Trader Joe’s is one of our favorite places to shop because there is always something new to try. I love wandering the aisles of my local Trader Joe’s to see what’s new and always pick up my old favorites like orange chicken and street corn. One area at Trader Joe’s that I haven’t explored much until recently is frozen desserts. This relatively small section of the store was one that I always iced on because I pride myself on my ability to bake fresh apple pies and there is always ice cream in my freezer.
Well, I finally took the plunge and decided to try some of the frozen dessert options at Trader Joe’s, and let’s just say none of them were completely disappointing and I wouldn’t buy them. more, which was a good start. I bought eight frozen desserts ranging from apple pies, which could honestly rival my homemade version, to individually wrapped chocolate lava cakes. This is my ranking of Trader Joe’s frozen desserts from worst (which were actually still quite good) to best. (Plus, don’t miss The Best & Worst Trader Joe’s Foods — Ranked!)
These single-serve apple blossoms are quite similar to apple balls, but instead of being a whole apple wrapped in pastry dough, the apples here look more like an apple pie filling. I thought these were pretty good, but there was too much batter for the amount of filling that was actually inside. If you want Trader Joe’s apple frozen dessert, read on for a better option.
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Trader Joe’s Orange Cranberry Bars are marketed as a fall version of Lemon Bars. While these are decent, I would rather just have a lemon bar. The orange flavor was very light and was overwhelmed by the tangy cranberry curd on top. The crust of these was slightly crumbly, making them difficult to eat without a plate or at least a napkin. I liked that these didn’t need to be cooked and all I had to do was put them in the fridge for a few hours to thaw them before eating them.
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Trader Joe’s individually wrapped chocolate lava cakes came in a set of two, which means I have one more in my freezer for another time. The cakes were what I expected, a frozen chocolate concoction that looks like a disappointing lava cake that I could order in a restaurant although not quite of the same quality. The cake itself had a rich chocolate flavor without being too sweet, and the center remained gooey and runny. The part that took that down a few notches was the actual preparation. After baking one of the cakes and letting it cool for a while I went and carefully removed it from the baking sheet and onto my plate and the bottom broke and part of the lava center oozed out. . I wish these had a more substantial cake topper so that didn’t happen.
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This dessert trio from the frozen section of Trader Joe’s is a great deal if you’re having a party and want something easy to put on a dessert platter. There are three types of cake-like desserts in the box: Chocolate Coffee Opera Cake, Raspberry Raspberry Macaroon Cake, and Caramel Chocolate Cake. Each cake tasted as described on the box, and I liked that there was an assortment of flavors that were completely different from each other. The only thing I didn’t like about it was that the cake part of each bite quickly disintegrated in my mouth and had a slightly grainy texture.
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These are one of my favorite Trader Joe’s desserts, because they’re just big enough to take away my craving for something sweet without spoiling my entire day with candy. It’s actually the only Trader Joe’s frozen dessert that’s still in my freezer and the one I’ve judged everything else against. The vanilla ice cream used in these tiny ice cream cones is perfectly creamy, the cones are crisp, and the chocolate shell is super thin, so easy to bite into.
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Cheesecake is one of my favorite desserts, and I had no idea Trader Joe’s made it so good until now. I let the cheesecake thaw in the fridge for a few hours before cutting a slice to try it. The filling was super dense and had a rich cream cheese flavor that I loved. It was sweet and tangy without being too sweet. The crust was nice and held well until the filling. I would definitely buy it again and again.
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These bite-sized frozen treats are basically Hold The Cones, but in a different form. The good ones use vanilla ice cream and have a super crispy cookie crust that tastes very similar to the cone of mini ice cream cones. I love these because it’s a bite or two and they’re gone. I also like the ice cream / cookie ratio, which I think can be a bit offbeat with Hold The Cone desserts.
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The number one dessert I tried in the freezer section of Trader Joe’s was the Rustic Apple Pie. The delicious pie was filled with sweet apples and had a crumble filling with crunchy almonds and coarse sugar. The topping-to-crust ratio was good and I didn’t think the crust was too thick which can happen with frozen desserts. The pie only took a few minutes to bake and then it was ready to serve. I’ll be keeping one in my freezer from now on.
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