Product Review: Three New Chocolate Covered Delicacies from Trader Joe’s

Gentle Readers, The Practical Cook recently had cause to ask, is everything better doused in chocolate? Though the immediate answer seems to be “yes,” the great Peeps microwaving experiment was more of a resounding “no.” But what about potato chips?

Just say no to Peeps. Chocolate notwithstanding.

Just say no to Peeps. Chocolate notwithstanding.

Experience with Ben and Jerry’s Late Night Snack indicates that salt and chocolate go well, and that potato is not off-putting. But unvarnished by ice cream?

I digress, here are the chocolate-covered reviewees:

1. Milk Chocolate Potato Chips. Like most potato chips, not only is it hard to eat just one, it’s better when you eat more of these. I don’t think that is because they are super delicious, but more somehow tastes better. I know, I tried it both ways. I give these a B. Interesting, but you can’t dance to it.

Milk Chocolate Covered Potato Chips from Trader Joe's

Milk Chocolate Covered Potato Chips from Trader Joe's

2. Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Egg. I had high hopes, because of my unblushing love for Trader Joe’s Valencia Peanut Butter. However, the chocolate shell is crunchy, unlike the gold standard, the Reese’s Peanut Butter Egg. The crunch is not pleasant. My fellow tasters agreed, not worth the caloric holiday spend compared to the yellow-wrappered seductress.

Trader Joe's Peanut Butter Egg loses points for crunchy chocolate coating.

Trader Joe's Peanut Butter Egg loses points for crunchy chocolate coating.

3. Dark Chocolate Almonds with Turbinado Sugar and Sea Salt (WINNER!). The beauty of this snack, beyond the mouthfeel, flavor balance, and general unicorns and sunshine goodness, is it is practically a health food. Almonds, hello. But they are also so rich, that you can eat way less than a serving and feel complete and whole. Run, don’t walk on this one.

Hello Love: Dark Chocolate Almonds from Trader Joe's

Hello Love: Dark Chocolate Almonds from Trader Joe's

What’s your favorite chocolate-covered item at Trader Joe’s? Post a comment today. We won”t bite, unless you are chocolate-covered. Also, submit any questions you have today for answerage on Friday!! Act now.

Farewell until next year old friend. (Reese's Peanut Butter Eggs, truly the perfect ratio of chocolate to peanut butter.)

Farewell until next year old friend. (Reese's Peanut Butter Eggs, truly the perfect ratio of chocolate to peanut butter.)

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4 responses to “Product Review: Three New Chocolate Covered Delicacies from Trader Joe’s

  1. I respectfully submit that I tried the Trader Joe’s Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Egg, and I actually enjoyed the crunchy chocolate shell against the creamy peanut butter immensely. My only gripe with it is that the thing is so large…and where candy is concerned, “eat half and save for later” is a difficult concept for me. Plus the creamy insides would make it a little messy to save half. I admit, though, I didn’t try too hard to figure out a method. I’ve got one left, so who knows?
    To each her own chocolate covered peanut butter egg! If it came down to it, I would let you have all the Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs if I could have the TJ’s. Variety for world peace!

    • The Practical Cook

      Fair, fair. In the name of science, I just retested a portion of the Tj’s egg, having dissected it previously with a chef’s knife. Tasty, but not more so than they’re dark chocolate peanut butter cups, which are a better size.

      Let’s hear from other tasters, how do you feel about smooth vs. crunch in your chocolate?

  2. angela

    On the high seas at the moment, but have just sent memo to the signif other to walk, don’t run to TJ’s and aquire some Dark Chocolate Almonds… (I can’t even finish typing the title without drooling all over my keyboard)… for my return to dry land. Gold stars go to you for the tip!

    • The Practical Cook

      I am here to help with any maritime chocolate crisis. Safe travels, and I can’t wait to hear what you think of these gems. The question remains, will the original batch await you, or will Mr. Signif “test” them for you first. :)

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