Monday, December 15, 2008

Trader Joe’s Mint Joe Joe’s versus Mint Oreos

Trader Joe's Dark Chocolate Covered Peppermint Joe Joe'sI’m not completely convinced that just because something is covered with chocolate that it’s candy, but I couldn’t resist a little roundup of these two chocolate covered cookies.

I first had Trader Joe’s Peppermint Joe Joe’s last year and thought they were tasty - a chocolate cookie sandwich with a mint cream filling, but like Hydrox. I had a bit of trouble with the fact that the cookie part wasn’t quite as good as the Oreo.

Trader Joe's Dark Chocolate Covered Peppermint Joe Joe'sTrader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Covered Peppermint Joe Joe’s sucked me in this year. I mean, look, they’re covered in real dark chocolate!

The regular Joe Joe’s come in a one pound package, which is pretty dangerous in my house. Though I’m not a cake or baked goods fan in general, I do have a cookie problem. (If Candy Blog were to ever expand, it’d be into cookie reviews.)

The cute tray was sealed in cellophane and protected every single cookie from any damage in transit.

There are ten in all. Each is dusted with a bit of crushed mint candies.


They smell very minty, to the exclusion of all other flavors, such as chocolate.

They’re also pretty hefty, clocking in at about one ounce each. (And 150 calories.)

The cookie is crumbly and has a dark toasted cocoa flavor. The chocolate is creamy and perhaps a little sweet. The cream filling is where this doesn’t go as well, it’s grainy, which is fine, but it’s also a bit greasy. If I eat it all as a sandwich together, it’s great. Eating just the filling is a disappointment.

The ingredients list was pretty clear. Real chocolate, no artificial flavors or colors ... the only item that gives some folks pause is palm oil. (But some of the sugar is actually organic evaporated cane juice.)

Overall, it’s super tasty and should be enjoyed like a candy and not a cookie. (If you’re wondering what the difference is, I’d say that a serving of cookies like Oreos is three, but for these, the serving size is one.)

Rating: 8 out of 10.

Milk Chocolate Covered Mint OreoI had Nabisco’s Pure Milk Chocolate Covered Mint Oreo Sandwich Cookies earlier this year. I found them in a little package at a drug store in Santa Monica while picking up some items for a beach picnic. I ate them in the car on the way there. It wasn’t until I was shopping at Target last week that I found them in a larger package.

This is a dangerous thing. I like them a bit too much.

Milk Chocolate Covered Mint OreoThe Oreos come in a tray with individual slots. There are 12 cookies in the box instead of 10 in the Joe Joe’s (but this box weighs only 7.5 ounces instead of 9.4). I don’t know the regular price on these, they were $2.50 on sale so were less per ounce than the Joe Joe’s.

As I expected the ingredients list wasn’t quite as wholesome, but I’ve got to give credit to Nabisco for not coloring the cream centers pink or green. The chocolate is real, but there’s palm oil in there and way down on the list is a bit of high fructose corn sweetener. All the other ingredients are pretty much the usual stuff.


The tray protected the individual cookies well, each one was glossy and had wonderful little ripples of milk chocolate on top.

These also smelled strongly of peppermint, and a little bit of milk.

The cookie crumble of the Oreo is spectacular. It’s a little sandy and releases immediate salty and smoky cocoa notes. The soft crunch is punctuated by the smooth milk chocolate, which isn’t as sweet as I would have expected (especially after having the Joe Joe’s). The cream center is grainy, lightly minted but without any greasiness to the fatty cream.

Each cookie is 90 calories and weighs about .65 ounces.

They’re stellar.

Rating: 9 out of 10.

Related Candies

  1. Mint Crisp M&Ms (Indiana Jones)
  2. Trader Joe’s Peppermint Bark White Chocolate Bar
  3. Asher’s Milk Chocolate Covered Things
  4. KitKat Mint Dark Chocolate Minis
  5. Hershey’s Cookies and Brownies
  6. Best Regards: Craves
  7. Head to Head: Cookie Joys vs Cookies n Mint
Name: Dark Chocolate Covered Peppermint Joe Joe's & Milk Chocolate Covered Mint Oreos
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 4 BENIGN
Brand: Trader Joe's & Nabisco
Place Purchased: Trader Joe's (Silverlake) & Target (Harbor City)
Price: $3.99 & $2.50 (sale)
Size: 9.4 ounces & 7.5 ounces
Calories per ounce: 160 & 144
Categories: Chocolate, Cookie, Mint, United States, Trader Joe's, Kosher

POSTED BY Cybele AT 10:50 am Tracker Pixel for Entry    

  1. You’re back on the Trader Joe’s kick…  How about some more reviews of things that are either generally available, or really hard to get.  (Hard to get would be the Japanese candy.)  I still don’t have a Trader Joe’s anywhere near me, as they seem to fear the Midwest….

    Comment by Cat Skyfire on 12/15/08 at 12:18 pm #
  2. Cybele's avatar

    Cat Skyfire - I’m really sorry. I recall your comment about this very issue last year so I specifically made this a post with two products - one TJs and one I thought was widely available.

    Comment by Cybele on 12/15/08 at 12:30 pm #
  3. Hey Cybele - have you tried the Newman-O’s?  They have a mint version that would be YUM covered in chocolate.  I may have to make some as gifts.  Of course, I can’t give them away until I “test” them…..

    Comment by April on 12/15/08 at 2:02 pm #
  4. It’s a pity I can’t stand Oreo mint cookies.  But then, I compare all mints to the Thin Mint variety.  Although that just made me think: These are more cookie like than candy.  Are we broadening, or just opening the definition a bit now and then?

    Comment by Cat Skyfire on 12/15/08 at 5:20 pm #
  5. Have you tried Emily’s dark chocolate covered mint sandwich cookies? They’re pricey (mine were free review samples, which is what makes being in this business so great) but decadent.

    Comment by Rosa on 12/15/08 at 6:48 pm #
  6. I love those chocolate covered mint Oreos!  There really does need to be more mint-based sweets.  Also, I wish Trader Joe’s would come to Montana.  There’s a World Market in Billings, but that’s hideously expensive, and only carries dry goods. *Sigh*

    Comment by Porgy on 12/15/08 at 9:24 pm #
  7. Trader Joe’s doesn’t fear the Midwest, they have 32 stores in the region!  <>

    I probably would have tried the TJ version over Nabisco, but we’re about to have 6 in the household for the next 2 weeks, instead of our usual 5, and the Nabisco variety would be more easily divided amongst that group…

    Comment by Tricia on 12/16/08 at 7:15 am #
  8. I tried the TJ’s ones a couple of weeks go - I liked them (Dark chocolate and mint - what’s not to like?) but for some reason they did not really satisfy my sweet tooth. And for 150 calories a pop, I’d like something that would at least make some headway.

    I really enjoy your reviews on TJ’s products as I shop there almost exclusively. And, really, if I tried everything in their sweets aisle by myself (especially during the holidays), I’d weigh about a hundred pounds more.

    Comment by L on 12/16/08 at 9:59 am #
  9. Please do a cookie blog.  If I actually knew how to write I’d do one in a heartbeat!  Little known fact, the Cookie Monster is based on me.  Except, I’m not blue, fuzzy or a monster.

    Comment by Amanda Medley on 12/16/08 at 11:24 am #
  10. Tricia : I think we have different definitions of the Midwest.  I’ve never really considered Illinois, Ohio, and Wisconsin the Midwest.

    But then, I’m in Nebraska.  From Texas to North Dakota, a straight band of no Trader Joe’s.  They aren’t in Iowa as well.  They do have something in Missouri…but only on the east, specifically St. Louis (big big city.)  I’ll give them credit for Minnesota, but that’s still a long ways away from me.  Also nothing in Colorado, Montana, or Wyoming.

    Comment by Cat Skyfire on 12/17/08 at 5:23 am #
  11. “I?ve never really considered Illinois, Ohio, and Wisconsin the Midwest. “

    The United States Census Bureau has defined the Midwest as: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Guess it is not up to us to define.

    That being said, I no longer live in the Midwest, but in Cali and I LOVE the Trader Joes reviews. If you don’t have a TJ’s, then just consider this exotic and rare like Japanese candy wink.

    And Cybele - keep ‘em coming!

    Comment by KateC on 12/17/08 at 7:02 am #
  12. I love TJ’s reviews, because I always see their sweets and wonder how they compare to the mainstream brands (this review is perfect!). smile

    Comment by Carrie on 12/17/08 at 10:42 am #
  13. That’s an interesting point.  I’ve always thought of Montana as the Northwest along with Washington, Oregon, etc.  Alas, I’ll have to wait til I go out to Washington again to check out the nearest TJ’s.

    Comment by Porgy on 12/17/08 at 6:56 pm #
  14. I also tried the TJ’s mint covered Jo-Jos recently for the first time - was disappointed on the first bite. I found the peppermint flavor rather harsh and overwhelming, as per your first comment about the smell, Cybele - the mint flavor (in addition to smell) also overwhelmed the chocolate.

    Like someone else noted, at 150 cals per cookie, and a relatively hefty price point ($3.99), I think I’ll skip these from now on.

    If you haven’t already tried TJs choc-covered sea salt caramels, they are DELISH!!!  I’m addicted. (After wiping off the overwhelming amount of sea salt - one grain will do ya.)

    Comment by Karyn on 12/18/08 at 6:31 am #
  15. I’ve only ever had the oreos, Cause I live in Canada. there really good.

    Comment by Sean on 2/27/09 at 6:53 pm #
  16. this blog sucks. why are they dangerous in your house. wtf

    Comment by lata on 2/06/10 at 12:31 pm #
  17. Cybele's avatar

    lata - you see regular readers know that I like sweets and for the most part Candy Blog reviews candy. Most candy I review comes in small single portion packages. A full pound of something would be very tempting to eat - while a smaller box

    You see, you just had to think about it for a moment. Writing that explains it all without allowing you to fill in a few of the gaps is insulting to most intelligent people. Most of the Candy Blog readers are intelligent as you can see above they’re able to carry on a civil conversation about the boundaries of the Midwest without abbreviating insults.

    Comment by Cybele on 2/06/10 at 12:38 pm #
  18. w/e

    Comment by lata on 2/06/10 at 2:57 pm #
  19. It was inevitable that a culturally illiterate pipsqueak would wander into this blog at some point. wink

    I received some TJ’s mint Jo-Jos for Xmas. I love mint, I love oreos, esp chocolate covered ones (DARK, available at some local chocolatiers).  For some reason I cannot STAND the TJ’s mint jo-jos. I find the texture of the cookie kind of mealy (not as crispy as Oreos) and the mint overwhelming. Disappointing.

    Comment by Karyn on 2/09/10 at 11:01 am #
  20. My Japanese friend was asking me to send a bunch of Mint chocolate products for this holiday season. She said It is hard to find choco-mint snacks in Japan. I guess they’re not so big fan of mint chocolate flavors. I saw milk chocolate covered oreo at Target last week, and wondering how’s the taste…is it good enough as a gift? This review helped me so much! I’m going to Trader Joe’s and get the dark chocolate covered mint joe joe & oreo at Target today!! Thank you!

    Comment by Boa Hancock on 12/17/10 at 9:33 am #
  21. I tried the peppermint Joe Joe’s that the store was passing out. DELISH!!!!! #10

    Comment by Carol on 1/09/15 at 6:27 am #
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