Trader Joe’s has been a long-time source of candy for candy-loving cheapskates like me, but while shopping for
dark chocolate peanut butter cups spinach the other day, I spotted two new Trader Joe’s brand candy bars and I just had to have them – for science!
First up is the Boffo! Bar “with peanuts, caramel, and nougat enrobed in milk chocolate,” which sounded delightful and much like a Snickers bar. Once sliced, it looked like a peanut-stingy, nougat-generous Snicker’s bar, and tasted that way, too, except the nougat was much chewier than in a Snickers. Despite being the lead descriptor, the peanuts definitely come as an afterthought. The chewiness of the nougat was at first overwhelming (as it was unexpected) but after eating a few more bites I began to thoroughly enjoy it. Would I buy this candy bar again? I don’t know that I’d get this over a Snickers Almond, M&M Almond, or Twix, for example, but it wasn’t horrible. And while I wouldn’t be disappointed to find this in my trick-or-treat stash, at 240 calories and 28 grams of sugar, my doctor would.
I was excited by the dark chocolate covering the “whipped chocolate nougat and rich caramel” of the Quasar Bar, but immediately put off when I sliced into the bar and discovered a cross-section that looked suspiciously like the dreaded Mars Bar (don’t get me started on Mars Bars, the once-wonderful, chock-full-of-almonds candy bar that turned into the horrid English caramel and nougat-only Milky Way-esq monstrosity!!!). However, for science, I tried a piece and then another piece and then another piece and then another. Surprisingly delicious! This is no Mars Bar/Milky Way! The dark chocolate outside is fairly thick and good quality (cough cough for an American candy bar cough cough) and the caramel and nougat are a pleasing texture and sweetness. At 220 calories and 30 whopping grams of sugar, I would have to be embracing my inner diabetic to eat this a second time, but then again my inner diabetic and I are pretty tight.
Overall, I’d put these two candy bars in the “buy” category if you’re looking for candy from Trader Joe’s. (I also put the aforementioned Trader Joe’s dark chocolate peanut butter cups in the solid “buy” category, with instructions to store them in the freezer or fridge and eat them cold, but I’d put the Trader Joe’s dark chocolate covered almonds in the “pass” category, because for some reason, possibly the quality of the chocolate or the waxy coating, they’re unappealing in my book.) And if you’re looking for non-chocolate sweets, the best thing to buy at Trader Joe’s right now is the Mini Ginger Pumpkin Ice Cream Mouthfuls, which are everything good about the fall season and frozen foods and life itself.
What Trader Joe’s items do you love? Is there a candy that you used to love that you can’t find anymore? Do you like pumpkin pie? Share in the comments!