Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Covered Peppermint Cremes

I found this box at Trader Joe’s right before Christmas. It was the last one on the New Item shelf.

Inside were fifteen of the peppermint cremes.

Each one was a thick blob of soft peppermint, covered in dark chocolate and sprinkled with crushed candy cane. The chocolate looked and tasted dark, but it was only 49% cacao, which surprised me a lot. I would have guessed a lot darker, like 65%. I really liked these cremes, since they were chocolate and minty and not too sweet, and they left you with fresh breath after you ate them. My co-workers liked them too, with most of the six people having seconds or thirds.

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Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels

I found this box of caramels on the new shelf at Trader Joe’s over the holidays.

Inside were sixteen very pretty caramels.

I really liked these caramels. Like their Irish Whiskey Caramels, these were made with 55% cacao from Belgium, but they were made in Ireland. However, they reminded me more of Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Sea Salt & Malt Vinegar Caramels, because they were very soft and gooey and salty. In fact, these were too salty. My co-workers complained and removed some of the salt after the first bite, and several skipped seconds, saying they had eaten too much salt. I liked them, but on my second one I removed some of the salt and thought it was even better that way.

Trader Joe’s Irish Whiskey Caramels

Happy New Year, dear readers, and welcome to 2018. I thought that some liquor filled chocolates would be a great way to ring in the new year.

This box contained eight fairly large truffles.

The chocolate seemed a little bloomed, despite my care at keeping them cool and out of the sun. They tasted good. Well, as good as I could expected at 55% cacao. And there was whiskey in it, around 3 proof worth, enough to give it flavor but no chance of intoxication. I put these out at a chocolate eating meeting at work, and a couple people passed on them, not liking the taste of whiskey. I liked them, but I doubt I would buy them again.

Trader Joe’s Chocolate Covered Pretzel Twist Assortment

I found this bad boy on the new shelf at Trader Joe’s last weekend.

Inside this box were 12 pretzels, 4 each of dark chocolate with candy cane chunks, dark chocolate with almond bits and milk chocolate with rainbow sprinkles. They were laid out in two trays of six each.

I tried the dark chocolate ones, which meant one with almonds and one with candy cane chunks. Both were good, with healthy amounts of dark chocolate covering a thick crispy pretzel, but I liked the almond one a little better than the candy cane one. I just like almonds more than candy canes.

I didn’t try the milk chocolate one (why bother?), but four people had one at my office chocolate eating meeting, and they said they were quite good. In fact, this box was quite a hit, so I think I might have to get another.

Trader Joe’s Chocolate Peppermint Almond Beverage

I saw this product on Become Betty, but it wasn’t stocked by the time I read about it. This year, it has come back for the holidays, and I found it at my local Trader Joe’s.

I like almond milk and I like chocolate, so I knew I was going to like this (and I did). But I was pleasantly surprised by two things. First, look how dark it is!

I shook the carton well, and then I poured this dark brown glass of almond milk. That looks delicious!

And second, the peppermint flavor is very light. Very very light. It’s there, you won’t miss it, but it is barely there. You are not drinking a candy cane. You can taste the chocolate flavor predominantly, and even some of the almond flavor. The peppermint flavor comes in lightly as you finish a sip. I liked that.

I don’t know if I would want this every week, but I think I might buy some of this every year, as a celebration of Christmas and chocolate.

Trader Joe’s Extraordinary Bark Of The Finest Collection

I found this very large bar at Trader Joe’s.

Inside was a thick slab of dark chocolate, covered in lots of bits and pieces of other products that Trader Joe’s sells: peanut butter cups, pretzels, popcorn, almonds and, even though they were unlisted, Joe Joe’s cookies (Trader Joe’s take on Oreo’s).

It kind of reminded me of a Fazer Joulusuklaa bar, in that it had lots of other things sprinkled on it. But guess what? This thing was delicious! The chocolate was very dark and deeply flavored, and the almonds, pretzels and popcorn provided a nice salty crunch. The peanut butter cups and cookies added crunch but unnecessary sweetness, so I didn’t like them as much. But still, overall, this was a great bar, and it provided my chocolate eating meeting group was lots of big pieces.

Trader Joe’s Marbellous Chocolate Bar

I got this bar from the new shelf at Trader Joe’s last weekend.

When I saw this bar, I read “Marbellous” and somehow thought of marshmallow, so I thought it was dark chocolate bar swirled with marshmallow creme. Imagine my shock when I discovered the white stuff was…white chocolate!!! I grinned and bore it and brought the bar to a chocolate eating meeting. And even though the dark chocolate was 55% cacao, the distasteful white chocolate shone through. I really didn’t like this bar, and most of my co-workers didn’t either. I would not buy it again.