A Brief Overview of Chocolate Delicacies from Trader Joe’s

So yeah, Christmas. That holiday that happened almost a month ago? I’m still eating the chocolate fallout from it. (I still haven’t gotten around to taking down the decorations from it either, but that’s another matter entirely). So Drew and I had the fortune of acquiring a significant amount of chocolate that was from Trader Joe’s (thank you, Julie!). There is no Trader Joe’s in Colorado. This is unfortunate, as their products range from awesome to more awesome.

In any case, I’ve never tried any of these before:

Trader Joe's Chocolate

The dark chocolate crisps on the left side were rather tasty. I really wanted them to live in a Pringles container, because if Pringles made chocolate, it would be a lot like this. At first glance after opening them, I thought they were going to be chocolate covered Pringles, in fact. But no, just thin tasty slices of dark chocolate with little crispies in them. Would totally get again!

I am still working my way through the dark chocolate covered pomegranate seeds. This in no way reflects any lack of tastiness on their part, however. It takes me forever to work my way through an actual pomegranate, and dried pomegranate seeds covered in chocolate seem to be no different. The sharpness of the pomegranate contrasts well with the light bitterness of the dark chocolate, and makes me feel like I should be drinking some wine or another to contrast with their contrasts. If I knew a thing about wine I’d be able to say what kind of wine and talk about age and aromas and hops or something, but I’m rather ignorant in that area. I can, however, say with confidence that they go quite well with Mike’s Hard Pomegranate Punch. Or rather, Mike’s Soft Pomegranate Punch for those of us that keep forgetting that Colorado grocery stores don’t sell alcoholic beverages above 3.2%. Oops!

The “Milk Chocolate Smashing S’mores” are smashing indeed. You see, once upon a time I was that sucker who bought chocolate bars, marshmallows, and graham crackers separately. Then I’d go camping and get my hands caked in sticky goo at a time when a bathroom sink was a faraway fantasy (or a 10 minute walk in the dark, if you camp at the sort of places I do!). I then graduated to chocolate covered graham cracker cookies plus a bag of marshmallows – much more ideal for camping, and a perfect way to spice up your evening if you are lucky enough to own a gas stove. But indoor s’mores making gets amazingly easy when everything’s already packaged together for you, and all it requires is a 6 second zap in the microwave. Or 10-15 seconds, if you’re like me and want to watch the marshmallow part get all swollen and huge! Yum!

And finally, there’s the dark chocolate edamame. I want to like these. I really want to like these. See, I like dark chocolate. And I am obsessed with edamame. I try to have a bag in the freezer at all times, and I eat them several times a week. Makes an excellent breakfast, highly recommended! They’re great both in the pod and out of the pod! But, covered in chocolate? I’ll eat one, be really confused, then five days later eat another one, and continue to be really confused. I’m just not sure the flavors work well together. Or I’m so used to eating edamame by themselves, it seems almost wrong to cover them in chocolate. I suppose this is a lesson in the fact that just because two things are awesome in and of themselves, does not necessarily mean that the two should be mixed. I think both pea soup and cheesecake are amazing, but the idea of mixing the two kinda makes me want to throw up on my keyboard.

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