Trader Joe’s Organic Animal Crackers

My family and I have been going a bit crackers the past week. Not only for the delicious snacks above (which, trust me, are delicious), but over a seriously unexpected turn of events.

Early last Monday, I received a phone call alerting me that my younger daughter’s school had caught fire overnight. The fire gutted 3 classrooms and left the remainder of the school flooded in inches of water. Classes were cancelled all last week. On Monday we toured a new temporary facility where classes have finally resumed, but officials still aren’t certain when the school will reopen again. Sort of like a box of animal crackers, it’s been exciting and unpredictable; reach your hand in, you just don’t know what you’ll pull out!

Hence today’s low-sodium star: Trader Joe’s Organic Animal Crackers! Not only will they keep you guessing (which one will I get???), but they’re also GOOD for you! Organic, low in sodium, and VEGAN (oh yes). At a mere 100 mg sodium per serving — and a serving is seventeen whole crackers, not a measly 4 or 5 — you can afford to indulge. And at just $3.49 per tub, they’re an acceptable indulgence for the wallet, too. Woo hoo!

If you don’t have a Trader Joe’s near you, do yourself a favor and write to request a location! When my family and I first moved to Portland, we too were Trader Joe’s – less, but NO MORE. I cannot say how wonderful the store is and how much it means to have a location nearby. Keep petitioning!

Last, if anyone is interested in supporting my daughter’s public school, they could REALLY use your help. The PTO is trying to raise money through the Close Buy Catalog. This catalog rocks! It’s seriously like coming to Portland for a shopping spree, all from the comfort of your couch. All the of the products are made by local businesses in Maine, VT, NH & MA. If you see anything you’d like to order, at checkout select HALL SCHOOL PTO as the “organization to support.” Thanks so very much for your consideration!

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6 Responses to Trader Joe’s Organic Animal Crackers

  1. Amber says:

    I bet those crackers would be good dunked in, slathered with, or slapped on and sandwiched together with this stuff dark chocolate dreams! It only has 35mg of sodium/ 2 Tbs. They also have a white chocolate version (which I haven’t yet tried, but here is just as delicious). And the best part, it’s Vegan too!!

  2. Oh no! I’m very sorry to hear about your daughters’ school, Dishy! That sounds awful! I know of a school where a squirrel once managed (somehow) to chew through some wires electrocuting himself and starting a very small fire. Fortunately it was out almost instantly – even before the fire department arrived, I think. And there wasn’t even much in the way of damage, there… so I can’t even imagine.
    Hmm… now I’m hoping there aren’t any squirrel shapes in the above, Dishy! I’d hate to put anyone off Animal Crackers (although I’m not even sure that sort of thing is possible)!

    • Christy says:

      Hah! Inky that is so funny and absolutely awful! Poor squirrel! No def not rodents to be had. Our last batch seemed to be mostly elephants and camels if I’m recalling correctly. (Though truth be told, we go through animal crackers like tissues round these parts.)

      I just found out BJs sells vegan low-sodium crackers too (vanilla AND chocolate!!!!!!!!) Heaven!

  3. kate Howard says:

    Christy, Instead of salt, can I use Benson’s Table Tasty for the chocolate chip cookies I want to make for clients on a low-sodium diet? Kate

    • Christy says:

      Hi Kate, I would not recommend using salt-free seasoning in anything but savory dishes, at least in general.

      Just make the cookies without salt; they should be absolutely delicious as is.

      PS: when baking for low sodium clients you should also be using sodium-free leavening agents — Featherweight baking powder and Ener-G baking soda substitute are available online at,, and elsewhere. Baking powder is a straight one-to-one substitution; sodium free baking soda MUST BE DOUBLED because the leavening agent isn’t as strong as that in “regular” baking soda — so don’t forget to use twice as much!!

      Hope this helps!

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