Lagusta’s wide variety of organic vegan truffles have always been a favorite of mine. Sadly, they were only produced in limited batches at select times of the year. But as word got around about how fabulous (and affordable!) these chocolates were, Lagusta began producing regularly! Later she was inspired to come out with a whole new line of confections … Bluestocking Bonbons.
Now the truffles are back to being seasonal treat, but Lagusta’s Luscious Bluestocking Bonbons have joined her growing collection of year round treats.
Tasting Notes for Lagusta’s Luscious Bluestocking Bonbons
The Bluestocking Bonbons are organic, handmade, exotic, and incredibly satisfying. Anyone looking for a truly enriching chocolate experience, vegan or not, need not look any further than Lagusta’s Luscious. Honestly, I’m not sure how she dreams up these flavor combinations and somehow gets them to work harmoniously. Even the nostalgic peanut butter cups and peppermint patties have a grown-up, rustic appeal and lack that over-sugared aftertaste.
Also worth mentioning, these are insanely gift worthy. Note the adorable origami-style boxes adorned with detailed writing and sealed with a tasteful Lagusta’s Luscious stamp.
But enough about the packaging, let’s discuss those chocolates, shall we …
These are a sweet, savory, and salty delight. Definitely intended for a more mature palate, someone who savors dark chocolate, loves the contrast of sea salt crystals, and the complexity of peppercorns. I have a newfound love of salted chocolate and was smitten by these raging delights.
Neatly arranged with three per paper cup, these elongated mini mountains were sweet, soft, and a touch crumbly. Words like addictive, enticing, gritty, romantic and spicy were first to come to mind as I savored the flavor. The first taste was sweet, but some spice crept in, gradually rising to a peppery heat. It wasn’t overpowering, but the spice was definitely there.
Though I thought it was chilis in these chocolates, it was actually Maui vanilla beans and Mexican cinnamon. The complexity of this bonbon made it my favorite.
Selma’s Peppermint Patties
Cutting into the Peppermint Patty, I was expecting a cream. But I was pleasantly greeted with a true “peppermint patty” interior with an all-natural touch.
The mint and chocolate strike the perfect balance in these after-dinner treats. The mint is cool and refreshing, while the dark chocolate is warm and comforting. So many peppermint treats have an overwhelming mint bite, but these are delicate and delicious.
Pauline Benjamin’s PB Cups
These are are truly artisanal peanut butter cups.
The thick dark chocolate enrobes a rustic peanut butter center. The center is made with organic peanuts, evaporated cane juice sugar, organic vanilla, organic coconut milk, and sea salt. I also loved how they come in three sizes within each box, so that you can pick the right size for your appetite.
Those of you who are watching your pennies will be happy to know that the boxes of bonbons range from just $12 to $15 and most contain 12 good-sized chocolates. Trust me, when you pair quality with price, these are pretty well the best value chocolates and truffles on the market.
The Facts on Lagusta’s Luscious Bluestocking Bonbons
Certifications: Lagusta’s Luscious Bluestocking Bonbons don’t appear to have any certifications though the website says they are vegan and organic.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Lagusta’s Luscious Bluestocking Bonbons are dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, soy-free, vegan / plant-based, vegetarian. Some varieties are nut-free and peanut-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 Lagusta’s Luscious website at lagustasluscious.com.