Chocolate Inspirations Vegan Peanut Butter Pillows (better than Butterfinger!) and More …

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On February 22, 2012
Last modified:September 14, 2016

Summary:

No more missing out on sweet caramels and brittles for us dairy-free folk! This little company, Chocolate Inspirations, is bringing us all of the sweet rich goodies and is doing it so well. We especially loved their indulgent (and addictive) brittles and can't wait to try some more of their candy bars.

Chocolate Inspirations (review) - decadent dairy-free vegan chocolates and confections!

When many people convert to dairy-free living, concerns of consuming chocolate immediately pop up. But for me, all thoughts went to brown sugary confections like caramel. Traditional caramel recipes include butter, cream, and/or evaporated / condensed milk.

I eventually overcame my cravings, but the memories of those sweet, chewy confections have returned, thanks to Chocolate Inspirations. I have had some vegan caramel in candy bars like those from Go Max Go, and in a variety of delicious dairy-free truffles, but this was the first time I had tasted caramel, plain and simple, vegan-style.

This little candy company keeps churning out new vegan offerings. The latest includes these Peanut Butter Pillows, which I truly loved:

Chocolate Inspirations Vegan & Dairy-Free Confections

This is the first vegan version of Butterfinger candy bars that I’ve trialed, and I was impressed! Though slightly denser and a little less sweet, they had a flaky Butterfinger vibe that I think I liked better than the original! I can definitely imagine crumbling this atop some dairy-free ice cream. I only received a very small sampling, so I haven’t had the chance to trial that out yet!

Other new products from Chocolate Inspirations that were enjoyed include:

Chocolate Inspirations Vegan & Dairy-Free Confections

Gourmet Caramel Corn 

  

Chocolate Inspirations Vegan & Dairy-Free Confections

Hot Chocolate Cups

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Caramel Candy Bar – This is basically a thick block of candy bar-sized caramel enrobed in a blanket of dark chocolate. The shape is beautiful and so much more refined than your average candy bar, but the taste … very much like a 100 Grand Bar, but without the crispies. The flavor and texture blend is simple, yet perfect. I don’t think you could find a better chocolate-caramel bar, vegan or not.

Note: I had some lighting issues with the photo below. In real life, the caramel filling looks like the caramel cups above.

Chocolate Inspirations Vegan Caramel Bar

An added bonus: The creaminess of the caramel from Chocolate Inspirations actually comes from a nut-coconut milk combination. They are not completely soy-free (they do contain soy lecithin), but they are “soy low” for those who are not bothered by lecithin or trace amounts.

Cinnamon Peanut Brittle – This is a relatively thin brittle with whole peanut chunks throughout. I loved the cinnamon spike, which added warm notes to this fairly traditional candy, and even mellowed the sweetness a bit. This is an excellent option for those who don’t like overly sugary candy.

Cashew Brittle – Taking the indulgence factor up a notch, this brittle had a dark chocolate coating. I think the cashews were more my thing than the peanuts – sweeter, mellower, softer – so this brittle was my top choice. The brittle itself had a nice sweetness that wasn’t too sugary; a perfect complement to the chocolate layer.

Chocolate Inspirations Vegan Toffee and Brittle

English Toffee – How about a thin toffee enrobed in two thick layers of chocolate and sprinkled with crushed nuts. I loved the way the sweet toffee all but vanished into the chocolate to create a new sweet seamless confection that was truly addictive, sweet, and indulgent.

Chocolate Inspirations Vegan Toffee and Brittle

Coffee Toffee – This toffee seemed thinner overall, but had same delicious texture and taste as the English Toffee – the toffee literally melting and softening into the chocolate. The only difference that I detected was a slightly notable espresso taste; definitely the icing on the cake for coffee lovers.

Cinnamon Toffee with Almonds – This very unique combination has a thick brittle-like toffee layer that bursts with cinnamon, and is enrobed in chocolate dotted with big sugar crystals. There is a dusting of crushed nuts, but no almond chunks that I found. Though I was a bit disappointed at first in the lack of almonds, I ended up loving this over-the-top indulgence. Perfect for those ultimate chocolate and sugar cravings.

 

The Facts on Chocolate Inspirations

Certifications: Chocolate Inspirations is Non-GMO – it’s unclear if they’re Verified.

Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Chocolate Inspirations is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, vegan / plant-based, vegetarian. Some varieties are nut-free and peanut-free.. Nonetheless, always read the ingredient statement and 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 Chocolate Inspirations website at www.chocolateinspirations.com.

 

This is a third party review and article by Alisa Fleming, founder of GoDairyFree.org and author of the best-selling book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa is also a freelance writer for several publications and a recipe creator for the natural food industry with an emphasis on dairy-free living and other special diets.

About Author

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Senior Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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