Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Honey Mints

Trader Joe's Dark Chocolate Honey Mints

Both title, and total list of all ingredients. Whoa.

What a name! Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Honey Mints, this little confection could not be cheekier – 3 ingredients, all listed there in the name, thrown together in a fit of what could only have been hubris. Dark chocolate, honey and peppermint extract. This is an almost frighteningly bold undertaking – even the most cursory glance at the ingredient list reveals that TJ’s is not f-ing around here. There are seriously only three ingredients – honey, chocolate liquor and oil of peppermint. Is it even okay to do this? Or, better question, is it reasonable to do this?

When you’re squaring yourself up against York Peppermint Patties, beloved classic and mainstay of parlor candy dishes the nation over, do you really want to start self imposing handicaps like “oh, and we can only use three ingredients.” It is absolutely a move on which Trader Joe’s should be applauded, in the same way you should applaud someone who just ran ten consecutive marathons or ate a box of light bulbs, after a brief pause and with a quizzical look on the face.

The fact of the matter is that these patties are not particularly helped out by this three ingredient policy. They taste simply alright, like a slightly stronger and aggressive York patty with a sweeter aftertaste. The texture, size and minty bang are nearly identical – the clash of flavors is what marks it as different. The honey whipped filling doesn’t exactly gel with the mint flavor and the dark chocolate shell.

As we’ve previous discussed, dark chocolate, while perfectly good on its own, simply cannot be treated like milk chocolate. These are not mere adjectives people, dark and milk chocolate are different beasts all together – milk chocolate the friendly pony who nuzzles your hand as he prances, dark chocolate the powerful, curried stallion, illuminated for a moment on a rocky crag by a flash of lightning. While it complements the mint oil, the honey wants to be sweeter than the unsweetened dark chocolate will allow.

Would this taste issue be ameliorated if TJ’s had allowed the addition of byzantine bisorbates and other curious additives? Perhaps not, but as it stands the candy doesn’t work well enough for me to spend my calorie budget on them. Afterall, even though it lacks the preservatives, artificial colors, and high fructose corn syrups it’s still 17 grams of sugar and 6 grams of fat per serving – a worse nutritional profile than York Peppermint Patties. To adherents of certain nutritional philosophies I’m sure the absence of manufactured additives constitutes an enormous draw, to me however this comfort is purely hypothetical. I listen to my brutal, masticating jaw and swollen gullet, and they advise me that despite the intriguing lead-in there is little to recommend this product.

The Breakdown

Would I Recommend It: No, save for those with grudges against the York corporation or an adversion to America’s typical food chemicals.

Would I Buy It Again: Sadly, no.

Final Synopsis: A York Peppermint Patty, but with a greater clash between bitter and sweet.

Trader Joe's Dark Chocolate Honey Mints - Nutrition Facts

Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Honey Mints – Nutrition Facts


8 Comments on “Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Honey Mints”

  1. mommatee says:

    They are amazing, and the ingredients are pure. I am sorry but you can have your York patty, I will eat TJ Dark Honey Mints anytime! Everyone I have shared them with LOVE them.

  2. […] dark chocolate honey mints   from Trader Joe’s.  Wanna know the most awesome thing about these mints, (besides the obvious – taste),  the name on the package – Dark Chocolate Honey Mints is the entire list of it’s ingredients – yep, just 3  awesome  ingredients – cool huh? For me, it was the perfect place to trick-or-treat! […]

  3. nalinil says:

    I rarely respond to food reviews, but in this case I’m such a (new) fan of these TJ chocolate mints I simply have to speak up. They are fabulous. Must be eaten in small bites because the chocolate is bitter if you just let that melt in your mouth first. But chewed together, the blend and sweetness is perfect. Thanks for pointing out the sugar content, that’s important, but honestly all I need is two, maybe three, and eaten mindfully they are a wonderful dessert, with a long lasting and pleasant aftertaste.

  4. Susan says:

    The first ingredient of dark chocolate has many ingredients…… I did buy and do like them but they do have a chalky aftertaste.

  5. Karen S says:

    I agree with the writer that they don’t satisfy. I think it IS the dark chocolate that leaves a bitter aftertaste, even in a small dose. I enjoy real dark chocolate–85% is wonderful (working my way up to more cacao & less sugar). You can taste good quality, because there are levels of flavor (including berry) from a cocoa bean that has been fermented. Ask any good chocolatier–or better yet, eat some of their chocolate, like Gail Ambrosius out of Madison, WI. THAT is what would take it over the top. And, agreeing with another, there really are more than 3 ingredients.

  6. Anonymous says:

    These mints are amazingly delicious! We no longer eat Andes or York mints. These are THE BEST and the only ones we buy now. Way to go, Trader Joe’s!

  7. Roxann Huffman says:

    I read this hoping to find out if there is a lab analysis proving that the honey used in these mints is not tainted with corn syrup like most grocery store honeys are. However, I like the pureness of the 3 ingredients on the list and I have tasted them and love them. So, I will continue my online investigative search to see if the honey is pure honey in these delicious honey mints from Trader Joe’s.

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