Friday, November 19, 2010

Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Almond Toffee

Trader Joe's Dark Chocolate Almond ToffeeThe final installment in the new Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate candies that come in two ounce pouches is Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Almond Toffee.

Red package describes it as crunchy toffee and roasted California almonds, covered in premium dark chocolate. Like the other packages, it includes a couple of properly scaled images of the candies. They’re about the same diameter as a nickel or a quarter (they varied) and were thick.

These remind me a lot of Marich Triple Chocolate Toffee, which were a mix of milk, white and dark chocolate covered toffee bits. They remind me so much of them that I’m going to guess that Marich is the maker of all three of these candies.

Trader Joe's Dark Chocolate Almond Toffee

The pieces are lovely. They’re dark and glossy and have a light buttery scent.

The chocolate is a little softer than some other panned dark chocolate candies. The chocolate is only 50% cacao and contains some butter so it’s not a very dark chocolate. It’s in the semi sweet range with some nice fruity notes and goes well with the dairy and nutty notes of the toffee. The melt is silky and smooth.

The toffee centers are perfect, they’re crunchy and buttery without being sticky or tacky. Sometimes there were little bits of almond in them, but not all the time. The toffee was rather salty and the overall sodium for the package was 170 mg, which is a lot for a candy. But I do have to say that the salt provided a really nice pop to the flavors, it came first then the buttery notes and burnt sugar came forward.

The ratios of a panned piece of toffee mean that these had a lot of chocolate. The chocolate was easy to cleave off and eat or allow to melt off to get to the toffee center. Or of course there’s the “crunch it all together” method of consumption. All have merits.

If you’ve ever hoped for a more decadent version of Heath Bars or Skor, these may be for you.

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

Trader Joe's Dark Chocolate Covered Things

Trader Joe’s has done a nice job with all three of these products. They’ve balanced the portion size (a new area for them) with a product line that uses better ingredients than the products more widely available.

Trader Joe's Dark Chocolate Covered Things

I see all three of these as great snacks for watching a movie. They’re large portions at two ounces, but still only $1.49 which is a more than respectable for indulging in the new Harry Potter. They’re not overly packaged, but each is bold and different enough to catch the eye, they’re easy to tear open and did a good job of protecting the product and kept it fresh.

If only they also made those Espresso Toffee Pillows in these bags, too.

Related Candies

  1. Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Mints
  2. Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Tahitian Vanilla Caramels
  3. Marich All Natural Holland Mints & Chocolate Jordan Almonds
  4. Walkers Nonsuch Roasted Hazelnut Toffee
  5. Marich Chocolate Sea Salt Cashews
  6. Terry’s Chocolate Toffee Crunch Orange
  7. Trader Joe’s Espresso Pillows
  8. Sconza 70% Dark Chocolate Toffee Almonds
  9. Valerie Toffees & Nougats

POSTED BY Cybele AT 1:05 pm Tracker Pixel for Entry     All NaturalCandyReviewTrader Joe'sChocolateNutsToffee8-TastyUnited States

Comments
  1. So shiny! You’ve sold me on these.  I’ll be placing these on my stocking stuffer list this christmas.

    Comment by Steve on 11/21/10 at 4:30 pm #
  2. they are incredibly excellent.  I have no will power when it comes to these. One of my top 5 favorite things in Trader Joe’s.

    Comment by Katherine Loizos on 1/28/11 at 11:04 am #
  3. I just LOVE these!!

    Is there a way to buy something and have it shipped directly to friends as a gift? My little sisters live far away and I’d love to have them find some as a treat in their mailbox!

    Comment by trina on 10/04/11 at 8:13 am #

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