Friday, April 28, 2017

Truffle Mac & Cheese

Trader Joe's Truffle Mac & Cheese
Price: $3.49
Rating: 4/10

I loved TJ’s Mac & Cheese with Green Chiles, so when I saw this new Truffle Mac & Cheese, I was psyched! I was going to make it as an appetizer for a get together with some friends at my apartment, but we ended up making some other things instead, so I had it for dinner one night. I followed the directions exactly, and what came out was so unappetizing I threw about ⅓ of it away. It came out rubbery with a sauce that was super thick and not-at-all-creamy. I’m not sure if maybe I should have tried stirring it sooner so the pasta would get more coated in sauce while it was cooking to avoid the rubberiness or what, but it seemed like the main problem was just not enough sauce to cover the macaroni. Whatever the issue was, I won’t be buying this again to try to solve the issue.

Trader Joe's Truffle Mac & Cheese

Trader Joe's Truffle Mac & Cheese Nutrition Facts

Saucy Scallops with Mushrooms

Saucy Scallops with Mushrooms
Price: $5.99
Rating: 7/10

I was super excited when I saw this sauce at TJ’s since I’m a fan of creamy sauces as well as mushrooms. I was a little skeptical about the scallops since they can be a bit rubbery, but decided to try it out anyway. 

Saucy Scallops with Mushrooms
I ate mine over pasta, but you could probably also have it over potatoes or rice and it would be just as good. The bag is pretty small and only contains 2–3 servings or so, but it’s pretty great. When you open it, it looks like there isn’t any sauce since it’s all stuck to the scallops, so it only turns into actual sauce when it heats. It has a good, creamy flavor, although I wouldn’t have minded some extra peas. The sauce itself is good, but I did add some pepper and some truffle salt to up the mushroom factor though. Despite these few issues though, I thought it was pretty great and I’ve bought it a few times since I originally tried it. 

Saucy Scallops with Mushrooms Nutrition Facts

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Dark Chocolate Hearts

Trader Joe's Dark Chocolate Hearts
Price: $2.99
Rating: 9/10

Just when I thought that TJ’s couldn’t come up with a covered shortbread cookie that compared to the Mini Dark Chocolate Mint Stars, these came along! They’re bigger than the Mini Dark Chocolate Mint Stars, but with the same super-chocolatey flavor that I loved, just minus the mint. There’s also some nonpareils on top which give it a nice texture. I ended up eating only one box of these because they sold out so quickly in NYC. But if they have them again next year, I’m going to be stocking up (assuming there’s any room left not occupied by the Mini Dark Chocolate Mint Stars)!

Trader Joe's Raspberry Hearts

Price: $4.99
Rating: 9/10

I’m a little late on posting this as they’re no longer in stores, but I loved them so much I just had to write about them anyway. They don’t look like too much, but I thought they were fantastic! The cookies themselves are a shortbread, which is super soft and crumbly, and a just a little sweet. The raspberry jam filling is great, although I do wish there was just a bit more of it. The only downside was that they did get a little hard/stale if you didn’t eat them fairly quickly. I ended up eating 3 boxes total before they sold out, and I’m hoping they bring them back again next year.