Tuesday, June 7, 2005

Chocolate Sunflower Seed Drops

Name: Chocolate Sunflower Seed Drops
Brand: Trader Joe’s
Place Purchased: Trader Joe’s
Price: $2.79
Size: 7.5 oz
Calories per ounce: 150
Type: Nuts/Chocolate

These were a huge surprise. I was in Trader Joe’s over the weekend, enjoying the fabulous views of candy in the frozen foods aisle and these little fellows just screamed “buy me!” and I did. They’re just so adorably cute, with their sunny colors and perfect sunflower seed shapes.

First, I’m a little curious about the actual production of these guys. I mean, it seems like a lot of engineering went into these. The sunflower seeds have a consistent, thin coating of sweet milk chocolate on them and then over that is the thinnest sheath of candy shells. They’re all glossy and still have the little point at one end like a bare seed does.


Because the shell is so thin, they crunch immediately and release that familiar sunflower seed taste along with the sweet balance of the light chocolate. The snackability of these is amazing - I could just shovel them into my mouth all day. Whoops, I think I have!

If you don’t have a Trader Joe’s near you, these, available from Candy Warehouse may be similar. I’m not keen to find out on my own, as the last thing I need is FOUR POUNDS. But I’ll keep my eye out for the little packages.


As candy goes, they are a bit more wholesome than some other choices. A single serving (about an ounce) boasts 2 grams of fiber, 4 grams of protein and 4% of your daily value of calcium and iron. No trans fats at all.

Rating: 9 out of 10

POSTED BY Cybele AT 4:06 pm Tracker Pixel for Entry     CandyReviewTrader Joe'sChocolateNuts9-YummyUnited States

  1. wheee colorful!!! they MUSTVE been yummy!

    Comment by suze on 12/31/69 at 4:00 pm #
  2. you can get these great sunflower seeds at

    and at

    and they do have the better coating- and come in solids, seasonal mixes, etc!

    Comment by jonathan on 2/06/06 at 4:15 pm #
  3. These look so good!  I can’t wait to try them!  I found them for $4 a pound at this site:

    Comment by April on 5/11/06 at 5:46 am #
  4. I agree with you! These are fantastic. I was introduced to them at Bunko and had to go out and buy some. They are so addictive and very crisp. Very good. Thanks for posting.

    Comment by Jen on 10/07/06 at 12:59 pm #
  5. I’m so glad the blogger mentioned shovelling them into her mouth - I was feeling SO guilty for having no self control. I bought a 3 oz package this afternoon and it was gone by night time. I saw on another site a girl called them her legal “crack.” I can totally see why! smile

    Comment by Jen Too! on 5/10/07 at 6:12 pm #
  6. Here is another link:


    Comment by Alice on 6/14/07 at 12:08 pm #
  7. Went to Candy Warehouse but they said I have to order online then pick it up and I’m only in LA for a week. Not sure if they are in stock at Trader Joe’s. Anyone know where else they are sold in Los Angeles? I first saw them in DFW airport sold as Armadillo Droppings.

    Comment by Apple on 2/08/08 at 5:03 pm #
  8. I was not a big fan of these. I enjoy sunflower seeds, and I enjoy chocolate, but together I am not a fan!

    Comment by Marissa on 2/13/08 at 7:16 am #
  9. yes i TOTALLY agree-i “shovel” them as well! even though some would disagree, my mouth isn’t big enough! DEFINITELY DELICIOUS!!!!

    Comment by Jen on 2/20/08 at 5:58 am #
  10. Agreed with Marissa - not a fan.  Sunflower seeds good.  Chocolate good.  Together they do not go well.

    Comment by Jules on 4/07/09 at 11:41 am #
  11. I was surprised you hadn’t reviewed Trader Joe’s Brandy Beans. Even though they’re only out during the holidays I think they’re delicious.

    Comment by Gwen Lasho on 4/28/10 at 4:09 pm #
  12. I admit it: I’m addicted to chocolate covered sunflower seeds. However, after trying the TJ brand, I can understand why some posts here have included less-than-favorable reviews.

    Unlike the sunny seed drops from the Sunflower Food Company (which taste more like M&Ms;), the TJ variety has more of an underlying salty taste…? But, the TJ brand does provide a bigger portion at a similar cost.

    Comment by Kat P on 4/04/11 at 9:42 am #
  13. I’ve never tried these or known anyone who has so I never bothered picking them up at Trader Joe’s when there were so many other treats to indulge in. Now I feel confident enough to try them!

    Comment by Amity on 5/29/12 at 11:59 am #
  14. These things are incredibly addicting!

    Comment by Angelica on 3/24/13 at 5:02 pm #
  15. Hi

    Comment by Katy on 6/10/14 at 5:40 pm #
  16. Reese’s peanut butter cups used to be my all time favorite candy but after a later in life peanut allergy, I have been denied them for the last ten years. :(

    I was originally not a fan of the TJ chocolate sunflower seeds but they are now my go-to when I *need* that little something. These are as close as I can get to peanut butter and chocolate (I’m also allergic to tree nuts.)

    Comment by Vencogirl on 7/25/14 at 1:07 am #
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