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Trader Joe’s Apple Pie Filling, reviewed

Apple Pie Filling

When it comes to apple pie, I firmly believe that you can’t beat a made-from-scratch pie. It’s fun to make and shape the crusts and you have total control of how sweet or tart your filling will be. The option of opening a can of prepackaged pie filling and pouring it into a frozen pie shell is not necessarily a bad one, however. I know ... Read More »

Trader Joe’s Elegant Cocoa Pearls, reviewed

Trader Joe's Cocoa Pearls

Trader Joe’s frequently rotates their inventory, dropping products that aren’t particularly popular with consumers and replacing them with new and different things. Lately, their baking line has been getting a little bit bigger and one of the newest introductions is Baker Josef’s Elegant Cocoa Pearls. These tiny cocoa and off white pearls are small sprinkles that are intended to give home bakers a natural option ... Read More »

Trader Joe’s Golden Yellow Cake Mix, reviewed

Trader Joe's Yellow Cake Mix

I love to bake cakes from scratch, but I am often curious about cake mixes put out by more gourmet retailers to see how they stack up to the real thing. A good example was the expensive, but outstanding, Ad Hoc Yellow Cake Mix. Trader Joe’s ever-expanding line of baking products includes cake mixes, as well as convenient frosting mixes, so I wanted to see ... Read More »

Trader Joe’s White Chocolate, reviewed

TJ's white chocolate

White chocolate is a blend of sugar, cocoa butter, milk and vanilla. It is not considered to be chocolate by some chocolate fans because it does not contain any cocoa solids, unlike milk and dark chocolate, but the thing that makes chocolate special is not just the cocoa solids but the cocoa butter. Cocoa butter is the fat in chocolate that gives it the unique ... Read More »

Trader Joe’s Sugar Cookie Workshop, reviewed

Decorated Sugar Cookies

There are lots of cookie dough mixes out there for anyone who doesn’t want to bake from scratch. These are good in a pinch or if you’re baking in someone else’s kitchen, where you either don’t know what they’ll have on hand or you’re sure they don’t generally stock cookie making ingredients. Most of these mixes call for real butter and eggs to make them ... Read More »

Trader Joe’s Really Big Gingerbread Man Kit, reviewed

Gingerbread man, bitten!

It is fun to make and decorate gingerbread men around the Christmas holidays. For some, the baking is the best part. For others, it is the decorating. If you fall into this latter category – or have some kids around your house during the holidays that need something to do – you might want to pick up a Really Big Gingerbread Man Kit from Trader ... Read More »

Trader Joe’s Easy Melt Baking Chocolate, reviewed

Trader Joe's Baking Chocolate - Easy Melting

When it comes to melting chocolate, it is much easier to deal with small pieces than large blocks. Chocolate can burn easily, whether you are melting it in the microwave or in a double boiler, and smaller pieces mean a faster and more even melt. I generally chop off a piece of a larger block of chocolate, then cut it down from there. It is ... Read More »

Trader Joe’s Chocolate Frosting Mix, reviewed

Frosted Cupcake

It is easy to whip up a simple buttercream to top off a cake or some cupcakes, but I was curious to try Trader Joe’s Chocolate Frosting Mix when I saw it on my last visit to Trader Joe’s. Frosting mixes used to be a very popular item on the baking aisle of many grocery stores, but were largely phased out as canned frosting became ... Read More »

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