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Trader Joe’s Mini Dark Chocolate Mint Coins, reviewed

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Trader Joe's Mini Dark Chocolate Mint Coins, reviewed

Thin Mints are the best selling Girl Scout cookies by quite a margin and many fans stock their freezers full during cookie season at the beginning of each year. When they’re not available from neighborhood scouts, I like to make my own Homemade Thin Mints (regular or Gluten Free), but Trader Joe’s released a new cookie into their lineup that makes things even easier. The new Trader Joe’s Mini Dark Chocolate Mint Coins are bite sized and packed with the same kind of chocolate and mint flavor combination you expect from the original Thin Mints.

The cookies are slightly larger than a quarter, making each one perfectly bite-sized. Each one has a crisp and crumbly chocolate wafer at the center and is enrobed in a generous coating of semisweet chocolate. They have just the right balance between the flavors of chocolate and mint, and really capture the essence of a classic Thin Mint. They’re delicious and, thanks to their small size, they’re easy to eat by the handful.

Trader Joe's Mini Dark Chocolate Mint Coins, reviewed

Unlike the cookies that inspired them, these are enrobed in real chocolate that isn’t stabilized with additional vegetable fats. This gives the cookies a better mouthfeel and more chocolate flavor! It also means that the real chocolate will start to melt in your hand if you hang on to them too long (so get them in your mouth quickly!). I don’t mind getting a bit of chocolate on my fingers and feel that this is a small price to pay for cookies that are particularly tasty, but you can always store them in the freezer to ensure that they remain solid even on hot days. Also unlike the classic Girl Scout cookies, these are packaged loosely in a bag, rather than in stacks. This means that the cookies will look a bit scuffed up (and a few may be stuck together, if it is warm), which didn’t bother me at all.

I’ll be buying these as long as they’re available. They have a great flavor and texture, and I love that they’re made with a real chocolate coating. If you like Thin Mints, I have a feeling that these will be a hit with you, too. Don’t forget that, in addition to simply eating them by the handful, you can also crumble them on top of ice cream or crush them into a no-bake pie crust!

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