Hello. My name's Nathan, and I love Trader Joe's. My wife Sonia does too. She's a great shopper, has excellent taste and knows good value when she comes across it. As many of you know, Trader Joe's is unsurpassed in the world of good-value grocery stores, so we spend a lot of our time and money there. Although the store fairly consistently delivers great taste with its own unique line of food products, there are definitely some big-hits, and unfortunately, there are some misses...

After doing a couple of internet searches for reviews of TJ's food items, Sonia discerned an apparent dearth of good, quality reviews for the store's offerings. So, at her suggestion, we decided to embark on a journey of systematically reviewing every Trader Joe's product, resulting in the blog you are about to read...

A couple of months into our Trader Joe's rating adventure, an old college friend, Russ, who unbeknownst to me had been following our TJ's blog, decided that I had been slacking in my blogging duties (which, of course, I was) so he decided to contribute his own original TJ's reviews to the blog, thus enhancing it, making it more complete and adding to it a flavor of his own. He and his wife Sandy are also avid TJ's fans and, as you will soon discover, he is an excellent writer and is nearly as clever, witty and humble as I am.

Seriously though, Russ: You go, boy!

So here it is: "What's Good at Trader Joe's?"

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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Trader Joe's Fireworks Chocolate Bar

As a self-professed non-fan of dark chocolate, some of you are probably starting to wonder why we review it so much. Well, the main reason is for you, our loyal readers. Many of you are curious about TJ's products, and it has become our momentous duty to try them on your behalf. When a product is Spotted on Shelves by Marvo and friends, and brought to our attention via Twitter by an account called Strange Snacks, as well as posted on our Facebook page by reader Janice, then you can be sure it's a treat worth trying. (Thanks to all of you for the heads up!)

And boy are we glad we did. Just for the novelty factor alone, this $2 candy bar is worth a purchase. Guys, I'm telling you, get your sweetheart one for V-Day. It's unique, spicy, and hot, just like your little ladyfriend. It's full of crackling pop-rocks-type candy and cayenne pepper. The dark chocolate is pretty standard other than that, but it blends so seamlessly with the weirdness of the crackling and the spices that it's still a must-try in our books. 

The "pop-rocks" don't really taste like candy, they just provide a popping, crackling sensation. They sound and feel like mini-fireworks in your mouth. The "attack" of the bar is heavy on the popping, yet the "finish" is when you feel the heat. It's an experience that's hard to describe in words—one that's sure to evoke some "Oohs!" and "Aahs!" I won't prattle on too much about it since Sonia and I took the opportunity to bust out another video review. But I'll give you our final scores: 4 stars from me. 4.5 from Sonia. The taste is definitely better than most dark chocolate, in my opinion, primarily because of the cayenne pepper—but the base is still dark chocolate, to be sure.


Bottom line: 8.5 out of 10.

16 comments:

  1. LOL, I saw this at the checkout..Could there be pop rocks in it? I decided to put it back.. The last time I picked up a chocolate bar, I ended up buying it for a couple of months!..

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    1. Good call. This bar could very well be habit-forming :)

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    2. Well, Sonia's cute anyway...

      Thanks, DS!

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  2. I tried it and loved it! Loved the heat at the end. I could use it as a base for Mexican hot chocolate or mole sauce. This could be a sweet or savory addition to food. I hope this will stick around for a while. Trader Joe's needs to release a pop rocks variety. That would be fun!

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    1. Yes! Mexican hot chocolate and mole sauce are excellent ideas for this.

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  3. Try the original- Elite brand chocolate with popping candies. Usually sold in the Kosher section of the grocery store around Passover. For best flavor- put it in the freezer before eating.

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  5. This stuff is the best! https://www.cadbury.co.uk/products/Jelly-Popping-Candy-Shells-3760?p=3760

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  6. You guys are adorable. :-) Next up, we need Toddler M casting her "likey" or "no likey" vote for frozen waffles! LOL

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    1. LOL...Nathan and Sonia are the video wizs, not us :)

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    2. Playing next on YouTube..."What's Good at Trader Joe's?: The Next Generation," starring Toddler M and Baby B...

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  7. I can't wait until I find this at my TJs. I want to see how it compares to the Chuao Fireworks bar that my kids and I love.

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    1. Never heard of the Chuao bar. We'll have to check it out!

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