Before Christmas I was privileged to sample a wonderful selection of Sjaak’s vegan, organic, fair trade (whew!) chocolates. As you can see, they have an incredible selection of bars, and even vegan boxed chocolates. Though I was a bit slow in writing about their newest addition, Tub Bites.
These bite sized treats are about the size of miniature Reeses Peanut Butter Cups, but far richer. They are available in four flavors, but we still have to coax Sjaak’s chocolatier to make the green tea flavor in a dairy-free version. In the mean time, I suppose we will be ever so grateful that three varieties are in fact dairy-free and vegan:
The chocolate was a relatively mild dark, slightly richer in this combination than a semi-sweet, but with a sweet fruity finish. The center was mild, somewhat reminiscent of a peanut butter cup but a bit drier, and with a much lighter almond taste. My only complaint was that the very mild almond filling gets lost a bit among the bolder chocolate flavor. A very tasty combo overall, but I would love for the almond filling to take its turn in the spotlight.
This is simply a good rich, insanely dense chunk of dark chocolate. Not much more needs to be said … there were certainly no complaints from us!
I am an almond butter fanatic all the way, but there is something magical about peanut butter and chocolate. The peanut butter is just so much bolder that it was able to hold its own with the dark chocolate. Complimentary, yet each asserting its presence. I think the almond butter in this blend was just a bit too timid for my taste buds, so I would select this good old PB & C.
These Tub Bites are insanely gift-worthy, but if you are like me and just love smaller guilty pleasures, these are a wonderfully inexpensive treat that can be purchased online from www.Sjaaks.com.
The Facts on Sjaak’s Bites
Certifications: Sjaak’s Bites are Certified Vegan, Certified Organic, and Fairtrade.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Sjaak’s Bites are dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, soy-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 Sjaak’s website at sjaaks.com.