Here's the difference, just to clear up any confusion.

By Corey Williams
November 29, 2018
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Trader Joe’s wants to make one thing perfectly clear: Their Jingle Jangle existed long before the fictional teens on Riverdale decided to start using an illicit drug of the same name.

“We feel the need to point out the simple fact that Trader Joe’s Jingle Jangle was around before a certain network television show decided to name a fictional contraband substance with the same name,” states the product description. “We don’t think Politifact or Snopes has covered this yet, but these are absolutely the facts. We also feel the need to let you know Trader Joe’s Jingle Jangle is incredibly legit.”

I’ll break it down for those who might still be confused:

Trader Joe’s Jingle Jangle is a delicious assortment of chocolate-covered pretzels, popcorn, cookies, and peanut butter cups. You can only buy it during the holiday season. It comes in a tin and costs $8.99.

Riverdale’s Jingle Jangle, however, is a fictional drug dealt by a gang called the Ghoulies to teens and bikers. It is illegal, but you can get it anytime if you know the right people. Presumably, you snort it through a paper straw that resembles a Pixy Stick. I do not know how much it costs.

Trader Joe’s (probably) chose the name because it is a fun and festive complement to their product.

The show’s creators, meanwhile, seem to have taken the name from a 1969 song by “The Archies” that somehow managed to make it to No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 despite being incredibly annoying.

Again: One Jingle Jangle is a delightful mix of tasty snacks, the other is a fictional drug on a teen drama inspired by a comic book.

I hope that clears things up.