Let me apologize in advance for all the goodies that are going to be posted on this blog over the next month. I like reviewing real food, but this time of year all the goodies are out. Including this fancy breakfast/dessert that is so fancy it didn't feel like it needed the "e" in chocolat.
Taste and review
I saw this gem when I picked up Trader Joe's Mint Flavored Fudge Brownies. Both of these items are seasonal.
However, this is the pricier of the two items at $6.49. Not cheap, but a quality item that will end up looking like the picture on the box.
While this item looks as lovely as the box, it is the taste at the end of the day that matters. And yes, the taste matches up to this product's good looks.
Now, to be fair, the end inch of both sides is mostly pastry. Not a ratio I loved but not a huge deal-breaker either. But I did end up cutting mine into about 6 slices. It was probably a futile effort to cut the calorie count on this down.
And yes, if you are trying to diet this time of year, don't buy this. This is over 400 calories per serving. This dessert is supposed to be 4 servings.
Now, I know it's dessert, but there is nothing stopping you from having this as a breakfast treat either. It seemed to pair well with coffee or tea too.
Here you have a puff pastry wrapped chocolate bar with almond cream. That was then sprinkled with slivered almonds.
While the ratio of puff pastry is several times the amount of filling, you still have a delicious bite. The puff pastry is light and flaky on top but seems denser at the bottom.
I enjoyed mine warmed. That way the chocolate was ooey and gooey. Now, there is nothing stopping you from enjoying this at room temperature either.
Even though the top of this has almonds, this does have a distinct almond flavor in the chocolate layer as well.
Would I buy this again? While this was a solid item I'd pick this up again. This was different than biting into a chocolate croissant and made for a really beautiful presentation.
The box of Trader Joe's Chocolat En Croute:
How Trader Joe's described this treat:
After being cooked you get:
A side view:
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The Bottom Line
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Trader Joe's Chocolat En Croute
Product Name: Trader Joe's Chocolat En Croute
Product Description: Puff pastry with chocolate and almond cream and topped with slivered almonds.
Trader Joe's Chocolat En Croute is a seasonal frozen dessert that can be on the table in under an hour and will look fancy as anything.
- Tasty dessert (or breakfast). I'm not sure how huge of a difference it is to consume this or a chocolate croissant
- Picture perfect too.
- Don't look at the calorie count. Just don't.
- Does contain nuts, so if you are allergic, please stay away from this.