Have you heard the news? Free2b Chocolate Cups are now dairy-free! Yes, all of them, SunButter, Caramel, and Mint, are now top allergen free.
I haven’t gotten my hands on the Mint Cups or Caramel Cups just yet. But Free2b sent me a big Halloween bag filled with singles of the Dark Chocolate and Chocolate Sun Cups to trial. Lucky for us, we haven’t had a trick-or-treater in years, because I don’t think our supply will last until Halloween! Tony has been chipping away at them daily, which is quite surprising, since he doesn’t like sunflower seed butter.
Tasting Notes for Free2b Chocolate Cups
To date, we’ve trialed the following Free2b Chocolate Cups:
You could call this the “Milk” Chocolate variety, but Free2b simply calls this Sun Cups version Chocolate. The outer shall has a smooth, sweet, milky flavor that beckons to beloved candy bar coatings. The inside isn’t really comparable to a peanut butter cup, but has its own sweet seedy charms. It’s quite soft, perfectly sweet, and indulgent. If you like sunflower seed butter, I’m pretty sure you will love these. But even if you don’t, they might win you over. As mentioned, Tony liked these and he doesn’t typically enjoy chocolate desserts that use Sun Butter.
To note, we both thought these were less sweet than traditional peanut butter cups, and indeed, they have 25% less sugar than Reese’s. In our opinion, that extra sugar is unwarranted as we thought these Free2b Chocolate Cups were very well balanced.
These have the same soft, creamy sunflower seed filling as the Chocolate but with a notably bittersweet thick chocolate coating. I would call these the “grown-up” Sun Cups. Tony liked both, and was hard-pressed to choose a favorite. I really liked how the distinctive deep chocolate coating and sweeter filling played off of one another, and could really detect contrasting bursts of sea salt in this flavor. I would probably reach for these when I was craving something that tasted less sweet and a little more complex. However, the Chocolate Sun Cups would be my go-to for a straight-up dessert hit.
And did you notice that I said “tasted less sweet”? Interestingly enough both the Chocolate and Dark Chocolate have 6 grams of sugar per chocolate cup. So you need not feel guilty if your sweet tooth craves the milkier chocolate.
The Facts on Free2b Chocolate Cups
Please Note: Free2b states that their facility is free of peanuts, tree nuts, gluten, soy, egg, sesame, corn, coconut, mustard, fish and shellfish. However, they still have a disclaimer up that it isn’t yet free of dairy (they do follow allergen protocols). I’m not sure if it will fully transition to a dairy-free facility. Also, there may be inventory out there of Free2b Chocolate Cups using the old formulas. Be sure to check the packaging and make sure the one you plan to enjoy is dairy-free and safe for your needs.
Certifications: Free2b Chocolate Cups are Certified Kosher Pareve, Certified Gluten Free, Non-GMO Verified, and Rain Forest Alliance Certified.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Free2b Chocolate Cups are dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan, and vegetarian. Nonetheless, read the label and check with the company on their manufacturing processes before consumption 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 Free2b website at www.free2bfoods.com.