We are now pretty much in the middle of summer. If you are on the coasts of the U.S. it seems to have been a particularly hot one. At least that is what my electricity bill tells me. So when in doubt reach for ice cream, right? Well, if Neapolitan is what you would normally reach for then you can get similar flavors in a cookie.
But today's review is about a flavor pairing that is most commonly found in ice cream. But Trader Joe's likes to be anything but basic, so why put this as a flavor of ice cream when you can make the pairing into a cookie.
Here you have two basic cookie shells: the classic Joe Joe's, which are their answer to Oreos, and the Vanilla Joe Joe's. What is completely different about this one is the filling.
Strawberries can go one of two ways: it can be very artificial tasting or it can be quite pleasant.
Trader Joe's made up a third way: interesting.
Now, I don't use the word interesting lightly. I use it when I'm not sure what to make of it good or bad.
This probably sounds strange, but let me explain. There was something about the filling that was a touch weird. I opened these up, in the same way, I would an Oreo. These seemed well-filled like double stuff.
I go after the filling in the same way that my mom's dog would go after a jar of peanut butter.
I came across a product I'm pretty familiar with: tiny chunks of freeze-dried strawberries. If you've never had them, then allow me to explain.
They have the texture of a rice cake. They taste like concentrated strawberries. I keep them in the house for baking and oatmeal. Both of those applications require some level of hydration to bring them back to their former selves (and tasteless like astronaut food).
So for some, this is going to be an off-putting element. The bits of freeze-dried fruit did not seem to rehydrate in any way and lent an unusual element to the texture here.
However, if you love the classic pairing of vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry these are at least worth a try, but not a must-buy. But be warned, if you like to twist these to see which side the creme lands on, it seems to stick to the chocolate side more.
For $2.99 these are priced in line with the rest of Trader Joe's Joe Joe's cookies.
The box of Trader Joe's Neapolitan Joe Joe's:
The nutritional information:
How Trader Joe's breaks down this product for you:
Out of the package you get:
A closer look at the filling here:
Would I buy this again? While I didn't mind munching on Trader Joe's Neapolitan Joe Joe's, I'm not sure they will be a repurchase in my cart.
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Trader Joe's Neapolitan Joe Joe's
Product Name: Trader Joe's Neapolitan Joe Joe's
Product Description: Trader Joe's Neapolitan Joe Joe's are a summer seasonal variety of Joe Joe's.
Trader Joe's Neapolitan Joe Joe's are a limited-time offering of cookies.
- Trader Joe's Neapolitan Joe Joe's are a new flavor of Joe Joe's to hit store shelves.
- Anything Neapolitan is a seasonal variety which means if you love it you'll want to stock up.
- The pairing here might not be everyone's favorite.
- I felt like some flavors overpowered others, unlike the ice cream variety that uses balance.