The pros: Trader Joe's Canneles de Bordeaux is respectable in calories. Reminded me of a creme brulee with it's caramelized outside (but no crunch here) and custard filling. I enjoyed this more heated slightly in the microwave than cooled.
The cons: These dessert are small so plan accordingly. You'll finish each in about four bites.
The verdict: For $3.99 you get four little canneles. The canneles are fluted for extra texture. The outside of the canneles is caramelized and much sweeter than the rest of the dessert. While they are caramelized, they do not have the familiar crunch of a creme brulee. The inside is a nice thick custard that can stand up on it's own.
While the custard flavor was most noticeable, there was the flavor of vanilla and rum also present. I enjoyed the custard more when it was slightly warmed. Putting this in the toaster oven or microwave will work as long as you don't put it in for too long. I preferred the toaster oven as it gave it more of a caramelized outside. The custard isn't overly sweet, but it's sweet enough to be a dessert.
The only downside is that these are small. Overall, I'd buy this again as it made for a tasty, yet portion controlled custard based dessert.
The box of Trader Joe's Canneles De Bordeaux:
The nutritional information:
The ingredients, about Trader Joe's Canneles de Bordeaux, and how to prepare::
Out of the package you get:
And plated on a dessert plate for perspective on how small these are:
Would I buy this again? For me, this is a yes. The calorie count is reasonable and they are just enough to work with your sweet tooth. If you like a good custard, then you'll probably like these too.
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