Sunday, December 23, 2012

Trader Joe's - Chocolate Almond Horns - December 23, 2012

Chocolate of the Day: 

Trader Joe's
Chocolate Almond Horns
Good + - Very Good
Weight: 3 oz. (95 g.) / 9 oz. (255 g.) total container of 6 cookies
Calories: 380 calories in 2 cookies
Cost: $4.49 total container
Purchased from: Trader Joe's, in Palo Alto, CA

Nothing pleases me more than finding delicious new chocolate items that are also gluten-free.

Many traditional recipes for sweet, almond flour cookies, macaroons and marzipan omit (wheat) flour. So, I was hopeful that I could find chocolate and almond cookies with no gluten ingredients. And so it was with these Chocolate Almond Horns from Trader Joe's (Monrovia, CA).

Sugary sweet, chewy-soft, golden brown, covered in sliced almonds, and partially dipped in bittersweet chocolate, these cookies channeled the ghost of marzipan cookies from childhood. I stopped eating gluten/wheat in 2002, so it's been many years since I nibbled on almond croissant or bearclaws. These two crescent-shaped horns were just as satisfying as any breakfast pastry or bittersweet almond cookie that I can remember.

Couple two Chocolate Almond Horns with a hot beverage of your choice, sit by a fire, listen to (or play) some music -- and you have a great prescription for holiday contentment.

Today was Day #2 of Chocolate and Almond Theme Week. 

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