The $1 Trader Joe’s “Nostalgic” Dessert That Has Shoppers Running to the Store

Trader Joe's Grocery Store, Cary, North Carolina, USA, May 16, 2022
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With the countdown to spring underway, grocers have been rolling out the red carpet for the seasonal products, getting us amped up for the warm weather months. One of our favorite grocers, Trader Joe’s, has certainly spoiled us lately with their highly anticipated new nostalgic item shelf, but their latest dessert has us feeling not only excited for spring, but also nostalgic for snack time during our childhood.

Instagram account @trader_joes_treasure_hunt put the Cheery Lemon Animal Crackers on our radar, and if you think you’ve seen these before, they are certainly reminiscent of the pink and white frosted circus animal cookies from growing up. (The elementary school classmate that had these was always the most popular person in the room.) This adult Trader Joe’s version puts a spin on a classic animal cracker with its yellow lemony yogurt coating and rainbow colored crunchy candy sprinkle topping. Not to mention, all the colors in the treat are derived from natural ingredients like vegetable juice and turmeric.

“The grinspiration of these Crackers is further found in the chipper crunch of their lightly sweet, cookie-like character,” writes Trader Joe’s on their website. “Multiplying this mirth, each Cracker is cut into one of 13 unique & gladsome Animals, including: bears, elephants, cats, donkeys, goats, tigers, lions, horses, cows, rhinos, camels, bison, and hippos.”

The cookies come in a perfectly portioned single-serve package that can be brought along as an after lunch treat, an afternoon pick-me-up, or can be enjoyed in the evening for dessert. It’s important to note that the cookies are only going to be available for a limited time, so make sure to try them while you can. Each bag is selling for $0.99 each, but let’s be real: you’ll probably want to snag at least five. Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!