First there was dark chocolate, then there was really good dark chocolate, and along came the “milk” chocolate and white chocolate, followed closely by the truffles. At this point, I thought we had seen it all in the dairy-free and vegan world, but the confection opportunities seem endless for Chocolatiers who continue to push the envelope with delicious new creations. My latest find: Chocolate Inspirations …
Naked Caramel Cups – Hmm, I’m not sure this would classify as a caramel, but oh-my-goodness was it addictive and delicious. As someone who likes their sugar hits in close to pure form (I’ll pass on the cake, but can I try a bit of that frosting?), I actually preferred this confection to a traditional caramel. It was softer, and in fact it only had a very slight chews … Read the full review
But oh there is so much more …
Caramel Candy Bar – This is basically a thick block of candy bar-sized caramel enrobed in a blanket of dark chocolate. The shape is beautiful and so much more refined than your average candy bar, but the taste … very much like a 100 Grand Bar, but without the crispies … Read the full review
English Toffee – How about a thin toffee enrobed in two thick layers of chocolate and sprinkled with crushed nuts. I loved the way the sweet toffee all but vanished into the chocolate to create a new sweet seamless confection that was truly addictive, sweet, and indulgent … Read the review for all of the vegan toffees
Cinnamon Peanut Brittle – This is a relatively thin brittle with whole peanut chunks throughout. I loved the cinnamon spike, which added warm notes to this fairly traditional candy, and even mellowed the sweetness a bit … Read the review for all of the vegan brittles
Cashew Brittle (pictured above) – Taking the indulgence factor up a notch, this brittle had a dark chocolate coating. I think the cashews were more my thing than the peanuts – sweeter, mellower, softer – so this brittle was my top choice … Read the review for all of the vegan brittles
Granola Bark – At first site I thought “what is this monster?” and even after several bites the only answer I could come up with was “delicious.” Jam packed with so many wonderful flavors, it is hard to describe this breakfast inspired dessert … Read the full review
Gourmet Pretzel Bites – Crunchy, addictive, sugar-coated morsels of goodness – Yep, that about sums up the various flavors of Gourmet Pretzel Bites from Chocolate Inspirations. Little half inch salted, pretzel balls (not a typical shape you would find in stores) are coated with sweetness, flavors and spices for a sweet and salty crunchy treat … Read the full review
My favorite, hands down, was the granola bark. Honestly, every last treat was delicious, but the bark seriously wowed this sugar-toothed, whole-grain loving foodie. In fact, I am still bitter that my father devoured every last crumb!
To check out the dairy-free offerings from Chocolate Inspirations, see the vegan product listings on their site. But milk allergic consumers be aware, this is a traditional chocolatier, so there is potential for cross-contamination with milk chocolate products in production.