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, September 13, 2016

Trader Joe's Coffee Mochi


Trader Joe's can and will turn anything into a mochi ice cream flavor—from basic flavors like chocolate to double mango to pumpkin pie, we've seen them run the gamut. We haven't seen mushroom mochi ice cream yet, but just to be clear, we're not asking for it, Big Joe. Not at all. Cookie butter mochi, on the other hand...

Now let's shift gears and focus on the product at hand, shall we? My major problem with this mochi is the same problem I have with traditional coffee ice cream: it actually tastes like coffee. I mean sure, it's kinda sweet and creamy, but the overwhelming flavor is that of dark, earthy coffee beans. I'll drink coffee, if I must, for its caffeine content, but I much prefer energy drinks (ones without high fructose corn syrup) for my morning wake-up beverage. Among coffee drinkers, that fact generally arouses suspicion, outrage, and indignation. Why would a non-coffee-drinker even review a coffee-flavored product?

Because I'll defer to my coffee-appreciating wife's opinion on this one. She liked these a lot. The texture is just like any other mochi we've reviewed: a soft, chewy, rice-based shell, a layer of smooth, cold ice cream below that, and similar to the aforementioned mango mango mochi, there's a glob of liquidy goo in the middle. I personally didn't feel like the "saucy mocha center" added much, but Sonia thought it added a nice rich flavor and extra creaminess to the product.

She loved the taste of this product because she loves the taste of coffee. The flavor of the mocha filling reminded her of Original Roast Coffee Rio Candy, which is apparently sold at some Trader Joe's locations.

Even though I didn't appreciate the taste quite as much as my better half, we do agree on one thing: this mochi is rich and intense enough that just one or two pieces at a time is more than sufficient for one sitting. Sonia gives this product four stars. My disdain for coffee might have led me to give this product a fairly low score, but I did say I'd defer to my wife on this one, for the benefit of all you sophisticated coffee connoisseurs...so I'll go with three and a half to make sure this falls squarely in our "really darn good" category.

Bottom line: 7.5 out of 10.

15 comments:

  1. I tried it and it was tasty. I do miss the mango sorbet mochi. They should make peppermint sorbet mochi next. Also heard TJ's released apple pie cheddar!!!!

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    2. Sorry, I messed up on my original comment...I was so disturbed by the memory of eating the apple pie cheddar last week...you should review it just to warn people away. It's just terrible, and I normally like cheese in all its forms. A very disappointing start to the parade of fall products.

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    3. Thanks for the heads up. I'm sure one of us will check it out, even if we have to write a negative review.

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  2. Yup. Believe it or not. http://www.traderjoes.com/digin/post/apple-pie-cheddar-cheese

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    1. I've had apple pie made with cheddar cheese, so it may be pretty good.

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  3. Thank you for your posts. I wait for your reviews now to try new products. Will have to try the mochi. Looking forward to your apple pie cheddar and pumpkin products reviews!

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  4. I really like the apple pie cheddar cheese. The cinnamon and apple are a lovely touch.

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  5. Wonder how much caffeine these lil guys have.

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  6. Hi Nathan,

    I have been a longtime follower of your blog and trader joes! My friends and family have finally convinced me to start a blog dedicated to recipes that contain TJs items. I was wondering if you guys had to do anything to use Trader Joe's name? I tried looking for a contact section but couldnt find on on here! Let me know if I missed it!

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    1. Hi Emily. If you click my name in the "contributors" section in the right side bar, you'll find my email address on my G+ profile. It's nathanrodgers@gmail.com

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