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02/21/2013

Coracao Confections is raw, ethical, and delicious!  »

Coracao Confections is a raw, mostly vegan (there’s one truffle with bee pollen) chocolate company. It’s on the FEP recommend list so we can enjoy it in ethical peace! Moreover, Coracao says all of the chocolates “are made with the purest ingredients, including raw cacao, which is full of antioxidants, minerals, vitamins, and those “happy brain” chemicals that we so love.” That’s my kind of science! Sarah reviewed these a while ago but I wanted to try them for myself because everyone should try all vegan chocolate all the time!

Coracao sent me a bunch of free stuff to try. Coracao chocolate is rich but not very sweet. In a word: delicious. I want more! No really, I’ve been craving it since the first bite. But because I am so nice, I brought the chocolates to work to share with everyone. Everybody loved them! I think it made up for some of the other wacky vegan things I make them try. Silly omnis, always hating vegan stuff. Not this time!

Here is a lovely box of chocolates they sent. The almond heart is the cutest! So of course I gave it to the baddass rock n’ roll biker who occasionally freelances in my office (being on staff is NOT rock n’ roll!). He enjoyed it. What’s cuter than a biker with a chocolate heart? Not much.

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Here’s the inside of the hazelnut mousse truffle:

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My favorite thing in the mix was the caramel cup.

Here are the butterscotch cookie-dough macaroons. I tried one and it was good but coconut isn’t my favorite. Macaroon fans at work liked them though. My Creative Director also really enjoyed the package design—and he has high standards in design.

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Coracao also sent me these chocolate bars:

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The caramel bar was great and everybody liked it. Someone noted that the caramel had a bit of a grainy texture, but they liked it. I thought it was very yummy. I wasn’t that into the lime caramel bar; it was REALLY lime-y. But my taste-testers definitely liked it. One said it had a key-lime pie flavor. So if you like chocolate and key-lime pie, this is for you.

But my most favorite thing was the almond butter bar! Here’s an inside shot:

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It’s yummy! It has a high chocolate-to-filling ratio. The filling is my favorite part but it’s good chocolate so that’s OK too. When you bite in, the bittersweet chocolate shell exterior snaps and gives way to the delicious almond butter filling. I totally can’t get it out of my head! I seriously just ordered two bars (and a peppermint patty!) because writing this post was making me miss it. Sigh. Until we meet again, Rawmond Butter Bar!

12/05/2012

Hail Merry macaroons are hella cheap right now on Vegan Cuts, assuming you want a whole lot of them. A long time ago I told you how obsessed I am with these delicious confections, and like with all good celebrity relationships, time has not weakened my passion.
Here’s what you can do with the 10 bags you get for $30 (free shipping!) with this deal: Stocking stuffers for all seven dwarves, Snow White, the witch, AND the huntsman. Party favors for your softball team. Hella-easy potluck contribution. Eat them all yourself.
[Note:/ Though it might seem like we’re shilling for Vegan Cuts these days, we’re not, they’re just kicking ass with the goodies. We always let you know when we get free stuff.]

Hail Merry macaroons are hella cheap right now on Vegan Cuts, assuming you want a whole lot of them. A long time ago I told you how obsessed I am with these delicious confections, and like with all good celebrity relationships, time has not weakened my passion.

Here’s what you can do with the 10 bags you get for $30 (free shipping!) with this deal: Stocking stuffers for all seven dwarves, Snow White, the witch, AND the huntsman. Party favors for your softball team. Hella-easy potluck contribution. Eat them all yourself.

[Note:/ Though it might seem like we’re shilling for Vegan Cuts these days, we’re not, they’re just kicking ass with the goodies. We always let you know when we get free stuff.]

12/29/2011

Chocolate Bottom Macaroon Cookies from Isa Chandra over at Post Punk Kitchen! I was just discussing macaroons with a friend the other day because macarons came up and I was lamenting the similar sounding names. Macaroons and macarons are totally different. Macaroons are the coconut clustery ones and macarons are those French meringue sandwich cookie things. They are nothing alike but they basically have the same name! CONFUSING!
I think instead of “macarons,” they should be called “technicolored mini-hamburger cookies.” I think the French will really like that. 

Chocolate Bottom Macaroon Cookies from Isa Chandra over at Post Punk Kitchen! I was just discussing macaroons with a friend the other day because macarons came up and I was lamenting the similar sounding names. Macaroons and macarons are totally different. Macaroons are the coconut clustery ones and macarons are those French meringue sandwich cookie things. They are nothing alike but they basically have the same name! CONFUSING!

I think instead of “macarons,” they should be called “technicolored mini-hamburger cookies.” I think the French will really like that. 

07/25/2011

Go buy Hail Merry macaroons right now  »


Holy coconut, vegans! I just* tried the best cookies ever. These raw, vegan, gluten-free macaroons are like little kisses from an angel. I took more samples than was dignified, and if they’d been for sale at VegFest Colorado, where I tried them, I would have taken home a whole case and eaten them until I puked.

Somehow these morsels defy the laws of physics, because the vanilla ones are even better than the chocolate ones, which are a bit drier—I suspect that’s due to the cocoa powder. Overall, both kinds taste rich and creamy without being overly sweet. 

Hail Merry is based in Dallas but they sell their orgasms in a bag around the country, mostly at Whole Foods. Click here to see if they’re near you.

The company also gave me a sample of their raw granola. It’s nutty, sweet, and a little bit chewy. The texture reminds me of Kashi GoLean but better-tasting, more like the crumbles on a coffee cake. In conclusion, YUM.

*i.e., less than a month ago. 

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