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Friday, July 7, 2017

Trader Joe's Cold Brew Latte Dessert Bars

Nothing but frozen coffee on a stick. No more, no less. Great if you love coffee—not so much if you're craving something a little more indulgent.

Sure, there's sugar and cream. It's not like they used plain black coffee. But if you were expecting something along the lines of a Fudgsicle with a coffee twist, you're in for some disappointment here.

Just like real coffee is mostly water, so too is this popsicle. And it tastes that way. 

I'm no coffee connoisseur, but if I had to wager what type of coffee is employed here, I'd say it's a lighter roast. It's not even a particularly bold or rich flavor. 

The refreshment factor is potentially pretty high, but again, the indulgence factor is surprisingly low. 40 calories per bar says it all.

Kosher, convenient, and inexpensive ($1.99 for five), this product is great for coffee-lovers who want to get their daily caffeine in a cool new way—and possibly to beat the heat at the same time. 

There's nothing chalky, mocha-y, or nutty here, like another recently-reviewed latte product. If I had to wager which item would be more popular with the coffee-craving crowd, my money would be on these java-sicles.

Predictably, Sonia, who loves coffee, enjoyed these bars more than I did. She does wish they were a little sweeter and perhaps a tad creamier, but she can appreciate them for exactly what they are: simple coffee-flavored refreshment. Three and a half stars from her. 

I'm not a coffee guy at all, but I have to have respect for this product just for its simplicity, refreshment-factor, and potential appeal to true coffee folks. Three stars from me.

Bottom line: 6.5 out of 10.


  1. Forty calories means you can have two for breakfast.

  2. I wonder how much caffeine is in these.

  3. I rate these higher. Yes, a bit lighter than real coffee (it *is* a popsicle bar) but the flavor of real coffee is right there. And I am glad they are NOT any sweeter. Too sugary would be a mess--they got these just right imo.

  4. I loooove coffee but had to pass on these because the dairy is bad news for me.

    Are you planning to review the individual cans of cold brew coffee they have now? I haven't been able to pick some up yet to try myself

  5. LOVE these--perfect for those needing low calories, low carb alternatives for desserts. Those that can eat fancier stuff should. Don't ruin these by making them too anything else!

  6. I love the flavor and the low price and calorie count. I rate these 10 out of 10! Thanks, TJs!


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