I actually grew up with a love for carob, but a dislike of chocolate. Odd, I know. While chocolate has gradually become a dessert staple in my diet, there is still a special place in my heart for those elusive carob sweets. Difficult to find dairy-free, I was excited when I spotted Missy J’s Carob Confections at Expo West in the spring.
The first thing I spotted was Miss J’s Truffley Treats. These bite-sized carob confections come three to a pack, and equate to a full candy bar in both size and satisfaction. Unlike chocolate, there is no caffeine, and the vegan versions of these carob confections are also free of refined sugars and dairy. But keep in mind, these are carob not chocolate – it is a completely different, yet in my opinion equally amazing, taste experience.
Sadly, I only had little samples to savor, but the ones I did trial were nothing short of scrumptious:
Peanut Butter Crisp Truffley Treats – The rich peanut butter melded SO well in these sweet carob confections. The smooth and milky centers were dotted with just a smattering of rice crisps for textural interest. with the carob which was broken up only by a smattering of rice crisps.
Mint, Lime & Sea Salt Truffley Treats – Holy peppermint oil! The flavors in these carob confections were extremely bold. I love mint, but admit that this was a little too much for my taste buds. But if you love truly intense natural mint and are intrigued by the addition of lime, this one’s for you.
Coconut, Almond & Sea Salt Truffley Treats – Back in the world of mellowness, I thought this flavor was pretty darn amazing. The taste was simple and clean, with touches of coconut and almond throughout and nary a hint of sea salt, which seemed to brighten the wonderful overall sweetness rather than assert itself.
I’ll certainly share more in this review once I get my hands on some more of the vegan carob confections from Missy J’s! Note that Missy J’s does make “gluten-free” varieties that contain dairy. Stick with the ones labeled as “vegan” for no dairy.
Certifications: I didn’t spot any certifications on the packaging, but they do state “No GMOs” and “vegan” on the vegan carob confections.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, select Missy J’s carob confections are dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, vegan, and vegetarian. Nonetheless, 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 Missy J’s carob confections website at www.ohyesyoucandy.com.