I knew as soon as he said it that I was in trouble.
“Yeah, they’re good – not too sweet,” the cashier at Trader Joe’s told me, as he dropped the bag of Dark Chocolate Nutty Bits into my Hawaiian grocery tote.
I cringed. Right. Not too sweet.
I’d bought the bag of Nutty Bits, made of crunchy nuts, dark chocolate and Fleur de Sel, on an impulse – hoping the new TJ’s product might be similar to the dark chocolate sea salt and turbinado sugar almonds that I’ve been gorging on lately.
How could I go wrong? I thought. Crunchy nuts – good. Dark chocolate – good. Fleur de Sel – like sunshine on a rainy day.
It seemed like a sure winner – a gem to be horded in my work desk drawer, to be hidden from my roommates, and to be devoured with reckless abandon behind closed doors.
Until, of course, he said the words, “not too sweet.”
I wanted to cry foul – “But that’s the point of dessert – to be sweet!” – and chuck the Nutty Bits across the store in a mini-tantrum.
Instead, I nodded politely, paid for my purchases and went home, grumbling the whole way.
“Dessert that’s not too sweet – hah! That’s like wanting peanut butter that’s not too nutty!” I chortled to no one in particular.
Despite my skepticism about my purchase, I still opted to give it the good ole “Diana Takes a Bite” try later that day. I’m an optimist like that. I like to give all chocolate a fair shake (except for generic brands – shudder!).
Just as I suspected, however, the Nutty Bits tasted more like snack food than sweet food. The crunchy nuts were indeed crunchy, but needed additional caramelization (or just caramel) to eradicate their more virtuous qualities. The 60% cacoa dark chocolate coating was fine, but I would have appreciated a thicker and more uniform application of that and the seemingly nonexistent Fleur de Sel.
Even so, I managed to polish off all 6 servings (serving size is 3 pieces for 190 calories and 14 grams of fat), over the course of the coming weeks by treating them like a semi-naughty snack rather than a dessert. Probably not the best idea since my last “snack” totaled up to 7 pieces.
(I lost count after 4.)
I’m considering it an important life lesson – stick to dessert items that provoke sugar coma, not reckless snacking.