Thursday, June 2, 2011

Review: Chocolate Inspirations

English Toffee via website

Chocolate Inspirations, Inc. was kind enough to send me a wonderful sample pack of their vegan confections last fall. Now that I'm on a roll with posting more regularly I thought it was about time to pull this one from the vault! Though it has been some time since my tasting I took notes regarding my thoughts. Overall these were a little sweet for me. I am so used to using things like coconut crystals and dates that sweets loaded with cane sugar are not as thrilling as they used to be. But for those who regularly use sugar you might be interested in their variety of vegan options.

Cashew Brittle: Toffee-caramel taste with a semi-sweet chocolate coating, and a crunchy-chewy texture. This is not as crisp as the brittle I grew up with, but that is not necessarily a bad thing.

Caramel Latte Pretzel Bites: These were very sugary-sweet, not much more to the flavor than that. The pretzel seemed stale. I noticed this to be the case with most of the pretzel bites. I know that due to weather it took a bit to get the package and this may have been the issue. I didn't notice a lot of difference in flavors between the pretzel bites. All featured a sweet coating and pretzel.

*Caramel Cup: Sweetly satisfying :) One of the best things I tasted from the selection! A thin chocolate layer on the top and bottom of a chunk of caramel. The caramel had a fudgy texture which I found very satisfying!

English Toffee: A tasty, soft-textured toffee.

Coconut Brittle: Chocolate covered crisp brittle with a hint of toasted coconut. Not certain if the coconut was toasted, but it tasted like it.

*Granola Bark: Very tasty! Mixed with dried fruit and topped with a layer of chocolate. The texture was somewhere between a granola bar and a no-bake cookie, quite nice!

Cinnamon Toast English Toffee: Good taste and was exactly what I expected from the title: loads of cinnamon and sugar flavor accompanied by a crisp, caramelly flavored toffee covered in chocolate.

Granola Bark w/chocolate via website

This link will take you directly to the vegan selection: link.


Rose said...

Like you, I'm not into really sweet things and candies, etc... but these flavors and combos sound intriguing. Thanks for the review. :)

Anonymous said...

Unlike you and Rose, I AM into sweet things! Hence the fact that I mustn't eat anything like this for a long time! But caramel cups! Mmmmm.... They have often been my downfall and these sound particularly scrumptious! Off to drink some cold water! :)


Cassie - Veganfox said...

Actually I still have a weakness for sweet things, just not the overly sweet. Coconut sugar has been an amazing discovery, especially for cookie making! It actually blends like cane sugar and it doesn't cause such a spike in the blood sugar. After eating heavily sugared things that others prepare I always feel a little irritable or blah...

Current sweet weakness: carob cookies from VCIYCJ and chocolatey raw sweets. We make cocoa date-nut balls weekly ;)

Vegan Flower said...

I've never heard of this company before, so thanks for the review! The caramel cup sounds especially good.

Cassie - Veganfox said...

Molly - You're welcome! Thanks for reading it :) It was one of my favorites!

Amber @ Zombie Cats Eating Plants said...

that all sounds amazing! i love toffee, but havent had it in forever, im gonna have to order something. thanks for sharing. :)

Alessandra said...

I like sweet things. but I guess my sense of sweet is different from Americans or British.... I mean... it is less sweet. Or so i believe :-), maybe I just have sweet things but in ver small portions!


Cassie - Veganfox said...

Amber ~ Let me know what you think if you try it!

Alessandra ~ I'd love to try your kinda sweet treats!