Thursday, December 8, 2011
Trader Joe's 24 Chocolate Days 'til Christmas
The chocolate in this advent calendar is quite probably the most revolting chocolate I've ever ingested during my 33 Christmases. (I'm 32 years old, but you have to count the one Christmas I lived through before I was a year old). And, yes, if by some strange chance I had worse chocolate at 6 months of age in December of 1979, I would have remembered it. In fact, I would have been so scarred by the incident, that I would have written off chocolate for the rest of my life and been one of those rare souls that dislikes chocolate for reasons they can't fully explain.
The chocolate in this advent calendar tastes like a combination of plastic and cardboard, with an emphasis on the cardboard...with an extra dose of the weird glue that holds the particles of board together as a solid substance. The graphics on each window are fairly cute and well-designed, but really, they have nothing to do with Christmas at all. Not secular Santa-style Christmas. Not the true Jesus-inspired Christian Christmas. There's a baseball on there, for crying out loud. This might as well be a countdown to Labor Day.
Granted, there are other versions of Trader Joe's Advent Calendars, but I'm reviewing this one...which very well could be four years old or so. The chocolate tastes like it's at least that old...which reminds me of the time my grade school friend and I handed out 5 year old chocolate at Halloween. It was white. And I don't mean it was white chocolate. I mean it was traditional brown milk chocolate that was so old that it was turning back into sugar. We gave it to a group of cheerleaders that went to our high school. They returned a couple hours later and threw the half-eaten candies at us. It was hysterical. It was worth it.
It seems that karma has seen to it that I am now the brunt of such a joke—a cruel joke perpetrated by my old friend TJ. Good one, buddy. This stuff tastes like butt, and you tricked me into paying you for it. With other advent calendars, we would generally fight each other over who gets to eat the chocolate, but with this top-shelf quality product, my wife and I bicker about who has to eat the chocolate each day.
And I hate carob. Well, except for Sunspire Unsweetened Carob Chips. Those are yummerific.
I give this stuff a 1. Way to go, Santa Joe. I'm'a have the fire going Christmas Eve, buddy. Don't try to enter through the chimney. Sonia gives it a 2. I don't feel bad. Call me Scrooge. Merry freakin' Christmas, TJ's. 24 Revolting Chocolate Days 'til I Puke My Face Off.
Bottom line: 3 out of 10.
And it's really ugly also. I guess we'll stick with the calendars from Aldi filled with morsels of German chocolate- which also have traditional Christmas scenes (mostly secular to be sure).ReplyDelete
Wow, that sounds terrible! You can always return it. Don't suffer through terrible chocolate! TJ's has a great return policy where if you don't like their product, you can return it no questions asked.ReplyDelete
Ha, ha, ha! Or ho, ho, ho?! Hilarious review. I snuck a chocolate out of my daughter's advent calendar from TJ's and I totally agree with you. A lump of coal would've been better. At least you know not to eat it.ReplyDelete
We bought this last year, and it was pretty bad last year, too. But my kids loved it (mainly because they got to eat candy everyday!). I wouldn't touch it with a ten foot pole.ReplyDelete
And it is terrible chocolate! But this is such a funny post it almost makes me want to buy one this year just to check and see if the chocolate is as bad as I remember ...
Wow, I thought I'd get a bunch of die-hard TJ's defenders telling me I shouldn't complain about a 99 cent advent calendar...but thanks for agreeing with me. I don't feel so guilty for writing this review now, lol!ReplyDelete
You'd think TJ's of all places could come up with a delicious adult advent calendar!ReplyDelete
We won one last year off the prize wheel they sometimes have near the door and it was nearly as bad as you describe. I believe we went so far as to say it was worse than Nestle or Tootsie Rolls (which we despise). I don't remember if we bothered to finish it.ReplyDelete
I am in love with Trader Joe's. As a celiac, it is incredibly difficult to find foods that are gluten free. When I do find a store with a vide variety of gluten free products, they are usually quite expensive. Trader Joe's has a wonderful and affordable selection. HOWEVER, at my local TJ's, these chocolates had signs of being a bit old.ReplyDelete
They sell a gingerbread man kit at Christmastime, and the cookie is equally revolting. I was quite disappointed when I bit into the big cookie. I wouldn't even let my son eat any. We fed it to my dad's pigs on his farm! I really would love a yummy all-natural gingerbread kit.ReplyDelete
What do you expect for $0.99? It's a novelty. Kinda like the gum you got when we collected baseball cards. We never chewed it, hell you'd crack a tooth..!ReplyDelete
Sounds like typical entitled, Northern Va. folks. Maybe you should get a nice Havarty cheese to go with all that Whine'.....:)