Sunday, July 19, 2015
Trader Joe's Dark Chocolate Covered Honey Grahams With Sea Salt
It's time for another themed week of product reviews. This time we're doing...
wait for it...
CHOCOLATE WEEK! That's right--seven consecutive days of chocolate-based items. Day 1 starts us off with a brand-new item, first made available about ten days ago.
See here for Trader Joe's introduction to this product.
I liked these much more than I expected to. The most surprising thing is that it's the touch of salt sprinkled on top that rescues them from being boring. I'm not generally a fan of mixing salt with sweets. I have sometimes actively disliked it, sometimes tolerated it, sometimes not been able to even discern the salt. (An example of that is coming up in Thursday's post: brownies with sea salt.) But this is the first time I have actively enjoyed it, and felt that it meaningfully enhanced the overall flavor profile.
I loved the balance between the dark chocolate, the graham cracker, and the salt. (According to the label, there is some actual honey in there, but I couldn't taste it.) I can eat half a tub of these--way more than I should eat--and still be enjoying them.
I won't go so far as to put them among the top ten Trader Joe's items, but they are among the top ten chocolate-covered Trader Joe's items.
Writers at both of the other most-active TJ's blogs also snapped up early samples. (I know of at least a half-dozen other TJ's product-review blogs beyond the three of us, but those others either publish rarely or appear mostly dormant--or even completely defunct.) And though I avoided reading their opinions until I had tried the goodies for myself, I find now that they both not only agreed that these are good, but that it's the bit of salt that really makes them shine. I can't remember any other product on which the three of us agreed so closely. The review by "What's Good at Trader Joe's" is here. The review by "Eat at Joe's" is here.
Will I buy it again?