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Trader Joe's Expands Its Gnocchi Offerings With Decadent "Chocolate Lava Gnocchi"

So, does this count as dinner or dessert?
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Has Trader Joe's finally gone too far?

As spotted by Trader Joe's List, the insanely popular, eagle-eyed Instagram fan account, everyone's favorite grocery chain has officially released its latest holiday innovation: Chocolate Lava Gnocchi.

Complete with a "molten chocolate core" inside each piece of gooey potato, this pasta rings in at 300 calories per serving, or 780 calories a bag—which, given the level of decadence, is a fair trade. Still, there's one question up in the air: What meal is this stuff, really?

"This was originally designed to be dessert, but I think that there are some people who might make a dinner out of it," Lori Latta, VP of product innovation at Trader Joe's, said on an episode of the Insider Trader Joe's podcast. "They're really easy to prepare because you just put them in a sauté pan with a little bit of ghee or butter and brown them. I think it takes no more than the cauliflower gnocchi, so six to seven minutes."

You don't need us to tell you that TJ's cauliflower gnocchi is universally loved—but the jury's still out on this version.

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The Chocolate Lava Gnocchi isn't the only potential food confusion available at the grocer. Chicken Mochi Balls also debuted recently, combining the chewy exterior of mochi balls with an interior of chicken, rather than the traditional ice-cream-like filler. There's also the Blood Orange Chocolate Chip Ricotta Cheese (a concoction that sounds like they pulled random words out of a hat) and Chocolate Hummus, which has famously received polarizing reviews since it popped up in stores earlier this year and has even caused some fans to steer clear of this latest chocolaty offering.

"I'm traumatized after the chocolate hummus," one Trader Joe's fan wrote on Reddit, "so this is a pass."

"I'm scared but intrigued at the same time," said another Reddit user.

But not everyone is quite so apprehensive. As Hannah Godwin, of Bachelor in Paradise fame, commented on Trader Joe's List's post: "Chocolate gnosh yum!"

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