I recently discovered that Snakaroons now come in a plethora of flavors, and simply had to sample a few. Okay, several.
Growing up, I loved macaroons. They were actually sold with the bulk cookies at our local grocer, and my mom would let me get one on nearly every trip. Perhaps that is how my love for grocery shopping began. But as I grew older, I forgot about this wonderful treat. So I was delighted when Snakaroons from Laughing Giraffe Organics came onto my radar. They bear somewhat of a resemblance to classic macaroons, but are heartier, healthier and a little less sweet.
When I first tried the Vanilla Snakaroons many years ago, they came in a sheet format. They were fun to pull apart and looked like lovely ice cream scoop shapes. They’re now packaged as singles in a pouch, which isn’t as much of a novelty, but it is more convenient. At last count, they had nine varieties, and we sampled six of them.
These cute espresso cups (which I use for snacks!) and serving board are by Revol Porcelaine, and from their Color Lab selection.
Tasting Notes for Laughing Giraffe Organics Snakaroons
My previous review of just the Vanilla Snakaroons used words like “sticky” and “chewy”. However, it seems they’ve changed the formula. The ones we sampled today were a little dry compared to a typical macaroon and threatened to crumble with ease. I wouldn’t say they were any less tasty for it, but different. The coconut shreds also seemed larger and more dominant than I had expected. As for the flavors, they each have their own unique charms.
The big shards created a bold, pure coconut flavor that seemed to overpower any vanilla that might have been lurking within. In fact, these haystack cookies didn’t shout vanilla in any way, but they are certainly a good baseline coconut macaroon.
I liked that these were more tender than the Vanilla. Plus, the underlying earthy notes and mellow bursts of goji combined for a pure berry vibe with subtle allure.
Though they have a stunning light green hue from the addition of organic green tea, the matcha didn’t assert itself as I expected. They tasted very “honey” to me, but with an intriguing complexity that I truly enjoyed.
Though the fruity notes aren’t overpowering, the underlying flavor tastes wonderfully like real banana, not over-done banana flavoring. They were good on their own, but I really wanted to dunk these in chocolate, too!
This is the ONE! So warm and so decadent, this flavor had a sweet maple-y depth complimented by just the right amount of sea salt. Oddly, the Caramel has a higher ratio of coconut ingredients than any of the other flavors, yet it tasted the least “coconut” of the bunch.
Chocolate macaroons wouldn’t usually be high on my craving list, but the Aztec had some intrigue. When I first bit in, I was a little disappointed. Pure, slightly sweet cocoa blanketed the coconut shards – it was good, but nothing special. But then the spice began to emerge. It wasn’t hot, but warming and potent. Overall, it was definitely enjoyed, but I’d still love a touch more salt to give the cocoa itself just a little more punch.
To note, the ingredients in Snakaroons are simple, pure, and satisfying. A two macaroon serving has just 7 to 8 grams of sugars and 120 to 140 calories, but I found them quite fulfilling. Laughing Giraffe Organics uses “natural” sweeteners like agave nectar, coconut syrup, and coconut sugar, and they seem to avoid added flavors and preservatives of any kind.
The Facts on Laughing Giraffe Organics Snakaroons
Certifications: Snakaroons are Certified Kosher Parve, Certified Organic, Certified Gluten Free and Non-GMO Verified.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Snakaroons are dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan / plant-based, and vegetarian. Select varieties are made without nuts. 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 Laughing Giraffe website at www.thelaughinggiraffe.com.
Snack meets dessert
If you aren’t a fan of coconut, then move on to another review. But if macaroons are your thing, I think you’ll love these. They bridge the snack and dessert categories beautifully with wholesome ingredients that combine for a just-sweet-enough treat. I couldn’t get enough of the warm, sweet flavor in the Salted Caramel. The other varieties that we trialed (see our tasting notes at left) all tied for second place. Each had its own unique allure, but we thought they were equally delicious. The one complaint was that these once sticky stacks are now just a touch dry and crumbly.