Trader Joe’s has recently introduced a new confection that combines real fruit juice pieces with rich dark chocolate. These are very rich, but also very tasty morsels!
As described on the package:
Our dark chocolate covered Powerberries start with centers of real fruit juice pieces made from the juices of acai, pomegranate, cranberry and blueberry, all known for their natural powerhouse antioxidants and other nutrients. They are then enveloped in smooth dark chocolate, creating a flavorful confection that is a sweet, tart and rich taste sensation all at once.
This is probably candy rather than fruit, but with all the fruit juices plus the antioxidants in the dark chocolate one could probably sneak by with calling this a healthful food.
Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Covered Powerberries
Dark chocolate (sugar, unsweetened chocolate, cocoa butter, whole milk powder, butter fat; cocoa powder [processed with alkali], soy lecithin, salt, natural flavor); fruit juice blend from concentrates (water [sufficient to reconstitute], acai juice concentrate, pomegranate juice concentrate, cranberry juice concentrate, lemon juice concentrate, blueberry juice concentrate and elderberry juice concentrate); cane sugar; brown rice syrup; pectin; tapioca dextrin; acai puree; citric acid; malic acid; natural flavor; ascorbic acid (vitamin C), confectioners glaze. Dark chocolate cocoa solids 41% minimum.
Serving size 1/4 cup (40g)
Servings per container about 6
Calories from fat, 60.
Total fat, 7g (saturated fat, 4g, trans fat, 0g
Cholesterol, less than 5mg
Total carbohydrates, 29g (dietary fiber, 1g, sugars 25g)
Vitamin A, 0%
Vitamin C, 20%
Dark chocolate contains 100mg per 40g serving of natural flavanol antioxidants as procyanidins.
I don’t know if I dare buy these again! One at a time turned into two at a time since the tart flavor of the berries comes through even better that way. At that rate, 1/6 of the bag disappears pretty fast!
The Powerberries are larger and slightly firmer textured than chocolate covered raisins; the fruit juices give them a distinctive taste.
Measure out a 1/4 cup serving to stick with 180 calories.
My advice: If you are short on willpower, don’t open the bag!
I’m rating Powerberries a 4.5 out of 5 only because I thought they are so extremely rich; otherwise, they easily rate a 5. I would have liked a little less chocolate, although that might upset the flavor balance between the fruit and chocolate. I will be buying Powerberries again when there are enough people around so there are none left to tempt me later!
Purchase Powerberries at a Trader Joe’s grocery store in your area.
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