Self-proclaimed as “little chocolate miracles” Baba Joon’s Chocolate Chewies are indeed a unique delight.
These simple treats are made with just powdered sugar, egg whites, cocoa, gluten-free vanilla extract, salt, and a smattering of wholesome add-ins, depending on the flavor (i.e. – walnuts in the Walnut variety). It’s hard not to love an ingredient label that is so straight forward! And yes, this is a great way to naturally enjoy chocolate without the need for dairy or soy.
We had the opportunity to sample 5 of the Baba Joon’s Chocolate Chewies flavors; all were crackly on the outside, but very soft and chewy on the inside. I would label them as fun to eat, with a handmade appeal (each one was slightly different in size and shape). Note that they are made in a gluten-free facility, but there is no mention of dairy in the facility (they do note tree nuts, peanuts, and egg whites on the label).
I started with the Orange Almond (pictured both above and below), which had a wonderfully pure orange essence with a strong nutty flavor and texture on a hot cocoa-like backdrop.
The Apricot variety was quite different from the others – it was actually a dried apricot surrounded by chocolate chewie goodness. It was very soft and tender, just a wee bit chewy, very low in calories (just 36 per cookie), and like a hot cocoa covered apricot in flavor. It wasn’t my cup of tea, but could be a hit for those who love chocolate-covered apricots.
The Walnut Baba Joon’s Chocolate Chewies turned out to be my favorite. Each bite contained nice nutty nuances without being overly assertive on the walnut side. The outer shell is thicker, crustier, and a little more cocoa-y than some of the others with an almost gooey little center.
Like chocolate macaroons, the Coconut was more tender, sweet and rich in sweet chocolate flavor than the others. Very tasty!
The Coconut Almond was not as sweet as the Coconut, and had a thicker more crackly shell. The almond added an almost savory nutty vibe that contrasted the hot cocoa finish and more subtle coconut flavors in the very soft and flavorful center.
There are more flavors of Baba Joon’s Chocolate Chewies – the Mexicali (with cinnamon, chili, and cayenne) and Ginger Almond have this spice lover’s intrigue.
I did have some problems with the packaging. They came in little bags of 3, and most were not sealed properly and were either popped open on arrival, or opened when I moved them. It looks as though they have larger packaging online that is substantially more sturdy and with more chocolate miracles per box. I recommend buying those larger sizes instead.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Baba Joon’s Chocolate Chewies are dairy-free / non-dairy, gluten-free, grain-free, soy-free, and vegetarian. Nonetheless, check with the company on their manufacturing processes for all varieties if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. Processes and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company / product.
For More Product Information: Visit the Baba Joon’s website at www.chocolatechewies.com.