I remember the first time I went to Costco as a kid. It was a grocery store but smelled so much better. We went early as the first Costco by us was a considerable drive out to Long Island. But oh, the smell of the baked goods section. There are certain stores that the smell just hits you: the ravioli store where I grew up smelled of meats and cheeses, the chocolate store that smelled the way the chocolates tasted, and the fish store you knew that you should never go into.
And yes, the smell of the Costco bakery. It was intoxicating as a kid. As were the visual of pastries the size of your face. And then there were the calorie counts. Those were Costco sized too.
These are mini. These are a respectable amount of calories as well.
These are crisp puff pastry. Now, they were crisp because the timer went off and they were quite pale. I left them in longer to make sure they were golden and brown. When I say, I left them in I think it was almost an additional 5 minutes. But everyone's oven is different so go by color and not time.
Each pastry is essentially a puff pastry folded over some pastry cream in a similar pattern to Trader Joe's Brie en Croute. This just adds the additional raspberry filling.
Each bite around the edges was light, flakey, with a healthy dollop of raspberry filling in the middle. But beneath the raspberry filling is pastry cream for contrast. With the raspberry filling it isn't seedless, so that may or may not flow with some people's preferences.
For $3.99 this is a great item to keep on hand for dessert or breakfast especially if your regular pastry is going to be almost a day's worth of calories. Overall, good to keep around as it's more portion-controlled and most of the time many people just want a "bite."
Here is the visual rundown of what you get if you buy this product:
The bag of Trader Joe's 8 Mini Raspberry Pastries as seen in the freezer aisle:
The nutritional information:
How to prepare:
How Trader Joe's describes this product:
After being cooked you get:
Would I buy this again? Yes, I would buy Trader Joe's 8 Mini Raspberry Pastries again. It's not something I would buy weekly but is a nice treat and a lovely addition to the frozen aisle.
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Trader Joe's 8 Mini Raspberry Pastries
Product Name: Trader Joe's 8 Mini Raspberry Pastries
Product Description: Trader Joe's 8 Mini Raspberry Pastries are a frozen dessert.
Trader Joe's 8 Mini Raspberry Pastries are a new and easy to make pastry.
- Trader Joe's 8 Mini Raspberry Pastries are a new addition to the frozen aisle.
- These are easy to make and the end product is good.
- This bag should be resealable as 8 pastries might be more than you want to bake at one time.
- I found the cooking time to be longer than what was mentioned on the box.