Monday, December 5, 2011
Candy Cane Joe-Joes At Trader Joe's
There, I've said it. I will start with the heresy. Trader Joe's has created a sandwich cookies for Christmas that isn't just a good knock-off. It's better than the original.
Not that you should go to the Columbia Trader Joe's and buy the Candy Cane Joe-Joes. Mrs. HowChow wants you to leave them alone so that there are more for her to buy and sock away for winter.
The Peppermint Joe-Joes are absolutely terrific. Crisp chocolate cookies with a cream inside. Except this filling is more creamy, less grainy that even the Oreo original. Plus, it is laced with shards of peppermint candy. This is a "sealed box" type of cookies -- as in "you need to keep the box closed or you'll eat them all."
Trader Joe's sells a separate product where they have dipped the Candy Cane Joe-Joes in chocolate. That's great too. It's good chocolate and the right ratio of coating to cookies. But it is an extra that isn't worth getting only 10 cookies in a box. The original Joe-Joes -- or at least the original knock-off of the Oreo -- is all you need.