Aug 2, 2012

Vegan Chocolate Decadence - A Creamy Review

As I've noticed, and I hope you've noticed, vegan does not mean bland anymore! It doesn't mean dry grains and mountains of vegetables.

Nope. It means chocolate.

Chocolate Decadence is a vegan chocolate company that makes a wide variety of chocolate bars, holiday chocolates (think vegan chocolate Christmas trees and Easter Bunnies - yay!), truffles, chocolate/peanut butter balls, and buttons.

I got the opportunity to review a few of their vegan chocolates and I couldn't tell that they were vegan! They were just as sweet and smooth and chocolaty and creamy as any other high quality chocolate - there's obviously no need for the dairy!

Since I like have lots of stuff in my chocolate, since my taste buds are commitment phobic and can't settle on one flavor at a time, it was easy to determine a favorite : their chocolate covered almond clusters!


They're vegan, gluten-free (aka: Celiac-friendly!) and 63% cacao. After oven-roasting the almonds, they hand-dip them in chocolate, as is common in European chocolaterias, to ensure best coating and so the chocolate stays smooth and creamy, not chalky like low quality chocolate can sometimes be.


A nice and short ingredient list with just the essentials - no extra fillers to drag it down. They come in little bags of two servings (whoops, I ate them both at once) and I was pleasantly surprised to find that they really were almond clusters, not just chocolate covered almonds, as is often the case.
Like with my granola, I like my chocolate clusters to be in big clusters. :)



The chocolate is super smooth and sweet and delicious!

I really enjoyed these.

My second favorite of their treats was their mint buttons.


A lot of people seem to think sugar and oil aren't vegan - false.


And guess what? Decadence can be vegan, too. Lifestyle choice shouldn't be an excuse for restriction.


They remind me of larger, smushed chocolate chips, only way creamier and yummier. I ate them with bread, in a delicious mint chip sandwich.


They're also super creamy, the perfect amount of sweet, and they put Andes mints to shame!

But let's not forget the espresso buttons - they were my third favorite, but only because the other two were that amazing.


Because these? Despite (or because of) their simple, vegan ingredients...


...were creamy, chocolate 'n coffee deliciousness. :)


It's been scorching in NYC, so some of the buttons got stuck together - but they're still delicious.


In typical me fashion, eaten with beans and a P28 flatbread. Also in typical me fashion, I forgot to take a picture until I was halfway done (this time I ate in two plates, though, so it still looks good - yay!).

BUT WAIT - I almost forgot to share a really exciting find!


Normally, I'm not a big fan of plain chocolate - even plain dark chocolate. It needs extra flavors, extra textures, or (at the very least) extra essences just to keep my attention.


So a simple chocolate bar with just those few ingredients? I wasn't expecting much. Especially, using my faulty logic, considering that a non-vegan plain chocolate bar can't keep me hooked.


Well, this vegan one did!


The excitement started with the shape of the bar - though there are two servings in a bar, so it's not technically meant to be eaten at once (reality, on the other hand, can look quite different) the shape and the way that it's wrapped just made me have such a Willy Wonka moment. The bar was just begging to be unwrapped from the top and chomped on, Charlie from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory style. That certainly added a whole new dimension of fun to this chocolate experience!


But the chocolate bar did the rest. It was so creamy, so rich (not bitter, sweet - but not cloyingly so) and the decadent way that it coated my teeth as I bit into it had me sighing with delight.

Thank God my roommates weren't in, I'm pretty sure they think I'm crazy enough as is. What with the mumbling to myself that I do when I'm learning lines for auditions.

Somehow, through all of that fabulousness, the indulgent chocolate flavor really shines - I liked this more than even most German chocolates (guys, that's saying something). Pair with a tall glass of chilled almond milk for a delightful vegan afternoon treat.

Or any time of the day, actually.

Don't forget to enter my virgin coconut oil giveaway!

Have you ever had vegan chocolate?


Which version of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory did you like better? While people tend to stick by the originals, this is (again) a case where I choose the prettier movie - and the newer version, starring Johnny Depp, has such amazing set design!


Do you prefer chocolate clusters, truffles, bars, or buttons?

38 comments:

  1. Oh boy thanks for making me crave chocolate when I have none on me haha! These all look so good and I love the ingredient list of vegan chocolate- so minimal! Glad to know that it doesn't skimp on taste! Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory is one of my all-time favorite films..I am partial to the original one! It's one of those films that I can watch repeatedly!

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    1. I just love how imaginative those films are! :)

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  2. oh, i love chocolate...
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    Seriously, you have such a lovely lovely blog (I'm following you!)

    Can't wait to see more posts in the future.

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  5. I love chocolate but never tried vegan one)

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    1. Do it NOW - seriously. You can thank me later :)

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  7. Oh my goodness, these look amazing! Great post!

    xx

    Carol-Anne

    http://www.thestylishstudent.com

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    1. Thank you! They taste even better than they look :)

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  8. these look so delicious! i love chocolate so much. feeling envious ;)

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  9. Um. YUM! I, too, prefer my clusters big. ;) However I am quite the sucker for mint chocolate...I'm not even a "chocolate person" usually but this is making me a bit crazy.

    Although, to be honest, I really just want some P28 Flatbread. I'm OBSESSED with their bread and bagels...

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    1. I wasn't, either, but I think my tastebuds have changed and now I am? Because I've been choco-crazy all summer! And yes, P28 is just brilliant too :)

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  10. mmmm chocolate + mint = my favourite combo <333 YUMMY
    xx

    xoxo Bree
    The Urban Umbrella

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  11. My mom will love these chocolates. Thank you for sharing, I'm following you now ;)

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  12. I love vegan chocolate... and i'm not even vegan. :) Often I find vegan treats to be better than the "real" thing. Maybe because you have to put more thought to how they are made?

    Love the P28, btw. :)

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    1. Agreed about vegan treats! And they rarely cause upset stomach when you have too much :P

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  13. gene wilder is a genius, so, hard to ever compete with that. his wonka is unsurpassed.

    i could never go vegan, but, vegan chocolate from time to time could be a delicious treat!

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    1. I don't think you need to go vegan to enjoy vegan chocolate!

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  14. I love vegan chocolate--so much richer and tastier than regular chocolate! I really love the Alter Eco brand because of their interesting flavor combos and the fact that they're fair trade too. Mint chocolate and coffee chocolate are definitely my favorite combos though!

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  15. Oh my goodness...I LOVE vegan chocolate. I need try this asap! I have the biggest chocolate craving now...haha. But, let's be honest, I'm always craving chocolate. (:

    And I'm with you! I actually prefer the new Willy Wonka film. It's so colorful and exciting!

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  16. Dying to get my hands on these chocolates, they look delicious :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  17. The mint buttons look so good! That chocolate really does look decadent!

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  19. wow.....chocolate!!!! My favorite. I definitely need to try..every single one:P!!

    EDGYMIX New Post-Argentina

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  20. Those look AMAZING!! And I like the old movie better :)

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  23. I LOVE Chocolate Decadence! The only one I've tried is the mint because I'm so addicted to it! It's probably the best chocolate I've ever had, besides Chocolove.

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    1. Chocolove is yummy too, but I actually prefer Chocolate Decadence :)

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