Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Honey Mints

Trader Joe's Dark Chocolate Honey Mints
Imagine that you are a music producer trying to create a hit album. You decide to bring together two iconic acts like Pearl Jam and Neil Young, knowing how well it would work together. Then you decide your collaboration needs a little more. So you bring Kanye West along. For a moment, imagine yourself as a movie director looking to make a blockbuster. You call upon DeNiro and Pacino (or, if you prefer pure hunkiness, Ryan Gosling and Lenny DiCaprio*), but needing one more actor to round things out, you call Zach Galifianakis’ agent. You can also choose Michael Phelps and Carl Lewis to be your Olympic fantasy team draft. There’s nothing wrong with any of the threesomes, in fact they all have their strengths, but the third doesn’t seem to work. It’s a typical “one of these things doesn’t work with the other” arrangement.

To be truthful, this is more or less what I expected the Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Honey Mints would be. Combining dark chocolate and mint is a classic combination. What about honey? Really? It’s not.

The good news is that I am not perfect and will admit it. These little candy disks are quite good, despite my initial hesitation. These are made with only three ingredients: chocolate liquor, honey, peppermint oil. The honey was not noticeable at all, as you might expect from the third ingredient mentioned above. The honey is actually a slight sweetness that adds a touch of sweetness to the chocolate coating, which is basically baker’s cocoa. It doesn’t interfere with the mint at all. If I was given these candy, I wouldn’t guess there would be honey in them. Each candy is a sweet, soft, melt in your mouth bite that is satisfying. I find it enough to keep me eating only one or two at a time.

Sandy loves them too. And not just because of the cute packaging. She says they are more delicious than York Peppermint Patties. This is enough to give them a solid 4, she said. I’m not sure if I’m willing to go that far, but I do appreciate these as an alternative that, perhaps because of their simplicity, taste a little more “natural”** than the competition. I’ll take a 3.5.

Bottom line: Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Honey Mints: 7.5% out of 10. Golden Spoons
*I know he’s a pretty good actor, but is he still considered a hunk? I knew he was in The Titanic era, but I don’t know where Lenny is on the scale now.
** This, of course, being a completely relative term that I tried to shake out of my head, yet it keeps coming back for no real good apparent reason. Perhaps it’s the low intake of sugar processed.