You might recall our full review of the four flavors of Cocomels Coconut Milk Caramels. Well, those Chocolate-Covered Caramels I mentioned in that post have finally landed and of course, we had to taste all three varieties.
We started with the Vanilla Chocolate-Covered Cocomels, as this appeared to be the baseline flavor. Sold two per package, each square and perfectly chewy caramel was cloaked in a robe of semi-sweet chocolate (I would hesitate to call it dark as the packaging implies) that was not too thin and not too thick. The caramel had definite notes of coconut that seemed to overpower the vanilla a bit, and there were almost fruity undertones when the chocolate met the caramel on my taste buds. It was an overall sweet and tasty experience, but somehow lacked the “wow” factor for us.
Almost in an effort to get it over with (I’m not a coffee fan at all!), we moved on to the Espresso next. I think java lovers will enjoy the pure taste and mocha-like vibe, but it wasn’t my cup of tea (bad pun totally intended).
But then there were the Sea Salt Chocolate-Covered Cocomels. Oh my heavens! Hands down my favorite flavor of the lot, the salt just takes the richness and caramel flavor up a notch, overriding the coconut and tying everything together. These are the dairy-free caramels I’ve been waiting for! But a warning: while the caramels themselves are a magical symphony of flavors, the crystals sprinkled on top of these chocolate-covered Cocomels do pack a salty punch! (not pictured, sorry, I ate them before the camera came out again!).
Certifications: Chocolate-Covered Cocomels are Certified Organic. They are labeled as gluten-free and vegan, but we did not note certifications for these.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Chocolate-Covered Cocomels are dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, peanut-free, tree nut-free, vegan, and vegetarian. Note that though the Cocomels themselves are soy-free, but they do use a chocolate that contains soy lecithin for the Chocolate-Covered Cocomels. 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 Cocomels and JJs Sweets website at www.jjssweets.com.