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Trader Joe's Peppermint Product Report

alkapal Dec 12, 2007 06:04 AM

1. the peppermint bark candy bar (2 oz) at checkout stand is like the most fabulous girl scout thin mint cookie with thin white chocolate coating. no peppermint candy chips on top. HIGHLY recommended. $1.50

2. Peppermint bark. $9.99. Big oval tin. 16 oz. imo, not as chocolate-y or minty as the candy bar. mint chips uneven and sharp.

3. peppermint jo-joes. ok, i understand the anticipatory frenzy from earlier this season. like mint oreos, but not cloyingly sweet and without the artificial mint flavor aftertaste. recommended! please tj's: keep these jo-joe's year round, as you might want to keep #1 above year-round.

Though the candy bar is slightly more expensive per ounce than the tinned bark, it also tastes better. Bark in pretty striped oval tin would be fine for hostess gift. jo=joes. anytime!

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    shellsbutt RE: alkapal Dec 12, 2007 12:03 PM

    Have you tried the peppermint marshmallows? I thought these were great! I love just eating them out of hand. I need to try and make my own, see how they compare.

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    1. re: shellsbutt
      alkapal RE: shellsbutt Dec 12, 2007 01:14 PM

      i'm not a big marshmallow fan,,,,,so, no i haven't tried them.

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        Cathy RE: shellsbutt Dec 12, 2007 02:21 PM


        VERY peppermint-y to me though; needs to be in hot chocolate...then again, I have only eaten directly from the container...

        1. re: Cathy
          choctastic RE: Cathy Dec 12, 2007 02:46 PM

          Yeah, reeeeally pepperminty. Definitely have to be put in cocoa or a smores deal or something like that for some. I personally love the bracing taste of peppermint though.

          1. re: choctastic
            alkapal RE: choctastic Dec 13, 2007 02:40 AM

            that is appealing, i must say. guess my imagination is hibernating.

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        jujuthomas RE: alkapal Dec 13, 2007 05:07 AM

        Love the peppermint jojos - so yummy! They absolutely should keep them year round. When I went to get some last week they were already out in my area. :(

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          brendastarlet RE: jujuthomas Dec 13, 2007 09:37 AM

          I found the filling in the peppermint Jojos to be a little too pasty. I am glad I tried them but now I have 90% of a box that I won't eat. (Maybe turn them into a crust?)

          I tried the marshmallows this afternoon. They are definitely minty. I bought the dark chocolate covered graham crackers and I'm going to try to make s'mores.

          1. re: brendastarlet
            JK Grence the Cosmic Jester RE: brendastarlet Dec 13, 2007 12:07 PM

            Or you can take them back to Trader Joe's. They have a phenomenal return policy there; every time I've taken something back they have always handled it very well.

            1. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester
              alkapal RE: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester Dec 13, 2007 06:19 PM

              agree re return policy....

            2. re: brendastarlet
              FlyerFan RE: brendastarlet Dec 15, 2007 03:41 PM

              I used them as the base for the midnight rum balls (substituting peppermint schnapps for the rum)....very tasty!

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                brendastarlet RE: FlyerFan Dec 15, 2007 03:50 PM

                Thanks for the reminder about the return poicy. So many sweets around the house now that they won't be missed.

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