In Weird or Wonderful, we pick new or unusual products that we find at various popular stores to review. Usually it’s food, because everyone enjoys discovering new nom-noms, but sometimes it’s other stuff that we think you might enjoy. Here are this month’s finds from Trader Joe’s:
Trader Joe’s Apple + Mango Bar ($ .99)
This is a merely “ok” fruit bar. It’s a bit chewy, but not like a fruit leather. You can definitely get the applesauce texture, so it doesn’t stick to your teeth the way some fruit leathers do. I don’t think you’d really even needteeth to eat it, though it has a chew consistency of about a fig newton without the cookie part. The best part about the bar is it only has 90 calories and it helps you get some fruit servings. This is somewhere in the middle of weird and wonderful.
Trader Joe’s Apple + Coconut Bar ($ .99)
The apple coconut bar isn’t at all in texture like the mango bar. There is really not much flavor here, it’s more just a powdery strange texture in your mouth. Imagine red delicious apples at their most cardboard level of flavor which were turned into applesauce with no sweetener and then dried out and pressed into a bar with a hint of coconut. This one falls into the weird category. It’s sort of awful.
Trader Joe’s Blueberry Poppyseed Cookies ($3.89)
While this isn’t something that would make my “regular purchase” list, they are definitely a must try if you like shortbread style cookies.
They are very fresh and buttery, flavorful, and not overly sweet. If you like Walker’s shortbread, you will like these. While the cookie is dotted with poppyseeds, they don’t add a noticeable texture or flavor (like they do in lemon poppyseed muffins). They really appear to be there mostly to add character to the appearance of the cookie. The berries, however, do at a texture. The little biscuits are studded with dried chewy berries. They are a really nice and different little treat for tea time. These aren’t outstanding, but fall into the mildly wonderful category.