As it turns out, you can’t pick up Riverdale‘s Jingle Jangle drug at your local Trader Joe’s. After spotting Jingle Jangle on the shelf, an intrepid writer at Vulture reached out to the grocery store chain, who pointed out that Trader Joe’s Jingle Jangle product predates The CW series and contains perfectly legal chocolate treats.
According to the rep’s response, “Trader Joe’s Jingle Jangle was introduced years ago. It’s just a fun name that plays off of sleigh bells referenced in Christmas carols, since it is a holiday item. It’s also a fun way to describe the sound customers might hear when they give the tin can a shake.”
Though Trader Joe’s does sell a product called “Jingle Jangle,” the tin contains “an assortment of a whole bunch of things that taste terrific bathed in chocolate,” from organic mini pretzels to caramel popcorn to mini peanut butter cups.
Jingle Jangle is more than a holiday-themed treat. It’s also the name of an old track released on an Archies album in 1970. The track comes from a brief era when real, full Archies albums were actually produced (in the late-60s and early-70s) and were quite popular. “Jingle Jangle” itself even topped Canadian charts for one week in 1970.
Of course, in The CW’s Riverdale, Jingle Jangle is an illegal drug that’s making the rounds at Southside High, pushed by a gang called the Ghoulies. Jingle Jangle has even reached Northside High, alarming parents in the much posher side of town. The drug, which draws its name from the Archies song, comes in pixy stix-like packaging — not festive tins.
Airing Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW, Riverdale stars K.J. Apa as Archie Andrews, Lili Reinhart as Betty Cooper, Camila Mendes as Veronica Lodge, Cole Sprouse as Jughead Jones, Madelaine Petsch as Cheryl Blossom, Ashleigh Murray as Josie McCoy and Casey Cott as Kevin Keller.
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