I featured several items in my Be Your Own Valentine live-stream on YouTube, but the Chocolate Lava Cakes from Trader Joe’s were the definite standout. The cakes have all the decadent goodness of a gooey, creamy chocolate filled cake without being too rich. The serving size of a single cake is perfect for one or it can be shared if you are counting calories, but don’t be surprised if you find yourself in a spoon battle with the one you are sharing it with. Either way, it will disappear quickly.
Each box contains two individually wrapped frozen cakes in a plastic ramekin. You have the choice of heating up the cakes in the oven (without the plastic ramekin) at 400 degrees for 15 to 17 minutes or in the microwave for 45-55 seconds. I made a mistake on my live-stream and heated up the cakes in the oven with the plastic ramekin. Luckily, I did not cause a toxic plastic fire in my oven! A box of cakes costs $2.99 and is located in the frozen dessert section.
Garnish with ice cream, whipped cream, raspberries or a sprinkle of powdered sugar. I topped my cakes with raspberries and powdered sugar as you can see in the picture gallery.
In the Be Your Own Valentine live-stream, I also featured Cupcake Prosecco and Trader Joe’s Ice Cream Bon Bons. I am not a wine connoisseur, I just try different wines and go back to the ones I like. Cupcake Prosecco is light, crisp and refreshing and the fact that it is available in 3 6 oz bottles is a plus. I am a sucker for cute bottles and individual portions. A package of three bottles was under $10.00 at my local grocery store.
Trader Joe’s Ice Cream Bon Bons are a satisfying, rich treat especially when you want to avoid getting into a whole pint of ice cream by yourself. The round bon bons are filled with vanilla ice cream on top of a chocolate cookie crust and covered in a chocolate shell. Each box contains a tray of 12 frozen bon bons at a price of $3.99.
I also made the suggestion that if you are a fan of the Queen Anne chocolate cherries, try putting them in the freezer. It is not as messy because when frozen, the gooey stuff in the middle will not run all over your chin and fingers and make you a sticky mess for days!