for the love of chocolate

Trader Joe’s Swiss Milk Chocolate with 30% Whole Hazelnuts June 2, 2009

Trader Joe's Swiss Milk Chocolate with 30% Whole Hazelnuts
Is there such a thing as crunchy Nutella? You know, like crunchy peanut butter, but with Nutella and hazelnuts? If there isn’t, there should be. I bet it’d fly off the shelves.

Until then, here’s a substitute: Trader Joe’s Swiss Milk Chocolate with 30% Whole Hazelnuts. The milk chocolate is so smooth and the hazelnuts are so tasty it’s like eating crunchy Nutella. Seriously! If you’re a Nutella fan, you have got to try this and tell me if it isn’t so. And bonus—it’s more portable than Nutella because it doesn’t come in a jar.

Granted, $3.99 for a 7 oz. bar isn’t cheap. And those 7 ounces don’t go nearly as far as one might hope. I mean, the bar looks big enough, but with all that milk chocolate and hazelnut swirling around in your mouth it disappears fast. Really fast. Like one sitting fast. But then again that might just be me. I’m addicted to Nutella.


Trader Joe’s Fair Trade Swiss Milk Chocolate May 11, 2009

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Trader Joe's Fair Trade Swiss Milk Chocolate

Yesterday I discovered a new chocolate bar at Trader Joe’s: Fair Trade Swiss Milk Chocolate. It’s a good sized bar (3.5 oz) for only $1.99. Plus, it’s Fair Trade! According to the wrapper, “Fair Trade chocolate helps contribute to a better way of life for farmers and their families. This method of buying cocoa beans and sugar offers small-scale growers a fair price for their harvest.”

So how does it taste? Quite nice, actually! The chocolate is extremely smooth, and it has a hint of caramel, which adds to the overall aroma. The ingredients are pure and simple: “cane sugar, cocoa butter, whole milk powder, cocoa mass, carmelized sugar, soy lecithin, vanilla extract”. Definitely worth a try next time you’re at Trader Joe’s!


The Art of Chocolate December 19, 2008

The Art of Chocolate
Looking for a last-minute stocking stuffer?  Trader Joe’s has the perfect gift: “The Art of Chocolate”.  Each 3.25″ square box contains nine miniature Belgian chocolates: a crisp hazelnutpaste praliné, a crisp chocolate truffle, a cream and vanilla truffle, a white and milk chocolate praliné, a milk chocolate praliné, a dark chocolate mocha praliné, a dark chocolate cream and pistachio truffle, a white chocolate praliné, and a white chocolate mocha praliné. They’re quite good, too. Perhaps not as smooth as higher-end gourmet chocolates, but tasty nonetheless. Plus, they look adorable in their tiny box. The best part, though? At $1.99 per box you can afford to buy one for every Christmas stocking in your home!


Trader Joe’s 72% Dark Chocolate Mini Bars May 3, 2008

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Trader Joe's 72% Dark ChocolateIn the latest issue of the Fearless Flyer, Trader Joe’s highlights their new mini chocolate bars. Sold in packs of three for $1.49, each bar contains 1.65 ounces of 72% Belgian dark chocolate. Per the Fearless Flyer, “If portion control is your candy quandry, these bars are your saving grace. One bar is just the right amount to satisfy your dark chocolate cravings.”

Surprisingly, I didn’t even need a whole bar. Just three squares and I’d lost interest. It’s not that they’re bad; they’re just boring. And at 280 calories, they’re no low-calorie treat, either. I much prefer Trader Joe’s 100 Calorie Chocolate Bars. Granted, they’re more expensive ($.63 per ounce compared to $.30 per ounce for the mini bars), but what’s the point of a treat if it’s not fun to eat?


Trader Joe’s 100 Calorie Chocolate Bars January 21, 2008

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TJ's 100 Calorie Milk Chocolate BarsI discovered this new treasure at Trader Joe’s yesterday: 100 calorie chocolate bars. They come in two varieties, milk chocolate and dark chocolate. I was in the mood for milk chocolate, so I went with those. Now I’m kicking myself for not getting one of each!

In the box are five individually wrapped chocolate bars, each weighing .63 ounces. A box sells for $1.99, so that’s roughly $.63 per ounce. This compares favorably with Hershey’s 100 calorie chocolate bars, which go for around $.79 per ounce.

The chocolate bars themselves are thin and long. This seemed a bit odd until I realized that the shape actually enhances the experience, as it allows the chocolate to melt more easily in your mouth. Add to that the smooth texture and rich chocolate taste and you have a delightful little treat with only 100 calories!


Trader Joe’s Natural Mint Cocoa December 12, 2007

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Trader Joe's Natural Mint Cocoa
It’s back! Trader Joe’s Natural Mint Cocoa is on the shelves again at Trader Joe’s grocery stores, now $2.99 for a 10oz canister. Made with cane sugar, pure vanilla extract, and peppermint oil, this hot chocolate is to die for. If you get addicted make sure you stock up now, though, because they only carry it during the holidays.