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.

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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.

Boatswain Chocolate Stout

I found this beer at Trader Joe’s this weekend, and as the basis for their Boatswain Chocolate Stout Bar, I had to get it.

I am not a big beer aficionado. I will occasionally have an ale, especially a blueberry one, but otherwise I pass on the stuff. But this beer was brewed with cocoa powder, so I had to try it.

As a stout, it is very dark. You can barely see the -10 Dexterity stencil on my ThinkGeek pint glass! And while it is quite smooth and tasty, I could not detect even a hint of chocolate in this beer. It just tasted dark and roasted. Oh well, I tried it.

Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Orange Sticks

I found this large bag of candy at Trader Joe’s and brought it to work for a large bar Friday chocolate eating meeting.

Yuck! I did not like these. They were soft orange gels covered in a chocolate that was barely dark (only 45% cacao) and almost tasteless. They reminded me of a Terry’s Dark Orange, only softer. Some of my co-workers liked them, so I let them split the bag and take them home, since there were so many of the slices in the bag. Otherwise I would have tossed them, something I normally consider a crime to do to chocolate. But making these chocolate was the criminal act. Throwing them away would be a kindness.

Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Spice Granola Bark

I found these at Trader Joe’s last weekend.

Three things surprised me about this bark. First off, they are really thick, much thicker than they appear on label. I’d estimate they were easily twice as thick as they look there. Second, they are coated on both sides with that delicious 66% cacao dark chocolate. The label makes it looks like just the top is coated. And third, they are DELICIOUS! I was worried the pumpkin spice would be too strong or too gingery (I am not a fan of ginger), but it was not. They tasted like a yummy cinnamon and nutmeg granola bar with lots of pumpkin seeds and chocolate. I would definitely guy this again, and based on how fast it disappeared at the office, so would my co-workers.

Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

I have been eating these for year, but I cannot believe I never posted about them. Well, let’s fix that!

These are delicious little dark chocolate cups filled with sweet peanut butter filling. I like them better than normal Reese’s cups, and maybe even better than dark Reese’s. I think it’s because the dark chocolate is high quality and because the ratio of chocolate to filling is skewed a little more to the chocolate. In any case, I have enjoyed these for years and plan to enjoy them for many more.