Dep’t of Minor Addictions

I don’t have a sweet tooth. Most candies don’t tempt me unless I’m very hungry, and then I know I won’t be satisfied anyway.

My weakness is spice. Petty much anything with black pepper, chili, garlic and stuff like that… love it.

But every once in awhile a candy comes along that I can’t get enough of. Such is the case with Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Almonds. Made with Belgian chocolate and sprinkled with sea salt and turbinado sugar, the label explains.

I’m on my third box of the things in less than two weeks, which is pretty fast for me, as candy goes.

Turns out there are reviews out there. Candyblog gives the nuts a mixed review:

  They smell woodsy, a little astringent. I expected them to be messy like the cocoa rolled version of chocolate covered nuts, but these were mercifully neat, only bearing a scuffed appearance but not powdery residue.
  Without the waxy glaze on the outside, the flavor and melt of the chocolate was readily accessible — and the chocolate was tasty and smooth.
  The deep crunch of the nuts were balanced with the high pitched staccato interruptions of the salt and sugar crystals. Not knowing if that little nugget was going to be sweet or salty was kind of fun. But some nuts were extremely salty, to the point where the neighbors and I made faces from time to time. But it wasn’t so bad that we didn’t keep eating them.
  I think I’ll probably stick to the plain ones from now on, the Russian Roulette is just to stressful, or if I need an additional salty pop, I’ll go for Sconza’s Toffee Almonds.

ChocolateRatings pans them. Definitely not a winner, it says.

Both complain that some of the nuts aren’t crunchy enough. I wonder if both critics got the same bad batch. All the ones I’ve had are plenty crunchy.

Anyway, I like ’em.

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3 Responses to Dep’t of Minor Addictions

  1. Chip says:

    Not enough time to look for citations, but reports that a square (how big?) of dark chocolate a day is good for your health – anti-oxidants I think

    Good enough for me

  2. Trader Joe’s FTW. I brought home two Pound-Plus bars coming back from San Carlos.

  3. Chocophile says:

    Hi Doc,
    Next time I am near a Trader Joe’s I will try the almonds again.
    Have you tried any of the other dark chocolates I recommend? Some are really incredible, like Amano Chocolates, and Michael Mischner’s bars with a wide variety of toppings.
    BTW, if you or someone you know is going through a divorce or any other life transformation please send them to my 100% free website:
    It offers support and resources.

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