Absolute no for Trader Joe‘s Chocolate Chunk Cookies. The cookies are dry and the chocolate is not satisfying and tastes cheap. I’m Yankee thrifty, but I’m tempted to throw the rest of them out! Ingredients look fine (ie, no corn syrup, which I won’t eat anymore), and there’s a bit of honey, which will usually raise the rating, but not this time.
Top Ingredients: enriched unbleached wheat flour, brown sugar, semisweet chocolate chips, butter, sugar,
Part of my bitterness is because several years ago they used to make a chocolate chunk cookie that was totally great. It was dense, hard, but not too hard, somewhat grainy, with good quality chocolate. (may have been Guittard’s.) All you needed was a couple of them to make the starving (or sad) feeling in your gut go away. I met a guy standing in line behind me once, holding a bag of these cookies, and he told me he would eat the whole bag in one sitting. Ah, men, and their lucky, lucky metabolism.
Grrr at TJ for always always dropping good food. I wrote a lyrical poem about our local Trader Joe’s, one of the top 2 stores in the country, in my Griffith Park/Silver Lake blog, here. It’s not very nice.
Also: Kim and Scott’s Gourmet Chocolate Crumb Pretzels are ok, but not good enough. I love most soft pretzels, as a Philly girl might be expected to (although the street pretzels are still WAY the best). I found these on sale at Gelson’s. It is okay if you pretend it’s a chocolate cookie, and it has a fun melty filling that stays liquid when you take it out from the microwave, so the overall texture is fine. But the chocolate flavor isn’t good enough, sort of chalky. And it’s not a pretzel at ALL. (Note: salt does not enhance a cookie. Someone better at baking than I might know why.)
These are okay if you’re hungry for just something sweet. But they cost $6, so not a good deal, and doesn’t satisfy the soft pretzel urge. They have other interesting-sounding varieties, and the Grilled Cheese or the Pizza Pretzel might be worth a try. But they’re not chocolate, are they.