Saturday, January 2, 2016

Sweet on Trader Joe's Saturday: Chocolate Raspberry Tamales

Happy New Year!!! I hope your Christmas/New Year's break has been wonderful...and filled with cookies. Our break has me wondering what day of the week it actually is. Case in point, it just dawned on me 30 minutes ago that today is SATURDAY! Good thing we'd already picked out our TJ's review for the week.

trader joe's chocolate raspberry tamales review : part of a weekly review series of tj's desserts and treats
This week, we're reviewing Trader Joe's Chocolate Raspberry Tamales.

Jack and I were in Trader Joe's after Christmas and these were in our cart approximately .064 seconds after we spied them.

trader joe's chocolate raspberry tamales review : part of a weekly review series of tj's desserts and treats
Let's go on record by saying that chocolate tamales might just be the most UNphotogenic food in the world. I'm just going to leave it at that.

You can find these in the freezer section; a package of 4 tamales costs $3.99.

trader joe's chocolate raspberry tamales review : part of a weekly review series of tj's desserts and treats
(See what I mean? NOT photogenic.)

A mom's (my) take: A little like a lava cake, but with less "lava," these little tamales are just the right combination of cake and melty chocolate. The raspberry adds brightness and pairs really well with the chocolate. You could absolutely dress these up with a little powdered sugar, chocolate drizzle and fresh raspberries. They'd be a fun ending to a Mexican feast!
Overall rating: 5 of 5 stars

A teenager's (Jack's) take: This immediately reminded me of a lava cake, with a brownie-like outer layer... what couldn't I love about that? The chocolate on the inside was just perfect, especially warmed up. However, there was too much raspberry for my tastes. I do enjoy fruit and chocolate, but not to the point where the fruit overpowers the chocolate. And since it was warmed up, the tangy flavor was exponentially more obvious and overpowering. Who knows, if some of you love a lot of fruit flavor with your sweets, you'll be all over these! For me, it was a bit too much, Other than that, though, these "tamales" are spot-on!
Overall rating: 4 out of 5 stars

trader joe's chocolate raspberry tamales review : part of a weekly review series of tj's desserts and treats
Trader Joe's Chocolate Raspberry Tamales: Try them! 

[note: We have no affiliation with Trader Joe's. I'm sure they have never read this blog and have no idea who we are. Hey, we like being incognito, although we never wear sunglasses indoors. ;)]

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Happy, happy 2016!!! We can't wait to see what Trader Joe's has in store for us this year! 

    6 comments:

    1. I happened to pick these up for my husband as he loves chocolate and raspberry. He has not yet eaten them but I have shown him your review and he is looking forward to enjoying them.

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    2. Happy New Year Bridget:)
      Sadly no TJ close to here anymore;)

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    3. I bought five packages of these before Christmas and forgot I had them until I saw your post. Good thing they seem tasty. Looking forward to trying them. I think they'd be a perfect dinner party dessert. Happy NY!

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    4. I have never seen tamale and chocolate used in the same sentence before, but I like it, and think I will love the tamales! Happy New Year to you and Jack and your hubby!

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    5. These are to me, they look really good.

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