The pros: Trader Joe's Chocolate Chip Scone Mix are super quick, very easy, minimal mess, just add water (just use a measuring cup filled to between 5-6 ounces to get the right measurement rather than that stupid suggestion of ½ cup + 3 TBSP). Buttermilk scone mix means these are light as a feather when you are eating them.
The cons: Trader Joe's Chocolate Chip Scone Mix are light as a feather and even lighter on the chocolate chips. Were best cooled from the oven. The next day they were noticeably drier.
The verdict: For $3.69 these are good to keep on hand because they came together in almost no time. Mine were ready and out of the oven in 14 minutes and managed to look exactly like the box. What they were lacking was part of the title, chocolate chip. I'll have to add mini chocolate chips the next time I make these as I had entire mouthfuls without one chocolate chip. For the price, it's hard to make them that cheap. If you look at my recipes posted at the bottom, most use lots of butter and heavy cream which means lots of calories, but they taste great. The pumpkin scones use buttermilk.
The box of Trader Joe's Chocolate Chip Scone Mix:
The nutritional information:
How to prepare:
Out of the package you get:
All mixed together and yes, I used a serving fork to do the mixing:
I actually got 10 scones on one cookie sheet:
After being cooked you get:
Cooling on a rack:
Would I buy this again? I would consider buying these again and adapting them. They are not beyond repair, they are light and airy, just lacking the chocolate taste I was looking for. When I say lacking, I had entire bites of no chocolate. But it's nothing some mini chocolate chips probably can't fix. I'd also think about using milk instead of water as these were beginning to dry out after a day even in being kept in a ziploc bag. These are worth a try at least once.
Want to make scones yourself? Here are a few different recipes from scratch:
Yes, they'll involve more than just adding water, but they can also be frozen. If you want to make it even easier for yourself make several of these ahead by putting in all the dry ingredients and writing down the wet items that are still needed.
Want to see more items I've reviewed from Trader Joe's? Click on Thoughts & Reviews of Trader Joe’s for a searchable list.
Did you try it? Let me know what you think in the comments section!