The pros: Trader Joe’s Chocolate Lava Cakes are pretty darn good and are worth the calories. These rival what you might be tempted to order out.
The cons: Only two come in a package, and at nearly 400 calories each that might be a good thing.
The verdict: I am a proud choco-holic. The more chocolate the better. Up until now, I thought the now discontinued Trader Joe’s Molten Chocolate Macaron was one of the best chocolate desserts for both the calories and money. It was basically a lava cake, but without the cake. It was the crisp macaron cookie that made it so irresistible. Unfortunately, they decided to keep the Molten Salted Butterscotch, but not the much better tasting chocolate variety.
For $2.99 you get two reasonably, responsibly, and portion controlled cakes that are very rich and full of chocolate flavor. In a matter of 45 seconds you go from frozen to molten cake. How chocolatey is this? You’ll want a scoop of vanilla ice cream to cut through the richness here. This is a dessert is something that you’ll have to slow down and savor. At nearly 400 calories each, these are almost a meal in and of themselves.
The cake is soft on the outside, it gets more fudgy as you move closer to the center. The center is like a pool of melted chocolate. It has a taste that is like eating raw brownie batter (not that you are supposed to eat that).
This is decadent and with some careful removal from the plastic it comes in could rival what you might get at your local restaurant. If this does not satisfy your sweet tooth, then a drizzle of chocolate or butterscotch, a dollop of whipped cream, or a scoop of ice cream would make this even more decadent. If you really really like chocolate, then this is something you should try. If I can spare the calories, I’d repurchase this.
The box of Trader Joe’s Chocolate Lava Cakes:
The nutritional information:
How to prepare:
Out of the package you get:
After being cooked you get:
Would I buy this again? Yes. My heart and thighs say no, but my taste buds say yes. It’s not something I’ll buy every week, but when I need my chocolate fix, this is a good match.
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