Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Trader Joe’s Irish Cream Chocolates

Irish Cream ChocolatesThis box of Trader Joe’s Irish Cream Chocolates was suspiciously inexpensive. I was on the prowl for an item they had last year, which were infused vodkas in chocolate. This was the only alcoholic chocolate I could find. When I say alcoholic, I mean that these do contain alcohol, 3.8% by weight. That’s enough for the register to ding when I bought them to make sure that I was of the legal age to purchase an alcohol product (I am).

The dark green box shows the little rectangles in nearly full size. Inside the box are three rows of five chocolates (15 total).

Irish Cream Chocolates

They’re a milk chocolate shell with an alcoholic “Irish Cream” syrup center. It’s quite thick and flowing, very sweet and rather odd. I didn’t care much for it at first, it tasted more like a slightly minty cough syrup, but the alcohol bite is certainly apparent. After a few of them, the creamy notes of the center came forward and I found myself reaching for one after another. (Not before driving.)

The milk chocolate isn’t the highest quality. It’s sweet and has a slight grain to it, but it contains the syrup center well. I only noticed two that had a leakage problem. There are a few ways to eat these. I prefer chomping off a short end and then slurping out some of the throat-blistering goo. But you can also just pop the whole thing in your mouth or probably nibble away at opposite corners to suck out more of the Irish Whiskey laced cream center.

Though they’re called Irish Cream Chocolates, they’re made in Germany.

Interestingly enough, this is the previous format of these chocolates, circa 2004.

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Name: Irish Cream Chocolates
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 4 BENIGN
Brand: Trader Joe's
Place Purchased: Trader Joe's
Price: $2.99
Size: 5.3 ounces
Calories per ounce: 132
Categories: Chocolate, Germany, Trader Joe's, Christmas

POSTED BY Cybele AT 2:06 pm Tracker Pixel for Entry    

  1. How funny, to get carded for buying chocolates!

    Comment by Alicia on 12/26/07 at 3:26 pm #
  2. Ah, I am so jealous.  It’s illegal to sell alcholic chocolates in my state.  (It’s also illegal to sell alcohol in a grocery store, so our TJ’s don’t have wine, either.)  raspberry

    Comment by jennifer and the beans on 12/26/07 at 4:00 pm #
  3. Although I don’t believe it contains any alcohol, Hershey’s Cadbury makes a milk chocolate bar filled with Irish creme. The flavor is okay- I’m not too big on milk chocolate these days.

    Comment by Kate on 12/27/07 at 3:25 am #
  4. Ya know, they can’s sell alcohol in our stores either, so we miss out on TJ’s ‘Two Buck Chuck’.  However, we did have these in our local TJ stores.  I bought them for my annual Cookie Exchange, not realizing they were ‘leaded’.  We liked them.  They weren’t on the same level as the Ethel M’s liqueur chocolates we like, but they were tasty.  Well, there weren’t any leftovers, and folks were asking me where I bought them…

    Comment by Maggi on 12/27/07 at 5:37 am #
  5. Any chance you could space out your Trader Joe’s stuff more?  There’s been a lot of it lately, and since it’s something i can’t get in any way (being in Nebraska), it’s kind of frustrating.

    Comment by Cat Skyfire on 12/27/07 at 5:55 pm #
  6. @ #5. Yeah. I agree with the Trade Joe’s comment. I sometimes read another blog on microwaved food, and it’s more often than not lately about a product from TJ’s or Whole Foods. Neither is MN locale. They’re probably way, but not accessible to just everyone.

    Comment by Yup. on 12/28/07 at 9:06 am #
  7. Cybele's avatar

    Cat - that was the last one. They were seasonal items. Sorry to have let you down with things that you couldn’t get a hold of. (Nice to see you comment again, it’s been about 6 months!) I thought about doing all of them in one huge day, but I ran out of time. I’m open to suggestions of new items to review.

    Comment by Cybele on 12/28/07 at 9:17 am #
  8. I read every day, but my wallet often cannot allow me the pure sugar delight that would make me post.

    I would recommend finding Madelaine Chocolate novelties.  That is, unfortunately, all they do, so their website isn’t the most useful (aimed at resellers).  It is, to me, one of the better chocolates.

    Maybe a little Godiva stuff.

    And maybe some stuff that is likely to be bad, but that you might get for kids. 

    And now, of course, Valentine’s stuff is out…

    Comment by Cat Skyfire on 12/28/07 at 11:14 am #
  9. I got to hit one of the closest TJ’s to me (almost 3 hours away) while visiting family over Christmas.  I couldn’t resist the tub of Dark Chocolate Covered Soybeans.  Have you tried those?  I could not imagine what those would be like, and felt a little silly when I tried them and realized they were dry roasted…could’ve read the side of the package and figured that out, but didn’t think to.  They had a wee bit of crunch to them, but tasted mostly like the dark chocolate coating.  They have a fair amount of protein of course.  Overall I enjoyed them!  Have a Happy New Year!

    Comment by Kimberly on 12/31/07 at 4:58 am #
  10. These are very good…especially considering the price!

    Comment by Katherine on 12/14/08 at 3:17 pm #
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