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.
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.
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.
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.