Trader Joe’s Gone Berry Crazy

On the recommendation of a co-worker, I picked up these frozen dark chocolate covered strawberry pieces at Trader Joe’s.

These were wonderful. The box contained about 15-20 pieces, each one anywhere from a quarter to half of a strawberry, coated in a thick layer of pretty good dark chocolate. It was 92 degrees on the day I bought them, so I ate three or four pieces after lunch, and that was a perfect icy and chocolatey dessert for a hot day. I am keeping a box of these in the freezer all summer!


Trader Joe’s Mini Dark Chocolate Mint Coins

Here’s another great cookie from Trader Joe’s that I saw reviewed by Brenda at Become Betty.

These were super yummy! They are small cookies, about the size of a quarter (hence the coin name), consisting of a mint chocolate wafer covered in a nice thick coating of dark chocolate. These cookies are smaller than Girl Scout Thin Mint cookies, but they are have a lot more chocolate flavor, and dare I say it…I like them more than Thin Mints!

I opened the box at work and invited co-workers to try some (the box says a serving is eight cookies, and I wasn’t about to argue with the box), and within fifteen minutes the cookies were all gone. I’d say that is a great endorsement!

Thanks for the recommendation, Brenda!

Trader Joe’s Crispy Cookies Filled With Belgian Chocolate

I found these cookies at Trader Joe’s. I went looking for them based on the great review by Brenda at Become Betty.

I think Trader Joe’s sells great chocolate, and their cookies are usually pretty good too. These cookies were great! They were like round Pepperidge Farm Milano cookies, but with much more chocolate filling. The filling is darker and more chocolatey too, so I think I like these cookies even more than Milanos. And that is saying a lot, since I grew up addicted to Milano cookies.

Thanks for the tip, Brenda!

p.s. The chocolate in these cookies is from Belgium, but the cookies themselves are baked in the Netherlands, so I marked both countries as the origin for these.

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.

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.