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.
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.
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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