Trader Joe’s Herbes de Provence Triangles crackers are a product I didn’t want to like when I saw them pop up at my local Trader Joe’s this past week. I was telling myself that here we go with another cute cracker just in time for the holiday season. But little did I know…
First, let’s start with what we have here before we move on to why I liked them so much.
What we have is a box of crackers that are made of puff pastry and covered with rosemary, savory, thyme, onion, and garlic powders. The crackers are cut into triangles and only one side is covered in the herb mixture. They are about 1 1/2″ on a side so they are pretty small.
They are made out of puff pastry so they are quite light and many of them are hollow in the middle as they puffed up during the baking process.
If you aren’t familiar with Herbes de Provence, it’s the traditional blend of herbs that they use in the Provence region of southern France. That blend of herbs is made up of dried rosemary, fennel seed, dried thyme, dried marjoram, dried savory, dried basil, dried mint, dried oregano, and dried tarragon. Sometimes people put lavender into the blend.
As you can see, Trader Joe’s skimped a little bit on the whole melange of herbs that make up the traditional blend. Not sure why, other than to save a couple of bucks because all those different spices bring their own flavors to the blend.
Several years ago we traveled to Provence to hike in the Luberon mountains and drink wine and eat. It was a great trip but one of the things that stood out for me was when we were hiking I kept smelling roast chicken until our guide pointed out that I was just smelling the herbs that grow wild in Provence. So, instead of having weeds, they have rosemary, thyme, oregano, savory, lavender, etc just growing in the hills around Provence. BTW, the food is excellent in Provence. I highly recommend a trip there if you can.
I could see easily making these too. Just get a sheet of puff pastry, put on an egg wash, and then sprinkle Herbes de Provence on top cut into triangles and bake. Voila! You have your own crackers!
I was put off by the measly 2oz of crackers that are in this box, but considering that it’s only $2.49 per box, it isn’t a huge outlay of money. These are great for a charcuterie board and are visually appealing with their triangle shape and the herbs sprinkled on top. I would pick up 2 or 3 boxes if you are going to use them for a party.
When you eat one they almost melt in your mouth because of the puff pastry. They are also hollow but have a nice crunch. But are pretty small. I did drag a couple through some dip and they hold up quite nicely.
I was also disappointed by the mix of herbs that they call “Herbes de Provence”. They taste fine on the cracker triangles but it’s not what I expected. They also contain garlic and onion powder. Which is perfectly OK and I actually like the flavors, but it’s not Herbes de Provence.
I can easily recommend buying these for your entertaining needs. They are perfect for dips and charcuterie boards but don’t expect a true Provencial experience. I am going to give them 8 out of 10 Bells!
- WHEAT FLOUR
- BUTTER (CREAM)
- SEASONING BLEND (ROSEMARY, SAVORY, THYME, DRIED ONION, GARLIC POWDER)
- MODIFIED CORNSTARCH
- BLACK PEPPER
- MILK PROTEIN
- CONTAINS MILK, WHEAT.
- MAY CONTAIN EGG, SOY, SESAME, ALMOND, HAZELNUT.