We're reviewing Trader Joe's Shooting Stars: chocolate-coated sugar cookies covered in popping candy. The box description reads, "each star-shaped cookie is drizzled with semi-sweet chocolate, then topped with carbonated candy "meteoroids" that pop in your mouth..."
A 4.25-ounce box costs $2.99.
There's also a warning on the box. This is NO JOKE, people. Do not open the packaging near your face. The popping starts immediately and is quite vigorous.
A mom's (my) take: The cookies are good...crispy, crunchy, and with a heavy dose of really great chocolate. I was expecting the popping candy to be flavored like Pop Rocks, and it's not...which I think is smart. It's all chocolate and sugar cookie flavor with an added popping dimension of fun. Here's the deal: each box should come with eye protection. I'm not kidding. Right out of the box, the candies start (energetically) popping. Be SURE to close your eyes as you go in for a bite. Cookies with a side of danger. I kinda like it.
Overall rating: 5 of 5 stars (Maybe subtract off a star for potentially putting an eye out. ;))
A teenager's (Jack's) take: Love these! The popping candy alone make these a joyride for your whole mouth, but fortunately, the rest of it is great. The base of a classic shortbread-y sugar cookie and a flavorful chocolate covering are awesome in themselves, yet they don't steal attention from the candy topping... I would eat the whole box, but I anticipate my head would explode!
Overall rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Trader Joe's Shooting Stars: A little dangerous, totally worth it!
[note: We have no affiliation with Trader Joe's. I'm sure they have never read this blog and have no idea who we are. Hey, we like being incognito, although we never wear sunglasses indoors. ;)]
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