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Trader Joe's Chocolate Covered Sea Salt Butterscotch Caramels

I came up with an adjusted rating scale for sweets to compensate for my inherent bias towards the salty crunchy. I call it "vitamin status." It's a level of awesomeness that surpasses my normal taste preferences such that I could theoretically eat the sweet thing everyday, like a vitamin. Or more than once a day if it's really good. Do I love vitamins? Meh. Are vitamins lovable? Not conventionally speaking, but I tend to have them everyday for maintenance rather than some "deep soul fulfillment" need. At my house, we're used to taking vitamin supplements that need reconstitution -  a process lazy people tend to skip unless it's conveniently made available to you. But gummy vitamins! I like those!  I've definitely eaten more gummy vitamins than the daily recommended dose because of the mere fact that they were gummies. But then am I eating the gummy or the vitamin? Hmm...
I'm so behind on reviewing things I've already tried that I'm …

Trader Joe's Crispy Crunchy Mango Chips

Another new-ish product. I picked this up at the height of my mango frenzy, which has since cooled. Some people go through phases with their hair, their music, or whatever. As for me, I go through phases of food. Kale. Speculoos. Almond everything.


Trader Joe's Dark Chocolate Edamame

Be warned. This is like crack y'all. 

This was gifted from a friend, and it's been sitting in my TJ's cupboard (yes, I have a cupboard solely devoted to TJ items. Don't you?) waiting for a rainy day. Or in my case, a dearth of other snacks in the house since there's still two more weeks until Easter. I set some seriously low expectations for this product because when I'm eating edamame at a Japanese restaurant or something, the last thing I think would pair well with it would be dark chocolate. Boy, did my man Trader Joe ever prove me wrong! 


7 grams protein! Are they forreal?? Bet your chocolate can't do that! This is one of those deceptively healthy junky foods. What an oxymoron. edamame? A natural source of soy protein! dark chocolate? Antioxidants! It's "good for you!" I'ma eat 'em alllllllll.



Seriously, this stuff is dangerously addicting. I'm really more of a salty crunchy type person, and if I do crave sweets it only takes …

Trader Joe's Coffee á Cocoa

Another long overdue post! Coffee reviews happen slowly around here, mostly because I'm still acquiring the verbiage for providing meaningful/helpful reviews. But to me it all boils down to taste and "getting the job done." The job meaning CAFFEINATION. YES PLEASE! 

Trader Joe's Beet Hummus

I am a hummus fiend. 

Trader Joe's Sweet, Savory & Tart Trail Mix Granola Bars

It's amazing how they fit that entire name on such a small box. Perhaps it was the number of times I used the word "crunchy" in my last post or my never-ending need for grab-n-go breakfast foods that has spurred this review. The only thing I remember about my last encounter with TJ's granola bars was that it was traumatizing enough for me to shun TJ's granola bars for at least a year. Unfortunately, I cannot remember which granola bar it was, but I assure you it wasn't this one!


Trader Joe's Soft & Juicy Mango and Just Mango Slices

Behold. The battle of the dried mangoes. Why dried? Because the battle of the non-dried mangoes has already been won by the sweet succulent mangoes of Taiwan. They're actually orange-red (or rorange) when you buy them in the market! There is no comparison, though I hear Central America can give her a run for her money too.


Anyway, I've relied on the Trader Joe's Soft & Juicy Mango for a few years now to fulfill my dried mango cravings on occasion. At $1.99 per bag, my self-control usually allows me to have 3ish servings per bag. Not my favorite dried mango product by any means but it does get the job done 99% of the time. I've always wanted to compare this one and the Trader Joe's Just Mango Slices. The product only has two different words in the name but as you can see, they look pretty different. Well certainly, the Just Mango costs a dollar more for the same amount of product. Three dollars for a bag of dried mango I can probably kill in a two sittings or so…

Trader José's Chicken Enchiladas

Many thanks to a loyal blog reader (Fiery red dragon, I'm looking at you!) for this recommendation. I finally got around to trying it for myself. Definitely not something I would pick out during a routine shopping trip. I mean look - it's anti-Costco. Only 2 enchiladas in one package! But it was only $1.99, and considering I did not intend to eat 50 enchiladas by myself I went for it.