Friday, December 2, 2011

Trader Joe’s 2011 Holiday Candy

Did you notice the theme this week was all Trader Joe’s candy for the holidays? Here’s a roundup of what’s at Trader Joe’s this season.

New for 2011


Trader Joe's Classic Holiday Candy MixTrader Joe’s Classic Holiday Candy Mix - classic hard candy straws & pillows made with all natural ingredients. $1.99 (read review - 7 out of 10)

Trader Joe’s Eggnog Almonds - $3.99 (read review - 9 out of 10)

Trader Joe’s Minty Melts - it’s peppermint bark for people who don’t like the crushed candy canes in it - $4.99 (read review - 7 out of 10)

Trader Joe’s Mosaic of Chocolates - squares of different kinds of bar - $3.99

Trader Joe’s English Toffee with Nuts (Tall Can) $7.99 (previously in a box like this? It’d call it a step above Almond Roca)

Trader Joe’s Chocolate Liqueur Cherries - the name says it all - $4.99

Trader Joe’s Candy Cane Coal - dark chocolate covered candy cane bits - $1.99

Trader Joe’s Merry Mingle - caramel with pecans and cranberries dipped in dark chocolate -$7.99 (read review - 8 out of 10)

Trader Joe's Fleur de Sel Caramels

Returning for 2011

Trader Joe's Dark Chocolate Minty MallowsTrader Joe’s Peppermint Bark $9.99 a tin - an great bargain for a very well made product.

Trader Joe’s Peanut Brittle - $2.99 - I haven’t tried this yet, mostly because Los Angeles tends to be very humid in the winter and brittles just don’t do well when they get sticky.

Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Minty Mallows $2.99 (2010 review - they’re quite moist and dense 7 out of 10)

DSC04140rTrader Joe’s Chocolate Palette (a beautiful stack of single origin bars - they’re only okay, but a beautiful introduction to the idea of single origin at an excellent price) $9.99

Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate After Dinner Mint Thins $2.99 (made in England)

Trader Joe’s Brandy Beans - these have been coming back on and off for years, they tend to sell out really early - $2.99

Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels $4.99 (2007 review - more of a flowing caramel than the chewy style of the Fleur de Sel - 6 out of 10)

Trader Joe’s Cocoa Truffles - inexcusable fat bombs - (Imported from France) $2.99 (see my review - I gave them a 3 out of 10, though I think the ingredients have changed a little bit, they’re still quite thin tasting yet stupidly fatty)

Rabitos RoyaleTrader Joe’s 9 Rabitos Royale $6.99 (2010 review - quite decadent and elegant but doesn’t use all real chocolate - 7 out of 10)

Trader Joe’s Assorted Chocolates - I have no idea about these, the boxed items from Trader Joe’s are hit or miss with me, at this price I might stick to See’s - $9.99

Trader Joe’s Fleur de Sel Caramels (wood box) $6.99 (2006 review, still the same packaging. Classic, nicely done but a little pricey for boiled sugar. 7 out of 10)

Trader Joe’s Old Fashioned Sweet Sticks - barber pole candy sticks in classic and new-agey flavors - $2.99

Trader Joe's Dark Chocolate OrangeTrader Joe’s Milk Chocolate & Dark Chocolate Oranges $2.49 (Reviewed in 2009 as Florida Tropic Oranges. Good quality & price plus always charming package and dark is vegan 7 out of 10 & 8 out of 10)

Trader Joe’s Chocolate Rings with Sprinkle - they’re just little disks of dark chocolate with sprinkles, like giant SnoCaps - $1.99

Also returning are the chocolate covered Peppermint JoJos and a variety box of other chocolate covered flavors. Though I reviewed the JoeJoe’s before, I can’t really call them candy.

What have you picked up that you liked this year? What do you miss from years gone by? I miss the Trader Giotto’s Soft Almond Nougat and the Dark Chocolate Covered Gingersnaps.

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  1. I’m still missing their version of Turkish Delight, which has been gone for several years. (I convinced myself it was healthy since it had fruit and nuts in it.)

    I usually look forward to their sea salt & chocolate covered caramels, but I’m embarrassed to admit I hoarded a bunch of boxes last year that are still hanging around. Ugh…gotta toss those & replace them.

    The almond roca knockoff is always tasty, too.

    I wanted to love the eggnog almonds, but the coating is just too thick. I’ll need to find something to do with them if I don’t return them.

    Comment by Jen on 12/02/11 at 3:36 pm #
  2. The sprinkle-coated chocolate rings are also available at World Market in the Christmas section under the manufacturer’s own brand.

    Comment by Kes on 12/02/11 at 5:46 pm #
  3. The Rabitos Royale no longer have brandy in them, a point I wish I’d noticed before I spent $7 on them last week.  I was really quite disappointed.  I’d even talked them up to my family who bought some and were also confused - hadn’t I described them as being boozy?

    Comment by Sunday on 12/02/11 at 11:28 pm #
  4. I tried the Trader Joe’s Assorted Chocolates last year and the whole box was terrible.  I was so disappointed because I normally like the candy that TJ’s puts out (just bought 2 boxes of the Fleur de Sel Caramels yesterday) so I don’t know why they missed the make big time on this.

    Comment by Les on 12/03/11 at 8:25 am #
  5. I had the assorted chocolates last year as well.  They were not very good.  As I remember, it was mostly lackluster filled chocolates with lemon, orange, strawberry, raspberry…etc other fruit cremes.  There may have been a caramel one in there too.  Worst of all, there wasn’t much variety, which is what I (and I think most people) like about boxes of assorted chocolates.  There must have been three or four of each type in the box.  It got old real quick.

    Comment by Tim on 12/03/11 at 12:56 pm #
  6. The Dark Chocolate Mint Espresso Beans were very good.

    Comment by jenny on 12/15/11 at 5:55 pm #
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