I’ve only had real crème brulée a couple times in my life. The first time was in Las Vegas at one of those all-you-can-eat buffets in one of the casinos. Probably Caesar’s. I don’t even remember. The thick sugary shell that was on top of it all made me enchant. It was great fun to crack it open with my spoon.
It was at a friend’s marriage that I had it again. It was a unique dessert. The best part about the dish was its juxtaposition of textures. On one hand, there was the hard, brittle candy shell, and on the other, there was a creamy pudding-like substance. Quite unique. Fun fact: You can mispronouce it as “cream mooly” in order to make it sound more authentic.
So, to the best of my recollection (which is often severely flawed) this Trader Joe’s Crème Brulée is only the third version of the dish I’ve ever had. I was a bit curious about the inclusion of chocolate in TJ’s brand, as there had been no chocolate involved in my first two crème brulée encounters. Trader Joe’s is also frozen. TJ’s freezes dishes often and can make a product comparable to its fresh counterparts.
With this dessert, I’ll just cut to the chase: it’s delicious, but in my opinion, it shouldn’t be called crème brulée. The deep, rich chocolate shell and creamy insides, once blended together, reminded me more of tiramisu than crème brulée. There is no candy shell that can be broken. It has a chocolate shell along the sides.
It’s a silly complaint, but I feel like I should just warn you all that if you really have a hankering for some real crème brulée, you should just go out to a pricey restaurant and shell out whatever they’re asking, because I really don’t think anyone could do frozen crème brulée well.
That being said, if you’re looking for a creamy, sweet, and chocolatey dessert that’s not necessarily crème brulée, this stuff is excellent. The richness of the custard is reminiscent of the other crème brulée dishes I’ve tried, and it’s pretty darn satisfying. Follow the instructions for thawing exactly. Take it out of the freezer and let it sit at room temperature for an hour before eating it. Each of us enjoyed one, and it was truly amazing. For dessert, we ate those that we had kept in the fridge. It was definitely not as delicious.
Sonia rates them a 3.5 and also points out the non-crunchable top. They’re delicious, but I give them a 4.
Final verdict: 7.5 out 10.