Grocer’s Daughter Dairy-Free Chocolates

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The Grocer’s Daughter is a small chocolatier in Michigan with a conscience for customers who eat dairy-free. When not on hiatus (they do shut down certain times of year), they ship all types of chocolates, including many non-dairy selections. Grocer’s Daughter Dairy-Free Chocolates include bars, bark and usually at least a couple of truffles.

The Wally Bar was one of my first tastes of Grocer’s Daughter Dairy-Free Chocolates. It was a truly indulgent yet seemingly health-worthy bar with a “Godiva meets granola” vibe.  From the top, alluring dark chocolate is meticulously scored, but on the flip side a surprise awaits.  Whole almonds, dried cherries, cashews, and other high quality trail mix items add a level of complexity to this bar that I never would have imagined.

Wally BarEach chocolate chunk had its own unique flavor.  First a chocolate covered cherry, then the crunch of a salty-sweet sesame stick, and finally an entire almond sweetened with pure maple syrup and half-coated in rich dark chocolate.  The sesame sticks were an especially neat surprise. They reminded me of my former favorite chocolate-covered pretzels, but with a grown-up flavor twist.

After nibbling on numerous Wally Bar squares, I began thinking, “this is just what good dark chocolate tastes like.” And once I finally convinced myself that the antioxidants in the chocolate and the protein and fiber in the trail mix made this more of a nutritional snack than a dessert (it was a tough sell), I polished off the entire bar.  Two big thumbs up!

Grocer's Daughter Dairy-Free Chocolates - unique chocolate bars, bark and truffles

I also had the opportunity to trial some Grocer’s Daughter Dairy-Free Truffles.

Dairy-Free Dark Chocolate BonbonsI’d never met a fruit-inspired truffle that I truly adored, until I discovered the Grocer’s Daughter Dairy-Free Apricot Truffle. Mere words cannot describe this out of body indulgence. The deep apricot center is smoothed with the perfect blend of organic sugar, chocolate, and just a hint of chardonnay. It wasn’t the typical booze overload used by many chocolatiers, but rather a gentle persuasion. The filling flavor perfectly complimented the dark chocolate surroundings. The texture is very creamy with just a touch of a jelly feel from the fruit.  The grown-up elegance of this rich chocolate is nothing short of divine.

I expected the Almond Truffle to have an ordinary nut butter or marzipan-like filling. But to my pleasant surprise, it was a pure chocolate experience.  In this truffle, almond butter (with tidbits of almonds) is blended with smooth dark chocolate to create a more fudge-like center with just a hint of sweet almond flavor. It was so rich and intense that just one truffle tamed my afternoon chocolate craving.  Strict vegans should take note that this truffle does contain a touch of honey.

Grocer's Daughter Dairy-Free Chocolates - unique chocolate bars, bark and truffles

The Facts on Grocer’s Daughter Dairy-Free Chocolates

Certifications: Grocer’s Daughter Dairy-Free Chocolates do not appear to have any certifications.

Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Grocer’s Daughter Dairy-Free Chocolates are dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, peanut-free, vegan / plant-based, vegetarian. Some varieties are gluten-free and nut-free. Nonetheless, always read the ingredient statement and 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 Grocers Daughter website at grocersdaughter.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.

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