Ruby is a gemstone, a person’s name, and the subject of numerous well-known songs… but would you be surprised that Ruby is also a new kind of “chocolate”? Trader Joe’s Ruby Cacao Wafers are a limited time offer for Valentine’s season.
Trader Joe’s Belgian supplier takes cacao beans especially suited to their proprietary process and turns them into what some are calling “the fourth chocolate”—though it hasn’t yet been officially recognized as such. Of course, Ruby Cacao has a red-pink hue; a romantic, dusty-rose color, one might say. And this color is a natural result of the production process. There is no color added. The flavor has a fruity, berry-like quality, with subtle, tangy notes—all delivered in a smooth, creamy texture.
Trader Joe’s is selling Ruby Cacao as Wafers—small, circular pieces that are curved on top and flat on the bottom, like the sliced-off top of a sphere. This makes them ideal for eating by the handful. And while they’re not recommended for baking, these Wafers melt well for use as a fondue, or for making pink-tinged treats out of dipped Trader Joe’s Honey Wheat Pretzel Sticks.