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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Thursday, June 9, 2016

Trader Joe's Mango Sorbet Bon Bons with Chocolate Coating

Let's just lay it out on the table here that I'm no bon bon expert. In fact, prior to these little guys, I don't know that I've ever had a proper bon bon in my whole life. They're usually just little round chocolates, right? And I've heard of ice cream bon bons. But sorbet? Heck, why not? The product development guys knew that as long as there was "mango" in the title, Big Joe was going to green-light the concept. Where's the Mango Cookie Butter, you guys? We're waiting on mango cookie butter here.

But seriously, the best thing these balls of chocolate and sorbet have going for them is their frozenness. It has been quite warm here this past week or so, and I keep gravitating toward these bon bons if only because they're cold. And they're surprisingly low in calories, considering how indulgent they seem—just 90 for two bon bons. 

It's a very sweet sorbet that does indeed taste like real mango, but more sugary. Then they added a significant layer of deep dark chocolate. As far as refreshment goes, Sonia and I both wish we could have the sorbet sans the chocolate. We also think the flavor pairing is a little goofy, although we both agree that it has grown on us just slightly since our first respective bites. 

Of course, I'd like to try this sorbet with a milk chocolate shell. And even though it will never ever happen, like not in a million years, I'd like to try it with white chocolate, too. I guess I'm alone there. Every time I mention white chocolate around Trader Joe's types, I just get WTF's and blank stares. Such is my life.

Sonia says she's "not a fan of morphing chocolate and fruit with the exception of chocolate covered strawberries." I'm pretty sure she means "mixing" chocolate and fruit. Marrying? Mingling? Merging? Meshing? Any of those would work. In Sonia's defense, she's fluent in Spanish. And I can't learn that confounded language to save my soul.

But back to the bon bons. I think they were $3.99 for 12. They're worth a whirl if you think mango and chocolate sound good together. Like I said, the sorbet is very good and very mangoey. I just think the chocolate clashes with it a little bit. I'll give this product three and a half stars. Sonia can't muster enthusiasm for more than three.

Bottom line: 6.5 out of 10.


  1. I so agree w/the aesthetics.... the pic tells it all! (lol)

  2. ....why did I just hit sign out instead of "Publish"? Ugh. Anyway, white chocolate is heaven and I will never forget my first taste of it. It would be a long time before I saw white chocolate with visible vanilla bean again...

    So is this the same mango sorbet that they do sell by itself? I found that to be way too sweet, but amazing for making fake lassi or mango milkshake.

    lol. mango cookie butter. .. wait, this could jynx us. :|

    1. Hooray for white chocolate!

      I didn't realize they sold mango sorbet by itself. It's probably the same or very similar.

  3. I think that if they could had done similar concept with cookie butter ice cream and it would sell out fast.

    I checked the TJ's site for new items and Mango Salsa came up. But look at the "traces" of ingredients: Ingredients. OMG! May have traces of all those major allergens so STAY AWAY from mango salsa. I don't get why that item is made in a facility that has so many allergic stuff. Mango Salsa could had been done in a kitchen

    Mango, Red Onion, Cilantro, Jalapeño, Lime Juice (Water, Lime Juice Concentrate, Lime Oil), Sunflower Oil, Salt. MAY CONTAIN TRACES OF WHEAT, SOY, PEANUTS, ALMOND, PINE NUT, COD, SALMON, SHRIMP, TUNA.

  4. I just got my Fearless Flyer yesterday and it's loaded with mango products, even Mango Jo-Jo's sandwich cookies! I use their frozen mango pieces and plain Greek yogurt for making a very good lassi.

  5. These are vegan!! Woohoo! I love the mango sorbet- which is sweet but tastes like a ripe mango. Dunno about fruit and chocolate combo here but i'll try it!
    White chocolate is not chocolate. And it's just kinda wrong......

  6. yyyyaaaaas white chocolate. I LOVE white chocolate. Then milk chocolate. And only sometimes dark chocolate. We'll be uncultured swines together ;)

    1. White chocolate fans unite! All three of us...

  7. I thought these were AMAZING!

  8. These mango/chocolate bonbons were AMAZING! unfortunately, I was there today specifically to get these and they are GONE . . .OMG!