Dear Coco Artisan Dairy-Free Chocolates

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Version:
Salts of the Earth Tiles
Price:
$15.50 per box

Reviewed by:
Rating:
5
On November 5, 2014
Last modified:April 22, 2016

Summary:

This salted chocolate lover would be hard-pressed to give a bad review to just about any dairy-free dark dotted with sodium crystals. That said, this really is an amazing collection and a true tasting experience to be savored. The rich semi-sweet dark is highlighted with an array of high quality salts, ranging from a potent punch to a rich, deep flavor influence.

I’ve previously sung the praises of Dear Coco’s amazing trufflestoffee chocolate bars, and more recently, their hot chocolate spoons, but why would such a fabulous chocolatier stop there? Dear Coco is expanding into other types of artisan dairy-free chocolates, including new Salts of the Earth Tiles.

Dear Coco Artisan Dairy-Free Chocolates: Salts of the Earth Tile Collection

Honestly, they couldn’t have picked a better person to rave aboutreview these square slabs of artisan dairy-free chocolates. I love, love, love (did I say love?) salted chocolate! About a year ago it became my obsession to find the perfect salted dark chocolate. Some have come close, but Dear Coco may take the prize.

The collection includes 15 thick pieces – 5 of each flavor – in a beautiful, gift-worthy box. Though the varieties look similar, with smatterings of coarse salts on top, I was impressed by the full tasting experience:

  • Black, Pacific Northwest Smoked Sea Salt – AMAZING depth of flavor. Sea salt bites that are more rich than sodium, each little speck to be savored as a standout on the chocolate.
  • Grey, French Sel Gris de Guerande – Smooth, subtle, calm almost a cooling salt.
  • White, Sicilian Trapani Sea Salt – A pure sodium punch, but nicely contrasting to what tastes more like semi-sweet chocolate with this salt.
  • Pink, Himalayan Mountains Pink Salt – More sparsely distributed, but bigger chunks for intermittent bites of pure semi-sweet chocolate and crunchy chocolate enrobed salt – talk about a salty sneaker punch!
  • Red, Hawaiian Alaea Sea Salt – Unique, earthy, warming little salt crystals interspersed and adding notable flavor without being over the top.

Dear Coco Artisan Dairy-Free Chocolates: Salts of the Earth Tile Collection

Certifications: Dear Coco Artisan Dairy-Free Chocolates are Certified Kosher Pareve. They are also labeled as gluten-free and vegan, but we did not note those certifications.

Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Dear Coco Artisan Dairy-Free Chocolates are dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, peanut-free, vegan / plant-based, and vegetarian. However, always read the label and check with the company on their manufacturing processes for all varieties if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. Also, processes and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company / product.

For More Product Information: Visit the Dear Coco website at www.dearcoco.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.