Chocolate-Covered Cocomels Coconut Milk Caramels

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Product by:
JJs Sweets
Version:
Espresso, Vanilla, Sea Salt
Price:
$1.75 per 1-ounce 2-pack

Reviewed by:
Rating:
5
On March 18, 2015
Last modified:April 22, 2016

Summary:

It was a strong like, not a love when I tasted the Vanilla Chocolate-Covered Cocomels, which had more ever-present coconut notes and somehow a slight fruity essence. And I'm admittedly not much of a coffee fanatic. But JJ won me over when I sunk my teeth into that tender, chewy Sea Salt version. That touch of ocean goodness escalated the key caramel flavors, allowing the high notes to assert themselves with delicious decadence while melding beautifully with the semi-sweet chocolate robe.

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.

Chocolate-Covered Cocomels Coconut Milk Caramels - Dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan chewy caramels with a semi-sweet chocolate robe (Sea Salt, Vanilla and Espresso Flavors)

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.

Chocolate-Covered Cocomels Coconut Milk Caramels - Dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan chewy caramels with a semi-sweet chocolate robe (Sea Salt, Vanilla and Espresso Flavors)

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!).

Chocolate-Covered Cocomels Coconut Milk Caramels - Dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan chewy caramels with a semi-sweet chocolate robe (Sea Salt, Vanilla and Espresso Flavors)

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.

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.

3 Comments

  1. Stephanie Jensen on

    I tried the vanilla one just now. A friend gave them to me for Christmas. They are good. The company does have a good website. According to the FAQ’s on the website, they are certified Kosher, some of them DE. They do follow a strict cleaning protocol in between to minimize the cross contamination. They are in the process of obtaining the gluten free certification, which is why it isn’t there yet.

  2. Hi,
    Do you know where to buy charm school chocolate in vanilla bean white chocolate,coconut milk chocolate and vanilla bean white with caramelised rice crisps?
    Also wheeler’s vegan world famous hot fudge, vegan hot fudge by coop’s microcreamery, natural chocolate spreads by endangered species chocolate, white chocolate bar by organica,premium chocolatiers no whey bar and choco no no’s.
    I live in Sydney NSW of Australia!
    Thanks
    Jade

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