I love eclairs. Trader Joe’s had a great deal on Vanilla Eclairs with Chocolate Fondant for $2.99. Each box contains 4 eclairs.
Make sure you allow enough time for the eclairs to defrost sufficiently. The box suggests defrosting at room temperature for 30 minutes to an hour or in the refrigerator overnight. After defrosting at room temperature for 30 minutes, the filling was still a little frozen (but still tasty)… I would recommend at least 1 hour to an 1 hour 30 minutes if you want to defrost at room temperature.
However, it seemed to defrost the best when left in the refrigerator overnight.
These eclairs have a perfect balance of chocolate fondant, choux pastry, and vanilla cream filling. The pastry is light and airy, and the subtle vanilla flavored cream is sweet but not too sweet. Although I prefer to have fresh eclairs, (the texture of the cream feels defrosted, rather than fresh), they are still a great buy for $2.99.
I’ve heard great things about Trader Joe’s Pear & Persimmon Tarte and I was curious to try it. On a recent Trader Joe’s visit it was discounted from $3.99 to $1.99, so I had to get it.
It is pretty easy to prepare. Just let it defrost for about an hour at room temperature (or maybe a little more), then bake for 10 minutes at 325 degrees.
This tarte is delicious, and such a steal for $1.99 (I have a feeling it won’t last in the stores long!). The crust is wonderful – it is my favorite crust out of the pies/tartes I’ve tried from Trader Joe’s so far. They taste like shortbread cookies – crispy on the outside, and soft and chewy on the inside. The sprinkle of granulated sugar on top is a nice touch.
I also really like the filling. It doesn’t really taste like persimmon…it tastes more like peach-apricot, but it’s still tasty. There are some pear pieces in the filling, but not as big as in the picture on the package. The fruit filling is complimented well by the subtle frangipane (almond paste) underneath it.
Overall, this tarte kind of reminds me of a bigger, fancier version of thumbprint cookies. I loved thumbprint cookies as a kid, but rarely had them. This dessert is also sweet, but not too sweet…it is perfect when warm and would pair nicely with a hot cup of tea 🙂
I had been eyeing Trader Joe’s Chocolate Pudding Pie since I first spotted it this fall, and I finally decided to get it for a New Year’s treat. The person at the check-out counter gave it a raving review, so I was super excited to try it. Recently, I tried the Fruitcake BAR and it had become a favorite holiday treat and I wasn’t sure if anything could beat it 😛
The pie is “fully baked,” so all you have to do is remove it from the box and leave it in the fridge for 1.5 to 2 hours. I let it sit on the counter for a couple of hours because it has been unseasonably cold in Florida and it feels like a refrigerator in my house 😛
The box has a picture of a beautiful, luscious, decadent chocolate pie covered with a bounty of pecans on top. When I first took the pie out of the package, I was a little disappointed…”where are the pecans??” After I cut into the pie, I noticed that the pecans were inside the pie.
The pie tastes like a rich chocolatey, super gooey fudgey brownie. The consistency is creamy and velvety – kind of like an extra thick chocolate pudding. It almost reminds me of the chocolate caramel from Lake Champlain Chocolate Caramel Five Star Bar. The saltiness of the flaky crust compliments the sweet chocolate filling. Since it is very sweet, I like this pie with a cup of hot tea. The Fruitcake BAR is still my favorite 🙂
When I saw Trader Joe’s Sponge Candy ($3.49), I had to get them. I’ve never had sponge candy before, but I’ve always wanted to try them. According to the box, it is “sugar candy covered in milk chocolate”. The box is adorable – it has a honeycomb design on the sides.
The candies come in different shapes and sizes, and underneath the chocolate coating, the candies looks like sponges. They certainly doesn’t taste like sponge though 😉 They are sweet, crisp, and chewy…the pieces are thick but also airy. There is a slight caramely, honey flavor. These sponge candies may not be the healthiest food, but they are tasty 😛
Recently, I noticed several flavors on Indian Fare at Trader Joe’s, and I decided to try the Jaipur Vegetables (garden vegetables and cubes of Paneer cheese with spices and cashews). It is super affordable at $1.99 and easy to prepare. I heated up the sealed pouch in a pot of boiling water for 5 minutes and served it over warm rice (you can also heat it up in the microwave).
Although somewhat spicy, the curry was pretty good. The flavor was a little on the light side, but it was creamy and full of tender veggies (tomatoes, green beans, carrots, peas, potatoes). I like that it had Paneer, but I prefer larger pieces of firmer, squeakier Paneer.
All in all, it’s a good portion for 2 people and not a bad deal at $1.99.
Happy Holidays!! I am loving all of the holiday foods available at Trader Joe’s during the winter season. I’ve never had fruitcake before, but it wasn’t something I necessarily wanted to try because it didn’t sound very appetizing. But on a recent Trader Joe’s visit, I tried a sample of their Fruitcake BAR ($3.99), and I was hooked! It was absolutely divine!
Don’t let the bland appearance fool you – it is super flavorful, and chock full of almond slices and tender fruit morsels…raisins, dried cranberries, dried cherries, and dried apricots. There’s also a slight note of crystallized ginger which adds a nice zest. I don’t know if this is what a fruitcake is supposed to taste like, but it was AMAZING!
There’s a nice balance between the almonds, dried fruit, and the bar itself. I love the moist, chewy texture and the almondy flavor of the actual bar – it kind of reminds me of pignoli cookies. It would be hard not to finish the entire bar in one sitting 😛
Happy Thanksgiving! This year, we opted for a low-key Thanksgiving meal. For dessert, we decided to try the frozen Pumpkin Pie ($4.99) from Trader Joe’s.
It is super easy to prepare. You just let it defrost on the counter for 2 hours, and then stick it in the oven for 15-20 minutes to warm up before eating.
Pre-baking (still wrapped)
It looks like a standard pumpkin pie. It’s nicely flavored, although it is a little on the sweeter side. When heated, the pie filling is super creamy – almost a little too soft for me. I liked the texture better when chilled in the fridge for a few hours post-baking. Also, I didn’t like the crust that much – it was kind of dry and salty. But, this pie isn’t a bad deal for $4.99.
On a side note, the Pilgrim Joe’s Fresh Cranberry Sauce ($3.49) was quite tasty. I like the whole cranberry pieces.