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Moser Roth – Chocolate Truffles – ALDI – Food Review

12/09/2017

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ALDI has some surprisingly good chocolates.  This is one of them.  Without saying another word about these, they are really really good.

If you’re on a budget pick up one of these as a holiday present for your kid’s teacher.  If you’re not on a budget, get two.  They’re worth half a grade point on the kid’s next report card. Cheaper than a tutor!

Price $3.99 per box

Calories  190 per 3 piece serving (16 pieces in the box)

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Trader Joe’s – Veggie Corn Dogs – Food Review

12/02/2017

trader joe, review, price, calories, nutrition, veggie corn dogsDecember 2, 2017
The corn is there. The dog is almost there.  This dog will hunt.

I’m always on the lookout for a veggie meat substitute.  More specifically, I’m always looking for a good veggie meat substitute.  The best I’ve found so far is Trader Joe’s Soy Chorizo.  These veggie corn dogs aren’t quite up to that standard.  But still, they’re pretty good.  What’s better than that is, they’re pretty good veggie “junk” food.

trader joe, review, price, calories, nutrition, veggie corn dogsThe texture of the dog is just about right. Even the color is about right. The taste is more of a neutral taste than a real hot dog. The fatty moisture from a real hot dog is obviously missing. However as long as it’s not overcooked, the dog remains fairly moist.  Watch the time in the microwave, just a little too much time (even just 10 or 15 seconds) dries out both the dog and the corn.

Overall, just like a real corn dog,  the corn bread makes up around half of the taste and texture. The veggie dog in the center adds some flavor and texture, but more importantly does not take much away in the form of negatives.

These are slightly smaller than a standard corn dog and missing the animal fat, so the calories are lower.  Unfortunately, the sodium content is relatively high just like a real corn dog.  They’re labelled as meatless and veggie, but not vegetarian.  So check the ingredient label to make sure this conforms to your personal vegetarian standards.

Price $2.99 (4 veggie corn dogs, 10 ounces )

Calories 160 per veggie corn dog

Barissmo Organic Honduras Whole Bean Coffee – Food Review – ALDI

11/29/2017

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The coffee is not bad, bearable and actually fairly good.  There’s some bitterness in the cup, but not enough to stop drinking.  The bitterness subsides as the coffee cools.  The coffee has a decent body for a medium roast.  On the scale of coffee goodness, this one falls above a McDonald’s or Denny’s coffee and below most Trader Joe’s offerings. The coffee is entirely drinkable black, which is how I review all coffees.

I picked this up because Trader Joe’s Honduran coffee is one of the better coffees I’ve reviewed.  This isn’t as good, but still fairly good, especially for the price.  Coffee plants just might have a thing for Honduras.

If you’re on a budget or just happen to be close to an ALDI when you find your cupboard bare of coffee, this one just might be good for you.  The coffee is labelled fair trade and organic, so it may be good for the farmers and environment also.   Price $4.79

Stringbean Ethiopian True Blue Whole Bean Coffee – Food Review

11/29/2017

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So far the lighter roasts at Trader Joe have been in general, disappointing.  The beans tend to have some oil on them, which indicates the roast is bordering on the next shade of dark.  But worse than that, the coffees tend to be bitter.  Bitterness is something that’s not supposed to happen with a lighter roast.  So, in a late night supermarket run, and in a moment of weakness towards my checking account balance, I picked up a local roaster’s light-medium roast coffee at an on-sale but still significant price.  The beans were also Ethiopian according to the bag. This was another point of curiosity for me, as I’ve been somewhat disappointed with the African coffee beans at TJ.  So I was able to try another source for African beans.  And don’t forget Ethiopia is the home of the very first coffee beans discovered by man.  Women discovered coffee beans about 362 years earlier, but I’m not going to get into that.

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Trader Joe’s – Crispy Crunchy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies – Food Review

11/29/2017

Trader Joe, review, price, nutrition, calories, cookies, crispy oatmeal raisinNovember 29, 2017

Crispy is the key word on the bag.  Pay attention.

Homemade might be another word for the bag.  What’s meant by that is; not your homemade, nor grandma’s homemade, but my homemade.  Cookies and my oven don’t get along.  I blame it on the oven, of course.  Any kind of cookie I’ve ever attempted came out thin and so crispy that they bordered on just this side of burnt.  That’s the feeling I got with these oatmeal raisin cookies from our favorite Trader.

Trader Joe, review, price, nutrition, calories, cookies, crispy oatmeal raisinThe cookies were so thin that the pretty much hard and dried out raisins tended to pop out of the cookie on their own leaving small holes in the cookie.  Look in the bottom of the bag for the raisins.  The cookies were crunchy, as most things toasted beyond tan tend to be.  Now of course, even in their current condition, I ate them up, because any oatmeal raisin cookie is better than none.  But if you prefer the softer thicker chewier kind of oatmeal raisin cookies, like I do, pass these up.

Price $3.99 (7 ounce bag)

Calories 130 per ounce (2 cookies)

Trader Joe’s – Unexpected Cheddar Cheese- Food Review

11/17/2017

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Unexpected?  You bet it was unexpected. After months of searching for this on the top shelf where all the other Cheddars live, I found this in with the Bries, Camemberts and who knows what else.

TJ says there’s a touch of Parmesan in the taste which makes this Cheddar unexpected. By my taste buds, I didn’t detect any Parmesan. And also by my taste buds, this doesn’t really taste like other Cheddars. But the taste of this cheese is very nice, having a touch of tanginess mixed with a touch of sweetness. The texture is similar to other TJ cheese blends, firm but tends to crumble when cutting. That’s not a negative, just an observation. In the mouth, there are a few bits of what seem like cheese crystals characteristic of an aged cheese. Whatever the blend of cheeses here, or whatever the process that went into making this, this is a nice cheese, perfect for enjoying by itself or even better with a glass of wine.

Trader Joe, review, calories, price, nutrition, cheese, unexpected cheddarPrice $3.99 per 7 ounce package

Calories 120 per ounce

ALDI – Deutsche Küche – Herring Fillets in Curry Pineapple – Food Review

10/29/2017

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Herring, the adolescent sardine, what’s not to like?  If you’ve ever avoided herring because, well it’s herring, this may change your mind.  This herring comes packed in a not spicy curry sauce.  The curry is a little sweet, and a little pineappley. The curry disguises very well whatever preconceived notion of taste you may have of herring. The herring itself comes as fillets with a nice firm texture. And no, the herring does not taste fishy.  The herring also does not taste or look like any of that pickled stuff people bring out for New Year’s.  If you were worrying about that, forget about it.  On top of that it’s nutritious with: low carbs, relatively high protein and a more fun way to get some omega-3 than one of those gelatin oil filled capsules.  This is an ALDI Oktoberfest perennial offering, so you won’t be seeing it on the shelves until either next September for Oktoberfest or possibly next May for Maifest.

Calories  100 per serving (4 servings per can)
Price $1.69 per can

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Trader Joe’s – Cento Flat Fillet Anchovies – Food Review

10/29/2017

October 29, 2017
This is more of a note than a review.  I use anchovies on homemade pizza. I should expand that to include anchovies in other things.  Now that cooler weather is here, at least north of the equator, it’s oven season in our house.

I don’t believe Cento is unique to Trader Joe’s.  So you’ll possibly find these elsewhere.  But at Trader Joe’s they cost $1.49.  That’s not bad since a larger supermarket usually prices anchovies around $2 per can.  And they seem to be a staple at Trader Joe’s.  You’ll most likely have to look for them on the bottom shelf where other canned fish are kept.  That’s where I find them at my Trader Joe’s.

The anchovies themselves seem to be a little less salty than other brands I’ve tried.  But that doesn’t hold them back from adding that anchovy pop to a pizza.  Good stuff at a good price.

Calories 25 per 16 gram (about 2 servings per can)     price $1.49 per can

Trader Joe’s – Soy Cheese Alternative – Mozzarella Style – Food Review

10/29/2017

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For a not-cheese, this is not bad. It has a neutral taste and a thicker texture than a real mozzarella.  While the product name stresses the soy content, it also contains milk protein and milk as parmesan cheese according to the label.  The label does not specify what kind of enzymes were used for the parmesan.  While mozzarella is a mild cheese, it still has a better taste and texture than this alternative.

On heating in the microwave, the aroma of parmesan is liberally released.  It smells good.  However the melted “cheese” does not retain the taste of parmesan.  This cheese also does not melt as nicely as mozzarella in the microwave.  It becomes somewhat puffy and hardens.  There’s none of that stringy mozzarella texture.  The cheese was not tested in stove top or oven recipes.  When diced up for some salad, it added some texture to the salad, but not much in the way of flavor.

With milk as one of the ingredients and an unknown source for the parmesan enzymes (some enzymes are animal based), what’s the purpose of the cheese?  For people who might be allergic to milk, it contains some milk components. For those looking for a vegetarian cheese, it’s not labeled as vegetarian.  The cheese is labeled as 99% lactose free.  So I guess for people who are extremely lactose intolerant, this may be an alternative.  However many milk-based cheeses are naturally relatively low in lactose.  So for those who can tolerate some lactose, a milk-based cheese may work for you also.  Regardless, only you know what kinds of food you need to avoid or what foods work well for you.  And of course, only you know what foods you like!

Calories 70 per ounce, price $1.99 (8 ounce package)

ALDI – Belmont Chocolate Truffle Cheesecake – Food Review

10/25/2017

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Well this is somewhat misleading.  But it will be eaten nonetheless.

I’m a sucker for cheesecake.  The picture on the box looked really good.  The title was enticing.  How could anyone resist the words chocolate truffle and cheesecake combined in one place?  The price was more than right.  And the everyday cheesecake at ALDI is pretty wonderful.  So this would be one step beyond wonderful.  Right?  Not exactly.  But, like the mushrooms that share the same name, this sort of grows on you.

Rather than a cheesecake this is more like a chocolate mousse (with horns) sitting on a thickish chocolate graham cracker “crust”.  “With horns” in this context means thick and beefy mousse.  If I didn’t have the box to read, I wouldn’t know this was a cheesecake, even one of those light fluffy cheesecakes.  The chocolate flavor is neither sweet milk chocolate nor dark semi-sweet chocolate.  It’s somewhere in the middle with an earthy tinge to it (like a real truffle?).  The graham cracker crust is crunchy in the mouth.  That provides an interesting textural contrast with the soft “cheesecake” topping it.  Even though it doesn’t taste exceptionally sweet, I’m sure there’s a bunch of sugar in it.

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