Wednesday, February 26, 2014


Remember when I said that I’d order a few edibles on my wish list this winter, while the weather permits it? The first things I got were chocolates from Nicobella Organics: vegan truffles and peanut butter squares. Nicobella is a company that specializes in vegan, organic (and fair trade Theo chocolate) confections which are low in fat and sugar. These chocolates are dairy-free, egg-free, soy-free and now gluten-free, but they do contain nuts and peanuts.

The peanut butter squares are covered in dark (60%) chocolate. They contain few ingredients: the insides are just organic peanuts and organic molasses, while the chocolate is organic cocoa, organic cocoa butter and organic cane sugar, and the squares are topped with Himalayan sea salt. Sadly, I found the peanut butter a bit bland and dry, with the consistency of halva (as opposed to the creamy consistency promised), but the chocolate and the salt really added to the taste. The Engineer said he found the squares really good!

The truffles always contain cocoa mousse (with coconut milk and oil instead of cream) with some kind of flavoring, sweetened with agave nectar or brown rice syrup, all covered in dark (70%) chocolate. They have interesting flavors: walnut flaxseed crunch (which was alright, but I’m not big on nuts in chocolate in the first place), sunflower banana butter (not too sweet, and with a barely-there banana taste), pumpkin chai (more subtle than expected, perhaps because it really is chai and not pumpkin pie spice), blueberry almond (the blueberry hits a bit late and I think the almond is only a sliver as a topping; I love this one!), ginger green tea (*so* subtle, it’s awesome!), and pure cocoa bliss (not bitter at all; I love this one also). They are all made with natural ingredients and should be consumed within two weeks, or refrigerated for up to two months.

All in all, the last three truffles mentioned were my favorites of the bunch, so I’d definitely consider getting those again.

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