The pros: Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Espresso Baton is coffee and chocolate without the flavors being out of balance. One does not overwhelm the other.
The cons: If you are expecting a smooth chocolate, you’ll have some added texture here from the coffee grounds.
The verdict: For $0.99 you get six smaller squares of chocolate that are placed together in one neat baton. That baton can easily be shared or broken into 6 pieces. The dark chocolate was nice without being too intense. It was just sweet enough to not make you feel like you are eating a Hershey’s bar. There is a nice coffee flavor here which reminds me of espresso. It’s very different from Trader Joe’s Dark Coffee Squares which to me were like eating a cup of coffee. Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Espresso Baton was much smoother. In fact, this product reminded me of drinking a Starbucks Cafe Mocha in a much more solid (and gritty form). The texture here is a take it or leave it type of thing. The added texture started off as a pleasant crunch. After eating each small piece I kept feeling like I had fine bits of coffee grounds in my mouth, which I found to be unpleasant. The least they could have done was make sure it was a very fine powder. So, while the flavor here seems right, the texture for me is wrong. It was good, but not good enough for me to go repurchasing this item.
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Out of the package you get six smaller pieces. They were attached, but mine didn’t survive the ride home:
Would I buy this again? I wasn’t crazy about the texture here. As a flavor combination I liked it, but having the grit of coffee grounds makes me not want to buy this again.
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