Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Mints

Trader Joe's Dark Chocolate MintsTrader Joe’s has tried a few new things in the past two years or so with their single portions of candy that they sell near the checkout with the house label. First it was a gourmet version of candy bars with their Lumpy Bumpy Bar and PB&J (with potato chips). Earlier this year I tried Trader Joe’s take on consumer candies with their Classic Chocolate Bars.

The three new items are somewhere in between. Yesterday I covered the Dark Chocolate Tahitian Caramels. Today I have the Dark Chocolate Mints. (Later this week will be the Dark Chocolate Almond Toffee.)

Trader Joe's Dark Chocolate Mints

If this looks a little familiar to you as a Trader Joe’s shopper, you may have tried the previous incarnation of the Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Mints which were sold in a little tin.

I can’t say that my feelings on these have changed at all. They’re a firm, crumbly fondant center flavored with peppermint, then coated in a thin shell of dark (50%) chocolate with a crunchy candy shell to seal it all up.

The mint is mild and goes well with the sweet fondant and crackly shell. The chocolate isn’t a powerful element, but still it’s a good semisweet variety that sadly has butter in it otherwise this would be vegan. I could eat oodles of these.

Trader Joe's Dark Chocolate Mints

This tin used to cost $2.99 and held 2.45 ounces. The new bag isn’t quite as cute or appropriate as a stocking stuffer, but it’s a far better deal at only $1.49 for 2 ounces. (And if you still have that tin, you can refill.)

The Dark Chocolate Caramels I reviewed yesterday were interesting because they filled a hole in the world. We really needed something that’s better quality than Milk Duds or Junior Caramels. But Dutch Mints aren’t that hard to find and I can’t say these are much better (or a better value) than Junior Mints or York Peppermint Patties. Still, sometimes I really want this kind of mint and for a Holland Mint (or whatever the generic name of this style of mint is) and being able to pick them up in a single portion size is something new.

The package says no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. It’s also gluten free. May contain traces of peanuts or tree nuts (and of course has dairy and soy ingredients).

Related Candies

  1. Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Tahitian Vanilla Caramels
  2. Marich All Natural Holland Mints & Chocolate Jordan Almonds
  3. Hershey’s York Pieces
  4. Trader Joe’s Mint Joe Joe’s versus Mint Oreos
  5. Mint Chocolate M&Ms
  6. Trader Joe’s Peppermint Bark White Chocolate Bar


Name: Dark Chocolate Mints
    RATING:
  • SUPERB
  • YUMMY
  • TASTY
  • WORTH IT
  • TEMPTING
  • PLEASANT
  • BENIGN
  • UNAPPEALING
  • APPALLING
  • INEDIBLE
Brand: Trader Joe’s
Place Purchased: Trader Joe's (Silver Lake)
Price: $1.49
Size: 2 ounces
Calories per ounce: 120
Categories: All Natural, Candy, Trader Joe's, Chocolate, Mints, 8-Tasty, United States

POSTED BY Cybele AT 4:16 pm Tracker Pixel for Entry     All NaturalCandyReviewTrader Joe'sChocolateMints8-TastyUnited States

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  1. Soo love your blog. i actually check yours 2x a day! hoping for new delights! Can’t wait for the almond toffee candy review from TJ’s! 

    thanks again,

    Amy

    Comment by chefamyj on 11/16/10 at 4:42 pm #

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