We hit the aisles at Trader Joe's to find delicious sweets and give them a Valentine's Day twist.
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Trader Giotto's Lattemiele cookies looked suspiciously like the "Rigoli" cookies I'd indulge in from Buon Italia. Could this be an awesome discount way to feel my breakfast cookie addiction or would they come up short?
It feels like every time I stop by Trader Joe's, I'm sucked into buying chocolate. I've identified five reasons for this. 1. Pretty packaging 2. Pretty packaging near the checkout line 3. Good prices 4. [Often] good quality 5. New products to try. The last time I was in a TJ's, I fell into the trap. There were three new chocolate bars with maybe the cutest packaging yet—all vintage-y with ships and A FLAMINGO. See how they stacked up.
Trader Joe's Toasted Coconut Cookie Thins are the third addition to the Cookie Thin line— joining previous flavors Meyer Lemon and Triple Ginger. I was shocked to discover that I hadn't tried any of these cookies. (Though to my credit, Trader Joe's tends to prominently display the Two Buck Chuck while hiding the cookies on a shelf above the frozen shrimp puffs. Obviously I spend my time near the shiny bottles.)
I'm no stranger to Trader Joe's chocolate. Their 100 Calorie Dark Chocolate Bars are a personal favorite—the bars feel substantial, have a pleasant snap, and though the chocolate isn't exactly Valrhona, it's way better than Hershey's. So when these three petite new bars showed up in the "What's New" bin at my local TJ's, I knew I wanted to give them a try. The bar stuffed with Speculoos cookie spread immediately drew my attention (let's be honest, I'd try a turkey stuffed with Speculoos cookie spread, it's that good) but at a modest $1 a pop, I figured I could splurge on all three.
There are a number of quick and simple sugar cookie baking mixes on the market. But which one is best? Are any even worth using? We conducted a blind taste test to find out which mix yielded cookies worthy of Jolly Old Saint Nick.
It took a few months, but I finally tried the frozen French macarons from Trader Joe's that some of you recommended to me back in December when I reviewed the limited time-only macarons from Starbucks. I wish I had tried them sooner: they are way better than the Starbucks macarons, and at $4.99 for a dozen pieces, way cheaper.
Milk chocolate often gets dismissed as the immature younger sibling of dark chocolate, but we are not ashamed of loving it. When good, milk chocolate melts on the tongue like butter. Of the ten brands we tried in a blind tasting, see which were the most butter-melty, which had weird notes of beef jerky, and which belong only on s'mores.