Monday, November 28, 2011

Trader Joe’s Minty Melts

Trader Joe's Minty MeltsTrader Joe’s always has a wide range of holiday candies with a balance of new and novel with classics.

Their new Trader Joe’s Minty Melts sound a bit on the classic side. Dark chocolate squares with a festive minty stripe.

The box holds 7.5 ounces and was $4.99. They’re Kosher and gluten free. There is no ethical statement about the origin of the chocolate.

Trader Joe's Minty Melts

The box is long (11.5 inches) but opens easily to serve. The inner box bottom is actually fully printed so you can pull it out and put it on the table or buffet if you don’t want to put them on a plate. The pieces are stacked, two high and two wide.

I was pleased with the ingredients, it’s real dark chocolate at the semi-sweet level of 56% cacao. The mint stripe is made of real white chocolate as well, with cocoa butter and real peppermint oil. There’s a touch of coconut oil in there, but it’s very low on the list, falling into the less than 2% area.

Trader Joe's Minty Melts

They’re almost perfect cubes, about 3/4 of an inch all around, though just a little shy on the height. The stripes aren’t equal. The base layer is thicker than the top and mint white chocolate middle. The appearance is a little rustic. They’re a bit scuffed on the edges and the sides aren’t always straight/square/plumb.

Trader Joe's Minty MeltsThe dark chocolate is rich and has a good cocoa flavor. There are little gritty moments every once in a while. The white chocolate center is a little dry and chalky feeling, just not quite a fully chocolate smoothness that I was hoping for. The flavor is very well balanced, milky sweet but not throat searing, with an appropriate touch of peppermint that doesn’t overwhelm the dark chocolate.

The texture doesn’t quite hit it for me, but perhaps that’s because I was hoping for something a little creamier. However, I like the fact that it’s a Peppermint Bark without the crushed peppermint candies. While that’s a nice candy, too, I wanted to taste the smooth textures together. The name Minty Melts led me to believe that these were meltaways, but they’re not, they’re a solid chocolate product. Nothing wrong with that ...

These are sure to go over well in social settings, just the right size portion for guests or for snacking.

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Name: Minty Melts
Brand: Trader Joe’s
Place Purchased: Trader Joe's (Silver Lake)
Price: $4.99
Size: 7.5 ounces
Calories per ounce: 162
Categories: All Natural, Candy, Christmas, Trader Joe's, Chocolate, Kosher, Mints, White Chocolate, 7-Worth It, United States

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  1. great stuff!

    Comment by Julie on 12/05/11 at 8:09 am #
  2. I bought a box of these the other day, and it did not come with the inner box as pictured.  It had a very shallow cardboard tray on the bottom, and a piece of paper/plastic stuff on top (the type you always find inside a box of assorted chocolates).  The two-piece setup made it very inconvient to eat, as the chocolates would fall out the sides as you pulled the tray from the box.

    Still, very tasty… good recommendation.

    Comment by Dennis on 12/05/11 at 11:46 am #
  3. These Minty Melts are delicious!  I bought one box, ate them in one night and had to return to Trader Joe’s the next day to buy more, they are that good.  I am buying them as stocking stutters for all my family, they are the perfect size.  I hope Trader Joe’s sells them after the holiday season is over.

    Comment by Heidi on 12/05/11 at 5:15 pm #
  4. I agree with the “gritty at times” and “The texture doesn’t quite hit it for me, but perhaps that’s because I was hoping for something a little creamier. ” I’ve had chocolates similar to this before, but they were creamy—and with a name like “Minty Melts” I really wanted something that would melt in my mouth and taste smooth and creamy. This just seems… gritty and crunchy. I keep eating them hoping they’ll get better… and they don’t. I’m glad I didn’t pay for them (they were a gift), and I won’t buy them for myself or others in the future.

    Comment by Dana on 2/25/12 at 10:53 pm #
  5.   hi,  I’m WONDERing if you guys know of some Company that makes the SAME Chocolates as TRADER JOES Minty Melts, since they dont sell them this year..  They’r Really Good and i just WANT to Find some…  Thanks,  jd F

    Comment by John-DaviD on 12/18/12 at 4:56 pm #
  6.   hi,  I’m WONDERing if you guys know of some Company that makes the SAME Chocolates as TRADER JOES Minty Melts, since they dont sell them this year..  They’r Really Good and i just WANT to Find some…
      Please scend me an eMail if you have some SuggestionS.. Thanks,  jd F

    Comment by John-DaviD on 12/18/12 at 5:04 pm #


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