Dear Coco Artisan Dairy-Free Chocolates

Salts of the Earth Tiles
$15.50 per box

Reviewed by:
On November 5, 2014
Last modified:February 6, 2017


This salted chocolate lover would be hard-pressed to give a bad review to just about any dairy-free dark dotted with sodium crystals. That said, this really is an amazing collection and a true tasting experience to be savored. The rich semi-sweet dark is highlighted with an array of high quality salts, ranging from a potent punch to a rich, deep flavor influence.

I’ve previously sung the praises of Dear Coco’s amazing trufflestoffee chocolate bars, and more recently, their hot chocolate spoons, but why would such a fabulous chocolatier stop there? Dear Coco is expanding into other types of artisan dairy-free chocolates, including new Salts of the Earth Tiles.

Dear Coco Artisan Dairy-Free Chocolates: Salts of the Earth Tile Collection

Honestly, they couldn’t have picked a better person to rave aboutreview these square slabs of artisan dairy-free chocolates. I love, love, love (did I say love?) salted chocolate! About a year ago it became my obsession to find the perfect salted dark chocolate. Some have come close, but Dear Coco may take the prize.

Tasting Notes for Dear Coco

The collection includes 15 thick pieces – 5 of each flavor – in a beautiful, gift-worthy box. Each of the varieties look similar, with smatterings of coarse salts on top, but all have a unique flavor profile. In the end, the full tasting experience was beyond impressive.

Black, Pacific Northwest Smoked Sea Salt

First of all, amazing depth of flavor. Sea salt bites that are more rich than sodium, each little speck to be savored as a standout on the chocolate.

Grey, French Sel Gris de Guerande

Smooth, subtle, calm almost a cooling salt.

White, Sicilian Trapani Sea Salt

This flavor packed a pure sodium punch. Although it nicely contrasted to what tastes more like semi-sweet chocolate with this salt.

Pink, Himalayan Mountains Pink Salt

More sparsely distributed, but bigger chunks for intermittent bites of pure semi-sweet chocolate and crunchy chocolate enrobed salt – talk about a salty sneaker punch!

Red, Hawaiian Alaea Sea Salt

This variety had unique, earthy, warming little salt crystals interspersed. These added notable flavor without being over the top.

Dear Coco Artisan Dairy-Free Chocolates: Salts of the Earth Tile Collection

The Facts on Dear Coco Artisan Dairy-Free Chocolates

Certifications: Dear Coco Artisan Dairy-Free Chocolates are Certified Kosher Pareve. They are also labeled as gluten-free and vegan, but we did not note those certifications.

Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Dear Coco Artisan Dairy-Free Chocolates are dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, peanut-free, vegan / plant-based, and vegetarian. 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.

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About Author

Alisa is the founder of, 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.