Sunday, 6 April 2008

April 6th: Trader Joe's Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips

Kcal 80 Fat 3.5g Fat(sats) 2.5g (per 15g)

Semi Sweet? Now what the devil does that mean? Thats exactly what I was thinking before I opened these up - I can enlighten you all now and inform you that it is infact a wonderful cross between dark and milk chocolate.

Chocolate chips are honestly something I would never would have considered eating as a snack before the lovely Esther sent these for me to sample...far too small and fiddly for my liking, that being said these have changed my mind.

Removing the bag from the fridge I poured myself a small little bowl of which I ate with my morning coffee - tastewise I was extremely suprised how strong the flavours where...each little chip gave a very strong rich flavour that although a bit lighter than yesterdays dark chocolate covered blueberries were just as tasty.

The semi sweet aspect to these is really quite unique it manages to incorporate the sophisticated imposing flavours of darker chocolate but maintains a creamy sweetness of lighter milk chocolate. Suffice to say these were incredibly morishness and it wasnt long before I was pouring myself another finger bowl full of these (thank god for the 256g bag). The only small gripe with this eating method was the slightly grainy texture they had in the mouth...despite the taste being quite smooth and consistant it did have a slight bumpyness to it which im sure was just the unrefined cocoa - nothing major but smoothness is preferrable.

Overall these were really quite impressive. The amount of flavour these generate in each individual chip is quite frankly amazing. The small texture issue aside these are a perfect little snack that would cure a choclate fix even more so than alot of bars could do. Unfortunately my cooking skills are rather limited but I can imagine these being amazing added to cakes, cookies...perosnally I think that these would make the ultimate chocolate sauce melted over some ice cream..definately something to try if you get hold of some of these. As far as a score goes a very respectable 8.2 - there are so many things you could do with these..I would love to hear anyones thoughts on possible recipes or ideas.

8.2 out of 10

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