Trader Joe's Dark Chocolate Honey Mints

Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Honey Mints

Every time I go to Trader Joe’s, I end up spending more money than I mean to. They’re just so good at suckering me into making impulse buys, like this bag of their Dark Chocolate Honey Mints.

Trader Joe's Dark Chocolate Honey Mints

What they look like:

The bag was cutely decorated with drawings of bees and beehives. It also boasted that the Honey Mints had just three ingredients: honey, chocolate liquor, and oil of peppermint (and the potential for traces of milk as an allergen warning).

My 7 oz bag had 20 Honey Mints disks inside, each individually wrapped in shiny turquoise foil. They all smelled strongly minty with a sweet undertone.

Trader Joe's Dark Chocolate Honey Mints

Each disk was about an inch and a half in diameter. They had a light golden peppermint fondant center covered in a thin layer of dark chocolate.

What they taste like:

The smooth fondant was effervescent and minty throughout. It started off with a bright burst of initial sweetness and finished with a slightly bitter astringency from the chocolate.

Trader Joe's Dark Chocolate Honey Mints

I think this treat could have benefitted from a little tweaking to that chocolate. It was slightly gritty, and the astringency was off-putting when I ate the Honey Mints slowly enough to notice it. A little cocoa butter in addition to the cocoa liquor would have helped with the texture.

Trader Joe's Dark Chocolate Honey Mints

The conclusion?

They could be better. Still, Trader Joe’s should be commended for a minimalist, fairly tasty treat that provides a less processed alternative to York Peppermint Patties (in which corn syrup is a big player). An OM.

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