I guess Trader Joe's was feeling many people's resolve about New Year's Resolutions. They knew we would cave. So they came out with a long list of sugary items to expedite this process. They've welcomed vegan cookies, sunflower seed butter cups, and now these.
Now, there are a number of items sold at Trader Joe's that are essentially duplicates of other more famous items.
We have Crispy Cookies with Belgian Chocolate that are like a reshaped Milano Cookie. There are Mini Dark Chocolate Mint Coins which reminded me of Thin Mints but better (don't tell your local Girl Scout this). There are Joe-Joe's Cookies which are essentially a Trader Joe's answer to an Oreo. You have the Sublime Ice Cream Sandwiches which are improved Chipwich sandwiches.
You also have Candy Coated Chocolate Drops which are essentially M&Ms with natural colors.
Now you have these, Trader Joe's Candy Coated Chocolate Peanuts. They're naturally colored Peanut M&Ms. Oh, and they're non-conforming in shape and size. The milk chocolate tastes about the same as the Candy Coated Chocolate Drops.
However, for the most part, they are priced well at $0.99 which isn't a bad deal when you compare the retail price of most bags available by the checkout of most grocery stores, drug stores, or vending machines.
The M&M bag is currently sold in a 1.74-ounce size. And for comparison's sake, this is about .75 ounces larger.
Now, with a larger size comes a larger comes with a heavier caloric intake. Unlike M&Ms, this bag isn't quite as easy to close either. At least the little paper-ish packaging allows for easier folding that this plastic bag.
However, I think Trader Joe's could be doing more to push the envelope here. I think if M&Ms can come out with creative and experimental flavors, I'm shocked that Trader Joe's hasn't beaten them to the punch.
But time will tell. It's not a bad snack when you compare it to the original. Would I buy it again? If I feel snakish enough I would reach for Trader Joe's Candy Coated Chocolate Peanuts again.
Did you try it? Let me know what you think in the comments section!
The bag of Trader Joe's Candy Coated Chocolate Peanuts:
Out of the package you get:
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Trader Joe's Candy Coated Chocolate Peanuts
Product Name: Trader Joe's Candy Coated Chocolate Peanuts
Product Description: Trader Joe's Candy Coated Chocolate Peanuts are roasted peanuts covered with milk chocolate with a crisp candy shell.
Trader Joe's answer to the more famous Peanut M&Ms
- Good value compared to buying a bag in the store.
- Natural colorings that don't lend any weird flavors
- A lot of calories in a small bag
- They can totally push the envelope with flavor more here.