Cocomels Coconut Milk Caramels by JJs Sweets

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Product by:
JJs Sweets
Version:
Original, Vanilla, Sea Salt, Java
Price:
$3.99 / 1.5-ounce package, $7.99 / 3.75-ounce package

Reviewed by:
Rating:
5
On December 19, 2013
Last modified:March 18, 2015

Summary:

Luxurious, soft, chewy caramels without a drop of dairy. We each had a favorite: my husband enjoyed the pure caramel vibe of the Original, my niece predictably loved the Vanilla, and I proclaimed the Sea Salt to be the best caramel I'd ever tasted.

Cocomels just came onto my radar, but I simply had to squeeze in a review of them before the holidays wrapped up. Unbelievably luxurious, it’s nearly impossible to believe that these sweet caramels are made without a drop of dairy.

Cocomels Coconut Milk Caramels

We sampled all four “base” flavors that are currently available (apparently there are also chocolate-covered Cocomels, but I haven’t got my little mitts on those yet): Original, Vanilla, Sea Salt, and Java. All have that amazing caramel texture – soft enough to melt in your mouth if you could simply resist the deliciously sticky chew. As for the flavors, we each had our own tasting notes…

I tasted them in order of escalating flavor intensity. The Original had definite hints of coconut cream that I could detect, but a wonderfully mellow overall taste that could rival any artisan caramel. The Vanilla had a well-rounded flavor profile, offering a more cohesive indulgence and even masking those traces of coconut. The Sea Salt took Cocomels to a new “OMG – this is the most amazing caramel I’ve ever tasted!” level. The pinches of salt heightened the overall sweetness while providing a hint of contrast – easily the most flavorful of the bunch.

Cocomels Dairy-Free Coconut Milk Caramels

Our youthful taster wouldn’t touch the Sea Salt (her loss, my gain!), but proclaimed the Vanilla her hands down favorite from among the other three. That said, she really liked the Original, and couldn’t detect the coconut notes that I did. In fact, when she discovered the ingredients (after noshing her way through three Cocomels), she stressfully proclaimed, “What?! This is coconut?!

Tony happily sampled several of the flavors, giving them his standard “they’re good” review. He is definitely a man of few words when it comes to inhaling food. His favorite was the Original, due to its simplicity, but he was happy to devour any Cocomels flavor that I put in front of him.

Unfortunately, the Java didn’t win any top votes in the end – I’m not a coffee fan and both Kylie and Tony stated that the espresso and caramel flavors just didn’t meld well. That said, Tony was still happy to polish off those leftovers.

If you can find Cocomels locally, go now and get some to stuff those stockings! If not, you can order these delicious Coconut Milk Caramels online and enjoy them as a post-holiday or anytime treat.

Cocomels Dairy-Free Coconut Milk Caramels

Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Cocomels are dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, peanut-free, soy-free, tree nut-free, vegan, 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 Cocomels and JJs Sweets website at http://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.

6 Comments

  1. Stephanie Jensen on

    I think that the “facility” and “may contain” warnings are frustrating. I think that manufacturers are frustrated with the warnings and also in avoiding cross-contamination. When I looked at their website, it says that they have a strict cleaning protocol. Hmmm. It seems that some research needs to be done on how to really avoid the cross-contamination, so that the manufacturers can really know what to do to be helpful. This one does seem well meaning.

    • Hi Stephanie, there are strict allergen cleaning protocol that are standard among manufacturers. Like many consumers, I used to falsely believe that there was this black and white “safe” allergen capability in manufacturing. That is until I heard one of the pillars of allergen-safe manufacturing speak and say “there is no such thing as allergen-free”. He clarified that the idea that a food could be free of every last trace of an allergen all the time simply isn’t possible in our manufacturing world today. It’s all about making it as minimal as possible and batch testing. This is why it is the labeling that is the problem, not the processes. Putting labels of “may contain” actually creates confusion for consumers. Those who have issues with trace amounts of an allergen should always contact the manufacturer to discuss processes as any food could contain trace amounts – it’s more about their level of testing and scrutiny. This is something that can’t easily fit onto a label!

      • Stephanie Jensen on

        Thanks. My husband is with me on the ambiguity of the labels. It frustrates us. We don’t know what is safe or not. I don’t know how much I can really take. I don’t want to feel yucky even if my allergy isn’t life threatening. Some people say that they never have allergic reactions from products with these warnings, but I am hearing other stories.

        It is usually the bigger labels and certain companies that will include a statement about testing. Sometimes the size of the facility and how big the batches might also make a difference.

  2. Andrew Poltzer on

    My son had an allergic reaction to the Cocomel sea salt caramels due to dairy. The package states: processed in a facility .Upon calling and taking to customer service I was told that the company that supplies the chocolate processes on equiptment,. This explains the allergic reaction. We do not use products that are processed on dairy lines as it is not safe. Cocomels allergy statement is not honest. That is like saying we do not use dairy in our product but our suppliers do !!!

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