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Pumpkin butter and Spanish chocolate at Trader Joe's

Joanne Lafler | Nov 29, 2003 05:09 PM

One of my favorite items, pumpkin butter, is back at Trader Joe's in the jam and jelly section. Evidently it's seasonal. I use it instead of jam on my morning crumpet. Consists of pumpkin, something called "crystallized cane juice," honey, lemon and spices. Non-fat, as the label reminds us!
A newish item is varietal chocolate from Spain, 71% cocoa mass. The two varieties of bars are "Guaranda" (forastero arriba cocoa from Ecuador) and my favorite, "Ocumare" (criollo cocoa from Venezuela). I like the slightly citrus-y flavor of the Venezuelan variety, to which my daughter Ruth introduced me several years ago. Not to everyone's taste, though.

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