Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Trader Joe’s Smashing S’mores

Trader Joe's Smashing S'moresTrader Joe’s has some great summertime themed candies in their tubbed goodies. The Trader Joe’s Milk Chocolate Smashing S’Mores with graham cracker and marshmallow have been around for at least a year. I looked for them a few times and couldn’t find them and assumed that they were another one of those transient Trader Joe’s products. On my visit over Independence Day weekend though, there were stacks so I grabbed one immediately.

My tub held 12 Smashing S’mores and the label said that it was 7 ounces. (The nutrition panel said that a serving was 2 pieces and there were 8 servings in the package - I can understand there being one or so plus or minus in the average package, but I can’t understand how they could even cram 16 of these little S’mores into the tub at all.)

The ingredients are interesting. It’s real milk chocolate for the coating, the marshmallow uses Kosher gelatin (basically non-pork derived) and the graham cracker part is almost all organic (except for the vanilla and arrow root flour).

Trader Joe's Smashing S'mores

The little squares are about an inch to an inch and a half cubed.

The base is a rustic and thick graham cracker coated with a little milk chocolate then a square of marshmallow on top of that. The whole thing is then enrobed in milk chocolate with a decorative drizzle of dark chocolate.

The bite is soft, the marshmallow, which occupies most of the volume is soft, spongy and moist. It’s not that flavorful and not that sweet, so it offsets the other levels of sweetness well. The milk chocolate coating is creamy and better than average though very sweet on its own. The graham cracker was thick and more rough, like a digestive than the sort of grocery store graham cracker I’m accustomed to. The flavor was wheaty with a little touch of honey. The effect of all of it together is great, the pieces are not too big that an adventurous person couldn’t pop it all in their mouth at once, and the marshmallow grabs the chocolate well enough that it doesn’t all crumble apart when bitten in half.

The tub advises popping it into the microwave for 4 to 6 seconds for the traditional S’more treat. The effect of this is to create a completely gooey and soupy interior though the chocolate amazingly doesn’t melt completely. The thing I like best about toasted marshmallows is the toasted part. I could probably just eat the toasted outsides and leave the gooey stuff for someone else, so the microwave option doesn’t really do much for me, but I certainly can see others really digging it.

The big bonus here is that these are Kosher. It’s pretty rare to find Kosher marshmallows, and even harder to find Kosher marshmallow candy products.

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Name: Smashing S’mores
    RATING:
  • SUPERB
  • YUMMY
  • TASTY
  • WORTH IT
  • TEMPTING
  • PLEASANT
  • BENIGN
  • UNAPPEALING
  • APPALLING
  • INEDIBLE
Brand: Trader Joe’s
Place Purchased: Trader Joe's (Silver Lake)
Price: unknown
Size: 7.0 ounces
Calories per ounce: 132
Categories: All Natural, Candy, Trader Joe's, Chocolate, Cookie, Kosher, Marshmallow, 8-Tasty, United States

POSTED BY Cybele AT 4:52 pm Tracker Pixel for Entry     All NaturalCandyReviewTrader Joe'sChocolateCookieKosherMarshmallow8-TastyUnited States

Comments
  1. I feel like I would want to dip these in peanut butter. Or caramel.

    Comment by Victoria (District Chocoholic) on 7/05/11 at 5:25 pm #
  2. For what it’s worth, the toasted outside of marshmallows is easy to pull off and the gooey insides toast really well.  I can usually get about three toastings out of a marshmallow, each one smaller than the last.

    Comment by K on 7/06/11 at 4:27 am #
  3. I had not yet heard about these, but thank you for introducing me! I will have to scour my local TJs in search of them.

    Comment by Lisa (Sunny Seed Stories) on 7/06/11 at 7:00 am #
  4. Oh yeah! I stuffed a box of these in my carry-on last time I spotted a Trader Joe’s while traveling. Can’t wait til they come to Texas!

    Comment by Katie on 7/08/11 at 8:57 am #

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