Monday, December 21, 2015

My Favorite (Chocolate) Things to Get & Gift

It's been a busy holiday month for me thus far, but I wanted to check in with just a few of my favorite things to get and gift. Spoiler: they're all chocolate-related.

First off: these incomparable rainbow cookies from Sweet Maresa. I've made rainbow cookies myself and bought every vegan variety I've come across, but Sweet Maresa's* version is the most exquisite and authentic offering out there. Seriously, it's not even Christmas yet and it's the best thing I've eaten for the holidays all year; I cannot adequately explain how delectable they are. Available seasonally for various holidays, you can buy them online; you can find them at Vegan Shop-Ups; and, they may still have them at the Bryant Park Winter Village if you're lucky!


Next up, dark chocolate covered cocomels. Caramels are fine, but I don't pay them any attention unless they're chocolate-covered. Enter JJ's Sweets.* Where to begin with these rich, decadent morsels? Actually, my childhood: when the caramel was my favorite selection from the little, heart, Valentine's chocolate box. Fast forward a lot of years- including 16 as a vegan, and these fulfill all of those dreams in a developed-palate manner suitable for my adult tastebuds. They come in four varieties, but sea salt is my personal favorite. If you get your hands on them, don't be fooled; they are small, but mighty.


I would be remiss not to acknowledge the drama surrounding Mast Bros of late, particularly because they bear the responsibility of having numbed me to the now requisite $10 chocolate bar price tag. But Mast Brother's* chocolate is not my current fave. Instead, I am still as obsessed as I was earlier in the year with the impressively un-pretensious (and all vegan) Charm School Chocolate*, which comes in at well under $10/bar for what I consider to be a far superior product. Creamier, tastier, with more and better topping options that are applied much more liberally, Charm School has my vote for the foreseeable future far and above any other chocolates I've tried.


Lastly, a non-edible chocolate. Now, you may be thinking non-edible chocolate is an oxymoron. But, The Fanciful Fox's seasonal Gelt hand-crafted bar soap with organic fair trade cocoa is too luxurious to pass up for simply not being edible. What with its golden, shimmery nod to the traditional gold foil-wrapped chocolate coins given out on Hanukkah, these bars make a charming gift and deserve a round of applause for both their interpretation and execution of a holiday tradition.


* on the Food Empowerment Project's chocolate list.

9 comments:

  1. I have 3 of the 4. Must find the missing piece.

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    1. Too bad we weren't exchanging gifts...

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  2. I've never heard of rainbow cookies or Mast brothers - clearly I've been hiding under a rock for however long. I'd have a lot of the former and not very much of the latter and call that a win!

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    1. I'm so glad I can spread good cheer and increased calorie counts!

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  3. I've never tried Italian Wedding Cookies but every time I see pictures of these I know that I need to get my hands on them. I also have to try to find the Charm School Chocolate with the peanut butter toffee - that sounds like perfection!

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    1. Italian Wedding Cookies are hilarious because everyone thinks they're something else! I grew up thinking they were those nut balls coated in powder sugar? Honestly, I've tried almost everything from Charm School (not the spicy one) and have been floored by it all!

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  4. The rainbow cookies look adorable and tasty! I love the chocolate covered cocomels. Yes, yes, yes!

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  5. oh man. I need to see if bryant park still has the rainbow cookies!! need them in my life again!!

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  6. Wow! Coconut Milk Chocolate! Great idea. Hope it catches on.

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