May 31, 2024

Review: Trader Joe's - Portuguese Egg Tarts

A box of Trader Joe's Portuguese Egg Tarts.

Trader Joe's Portuguese Egg Tarts are a frozen dessert option that you can heat in the oven or air fryer. Each tart features an individual-sized puff-pastry crust filled with custard.

A 7.05-oz box contains four tarts and costs $2.99.

While I've tried Hong Kong-style egg tarts and Macau-style egg tarts (which is a variation of a Portuguese egg tart), I've never tried (or seen) Portuguese egg tarts before.

Trader Joe's Portuguese Egg Tarts next to a quarter.

There were heating instructions on the box for the microwave, air fryer, and conventional oven. I went with the air fryer, which called for 12 minutes at 350F. I erred on the side of caution and set it for 9 minutes but you can see it burnt quite a bit on top. Fortunately, despite the charred appearance, it didn't taste burnt. Still, I would check on these often the first time you make them for the best results.

The crust was a bit dry from being overcooked but was wonderfully flaky and crispy with multiple layers.

Side view of Trader Joe's Portuguese Egg Tarts.

The custard was lightly set when warm and firmer when chilled. It was smooth with a sweet and creamy eggy flavor accented with a bit of cinnamon. The hint of cinnamon was new to me in an egg tart but in a good way. Compared to a Hong Kong or Macau egg tart (the main difference between the two is the Hong Kong version is more eggy whereas the Macau version is creamier and come carmelized on top), it was sweeter but very similar.

Cross-section of Trader Joe's Portuguese Egg Tart.

All in all, Trader Joe's Portuguese Egg Tarts turned out really well despite my burning them a little. They're easy to prepare and convenient as you can just pop one in the air fryer for a quick snackable dessert.

Nutritional Info - Trader Joe's Portuguese Egg Tarts
Serving Size - 4 tarts (200g)
Calories - 540
Fat - 22g (Saturated Fat - 16g)
Sodium - 970mg
Carbs - 35g (Sugar - 7g)
Protein - 28g

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