It's been over a year since I last review Trader Joe's Chocolate Lava Cakes. While both Trader Joe's Chocolate Salted Caramel Mug Mix and Lava Cake desserts go into the microwave and yield a similar outcome in terms of texture, this mug cake won't take up any space in your freezer.
Both of these desserts are decadent. They are a nice blend of almost cooked and that runny interior.
Now, this box contains 4 of Trader Joe's Fleur de Sel Caramels and 2 mug mixes. You could easily swap out a filling of your liking in the process.
And the process here couldn't be easier. All you need is 40 seconds in the microwave. I had my doubts, but I was proved wrong. It was cakey and undercooked all at the same time.
However, here are a few things you need to be aware of if you pick this up. First off, you'll want to use a standard-sized mug on this one. I know my husband and I use 20-ounce tea mugs way more than the "regular" sized ones.
Second, when they say give it a good stir, they weren't kidding. Unlike regular cake, there isn't much forgiveness like there would be with making a cake. While I took great pictures of the top of this, the bottom however revealed my failure to mix it all the way.
Otherwise, these two packets of the mix have a nice chocolatey flavor. This dessert is sweet but the saltiness from the caramel balances out. There are also mini chocolate chips that become molten in the microwave. I was shocked as to how much it "rose" in just the first 20 seconds.
The salted caramel goes in after the first 20 seconds. And was completely melted (mine sunk to the bottom) after another 20 seconds.
For $1.99 or less than $1 each, this is a good dessert. I personally felt it was on the rich side, so next time there will likely be a scoop of ice cream or some whipped cream to cut through the richness here.
Would I buy this again? This is a maybe. It was good. I've eaten both but my cart was loaded with desserts on this last run so it only gets a maybe. I'm kind of grateful there were ONLY two packets. I would have eaten them all.
This is available at Trader Joe's or on Amazon.com.
The box of Trader Joe's Chocolate Salted Caramel Mug Mix:
The nutritional information:
How to prepare:
Out of the package you get:
After being cooked you get:
And for a closer look at that mug cake:
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Trader Joe's Chocolate Salted Caramel Mug Mix
Product Name: Trader Joe's Chocolate Salted Caramel Mug Mix
Product Description: Individual sized desserts full of chocolate and salted caramel flavor.
A dessert from uncooked to done in under 2 minutes from start to finish that is richly sweet with chocolate and salty from the caramel.
- These are ready in 40 seconds or under 2 minutes
- This cooked up very rich and super easy to prepare
- Minimal mess as you mix everything into a mug
- May require a scoop of ice cream or whipped cream to cut through the flavors here
- Each mug mix isn't huge and is 350 calories (I hate knowing how many calories are in a dessert)