Dear Coco Dairy-Free Toffee Chocolate Bars

Savannah, Barcelona, Shanghai
$7.50 / 3.5-ounce bar

Reviewed by:
On November 17, 2013
Last modified:April 22, 2016


The tradition of chocolate bark meets dairy-free artisan in these unique, flavorful, and rich chocolate delights. The hand-poured, smooth dark chocolate is topped with a range of deeply spiced dairy-free toffees, nuts, and sea salt.

You may recall my prior review on the decadent truffles from Dear Coco. I couldn’t get enough of the beautiful, hand-crafted presentation and unique flavors. But pastry chef and founder of Dear Coco, Rachelle Dalva Ferneau, was not content with just one amazing line of non-dairy chocolate bliss. Enter her newest creation: Toffee Chocolate Bars.

Dear Coco Toffee Chocolate Bars - Dairy-Free and Vegan

Available in eight internationally-inspired varieties, each is a hand-poured Belgian dark chocolate bar, dotted with a range of vegan toffees, nuts and seeds, for a rather upscale take on chocolate bark. They are smooth and scored on one side, but all bark on the other.

Dear Coco Toffee Chocolate Bars - Dairy-Free and Vegan

To date, I’ve sampled the following flavors:

Shanghai Toffee Chocolate Bars

Reaching for the brilliant-red packaging first, we were a bit surprised with the flavor sophistication of the Shangai Bar. The chocolate is a mellow dark (perhaps 60 or 65%?), but the toffee was rich with deep Chinese 5 spice, which complimented the roasted sesame seeds nicely. It was a bit too intense and “grown-up” for Tony. At first bite I agreed, but as the flavors unfolded, my taste buds were intrigued and kept clamoring for “just one more taste”.

Savannah Toffee Chocolate Bars

This was second in line, and perhaps my favorite. Though all three bars state that they are spiked with sea salt, it seemed more ever-present in the Savannah bar. The pie spiced toffee was still quite deep in flavor, but it was a touch lighter than the spice in the Shanghai bar, and married delightfully with the sweet and salty combination of dark chocolate, pecans and sea salt.

Barcelona Toffee Chocolate Bars

Going for simplicity, the Barcelona bar lacks the spices, but is loaded with roasted almonds, toffee, chocolate and a whisper of sea salt. This seemed to be the most “everyone-friendly,” with a lighter, sweeter overall taste, and gentle sliced almonds. It’s still what I would call an “adult” treat, but most good artisan chocolate lean toward mature palates.

Dear Coco Toffee Chocolate Bars - Dairy-Free and Vegan - Chocolate Side

Dietary Notes: By ingredients, these toffee chocolate bars are Vegan, Vegetarian, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, and Gluten-Free. 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.

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Dear Coco Toffee Chocolate Bars - Dairy-Free and Vegan

About Author

Alisa is the founder of, 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.