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Trader Joe’s Mini Peanut Butter Cups, reviewed

Trader Joe’s Mini Peanut Butter Cups

Chocolate chips are a staple in my kitchen, as they are in almost any kitchen that is equipped with a functional oven. I keep a wide assortment of other types of chips and chocolate chunks, as well. These always include dark chocolate, milk chocolate (as opposed to the semisweet chocolate of “standard” chips) peanut butter, white chocolate and butterscotch, though I often will try out more unique chips, like the swirled line from Nestle’s. I also like to try out candies that can stand in as chips in cookies, which is what drew me to try Trader Joe’s Mini Peanut Butter Cups initially.

I don’t know what’s taken me so long to mention these, but better late than never.

These mini peanut butter cups are barely larger than a standard chocolate chip, but pack a full-sized punch of peanut butter cup flavor. The peanut butter inside the chocolate shell is creamy and soft, not at all firm and quite unlike a regular peanut butter chip. While they’re very addictive for snacking because they’re easy to eat by the handful, they are fantastic for baking. You get the flavor of a good quality milk chocolate and rich peanut butter from each one – and they hold their shape perfectly in cookies and cakes. I’ve been using them for quite some time and just love them for their convenience (easier than unwrapping and chopping up regular pb cups) and taste. In fact, I might just head off to snack on a few right now….

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  • Pam
    July 8, 2008

    I love the convenience of these, but I’ve found that they stay too soft after baking, especially if you’re stacking cookies. Have you had this problem?

  • Nicole
    July 8, 2008

    I haven’t really had this problem, although I could see it happening with still-warm cookies or in a very warm kitchen where the candies are likely to be on the soft side to begin with.

  • Stefanie
    July 8, 2008

    Do you bake these in place of regular chocolate chips in chocochip cookies or peanut butter cookies. These were the sample of the day at my Trader Joe’s and I fell in love! 🙂

  • K
    July 8, 2008

    What size package do those come in please (and cost)? We don’t have a Trader Joe’s near here but I might have to put in a request with family.

    I am still trying to find cinnamon chips in my area.

  • Linda
    July 8, 2008

    I agree they are great for eating and baking. I haven’t seen any problem with them being too soft in baking either. I’ve added them to both cookies and brownies with equal success. I also love their regular (more like Reese’s Miniatures) PB cups. Much better chocolate and deeper PB flavor too. I’m a BIG fan of Trader Joe’s

  • Karen
    July 9, 2008

    Ahhhh, if they only made them in dark chocolate, I’d be all over them like white on rice…..

  • Aimee
    July 9, 2008

    I love your blog! This is my first time to comment. I can’t wait to go to Trader Joe’s and buy these. A few months ago I was in Hershey PA and found mini Reese’s for baking, but I haven’t seen those anywhere else besides Hershey world.

  • Erin
    July 9, 2008

    I crave these evil things and have to forcibly look away when they taunt me from the check-out aisle.

  • Linda
    July 9, 2008

    Karen, I think the larger (mini) PB Cups at TJs are darker than lighter chocolate. And their milk chocolate is deeper than your Reese’s version or Hershey’s milk chocolate that I used to think was good but now tastes a little soapy to me.

  • Lisa
    July 11, 2008

    I use them in brownies- they look awesome when sliced. Like this: http://www.flickr.com/photos/37876536@N00/309932574/

  • Alicia
    August 28, 2008

    I would like to know how to buy these peanutbutter chips.

  • jackie alsbury
    March 6, 2011

    I want to order these for baking cookies

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