Each year, our family eats their own weight in peppermint bark or what I like to refer to as “Christmas Crack”. Our favorite is Williams-Sonoma. So when I saw Trader Joe’s had a Boo Bark out for Halloween, I snatched it up, hoping for an addiction worthy taste.

We tried it, we liked it, but it isn’t really “bark”, it is more like a large square milk chocolate bar with some toppings pressed in. It’s the same chocolate Trader Joe’s uses on their mini-reeses-like peanut butter cups, which are amazing (and cannot be allowed in our house as we eat an entire container fairly quickly)! It’s a nice mellow milk chocolate, emphasis on the milk and not chocolate, loaded up with sugar. That gives this bark an ice milky melt in your mouth. The toppings are festive and fun, but don’t add a lot to the taste. The Joe Joe (faux-Oreo) pieces were soft, they probably soaked up moisture from the chocolate. The mini faux M&Ms were good, the same thing you find in Trader Joe’s Rainbow Trail mix. The candy corn, was…well, candy corn, waxy, flavorless, but seasonal. The white chocolate pieces were the only thing reminding me of traditional holiday bark on this big square block.

Overall, worth a try, but this could be greatly improved. How about a white chocolate layer with dark chocolate instead of just milk chocolate? I’d also like to see the bar be pre-scored, like a Ritter Sport, instead of a giant solid square of chocolate. Our family kept asking, “How do you even eat this thing?”. We hacked it up with a knife, which made for some odd sized pieces and a bit of a mess. Pre-scored seems an easy improvement (many barks come pre-broken). So not bad, but not great. I like their milk chocolate and their price point, but this a little BOO-ring.


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