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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Trader Joe's Ruby Cacao Wafers

Wafers?

Seriously?

No. No. No.

Just to make sure I wasn't crazy, as least not as it pertains to the definition of a wafer, I Googled it. There it is, first result, right up top, set forth by whichever source Google deems as most trustworthy...

wa·fer

Dictionary result for wafer

/ˈwāfər/
noun
  1. 1.
    a very thin, light, crisp, sweet cookie or cracker, especially one of a kind eaten with ice cream.

So imagine my surprise then, when opening a bag of Trader Joe's Ruby Cacao Wafers, that I did not see any wafers any where. None.

What I see instead: all these little roundish flat purply brown rose colored morsels that looked like a nonpointy ill chocolate chip or a baby candy melt.


No cookie. No crispy stuff. Nothing waferesque at all. Just these little pebbles that would look at home in an aquarium. I was sold a sack of lies.

Fortunately, whatever you may call them, these TJ's ruby cacao thingermabobs are actually pretty tasty.

My lovely bride, ever the source of new, trendy, cool stuff she sees all over Instagram, says that ruby cacao is a newish fad sweeping America, and that in Japan there's like ruby cacao KitKats. Or, you know, things with actual wafers. I digress. Never heard of it, so here's my first go...


Wow. Unique. I'm still struggling to come up with the right descriptors. Obviously, there's a healthy chocolate element, definitely towards the darker, deeper end. Yet there's so much sweetness - not even like from a chocolate covered berry, except similar. It's just not as potent, yet fruity in a different way. I checked the ingredients to see if any fruit flavors added - nope. Apparently it's what the beans taste like, and best I can tell you is, try some for yourself if you haven't already.

The morsels are soft, softer than most chocolate chips and closer to the aforementioned candy melts, except not as chalky. Speaking of melts, the cacao bits seem to do a good job of that - pop some in your mouth but keep 'em there for a few to let the taste come alive a little and wash all over. I also nuked a few and they melted right on up without much fuss. I suppose they could be used to dip all sorts of stuff in if that's your thing.

Sandy's not overly impressed. She had a couple then opted for a cookie for her night time treat, as did our daughters. I had a few small handfuls to try and get a better sense - I'd use the word interesting or intriguing more than delicious for them. They're kinda odd, but in a good way...probably. I dunno, try them for your self, kids. Middle scores here because we don't know what else to do, the only thing we're not wavering on is these aren't wafers. Period.

Bottom line: Trader Joe's Ruby Cacao Wafers: 5.5 out of 10 Golden Spoons

4 comments:

  1. It’s actually a very high quality product from the famous gourmet chocolate company callebaut. Maybe it’s better incorporated into baked goods or used melted as a dip...? Too much dairy for me to try, i went with my old favorite dark chocolate pretzel crisps as my treat on my last shopping trip. (SO good!)

    https://www.barry-callebaut.com/en/group/media/news-stories/barry-callebaut-reveals-fourth-type-chocolate-ruby

    Ttrockwood

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  2. I didn't want these to be wafers (I kind of guessed they weren't going to be...somehow...) and I didn't want them to be what I imagined they were either (hard and low on flavor), so I was way more satisfied than you guys were. They remind me of eating Trader Joe's Dark Chocolate covered Powerberries. I like it. I don't know if I'd purchase it often, though. They're smooth and soft.

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  3. Wafers are a type of chocolate used in candy making.

    https://www.cooksillustrated.com/how_tos/11225-melting-wafers-the-key-to-easier-tempering

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  4. Excellent as coating/melting wafers. This was a great product at a great price. Haven't seen it lately, though.

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