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.
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!!!!ReplyDelete
Apple pie cheddar!!??Delete
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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.Delete
Thanks for the heads up. I'm sure one of us will check it out, even if we have to write a negative review.Delete
Yup. Believe it or not. http://www.traderjoes.com/digin/post/apple-pie-cheddar-cheeseReplyDelete
I've had apple pie made with cheddar cheese, so it may be pretty good.Delete
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!ReplyDelete
Fall stuff coming soon!Delete
I really like the apple pie cheddar cheese. The cinnamon and apple are a lovely touch.ReplyDelete
Wonder how much caffeine these lil guys have.ReplyDelete
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!
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 email@example.comDelete