Trader Joe’s: A Chocolate Lover’s Paradise

Trader Joe’s is many things to different people—a health food store, a junk food store, their neighborhood produce market, a go-to place for a quick lunch, a bakery, a one-stop shop for frozen meals, a gourmet cheese emporium and more. Amidst all those specialties is another, hiding in plain sight. Chocolate! The multifaceted marketplace sells a wide variety of chocolate products, something to satisfy every level of chocolate enthusiast.

Vanilla Eclairs with Chocolate Fondant

Trader Joe’s Chocolate
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Trader Jacques rolls up his sleeves and dons his toque blanche to create pain à la duchesse, known today as éclairs. The choux pastry puffs up during the baking process, resulting in a light, delicate bread, which is filled with creamy vanilla custard and topped with rich chocolate fondant. Find these elegant treats in the frozen section. $2.99

Golden Spiced Milk Chocolate Bar

In addition to its many dark chocolate offerings, Trader Joe’s recently added the Golden Spiced Milk Chocolate Bar to shelves. The Belgian-style chocolate bar includes puffed quinoa, which adds crunch, and an assortment of vibrant spices from around the world. Take your taste buds on an international journey with this pick. $1.49

Mango Sorbet Bon Bons with Chocolate Coating

A reimagining of traditional ice cream bon bons, Trader Joe’s Mango Sorbet Bon Bons are full of tropical sweetness. The semisweet chocolate coating balances nicely against the fruity flavor of the sorbet. Find these refreshing goodies in the frozen aisle. $3.99

Sponge Candy

Also known as honeycomb candy, seafoam candy and cinder candy, sponge candy can be hard to find in the U.S. Trader Joe’s generously introduces this unique treat to American palates. Made from only glucose syrup, sugar and baking soda, sponge candy is airy and toffee-like. Then it is dipped in milk chocolate. What more could you ask for? $3.49

Milk Chocolate Covered Roasted & Salted Virginia Peanuts

Trader Joe’s is quite keen on dipping things in chocolate. On shelves, you’ll find chocolate-covered almonds, pretzels, espresso beans, caramel, potato chips and even pomegranate seeds. The newest addition is peanuts, and it’s about time. The classic combo is smooth and crunchy, sweet and savory, and perfect for an afternoon snack. $3.99

Learn more about these snacks and more at www.traderjoes.com.

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Kimberly Dijkstra
Kimberly Dijkstra is the web editor for Anton Media Group, a writer for Long Island Weekly and recipient of several Press Club of Long Island (PCLI) and New York Press Association (NYPA) awards.

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