Trader Joe’s has a ton of new coffee items like their new Vietnamese Caramels & Dark Chocolate Squares but my absolute favorite were the Mocha Joe Joe’s! I tried them all and here’s how it went.
We absolutely LOVE everything about our new quaint little town. What I adore the most is our old-fashioned hardware store. It’s the kind where everyone knows your name and they know exactly what you’re looking for even if you don’t.
A quick trip to the next town over and you’ll find all the same shops and amenities as any large city (only on a smaller scale). The main difference is that instead of having 3 or 4 of the same store, there’s just one of each.
There’s only thing missing and that’s a Trader Joe’s. We do have an organic market – which is where we get our local grassfed meat – but everything else is way too expensive.
To solve this *tiny* problem, we pack up the coolers and drive to Asheville or Charlotte once a month to load up on everything else!
Trader Joe’s Vietnamese Coffee Caramels
During our last trip I noticed they had a ton of new items. Most of them had a coffee theme just like these Vietnamese Coffee Flavored Caramels. I could smell the coffee the moment that I cracked open the lid (but not after wrestling with that stupid plastic seal first).
Each candy comes individually wrapped – and I didn’t count – but there were a LOT crammed into this little tub! I feel like they were a steal at only 2.99!
I really enjoyed how soft and chewy they were. These coffee caramels aren’t the kind that will pull out your teeth which is always a good thing. I did notice some were softer than others. I think that’s because they may have been a different batch then mixed all together.
I read somewhere that Trader Joe’s products are non-GMO but I wasn’t 100% positive since you won’t find it on the label. As we were checking out, up on the wall above the registers was a HUGE sign that read something along the lines of “No GMO’s, Artificial Flavors, Artificial Colors, Preservatives, MSG, or Artificially Hydrogenated Oils”. I breathed a small sigh of relief because these Trader Joe’s Vietnamese Coffee Caramels has corn syrup as the first ingredient. Even if they had GMO’s I might actually still eat them because they are THAT good.
Score: 9 (out of 10)
Trader Joe’s Dark Coffee Squares
The next coffee treat that I threw into my basket were these dark coffee squares. My original plan was to chop them up and bake them into some brownies but quite honestly, they didn’t make it that far. I’ve even bought them again since I bought this bag and I STILL haven’t gotten around to baking with them. Oh well.
Just like the caramels, these come individually wrapped also. For me personally, it helps to keep me from over indulging. If I were to buy a regular ol’ bag of chocolate, I’d probably (and probably have) sat and eat the whole thing in one sitting. With these, I usually just grab a few and take them to my desk to snack on (then possibly return to get more but we won’t talk about that).
I’m not sensitive to coffee so I can’t tell what the caffeine level is in these. They are made with 100% Arabica Coffee which gives the chocolate some wonderful floral notes.
The writing on the bag was a bit blurred so if you can’t see it – here’s what it says:
“Roasted, ground coffee beans are blended with velvety smooth cocoa butter to create this curiously caffeinated sweet treat. Each individually wrapped treat is filled with rich coffee flavor, allowing you to indulge in a sweet pick me up (sans cup) whenever the mood strikes.”
Oh, how true that is.
Trader Joe’s Marbled Mint Crunch Chocolate Bar
Okay this one isn’t coffee but it still deserves a spot on the list because it’s new (well, new to me since I rarely go). It weighs in at a decent 2.82 ounces (a Hershey bar is 1.55 ounces) and was a really good value at only $1.99.
I’m not quite sure why my camera picked up the swirl as a weird yellow color, but it was actually more green – similar to an Andes Mint but not quite as neon. As a matter of fact, they sort of tasted like one too, but made with much, MUCH better chocolate.
The “crunch” in the Trader Joe’s Marbled Mint Crunch Chocolate Bar (now THAT is a tongue twister) comes from cocoa cookies, but honestly they tasted more like those little round chocolate crunch things bakeries put on top of candy bark. I didn’t even notice at first that these were a: mint and b: crunchy because I was just throwing everything I saw that was new into the basket. Once I did see the word crunch, I initially thought it was going to be from nuts so you KNOW I was happy when I realized it wasn’t! I can’t STAND nuts in chocolate. BLEH.
Mocha Joe Joe’s
Last but most definitely not least are my favorite sandwich cookies in the whole wide world – Joe Joe’s. These delectable delights come in classic flavors such as chocolate and vanilla but then at the holidays, you can find them in pumpkin and candy cane flavors (the candy cane is ridiculously good – I even wrote about them HERE). When I saw these, I knew I’d absolutely love them, and I did.
You know something’s going to be good if the first ingredient is sugar. *giggles* I don’t know why, but I was surprised to see ground coffee beans listed as an ingredient. It may be because I’m used to things being made with liquid flavorings (like using vanilla extract instead of real vanilla beans for example).
And here’s those beautiful coffee beans, right there in the cream. The only downside (and it’s not REALLY a downside) is the way they are packed. There is literally one piece of thin cellophane over the whole tray so there’s no way to wrap them back up. I usually stick them in a plastic container with a lid – then hide them.