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25 June 2012

Trader Joe's Cupcakes Review

Location: National
Price: $3.99/pack of four cupcakes
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

So I've listed Trader Joe's as national BUT I am fully aware that it isnt quite "national"- meaning that it is not located in every state. I know this first hand, since I moved from California, where there was an abundance of Trader Joe's to Houston, Texas (and College Station, Texas)- where there are none. It's an absolutely tragic thing because I just adore Trader Joe's. For those of you who have not been there, they have an amazing selection of international and non-international foods, as well as organic, healthy, interesting, (you name it) selection. Anywhoo...another cupcake place that I visited while in California, was Trader Joes. You see, the hubster had never been but has always heard me raving about them, so I decided to take him. While searching through all their wonderful selection of delicious goodies- I saw that since I last visited they have a Trader Joe's Cupcake Line! 

Well, I could not let that slip though my notice- so I grabbed a pack. Although they had Red Velvet, I chose not to take it because I've been a bit biased towards that flavor and I wanted to choose something different. Instead I grabbed the pack of Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Filled Cupcakes. For those of you who are curious- they sell Red Velvet, Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Filled Cupcakes, and Carrot Cake Cupcakes (they may have more, but not at the location I was shopping in). So off I went with my pack of four cupcakes (and for the price of what I usually get one cupcake, I was ecstatic). As for the photo, I got it online, because my brother ate the cupcakes before i had a chance to photograph them. But they are packaged in a plastic container of four with a Trader Joe sticker keeping them sealed. And they are filled with peanut butter. 

Again, since I was so close to the wedding- I chose to have half of a cupcake. That way I could try the cake plus the peanut butter filling. And let me tell you I was glad I did! This was one of the best cupcakes I have ever tried! It was absolutely delicious and knowing that it was not from a cupcakery but a grocery store chain just blew me away. The cupcake was so moist (it almost melted in your mouth), the frosting was perfect (though if you like a lot of frosting you will be disappointed because these cupcakes err on the side of less is more), they were filled (so my sister would love them) and they looked cute and simple (just the way I like it). 

So why a 4.5 and not a 5? Well, although I like cute and simple, I do admire the cupcakeries that put a lot of effort in some awesome decorating. And although Trader Joe's is not a cupcakery- I gotta be fair- and take off a little for the simplicity. And, I had one other small change I would make. The dark chocolate was slightly overpowering (for me)- I am a bit of a milk chocolate fan. But if you like dark chocolate then you'll love these :) Bottom line: if you live near a Trader Joe's, it will do you great good to try these cupcakes. You will not be sorry. If you do not live near a Trader Joe's (dream of moving near one like I do ;) ). 


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  2. ""Have you tried their butterscotch muffins with caramel filling? I think they are brand new. I am kind of sorry I know about them now, because I now craze them constantly! "

    Hi Jackbox. I see your comment was deleted? So I posted it again. I have not tried their butterscotch muffins with caramel filling. How amazing does that sound?!? I must try this now ;) Sadly, in college station there is no Trader Joes (I know, tragic right?) but the next time I go visit my parents, I will definitely make sure to try it! Thanks for letting me know! :) LOVE IT! And thanks for stopping by!

  3. These are actually made by and outside company my husband works at ;) flour fusion! Those peanut butter ones are delish! He brings home 8 cupcakes a day!

    1. Hi Jasper! You are so lucky! These cupcakes are sooo yummy! Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to share the yumminess -- maybe -- with a blogger that you like ;)