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Review: Trader Joe’s dark chocolate edamame

Trader Joe’s dark chocolate edamame: absolutely awful.

We all know chocolate-covered almonds are 70 per cent about the chocolate and 30 per cent about the almonds. So what happens when you replace the almonds with something a bit more out-there? Is it possible to coat something in chocolate and not have it taste great?

In short, yes.

When I think edamame, I think of the fresh green soybeans that get turned into a tasty bean salad. Like that, they’re just fine. No, I don’t crave them in the middle of a shift, or wake up screaming from nightmares where I live in a world without soybeans. I don’t harbour any ill will toward edamame, but I’m not in love with the things.

But holy crow, do I ever dislike Trader Joe’s dark chocolate edamame.

I don’t want to be mean about this, but they taste like the smell of freshly applied Band-Aids. No fooling. If you suck on them, you don’t notice the nasty taste until you hit the centre. But once you hit the dry-roasted soybean core, yuck. Terrible.

So, lesson learned. I’ll be sticking to chocolate almonds.


Cost: $3.49 for a 284-gram (10 oz.) tub at Trader Joe’s in Seattle.

Value for cash money: Not worth it.

Availability: U.S.A.

Nutrition?: 200 calories per 40-gram serving. On the good side, each serving contains 7 grams of protein, 5 grams of fibre, and a reasonable amount of iron. On the bad side, each serving contains 30 per cent of the daily value of saturated fat.

The verdict: I reeeeeaaaallly don’t like these. Yuck, yuck, yuck.

Trader Joe’s dark chocolate edamame look like chocolate-covered coffee beans, but brother, don't you mix them up. Yuck.


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