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Thai Lime & Chili Peanuts - Trader Joe's

ciaobella Mar 7, 2007 11:55 AM

Yum- these are good. Just bought a 16 oz. bag for $1.99 and it's satisfying my Tom Kha craving until I can get some this weekend.

Ingredients: peanuts, thai lime leaves, chile, spicy seasoning (lemon grass, lime powder, chilie powder, sugar), salt, canola oil, rice bran oil

  1. Full tummy Sep 21, 2010 04:29 PM

    I know, old thread. But, worth reviving, as the product is still available.

    My hubby brought me back some lime & chili mixed nuts from Trader Joe's, and I LOVE them! (We live in Toronto, Canada.) A little does go a long way, but it is so reminiscent of a Thai curry. I love the dried lime leaves, so delicious. Definitely no bitter taste to them, but I can see how they wouldn't be for everyone.

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    1. re: Full tummy
      MisterBill2 Sep 23, 2010 06:08 PM

      Ah.. I had forgotten about this thread. Yes, they now have the mixed nuts now but I'm not a big fan of cashews and they're much more expensive than the peanuts - $4.99 for a smaller bag. I was very happy with the Thai peanuts. They should have just brought them back. Obviously they found a source for the spice mixture.

      What I did after finishing my first bag was to put some salted peanuts I had in the bag, so I reused the chili lime mixture.

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        bklynbiker Oct 15, 2010 05:49 PM

        thanks good idea. i've been buying the mixed nuts, but i too somewhat resent paying the premium when i'm satisfied with, even prefer, the peanuts. i'll try using peanuts as filler though per your idea misterbill

        1. re: bklynbiker
          koknia Oct 22, 2010 10:58 PM

          I tried the cashews and they didn't work for me at all. I've lived in Thailand and love kaffir lime leaves, but the combination of that with too much chili was not one of Trader Joe's finer moment. I went looking for the chili lime pistachios, not realizing they had been discontinued.
          As a Canadian I often route my US roadtrips through towns with TJs and I fill my trunk.

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          givemecarbs Oct 23, 2010 10:06 PM

          Been smiling about your comment all day MisterBill. Very inventive. Way to think inside the bag!

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            Colbrook Sep 17, 2011 05:25 PM

            Has anyone figured out a way to reverse engineer the Chili Lime Peanuts (other than reusing the spices in the bag, which is clever)? I incorporated them into a lot of my Southeast Asian recipes, and now there's a whole in my pantry. We have a kaffir lime tree, and grow Thai chilies, but I haven't tried duplicated the TJ recipe. I, too, miss the peanuts.

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              MisterBill2 Feb 10, 2013 05:40 PM

              So, TJ changed these again and it's now mixed nuts, still some cashews but with some almonds and peanuts (!) tossed in, but it's $5.49 (!!). I am eating it slowly and will reuse the mixture on peanuts when I'm done. Has anyone found another source for these, or for the spice mix? Isn't it a street food in Thailand?

              I miss the $1.99 bags of peanuts!

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                BuildingMyBento Apr 22, 2013 07:45 AM

                At least in Bangkok, I haven't noticed an equivalent snack sold on the streets. However, in Manila, there are garlic peanuts all over the place.

      2. MisterBill2 May 31, 2008 09:05 PM

        I tried to buy some of these today (*I* like them, seems like most of the posters here don't) and they didn't have them. Asked a "crew member" and was told they were discontinued! I'm very upset!

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          bklynbiker Oct 1, 2008 11:03 AM

          I'm with you misterbill, love them, and every i know does too -- in fact they're about the only snacking peanuts i really DO like -- for some reason the spices or roasting makes them more digestible for me. and now, gone! hoping like some TJ's products they'll come back at some point. As to the cashews, i was less fond of them. a few is fine, unlike regular cashews that i can really go to town on. the pistachios fell somewherein the middle. BRING BACK THE PEANUTS!!!

        2. MplsM ary Jul 19, 2007 04:46 PM

          I bought some based on this thread and uh, ick. The lime leaves tasted like slightly lime-y grass clippings and the peanuts themselves were not crunchy. More for y'all I guess.

          No fair guessing how I know what grass clippings taste like.

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            dinwiddie Jul 18, 2007 09:08 AM

            I occasionally buy the cashews, and like others say, a little goes a long way. I love snacking on them but have to be moderate both for my diet and my palate. Haven't tried the peanuts yet since I did not see them at my TJs.

            1. roberta schouten Jul 18, 2007 08:59 AM

              I think these are my very favorite snack food ever. I savor the peanuts and chow down on the cashews. I even eat the left over spices when the nuts are gone. I moved to Kansas, and there are no Trader Joes around here, so my sister sends me 5-6 bags every couple months. Once open, the cashews last two or three days then they are gone. Bliss!!!!!!

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                swissgirl Mar 8, 2007 04:25 PM

                I keep a stash of these at work. Eat a little at a time and the bag lasts forever. TJ's is great for work snacks!

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                  RC51Mike Mar 29, 2007 11:40 AM

                  Just stumbled across this thread. I immensely disliked them. spicy? lime? Thai? How can you go wrong but, something just not right about them to me. Acrid bitterness? I don't know. We had a house full of people at the time and not a single person liked them. The bag went out to the squirrels who likewise, even in the dead of winter, would not touch them. I'm not averse to new foods or tastes but those things drove me to write to TJ's. They said to return them for a refund but that bag was long gone.

                  1. re: RC51Mike
                    JK Grence the Cosmic Jester Jul 19, 2007 07:54 AM

                    Trader Joe's is really good about returns... I've even heard stories where they have honored a refund on items that people throw away. Talk to the manager and you might be pleasantly surprised.

                    1. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester
                      orangewasabi Jul 19, 2007 04:49 PM

                      wish I had known that about TJ's before . . . I too bought these peanuts thinking how you go wrong. they were vile,

                2. prunefeet Mar 8, 2007 01:26 PM

                  I agree with lots of people here, I like them but a little goes a long way...HOWEVER you must try the new almonds with tamari and wasabi. I LOVE these!!

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                    howboy Mar 11, 2007 11:43 AM

                    Now THEY sound delish....I didn't care for the chile/lime nuts.

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                      prunefeet Mar 13, 2007 12:48 PM

                      I liked the chili lime nuts but they made me feel slightly ill for some reason. These almonds are really great and munchable.

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                      hollyeve Jul 18, 2007 09:12 AM

                      The rosemary marcona almonds are even better!! They are perfect with a glass of wine!

                    3. whs Mar 8, 2007 11:21 AM

                      They taste like they've been dusted with green tea powder -- sort of bitter. I miss the garlic pistachios (discontinued).

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                        esolmom Mar 28, 2007 05:07 PM

                        yes, yes! the garlic were the best!

                      2. C. Hamster Mar 8, 2007 10:44 AM

                        I thought they were horrible, myself. Powdered lime leaves and lemongrass leave me flat.

                        1. MsMaryMc Mar 8, 2007 07:12 AM

                          I like them well enough, but I like the Honey Sesame ones even better.

                          1. King of Northern Blvd Mar 7, 2007 08:44 PM

                            I really like these...But I do tire of the taste after awhile..I usually don't make it through the whole bag. I usually end up tossing the bag after awhile but when I see them at TJ's sometimes I realize it's time for another go...

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                              CrazyOne Mar 7, 2007 06:52 PM

                              I bought the cashews, I think in exactly the same flavor. (In fact, at first I did a double-take at the price you mentioned, then I realized you said peanuts.) Maybe I'm wrong about the flavor, but it was close. (The bag is gone now so I can't look again for sure until I'm at the store again.) These were interesting, in a had to try them once, won't buy them again sort of way. Only used them for snacking, might have interesting uses for cooking I suppose.

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                                Neely_Ohara Mar 8, 2007 11:23 AM

                                I just bought a bag of the cashews the other day. They're good, but as in "a little goes a long way." I find myself snacking on just small portions, rather than the way I usually dig in with cashews or peanuts!

                                Interesting idea about trying to incorporate these into some recipes.....Might try that.

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                                  Mel Mar 8, 2007 04:55 PM

                                  i bought the cashew bag because of one of the demonstration/tastings that they did at the store where they combined the cashews with chicken, mardarin oranges and a curry type sauce. it was really good and the nuts added the best spice to them. I have also incorporated them in some thai inspired dishes.

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                                lyn Mar 7, 2007 02:50 PM

                                I kind of like them, but I use them in Asian/Thai cooking rather than snacking. I seem to think they a very good, yet I have a bag going stale in my pantry

                                1. JMF Mar 7, 2007 02:31 PM

                                  Personally I didn't like them at all. Tasted a few and chucked the rest.

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