Trader Joe’s Chocolate Pecan Pudding Pie

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 BARΒ and it had become a favorite holiday treat and I wasn’t sure if anything could beat it πŸ˜›

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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 πŸ˜›

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.

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view from the side

The pie tastes like a Β 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 πŸ™‚

 

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Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Pie

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.

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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.