Haven’t done one of these in a while… that certainly doesn’t mean I haven’t been eating my fair share of snacks, haha. Today I’m sharing a couple of my new favorite Trader Joe’s snacks:
Trader Joe’s frozen macarons have been surprisingly tasty. They also have a package of just chocolate and vanilla, and a box of pumpkin flavored (haven’t gotten around to tasting that one yet), but I like the 6-flavor variety pack over the chocolate & vanilla (not a big fan of the vanilla flavor, anyway – it was too sweet). As you can see, the flavors are cassis, coffee, orange, pistachio, raspberry, and salted caramel. My favorites flavors were the cassis and salted caramel! The shells were pleasantly crunchy (but not too crumbly), and the filling was nice and custardy.
The only thing about these macarons is that you need patience – the box needs to be from the freezer for about 30 minutes before they’re good to go. But sometimes, I just want a macaron now… does anyone else feel that way? Anyway, if you defrost the whole box but don’t end up finishing it all in one sitting, it’s okay to put them back in the fridge – they were good for another week. (It was a miracle for me that they even lasted that long.) At $5 per box of 12, these are a good deal, and better than some non-frozen macarons I’ve had out there…
Another treat from the frozen section that I’ve been digging lately is this:
A friend alerted me to these “proof overnight and bake” frozen croissants. There are a few varieties: plain, chocolate, almond, and pumpkin. I’ve only tried the chocolate and plain (why aren’t the almond croissants ever in stock when I go to Trader Joe’s?).
When taken out of the box, they’re really dense, frozen blocks of dough. Hard to believe that it will turn into a fluffy croissant – but ah, the magic of proofing. Left the frozen dough on my counter overnight and this is what I saw in the morning:
Too bad I didn’t have a photo of the “pre-proofed” croissants. I think I was too skeptical about the rising to snap a pic… haha. Anyway, into a 350°F oven for about 20-25 minutes they go, and out comes…
Yes, I realize that there were two croissants shown in the proofing pic, and only one in the post-baking pic. That is because I ate one. And yes, it was really good. Buttery and flaky, with plenty of chocolate in each bite. Not overly sweet or greasy. Why aren’t all croissants served warm? I think the freshly-baked aspect really gives this croissant lots of bonus points.
From the cross-section, you can see that it’s not super layered – but then again, remember that these are frozen croissants, and they only cost $4 for a box of four. (Gosh, now I sound like their Fearless Flyer. I swear, I don’t work for TJ, I just love them.)
Now for some non-TJ snacks. As usual, I have some Asian savory snacks to share…
Two different flavors of shrimp chips, found at Mitsuwa Marketplace. Left is garlic & soy sauce flavored, and right is wasabi. The wasabi shrimp chips were awesome – provided that you enjoy the wasabi taste, of course. These are my new go-to shrimp chips.
When you open a package of these instant noodle snacks, it looks like a block of instant noodles – but no water needed here. The noodles are actually flavored and meant to be eaten dry. I normally crush the entire bag and eat it by the spoonful. (Again, does anyone else do this? Please, someone say yes.) I liked the flavoring – it really did taste just like spicy rice cakes, haha. I believe these were found at Zion Marketplace… there are a couple of other flavors, which I’d like to try, too.
Well, that’s all I’ve got to share for you in this Snacks Series. Hope everyone has a wonderful Sunday evening! Eat some snacks to recharge yourself for the week ahead! ;)