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Baked Onion Rings: A Gluten-Free, Flavorful Snack

Updated on May 24, 2017
Bag of Snack-O's
Bag of Snack-O's | Source

Yes, yet another article expounding the virtues of one of my favorite places to shop. You guessed it…Trader Joe’s. Despite my numerous articles about their products, I have not received anything free or been provided compensation of any sort for endorsements of their products. So, these recommendations come straight from the heart—I mean stomach!

5 stars for Trader Joe's Snack-O's

The Product

So today’s pick is Trader Joe’s Baked Snack-O’s. They are described on the package as “Crunchy corn rings flavored with sweet onion seasoning.” And this is true. But what the package does not tell you is exactly how flavorful they are. This is actually my only complaint about the product. On first crunch there is really an explosion of flavor. While this may not seem bad, the problem is you keep eating trying to figure out exactly how so much flavor is in one little ring. But then, as you eat more, the amount of flavor can become overwhelming. I often have to drink quite a bit of water to clear my palette. But then whatever addictive quality they put in the onion rings draws me right back for more. Usually once a bag opens, everyone—including the 2- and 3-year-old—clamor for his or her piece of the pie (or rather onion ring).

Individual Snack-O's
Individual Snack-O's | Source

Pros and Cons

What are the benefits and pros for these flavorful rings? Let’s start with two of the most important: this product is gluten-free and vegan. So, a snack does exist for those with Celiac or who are gluten-free by choice that really tastes good. These snacks are made with no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives. I can understand the others, but I do not know how they get so much flavor with natural spices. Taste them and you will know why I keep rambling about the flavor profile. This is why the back label reads, “These crisp, flavorful onion seasoned snacks are baked, not fried. Their sweet onion flavor tastes so good, we predict you won’t be able to stop at just one.” And once again the company is correct.

So here are the actual ingredients that make it so good and gluten-free: cornmeal, rice flour, sunflower (or safflower) oil, sweet onion seasoning (cane sugar, salt, dried onion, dried garlic, natural flavor, dried parsley, and citric acid). Count it all up and that’s only four main ingredients, amazing. The best description of Snack-O's comes from another Hubber who actually has not tried Snack-O's before. But his comment was if these snacks taste anything like Funyuns, then he is all in for trying them. And I never thought about the connection between the two onion ring snacks. But a great way to describe Snack-O's is as healthy Funyuns. So thanks prospectboy for the thought!

Now that I eat for my blood type, Snack-O's are out for me. But I still appreciate how a gluten-free snack provided so much flavor and crunch.

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Hopefully you have a Trader Joe’s near you to give these Snack-O’s a taste. If not, have a friend who has a Trader Joe’s near them send some to you. Hopefully you will thank them when you are done gobbling up your last ring.

Stephanie Bradberry
Stephanie Bradberry

About the Author

Stephanie Bradberry is a freelance writer and editor. She is an educator, herbalist, and naturopath who runs her own home-based business, Naturally Fit & Well, LLC. One of her favorite pastimes is whipping up or trying out recipes.

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      cruelkindness 5 years ago from an angle view.

      Love snacks especially onion rings.

      I want to eat more healthy so on that note,

      thanks for the new thing to try on my list.

      Cruelkindness (Subliminally Thoughtless)

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      Stephanie Bradberry 5 years ago from New Jersey

      Hello cruelkindness. You are welcome. I love snacking too. So I love when I come across something pre-made that I do not have to worry about where it came from. You will thoroughly enjoy.

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      Bradrick H. 5 years ago from Texas

      Alright I have to find me a friend who has a Trader Joe's near them lol. Looking at the photo, these rings look a lot like those Funyun chips. If they taste anything like them, I definitely wouldn't mind trying these out. Great article and well written. Voted up, and shared on Twitter.

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      Stephanie Bradberry 5 years ago from New Jersey

      Hello again prospectboy. You really do need to have someone send these and the cookies to you. I never thought about how they look like Funyuns. But you are right. They have the same consistency too. And believe me, they taste really similar to Funyuns, except they are much healthier. Thanks for giving me a good description of them. I will have to add that to the article! Thanks for reading and sharing.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      They look delicious. I wish we had a Trader Joe's here. Maybe one is in the city which is only about 50 miles away. Thank you for sharing..

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      Stephanie Bradberry 5 years ago from New Jersey

      always exploring, I am always sad when I hear someone else does not have a Trader Joe's near by. It really is a good place to shop where I don't have to worry about reading labels. I hope you get to try them some day.

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 5 years ago from Templeton, CA

      I don't really like onion rings as sold in restaurants, but you make these sound delicious. Trader Joe's is my favorite place to shop for groceries. I do most of my shopping for groceries at farmers market, Trader Joe's and Costco. I hardly even enter a supermarket anymore.

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      Stephanie Bradberry 5 years ago from New Jersey

      Wow, WannaBWriter, you are one of the lucky ones to have a Trader Joe's nearby. Definitely give these a try the next time you go. Even if you don't like real onion rings, I think these will surprise you since they are a snack and not a side dish item.

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I love onion rings but try to avoid them because of the fat content. This is a healthy alternative. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Stephanie Bradberry 5 years ago from New Jersey

      I agree 100%, alocsin. Onion rings can be very good but drenched in oil if you get them from a fast food place or pre-packaged. But these are really good and baked. You will not miss the fat!

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 5 years ago from Templeton, CA

      Just want to add to my last comment. i was at Trader Joe's yesterday and decided to pick up a bag of these. I agree that they are quite tasty -- even for one who doesn't care for restaurant onion rings. I love the crunch. Do you have any idea how these work at a casserole topping in those recipes that called for one to use canned onion rings?

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      Stephanie Bradberry 5 years ago from New Jersey

      Hello again WannaBWriter. I am so glad you actually tried these so people do not think I am being biased :)

      I think they would work great in place of the canned onion rings. I have not tried it yet. But it is certainly a good idea. I think I will try it as a crust for chicken before I do the casserole thing, just personal preference. But I will let you and the world know how it goes if and when I try it. Thanks for the suggestion! And thanks for updating!

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      Angela Brummer 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      Great idea. Thank you!

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      Stephanie Bradberry 5 years ago from New Jersey

      Hello Angela Brummer. No problem. I did not invent these onion rings. I just enjoy eating them! So there was not effort on my part except spreading the word.

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      clubtraderjoes 4 years ago

      I know these aren't anything like Funyuns but they were way too sweet for me! http://www.clubtraderjoes.com/2012/09/trader-joes-...

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      Stephanie Bradberry 4 years ago from New Jersey

      I don't find them too sweet. But at times the seasoning can be a bit too powerful.

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      JPSO138 3 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International

      It is sad to note that there are no Trader Joe's in our area. But I do love onion rings. I certainly hope that one day I will be able to try this out. Up for this hub.

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      Stephanie Bradberry 3 years ago from New Jersey

      JPSO138,

      I am sorry to hear you have no local Trader Joe's. But I am finding more and more of their items on places like Amazon. Happy hunting!

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