Posts Tagged ‘dark chocolate’

Trader Joe’s – Dark Chocolate Crisps – Food Review


Trader Joe's, dark chocolate crisps, review, price, calories, nutritionTrader Joe's, dark chocolate crisps, review, price, calories, nutritionApril 22, 2018

Need a chocolate fix but don’t want to spend 30 minutes on the tread mill working off the calories that come with most chocolate bars, then try these.

Instead of being molded into a bar, this chocolate has been molded into “chips.”  For comparison, think of chocolate Pringles – but without the potatoes.  Twelve chips make up about 1.5 ounces (42g), or 220 calories.  But, it only takes 1 or 2 chips to get a nice chocolate fix.  Now, the calories in 1 or 2 chips are so few, it may be possible to work them off with a nap.  Hmm, this is sounding better all the time.

This is a fine Belgian chocolate. The label lists 57% cocoa solids minimum.  For me, that’s about the perfect chocolate. It’s definitely far from a milk chocolate.  It’s not sweet, but it’s also not so bitter that it’s difficult to enjoy.  Mixed in with the chocolate are very small pieces of the “crisp” (puffed rice).  For my tastes they could’ve left this out.  However the crisp doesn’t detract very much from the chocolate fix.

At $2.49 for 4.4 ounces (125g) of quality chocolate, this is a bargain.  That bargain is further extended by the very little bit needed to satisfy that chocolate craving.

Price $2.49 (4.4 ounce package)

Calories 220 per printed serving size, 42g (about 1.5 ounces)


Trader Joe’s – Loacker Quadratini Dark Chocolate Wafer Cookies – Food Review


March 31, 2018

Little squares, that’s what quadratini means.  But these are really little cubes.  That would be six squares in a cube, if anyone’s counting.

These are just like sugar wafers in the US, except they’re different.  The typical sugar wafer is a five layer combination of  light wafer cookie and relatively sweet creamy filling, most often in the shape of a long rectangle.

The Quadratini are a similar layering of a light wafer cookie with a creamy filling between layers.  Except in this case there are nine layers in the finished product.  And instead of a rectangle, the cookies are cut so that the length and width of the cookie roughly equals the height of the layers leaving a nine layer cube of around 3/4 inches (19.05 mm) to a side.  This creates a very bite-sized, very dainty and very light cookie.

The other difference between this and the US variation, is the sweetness.  These are not very sweet.  There’s a very European feel to the chocolate wafer and chocolate filling.  The taste of high quality cocoa predominates, minus much of the sugar that makes cocoa into chocolate.  Now, if this flavor isn’t for you, there are 10 other flavors available – but possibly not all at Trader Joe’s.

Price  $3.69 per 8.8 oz. bag

Calories  150  per 8 cookie cubes

Trader Joe’s Simply Nutty vs. Kind Dark Chocolate, Nuts, Sea Salt Bars – Food Review


trader joe, dark chocolate, nuts, sea salt, review, price, nutrition, simply nutty barskind, dark chocolate, nuts, sea salt bars, review, price, nutrition
March 4, 2017

It’s predominantly* almond (Kind) versus predominantly* peanut (Simply Nutty) in this nut-off challenge.  For those who need to know quickly, Kind has the bigger nuts. That’s important, because when you bite into them, Kind requires a little more jaw power.  However once in the mouth and chewed around some, the texture is indistinguishable between the two.

For those who like their nuts slightly salty, Kind would be your choice.  In comparison, Simply Nutty is just that – not much of a salty experience here.  Holding all the nuts together at the base, for both, is a dark dark brown chocolate.  Some of the same is drizzled on the top of the nuts.  I guess the drizzle is for decoration, but could be there for the lickers among us who might want to slowly savor the experience.  Licking from the bottom would be too messy.  So, the dark chocolate on both is very much the same, good, but nothing to write home about.

trader joe, dark chocolate, nuts, sea salt, review, price, nutrition, simply nutty barskind, dark chocolate, nuts, sea salt bars, review, price, nutritionThe products are very similar, with small individual preferences being the deciding factors between the two for most of us.  Finally, these type of comparisons usually come down to price.  The Kind bars are 4 bars for $4.99 and the Simply Nutty bars are 5 bars for $4.99.



Kind – Calories 200 per bar,   Price  $4.99  – box of 4 bars

Trader Joe’s Simply Nutty – Calories 200 per bar,   Price  $4.99  – box of 5 bars

*Based on the first ingredient listed on the ingredient label

Trader Joe’s Brandy Beans – Food Review


January 7, 2016Trader Joe's, Brandy Beans, food, review, alcohol, candy, chocolate
Brandy, I knew her from the old neighborhood. That’s right Brandy Beans. She and Ben, her brother, lived with their parents in the apartment building down the street on the second floor.  Right above them on the 3rd floor were the Shaws. You remember Charlie, now old Charles Shaw,  don’t you?


Trader Joe’s Chocolate Liqueur Cherries – Food Review


trader joes, dark chocolate liqueur cherriesNovember 18, 2016

Dark chocolate covered liquid center cherries are my favorite treat.  Come gift-giving holidays, the family gets off cheaply as this is my usual present.  But no complaints.  Will the addition of alcohol to the mix make these even better?


Choceur Blueberry Acai Dark Chocolate Covered Superberries – Food Review – ALDI


choceur, dark chocolate, superberryies, bluberry acaiJune 1, 2016choceur, dark chocolate, superberryies, bluberry acai, nutrition

It’s not really dark chocolate.  But it’s not milk chocolate either.  Here’s the reason, it’s made in the USA.  But it’s still good.  Too good!

Why does the USA matter?  Because, the USA seems to have an aversion to dark chocolate.  Other Choceur products I’ve tried were imported from Germany where dark chocolate is typically more robust.   While disappointed that the chocolate wasn’t what I was expecting, these are still very good.  In fact so good it’s relatively easy to eat the whole 7 ounce package in a short time.  At 170 calories per listed serving, and 5 servings per package, that’s 850 calories – about 1/2 of the total calories most of us need for an entire day!  So ration yourself.

 Price $2.79 (7 ounce package – 5 servings)    Calories 170 per serving (10 pieces)

Choceur Dark Hazelnut Crisp – Food Re-Review – ALDI

Choceur Dark Hazelnut Crisp ALDI

Dark Hazelnut

Still the same, even if the name is not.


Schogetten Dark Chocolate – Food Re-Review – ALDI

Schogetten Chocolate Front 2015

Schogetten Chocolate Front 2015

Silly me.


ALDI – Schogetten Chocolate – Food Review


3.5 ounce chocolate bar for a buck?  Not bad.


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