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