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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 »

Trader Joe’s Fleur de Sel Caramel Sauce, reviewed

TJ's Fleur de Sel Caramel Sauce

Towards the holidays, Trader Joe’s puts out all kinds of seasonal offerings. Their Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels are always at the top of my list. Dark chocolate is a great combination with caramel most of the time, but with these candies I’m just in it for the silky smooth caramel and the crunch of coarse salt sprinkled on top of the candies. It is ... Read More »

Trader Joe’s Frozen Pie Crust, reviewed

When it comes to pie crusts, I am a firm believer in making my own when I can. They’re really not that difficult to make by hand, and you can also blend the dough in a food processor. The more you practice, the better you’ll get – and you also have a great excuse to bake more pies this way. Still, there are plenty of ... Read More »

Trader Joe’s Macarons à la Parisienne, reviewed

Trader Joe's Macarons, close-up

French macarons are a little bit more difficult to make than your average chocolate chip cookie. They’re not by any means impossible, but the light meringue cookies take a bit of time and patience to bake and sandwich together. The finished cookies are well-worth the wait because of their lovely texture, with a crisp shell and creamy center, and how flavorful they are. Another thing ... Read More »

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