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  1. #1
    sf Guest

    Default Re: REVIEW: Trader Joe's Semisweet Chocolate Minis

    On Wed, 25 May 2011 18:04:52 -0800, Mark Thorson <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    > My preference is for lightly
    > roasted chocolates such as Scharffen Berger (before they
    > screwed it up)


    Would that be before Hershey's bought them or after?

    --

    Today's mighty oak is just yesterday's nut that held its ground.

  2. #2
    Janet Guest

    Default Re: REVIEW: Trader Joe's Semisweet Chocolate Minis

    Thanks for the review, Mark. I've been wondering what happened to Alex Rast.
    Did he just stop posting, or did something happen to him?



  3. #3
    Mark Thorson Guest

    Default REVIEW: Trader Joe's Semisweet Chocolate Minis

    This product has two remarkable features: a) it's really
    good chocolate and b) it's really cheap. It is only $0.99
    for a bag containing 5 oz. of chocolate, in the form of
    tiny individually wrapped bars. It's 65% cocoa mass,
    so it's very dark for most people and just barely dark
    enough for me. There's also a milk chocolate version
    at the same price, but nobody cares about that. (Nobody
    I care about, anyway.)

    I would place it in the same category with many fine
    chocolates such as Lindt. My preference is for lightly
    roasted chocolates such as Scharffen Berger (before they
    screwed it up), Valrhona (some types), and Chocovic, but
    I find this chocolate to be good for a slightly darker
    roast. Alex Rast disliked light roasts, but I think if he
    were still around he would approve of this chocolate.

    The label says it's a product of Columbia. Usually, it's
    not hard to figure out who makes a Trader Joe's product.
    (The 3 oz. bars wrapped in thin cardboard on wooden
    shelves next to the checkout stands are Villars.) But
    I don't know who makes chocolate in Columbia.

    The only thing I don't like about this chocolate is to use
    it in my ACMC chocolate temperer I'm going to have to unwrap
    all those tiny bars. I suppose I could have worse things to
    complain about. Bigger bars would be nice for me, but I
    suppose little ones have more utility to the soccer mom set.

    At the same time this chocolate appeared, another new
    chocolate appeared over in the baking section, Baker Josef's
    Unsweetened Baking Chocolate. Also from Colombia and also
    a good value at $1.99 for an 8 oz. bag of thin discs. I've
    always disliked eating 85% and above chocolates straight.
    It seems like eating dirt. This is the first high-percent
    chocolate (100% cacao mass) that I find palatable. If I get
    used to eating this stuff, I may even come to like it.
    I think Alex would have really liked this one. I've never
    smelled such a blast of chocolate aroma as when I opened
    a bag of this one.

    I anticipate it will be useful for boosting the % of the
    Minis, should that be deemed desirable. It's interesting
    for exploring how chocolate can be combined with savory
    foods. I've already tried it with dried tomatoes. That's
    a non-traditional combination worthy of further research.

    (For anyone who thinks I write nothing but glowing reviews
    of Trader Joe's products, wait till the next one. I'm very
    angry about what they've done to a product I use every day.
    Very angry, indeed.)

  4. #4
    critters & me in azusa, ca Guest

    Default Re: REVIEW: Trader Joe's Semisweet Chocolate Minis

    On May 25, 7:04*pm, Mark Thorson <nos...@sonic.net> wrote:
    > This product has two remarkable features: a) it's really
    > good chocolate and b) it's really cheap. *It is only $0.99
    > for a bag containing 5 oz. of chocolate, in the form of
    > tiny individually wrapped bars. *It's 65% cocoa mass,
    > so it's very dark for most people and just barely dark
    > enough for me. *There's also a milk chocolate version
    > at the same price, but nobody cares about that. *(Nobody
    > I care about, anyway.)
    >
    > I would place it in the same category with many fine
    > chocolates such as Lindt. *My preference is for lightly
    > roasted chocolates such as Scharffen Berger (before they
    > screwed it up), Valrhona (some types), and Chocovic, but
    > I find this chocolate to be good for a slightly darker
    > roast. *Alex Rast disliked light roasts, but I think if he
    > were still around he would approve of this chocolate.
    >
    > The label says it's a product of Columbia. *Usually, it's
    > not hard to figure out who makes a Trader Joe's product.
    > (The 3 oz. bars wrapped in thin cardboard on wooden
    > shelves next to the checkout stands are Villars.) *But
    > I don't know who makes chocolate in Columbia.
    >
    > The only thing I don't like about this chocolate is to use
    > it in my ACMC chocolate temperer I'm going to have to unwrap
    > all those tiny bars. *I suppose I could have worse things to
    > complain about. *Bigger bars would be nice for me, but I
    > suppose little ones have more utility to the soccer mom set.
    >
    > At the same time this chocolate appeared, another new
    > chocolate appeared over in the baking section, Baker Josef's
    > Unsweetened Baking Chocolate. *Also from Colombia and also
    > a good value at $1.99 for an 8 oz. bag of thin discs. *I've
    > always disliked eating 85% and above chocolates straight.
    > It seems like eating dirt. *This is the first high-percent
    > chocolate (100% cacao mass) that I find palatable. *If I get
    > used to eating this stuff, I may even come to like it.
    > I think Alex would have really liked this one. *I've never
    > smelled such a blast of chocolate aroma as when I opened
    > a bag of this one.
    >
    > I anticipate it will be useful for boosting the % of the
    > Minis, should that be deemed desirable. *It's interesting
    > for exploring how chocolate can be combined with savory
    > foods. *I've already tried it with dried tomatoes. *That's
    > a non-traditional combination worthy of further research.
    >
    > (For anyone who thinks I write nothing but glowing reviews
    > of Trader Joe's products, wait till the next one. *I'm very
    > angry about what they've done to a product I use every day.
    > Very angry, indeed.)



    Sounds like this chocolate would work with this recipe from
    theshiksa.com

    http://theshiksa.com/2011/05/18/trip...nd-mandelbrot/

    Harriet & critters in Azusa.

  5. #5
    John Kuthe Guest

    Default Re: REVIEW: Trader Joe's Semisweet Chocolate Minis

    On May 25, 9:04*pm, Mark Thorson <nos...@sonic.net> wrote:
    > This product has two remarkable features: a) it's really
    > good chocolate and b) it's really cheap. *It is only $0.99
    > for a bag containing 5 oz. of chocolate, in the form of
    > tiny individually wrapped bars. *It's 65% cocoa mass,
    > so it's very dark for most people and just barely dark
    > enough for me...


    That comes to barely over $3/lb for 65% cocoa chocolate? That is
    immensely cheap for real chocolate. Are you sure it's real chocolate,
    and contains only cocoa butter as it's only fat?

    I may have to check this out!

    John Kuthe...

  6. #6
    Kent Guest

    Default Re: REVIEW: Trader Joe's Semisweet Chocolate Minis


    "Mark Thorson" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > This product has two remarkable features: a) it's really
    > good chocolate and b) it's really cheap. It is only $0.99
    > for a bag containing 5 oz. of chocolate, in the form of
    > tiny individually wrapped bars. It's 65% cocoa mass,
    > so it's very dark for most people and just barely dark
    > enough for me. There's also a milk chocolate version
    > at the same price, but nobody cares about that. (Nobody
    > I care about, anyway.)
    >
    > I would place it in the same category with many fine
    > chocolates such as Lindt. My preference is for lightly
    > roasted chocolates such as Scharffen Berger (before they
    > screwed it up), Valrhona (some types), and Chocovic, but
    > I find this chocolate to be good for a slightly darker
    > roast. Alex Rast disliked light roasts, but I think if he
    > were still around he would approve of this chocolate.
    >
    > The label says it's a product of Columbia. Usually, it's
    > not hard to figure out who makes a Trader Joe's product.
    > (The 3 oz. bars wrapped in thin cardboard on wooden
    > shelves next to the checkout stands are Villars.) But
    > I don't know who makes chocolate in Columbia.
    >
    > The only thing I don't like about this chocolate is to use
    > it in my ACMC chocolate temperer I'm going to have to unwrap
    > all those tiny bars. I suppose I could have worse things to
    > complain about. Bigger bars would be nice for me, but I
    > suppose little ones have more utility to the soccer mom set.
    >
    > At the same time this chocolate appeared, another new
    > chocolate appeared over in the baking section, Baker Josef's
    > Unsweetened Baking Chocolate. Also from Colombia and also
    > a good value at $1.99 for an 8 oz. bag of thin discs. I've
    > always disliked eating 85% and above chocolates straight.
    > It seems like eating dirt. This is the first high-percent
    > chocolate (100% cacao mass) that I find palatable. If I get
    > used to eating this stuff, I may even come to like it.
    > I think Alex would have really liked this one. I've never
    > smelled such a blast of chocolate aroma as when I opened
    > a bag of this one.
    >
    > I anticipate it will be useful for boosting the % of the
    > Minis, should that be deemed desirable. It's interesting
    > for exploring how chocolate can be combined with savory
    > foods. I've already tried it with dried tomatoes. That's
    > a non-traditional combination worthy of further research.
    >
    > (For anyone who thinks I write nothing but glowing reviews
    > of Trader Joe's products, wait till the next one. I'm very
    > angry about what they've done to a product I use every day.
    > Very angry, indeed.)
    >
    >

    They don't have "mini's" at our Trader Jose's anymore. Where are you
    located?We're crazy about the milk chocolate minis.

    Kent




  7. #7
    Julie Bove Guest

    Default Re: REVIEW: Trader Joe's Semisweet Chocolate Minis


    "sf" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > On Wed, 25 May 2011 18:04:52 -0800, Mark Thorson <[email protected]>
    > wrote:
    >
    >> My preference is for lightly
    >> roasted chocolates such as Scharffen Berger (before they
    >> screwed it up)

    >
    > Would that be before Hershey's bought them or after?


    Is that what happened?



  8. #8
    sf Guest

    Default Re: REVIEW: Trader Joe's Semisweet Chocolate Minis

    On Thu, 26 May 2011 02:04:50 -0700, "Julie Bove"
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >
    > "sf" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]..
    > > On Wed, 25 May 2011 18:04:52 -0800, Mark Thorson <[email protected]>
    > > wrote:
    > >
    > >> My preference is for lightly
    > >> roasted chocolates such as Scharffen Berger (before they
    > >> screwed it up)

    > >
    > > Would that be before Hershey's bought them or after?

    >
    > Is that what happened?
    >

    I can only guess.
    http://www.seriouseats.com/2009/01/h...-plant-sf.html

    --

    Today's mighty oak is just yesterday's nut that held its ground.

  9. #9
    sf Guest

    Default Re: REVIEW: Trader Joe's Semisweet Chocolate Minis

    On Wed, 25 May 2011 22:07:37 -0700, "Kent" <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    > They don't have "mini's" at our Trader Jose's anymore. Where are you
    > located?We're crazy about the milk chocolate minis.


    Do they come in dark chocolate?

    --

    Today's mighty oak is just yesterday's nut that held its ground.

  10. #10
    Andy Guest

    Default Re: REVIEW: Trader Joe's Semisweet Chocolate Minis

    sf <[email protected]> wrote:

    > On Wed, 25 May 2011 22:07:37 -0700, "Kent" <[email protected]>
    > wrote:
    >
    >> They don't have "mini's" at our Trader Jose's anymore. Where are you
    >> located?We're crazy about the milk chocolate minis.

    >
    > Do they come in dark chocolate?



    sf,

    Trader Joe sells various degrees of Valrhona's (among other brands) dark
    chocolate. 85% being my favorite.

    If I must actually admit to being a chocolate junkie, I definitely blame
    my habit on Trader Joe! The BUM!!!

    You, my dear, have been tastefully warned. <G>

    Best,

    Andy
    The Chocolate Pusher Man!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-9iNVoeghI <-- TURN IT UP!!!!!! (Dig the
    hair! LOL!

  11. #11
    Kent Guest

    Default Re: REVIEW: Trader Joe's Semisweet Chocolate Minis


    "sf" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > On Wed, 25 May 2011 22:07:37 -0700, "Kent" <[email protected]>
    > wrote:
    >
    >> They don't have "mini's" at our Trader Jose's anymore. Where are you
    >> located?We're crazy about the milk chocolate minis.

    >
    > Do they come in dark chocolate?
    >
    > --

    We no longer see any "minis" at Jose's.




  12. #12
    Mark Thorson Guest

    Default Re: REVIEW: Trader Joe's Semisweet Chocolate Minis

    sf wrote:
    >
    > On Wed, 25 May 2011 18:04:52 -0800, Mark Thorson <[email protected]>
    > wrote:
    >
    > > My preference is for lightly
    > > roasted chocolates such as Scharffen Berger (before they
    > > screwed it up)

    >
    > Would that be before Hershey's bought them or after?


    I can't say whether it happened after the acquisition
    or after the move out of Berkeley. All I know is it ain't
    what it used to be. For a long time, it was my favorite.

  13. #13
    Mark Thorson Guest

    Default Re: REVIEW: Trader Joe's Semisweet Chocolate Minis

    Janet wrote:
    >
    > Thanks for the review, Mark. I've been wondering what happened to Alex Rast.
    > Did he just stop posting, or did something happen to him?


    I think he took a new job and moved to England.
    Maybe he's just too busy for newsgroups.

  14. #14
    Mark Thorson Guest

    Default Re: REVIEW: Trader Joe's Semisweet Chocolate Minis

    John Kuthe wrote:
    >
    > On May 25, 9:04 pm, Mark Thorson <nos...@sonic.net> wrote:
    > > This product has two remarkable features: a) it's really
    > > good chocolate and b) it's really cheap. It is only $0.99
    > > for a bag containing 5 oz. of chocolate, in the form of
    > > tiny individually wrapped bars. It's 65% cocoa mass,
    > > so it's very dark for most people and just barely dark
    > > enough for me...

    >
    > That comes to barely over $3/lb for 65% cocoa chocolate? That is
    > immensely cheap for real chocolate. Are you sure it's real chocolate,
    > and contains only cocoa butter as it's only fat?


    Doesn't list any other fat on the ingrediants list.

  15. #15
    sf Guest

    Default Re: REVIEW: Trader Joe's Semisweet Chocolate Minis

    On Thu, 26 May 2011 18:47:13 -0700, "Kent" <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    >
    > "sf" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]..
    > > On Wed, 25 May 2011 22:07:37 -0700, "Kent" <[email protected]>
    > > wrote:
    > >
    > >> They don't have "mini's" at our Trader Jose's anymore. Where are you
    > >> located?We're crazy about the milk chocolate minis.

    > >
    > > Do they come in dark chocolate?
    > >
    > > --

    > We no longer see any "minis" at Jose's.
    >
    >

    Darn. I was envisioning chocolate "chip" cookies, substituting the
    minis for chocolate chips. Oh, well. It was a good thought.

    --

    Today's mighty oak is just yesterday's nut that held its ground.

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