Sunday, May 15, 2005

TJ's Taste Test, Part 3 of Many: Authentic French Cremes Brulees

I love perks. Those extra little things make such a difference--the free miniature sized products I get with my perfume or skin care purchases, the free dessert a restaurant throws in 'cause you're a regular, the free drinking water and coffee I get at the office (oh no wait, my company doesn't provide free water and coffee...scratch that). In life, we already spend way too much money and time on things we need and need to do, so why not get a little icing on the cake once in awhile?

Anyways, that's why I love the product I chose for my next installment of Trader Joe's Taste Test, their "Authentic French" Cremes Brulees. Not only are they good, but you get a little bonus too. OK, let me get to the actual food first. For being a frozen dessert, they fake the real thing pretty well. No tempering, pouring or mini blow torch needed at all: all you have to do is sprinkle each creme brulee with the included brown sugar packets, broil for 3 minutes and then cool for 10. The caramelization and cooling process creates a delicate and crisp golden brown crust that when tapped open with a spoon, reveals a smooth and creamy vanilla custard underneath. Now are you ready for the cool part--the perks, the bonus, the "French" benefits??? (I know, that's cheesy. Please forgive.) Each of these delicious desserts comes in its own cute-as-a-button glazed terra cotta ramekin that you can wash out after you're done indulging and keep in the cabinet for the next time those pesky houseguests show up unexpectedly! They're perfect for dipping sauces or condiments! Place a few on the table with candy or nuts! Or save them for when you want to actually make real cremes brulees! All this--two yummy desserts and free dishes--for under 5 bucks.

Desserts With Perks!

Sound too good to be true? Well it is true. So stop wasting your time reading blogs and get your ass down to Trader Joes. If not for the food, then at least for the free dishes.

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