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Monday, June 4, 2018

Trader Joe's Gone Berry Crazy!

Ever had Shari's Berries? Delicious, right? They also cost an arm and a leg. I mean, sure, the presentation is fancy, and the berries are near-perfect, but they start at about $20 plus shipping and handling. Also, who wants to just sit and wait, fingers crossed, hoping that FedEx will actually get the address right and not just toss the package haphazardly onto the porch from the street? Not me, that's for sure.

Now you can enjoy high-quality chocolate-covered strawberries for just $2.29 right from your neighborhood Trader Joe's. Heck yes. Remember Trader Joe's Gone Bananas!? Same concept, similar packaging, only guessed it: strawberries instead of bananas.

The berries come frozen, but they're in excellent condition, flaunting beautiful red hues, sweet strawberry taste, and the perfect amount of firmness. They're supposed to be served frozen, and we can testify that they're awesome that way—although just slightly thawed works just as well if you can wait that long to eat them.

There are approximately two dozen strawberries in each box. Most of the berries are relatively small—about the size of the tip of my thumb—but we did find some size variation in each box. A few were quite large. The outer layer of chocolate is fairly thin, but it's more than enough to balance out the taste of the strawberries. It's a dark chocolate, so it's not too sweet.

Back in 2011, when Gone Bananas! were still new, I shared a story about Sonia and a toxic chocolate banana from a shady Southland street vendor. As a result, that product narrowly missed a shot at immortalization in our blog's elite Pantheon of great foods. My wife's never met a strawberry she didn't like. Five out of five stars from her. I absolutely loved this product, but in all honesty, I think I like the chocolate banana combo just slightly more than these. Still, I won't deny them the score they deserve: four and a half out of five from me.

Bottom line: 9.5 out of 10.


  1. It is nice when you don't want go through the fuss. You could do a big batch at home easily. Cut up frozen strawberries (I like use dollar tree frozen strawberries) some dark chocolate melted with a splash of coconut oil. Voila!

    1. Good idea. I'm a bit too lazy for that, though :-)

  2. I totally LOVED these! Like a chocolatey sorbet bite :)) i’m anti-banana, so I don’t understand the appeal of the banana version. Love that it satisfies my sweet tooth without a ton of unhealthy ingredients involved.
    But why do the strawberries need to come from thailand...?? We certainly grow enough here in the states that seems silly.
    I will certainly rebuy these, might turn into my favorite frozen treat this summer!

    1. Hadn't even noticed that. Thai strawberries. Huh. Weird.

    2. Maybe TJ's liked the supplier whom did the gone bananas and asked to do strawberries. Maybe we will see mango gone crazy one soon!

  3. I just bought these! Went to Trader Joe's to look for the lavender blueberry almond milk to try but didn't see it. I bought the hot cheeto crunchies and movie theatre popcorn tho. Also bought the new rose water toner. It's refreshing to spray on your face on a hot day!


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