When I was younger, I used to spend a week at the coast every January with my family and three grandparents. Well, by “coast” I mean cabins a fifteen-minute drive from the beach, but I figure that if you can smell salt in the air occasionally, then you can say you’re at the coast.
The cabin resort we stayed at was populated by wild kangaroos and a myriad native birds, including King Parrots, Crimson Rosellas, Lorikeets, Sulphur Crested Cockatoos, tiny little flitting palm-sized winged creatures, and… ducks. Which probably weren’t native, but were definitely greedy little blighters anyway.
Lookee me go! I actually remember this photo being taken. There was a fourth bird on the cabin roof that clearly wanted some seed action too, so I was keeping a careful eye on it…
One day I might tell you the story of how I single-handedly tamed the entire population of birds at Mandeni, but for now I’ll leave you with one simple fact:
Of the multi-ingredient seed mix with which I single-handedly tamed and fed the entire population of birds at Mandeni, the sunflower seeds were always the first to be eaten. No matter what kind of bird was perched on my hand, it would always dig through the mix in search of sunflower seeds.
And now I understand why.
Trader Joe’s Chocolate Sunflower Seed Drops
Subtitled “Candy Coated Chocolate Covered Sunflower Seeds”, these quarter-of-my-pinky-nail-sized tiny chocolate sunflower seeds could also go by the name of “Mmmmm. MmmmMMMM. MMMM”, or perhaps “Please, sir, can I have some more?”
I can’t really do a detailed review of these delicious morsels in the usual Wayfaring Chocolate style, as there wasn’t enough chocolate involved for me to be able to chart its flavour progression. (The chocolate was more of a petticoat between the candy shell and sunflower seed.)
What I can describe is this: when a multitude of these chocolate sunflower seed drops make their way into your unsuspecting mouth of hopefulness*, you’ll first taste sweetness, then a deep, almost earthy quality that you’ll soon recognise as the nutty savouriness of sunflower seeds, then a milky, creamy chocolate lightness that brings everything together into a scrumptious whole that is more than the sum of its parts.
I simply. absolutely. truly. love these. In fact, I love these candy coated chocolate covered sunflower seeds enough to have played around with punctuation in the previous sentence, mere days after I ranted about incorrect apostrophe usage. I love these Trader Joe’s treats with their blend of roasted, nutty, sweet, crunchy, silky, buttery, chocolate-y, snack-like, treat-like, naughty-but-nice flavours so much that it almost makes me cry to know that nothing similar exists in Australia, and that there’s no way I can recreate these in my own kitchen.
Unless I melted together some chocolate, sunflower seeds, and demerara sugar? Maybe that would taste the same?
No, probably not.
* Don’t you have a Mouth of Hopefulness? You should. They make everything tastier.