Montezuma’s Absolute Black With Cacoa Nibs

I found this bar at Trader Joe’s. I saw the 100% on the label and I had to have it.

I have had 100% cacao bars before (including several Cacao Parlor ones recently), and I have even had a Montezuma bar before, but I have never had a 100% bar with cocoa nibs in it. In addition to adding texture, these nibs made the bar seem even darker and more astringent, but I really liked it. Yes, the bar pulled all of the water from my mouth, but the chocolate flavor was strong and quite pronounced. And my co-workers liked it too, which surprised me. A year ago a 100% bar had them cringing and saying it was too much, but this bar had them reaching for seconds and thirds. I think I have refined their palettes for chocolate!

Trader Joe’s Boatswain Chocolate Stout Bar

I picked up this bar at Trader Joe’s a few weeks ago, and my co-worker Dini M. also got this bar, so we did a double bar taste test at a chocolate eating meeting.

This is a pretty decent bar. The chocolate is nice and dark at 70% cacao, and the caramel filling is thick and chocolatey while still being liquid. I will admit I couldn’t really taste any beer flavor in this bar, but I haven’t tried Trader Joe’s Boatswain Stout on its own. I did manage to cut each bar into eight pieces without getting caramel goo everywhere, so that was a big plus. And everyone agreed they were quite tasty. Despite having two bars, very little was left over.

Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Crisps

I found these at Trader Joe’s last week.

These crisps were exactly like the ones I found at CostPlus World Market a few years ago, being Pringles-like wafers of dark chocolate with crisped rice bits in them. This time I remembered to take a photo of how they are packaged.

Very cool looking chocolate, and very tasty too. I liked them and so did my co-workers, and despite there being thirty or so of these wafers, they were gone in minutes!

Trader Joe’s Coffee Toffee Shortbread Cookies

I got these cookies at Trader Joe’s during their coffee craze period in April, when it seemed like dozens of coffee-flavored and coffee-related products were appearing on their “What’s New At Trader Joe’s” shelf.

These were pretty good. They were smallish shortbread cookies, baked with some coffee for flavor and little bits of toffee for crunch. Each cookie had chocolate stripes on the top and a complete chocolate bottom, so there was a good chocolate flavor too. I liked them and so did my co-workers, except that one guy (again) who hates coffee.

Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Sea Salt & Malt Vinegar Caramels

I found this box of caramels at Trader Joe’s, and the beautiful box art alone was enough to make me buy them (although being dark chocolate, they would have been purchased anyway).

Inside, there were seven caramels, an odd number for sharing.

I ended up cutting them in half, so co-workers could try them, and that was a mistake. The caramel is very soft but the chocolate shell was not, and the caramel squished out as I cut them. They looked like a mess. Still, my co-workers and I forged ahead and ate them, and you know what? They were quite yummy. They were chocolatey and caramely and very salty, but there was almost no vinegar taste. Maybe a slight tang, but I could have imagined it. If I hadn’t seen the box, I wouldn’t have said there was any vinegar in these at all.

All in all, these were good but not great.

Trader Joe’s Chocolate Brooklyn Babka

I saw this cake reviewed on BecomeBetty and I knew I would have to try it. What better time than after a trip to New York City?

I really didn’t know what a babka was before this, but it is a dense layered yeast-based cake, and it is absolutely filled and topped with chocolate. I loved this cake! As dense and rich as it was, I have no doubt I would have eaten the whole thing myself. Fortunately I was shopping with a friend, and we agreed that she would take half of the cake home with her. True to form, I ate my entire half after she left. All one thousand calories of it. That’s a lot of dog walking I need to do this weekend!