Figured I’d better get this review out before these disappear from Trader Joe’s dark chocolate coated holiday shelves. These cookies were a ‘pass’ the first time I saw them and a ‘eh, might as well’ when I saw them on a subsequent trip.
There’s not a lot to tell about these. I like ginger. I like ginger cookies. I love gingersnaps. I thought ‘triple ginger’ was an encouraging sign.
I’ve never had their ‘best selling triple ginger cookie’ so I don’t know how this compares. The packaging drew me in, too. Those minimalist cardinals are pretty sweet (although cardinals’ winter plumage is a lot duller than bright red…ok enough of that, you). Like the scarf on the snowman, although I can’t figure out how that hat is staying on there (I said enough of that!). Trader Joe’s products covered in dark chocolate are typically guaranteed to be a nice dark chocolate, so lots going for these. Let’s crack it open.
Room for a few more cookies in there, TJs.
Nicely enrobed. And biting…
So these are OK. They’re not as “snappy” as the box claims. They are a bit crunchy, but not even close to a nice crisp, crunchy gingersnap. The ratio of chocolate to cookie is decent and with a stronger ginger bite it would have been perfect. Sadly, despite the promise of “triple ginger”, these just don’t have a lot of bite to them. They taste like a ginger cookie, but I feel a little silly for worrying that they would be ginger overkill. Very much underkill on the ginger. The chocolate is just a little overwhelming. If these had a dark chocolate coating on the bottom they’d have been right on the mark.
I will certainly finish the box, but I wouldn’t get them again. If you sort of like gingersnaps, but not ones that are shatteringly thin and crisp, and like dark chocolate, these are a perfectly pleasant treat. They’re also beautifully packaged as noted above, so they’d be fine for a minor, cheap hostess gift or similar. Even tucked into a stocking, I guess.
Bake at 350 had a similar reaction.