The pros: Chocolate lovers unite for Trader Joe's Chocolate Brooklyn Babka. So chocolatey that if it weren't for the layers, you would think you are eating a decadent chocolate brownie.
The cons: Addicting if you like chocolate. Tofu is a surprise ingredient here, so if you have a soy allergy, be aware it's present here.
The verdict: For $4.99 this is a magical treat hidden away in the bread aisle. Perhaps this is a good thing. My sister first introduced me to this decadent delight. I wasn't too interested right away because it looks like a pound cake covered in chocolate chips. After having a slice, I found myself on a mission to get my own. It was right before the holidays and this was a hard item to come by. It's after the first of the year and I'm sure there are some people who are trying to stick to their New Years Resolutions because it's much easier to find.
What you get here are so many different uses of chocolate all layers onto flaky pastry layers much like a flakey chocolate croissant, but reversed in terms of proportion of pastry to chocolate. You get the texture of chocolate chips, liquid chocolate and baked chocolate all within one slice. If you consider yourself a chocolate lover, then this might be a divine change of pace from just straight chocolate. If a little chocolate goes a long way, then this might not be the right fit for you. Had it not been for the layers, you could easily close your eyes and imagine eating a deeply chocolate brownie. Heavenly. I'd buy this again.
Here is the visual rundown of what you can expect if you purchase this product:
The box located in the bread aisle:
The nutritional information and the ingredients:
Opening the box:
A plated slice:
Would I buy this again? Yes. Is it something that should make the regular shopping list? Probably not. It's so decadent and delicious, I wish. It takes a lot of will power to walk past this when Trader Joe's does have it in stock.
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