Trader Joe’s New Cookies Are A Better, Cheaper Version Of Thin Mints

A star was born in 2013: That’s when Trader Joe’s added the now-beloved Dark Chocolate Mint Stars to its shelves. People are so obsessed with the cookies — which taste like Thin Mints and cost half as much — they hoard them in the freezer. Out of season, homegrown entrepreneurs even shill boxes on eBay for four times the regular price. But there’s something about eating a so-called “holiday cookie” in June that makes you feel a little — I don’t know — desperate.

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The bigwigs at Trader Joe’s sensed as much, and their solution was the most genius product lunch since cauliflower gnocchi: Mini Dark Chocolate Mint Coins. So it’s nothing groundbreaking — fine. They just smoothed out the edges of the stars to turn the cookie into a round treat. But that, coupled with the fact that they ditched the festive sprinkles, makes the coins feel decidedly more everyday than holiday.

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If you’ve ever found yourself banking extra boxes of #traderjoes Mini Dark Chocolate Mint Stars (from the holidays) so you can enjoy #mint-chocolate cookies year round, time to cease your saving… and start cashing in on our new Mini Dark Chocolate Coins! These crumbly, crunchy, coin-shaped #cookies are made of #shortbread infused with #peppermint oil for a cool sensation, and covered in rich, dark #chocolate creating a treat temptation that won’t be saved for any length of time—once you’ve had a taste. — #yourbellysthebank

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Should you find yourself sifting through this mumbo-jumbo, unsure of what we’re talking about — how? Here’s what the cookies — stars and coins, alike — actually are, according to TJ’s site: “Inside the smooth, rich, dark chocolate coating, you’ll find coin-shaped chocolate shortbread cookies that have been infused with the coolness of mint—peppermint oil, to be exact.”

The new Mini Dark Chocolate Mint Coins come in 6-ounce boxes for $1.99; the stars come in 10-ounce boxes and sell for $2.99. You’ll find the coins on shelves from January through September, when the stars make their triumphant return.

In short: You can clear up some freezer space now and put it to better use (hint, hint).

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