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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Monday, February 27, 2017

Trader Joe's Sumatra Coffee Brownies

Moist.

Ugh. Don't you just hate that word?

"Moist" doesn't bother me too much (I'm more bothered by double negatives and the word "notate" not being used to mean composing musical score), but man, most people hate the word. It's kinda a big thing. Eh well. To each their own, and if you're part of the moist-hating crowd, so be it.

Too bad so many people hate the word "moist" because it's a great word to describe the perfect brownie...and very apt to describe Trader Joe's Sumatra Coffee Brownies.

If you like dried up crusty corner brownies, stay away. These sumatra brownies are super moist in the most perfect of brownie ways...thick and fudgy and rich. Soft. Chewy. And definitely not dry in the least. It's almost like they were brought out of the over a few minutes early.

Yet by some odd mad science of baking, there's a perfectly crispy outer shell layer. The crust is perfect, just thick enough to hold the whole shebang together without getting your fingers messy, with only the smidgiest smidge of grease, with a little coffee dust (presumably) on top.

And taste...oh man. I've already used the word "rich" and that is an understatement. Very chocolatey, in a very deep way. The coffee element is a little more subtle, but definitely present. It'd probably be enough to have the kiddos make a face, even if you were one to give them a coffee-laced sugar hit - hey, I don't judge.

There's so little to not like. I can't think of much. One brownie is more than enough for Sandy and I to share - only a few bites is just enough and not too much. Which will bring me to the one odd point, because hey, it's TJ's were talking about...the packaging. Four brownies inside the bag, and they're packaged in twos - why not either each seperately, or all together? By twos seems odd. No matter.

Not much else to say. For these little moist morsels, there's nothing I can notate that's not good. We've had them three nights in a row now and still can't find a single complaint. Perfect fives from the wife and me.

Bottom line: Trader Joe's Sumatra Coffee Brownies: 10 out of 10 Golden Spoons

13 comments:

  1. They must be good! a 10, cool.

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    1. Definitely file under "more than alright" :)

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  2. I wonder what it will be like slightly warmed with a scoop of vanilla ice cream! Oh TJ's brought back cannel├ęs de bordeaux. I never had it until I tried it OMG! So good. Only $4 for 4 cakes. DELISH!

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  3. I had no interest in these until I read your review. The problem is, I like sweets at night and I fear the coffee in it may be a bad idea that late. Was there any issues with that?

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    1. Nah, not really for either one of us, but we both have hearty caffeine tolerance, so your mileage may vary.

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  4. They're amazing. I cut each one into 4 squares to try to control my portions but they're so delish it didn't really work. They would be excellent warmed up with ice cream on top.

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  5. Ah, just in time to read this after I gave up sugar for Lent, sigh

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  6. Ha! I love dry crusty corners so I'm not tempted by this post for "moist" brownies.

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  7. None of the Trader Joe's in the Tampa Bay Area had even heard of these brownies. I hope we eventually get them.

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  8. I called seven trader Joe's in the Los Angeles area looking for these bad boys and nobody knew what I was talking about. After looking them up in their system, they said it looked like they sold out so fast that the distribution center was trying to catch up on demand.

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  9. Alas, not available (or heard of) at my TJ's in northern Arizona.

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  10. My Trader Joe's in Los Angeles,
    California (Toluca Lake) said they aren't "order-able". :-(

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  11. Bought these based on your review, and holy wow. Perfect 10 indeed.

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