic potato flavor. We’ll admit it. It’ll be sure to sneak up on us. Most other ghost pepper-themed foods, like Popeyes’ Ghost Pepper Wings or Taco Bell’s Dare Devil Grillers, have fallen flat on their promise to deliver true ghost pepper heat. Not a hint of nose hair curling spice to be found. With the sudden fad of spicy foods that Sriracha has started, the industry is always looking for the most extreme of flavors to bolster their advertising… not to mention that it would only take a very small amount of ghost pepper extract to spice up a fast food-sized quantity of food. ", AONole’s comment from discussion "I work at the largest Trader Joe’s in America. Learn how your comment data is processed. The chips were lattice cut, like waffle fries, so that was pretty cool. Join the discussion today. If you branded these as “spicy BBQ chips”, we would consider them to be pretty dang decent, if not the best BBQ chips we’ve ever eaten. ", magsmar’s comment from discussion "I work at the largest Trader Joe’s in America. Or other times, certain products can become contaminated with an allergen. The food is cheap, delicious, and for the most part, healthy. 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A pepper that was once the hottest in the world, and still takes home the bronze in heat today. “I work at the largest Trader Joe’s in America. We hope that Trader Joe’s, with the greater focus and care they give to their food, will have a better time recreating the experience of biting into the notorious pepper. “That could be that they sent us the wrong thing, or too little, or that they’re out too. The more we ate, we started to feel that hot tingling sensation creep across our lips. But there’s one pepper that’s come into vogue that’s continued to elude us. from traderjoes, With that being said, “Warehouse issues also arise occasionally,” the TJ’s employee added. And because we’re so attached to all the Trader Joe’s goodies, we feel a real loss when something gets discontinued. Once we opened the bag, right away we noticed that it was only about half full. Where we expected a spicy pepper flavor, we got BBQ.. Smoky and sweet were the only detectable notes, and a very sugary sweetness to boot. AMA! And it STILL wasn’t spicy enough! I work at the largest Trader Joe’s in America. For those not in the know, Trader Joe’s is a grocery store with a unique gimmick: they sell primarily store-branded food items at a great discount compared to other supermarkets. Copyright 2020 © Eggware.XYZ – All Rights Reserved, FOOD: Popeyes – Wild Pepper Tenderloins [Discontinued], FOOD: Taco Bell – Lava Sauce & Volcano Quesarito [Discontinued], FOOD: Taco Bell – Dare Devil Grillers [Discontinued], FOOD: Arby’s – Jalapeño Hushpuppies [Discontinued], Popeyes’ “Twisty” Wicked Shrimp gets it twisted on the wickedness, Dunkin’ Donuts’ Spicy Ghost Pepper Donut: a hateful donut. A rare, hot-ticket item, these chips for the most spicy of snacks, no matter country! Store hot sauces rank around 2,000-3,000 Scoville heat units, the ghost pepper, and takes... The wrong thing, or that they sent us the wrong thing, that! 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