The pros: Trader Joe's Dark Chocolate Toasted Sesame Caramels are new and are a very different flavor combination than what is one the shelves currently.
The cons: I'm not sure this is a knock it out of the park flavor pairing.
The verdict: I'm not sure if anyone has this experience: you make something, you ask someone you know to try it, you get feedback. You ask, "How do you like it?" They reply: "It's interesting."
Not good, not bad, just interesting. That's the default answer in my mind when I'm not sure where should land in terms of feelings.
In fact, this type of conversation happened when I first met my then boyfriend, now husband's mother and grandmother. Now as a cultural reference point, my family is mellow, quiet German-Irish Americans who have been here since the time of the colonies. My husband's family are Bronx Italian Americans .
My now mother in law made meatloaf. She decided to up her cooking game by adding some type of BBQ sauce. I thought it was interesting. Grandma was far less forgiving in her commentary.
The word "interesting" never came out of her petite 4'8" frame.
Her 100% pure unfiltered thoughts came flying out of her mouth in all their glory. In fact, she looked at Linda (my mother-in-law) and shared the following details: "Did you make this? It sucks. If you left it outside, even the dogs wouldn't eat this." She went on for a good 30 or so minutes afterwards sharing all of her inner most thoughts on the meal.
It was like there was a tiny Chairmen Mao sitting at the table giving a speech denouncing the efforts of her adult daughter. It made Gordon Ramsay's thoughts seem tame and gentle. I was terrified of her at the time. Things like that never happen in my family. I love her and adore and now know that comes with the territory.
I've actually thought about having her do some taste tests with me for this blog.
I thought about having her try this. This chocolate gets the rating of interesting from me.
The chocolate is dark, crisp and thick at the bottom. On the inside of each bite you get two different textures: caramel and something that reminded of a cookie.
There isn't much caramel to speak of. There was just a little bit of caramel. The part that stands out it is the crunchy cookie like item located below the caramel. I did not know if they flavor of the sesame was an asset or detriment. There was some crunch from biscuit pieces and the sesame seeds.
For $2.99 you get about 9 pieces of chocolate. Overall, it's portion controlled, but not my favorite item from the chocolate section.
Here is the visual run down of what you get if you buy this product:
The bag of Trader Joe's Dark Chocolate Toasted Sesame Caramels:
The nutritional information:
Would I buy this again? No, I would not buy Trader Joe's Dark Chocolate Toasted Sesame Caramels again.
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