Friday, May 3, 2013

Vermont Nut Free Chocolates Review

I recently got some really nice chocolate goodies from a company called Vermont Nut Free Chocolates. They were very nice and generous to have sent me a good variety of different things to try and I have to admit that the Truffles were the first to go within 2 days. Granted there were just 6 pieces, so that means that we each had 3 pieces each. I think the first day I just had one but the 2nd day I ate 2 and I have no idea how Mike ate his 3 pieces but his was gone at the same time as mine, so that should give you a pretty good idea!
Here is what we got to review:
**6 Piece Assortment of Truffles (above)
**Bag of White & Milk Chocolate Covered Pretzels
**One Milk Chocolate Bar
**One Dark Chocolate Bar
**One Crispy Chocolate Bar
**One Chocolate Chip Tanabar (Granola Bar)
**One Triple Berry Tanabar (Granola Bar)
**Sweet Raisin Tanabar (Granola Bar)
Of course, I let the cat out of the bag at the top when I said the Assorted Chocolates were gone pretty quick.  It was an assortment of caramels, dark chocolate, I think one tasted a little bit like raspberries and at least one had nuts in it and you can tell which one, the one on the first row on the left side. I liked the ones that I chose which were the one with nuts, one with caramel and one with chocolate on the inside also. 
I think Mike got the caramels, raspberries and one had an apricot like taste to it. We found nothing that we did not like in this 6 piece assortment so that was good. Usually Mike will find something to complain about, he was pretty happy with what he got.
We'll start with the Crispy Bar since that is the one that Mike ate before I even knew what was going on! I went to get a small bite and all I found was the empty wrapper! I just about killed him!! I told him that how in the heck am I gonna describe what it tastes like if I don't get to eat any?
Well, he finally opened his hand and there was a tiny piece left, so I got that and if I am not mistaken because it was so small, I think it tastes like a crispy cereal bar with chocolate, which is good. We love the bar similar to the holiday candies that come out with crispy Santas or crispy bunnies, etc. And for Mike to eat the whole darn candy bar means alot, because he is really picky about his candy! If you like the crunchy crispy rice like candies, then this will be the one for you.
We both liked the Milk Chocolate Bar. This time I made him cut it in half so I got a decent share and we both loved this bar. We are Milk Chocolate fans at heart and I will try other kinds of chocolates but Mike won't. If it's not Milk Chocolate, then he doesn't want it. I like that they had it marked off, pretty much like most chocolate bars do so that they are easy to break if you need to.
So, if Milk Chocolate is your thing, which I think pretty much most people are, you will love Vermont's Milk Chocolate Bar. They are all 1.5 ounces which is a pretty good size for a bar. I also have to say I like that they pretty much kept everything simple and plain instead of spending alot of money on decorating up their candy boxes or bars, etc. I would rather just have awesome candy then a fancy package and Vermont Nut Free Chocolates passed with flying colors.
Now, Mike would not touch this Dark Chocolate bar, so I had it all to myself. It's very good and is very thick and creamy as it is melting in your mouth but then I got my diagnosis of Acute Gastritis so I did not get to eat all of it. I have to avoid caffeine, acids, chocolate! yes, chocolate, especially dark because of the caffeine that is in chocolates along with coffee and tea.
Now, I did get my best friend and neighbor to come over and I gave her pretty much all of it except for one of the sized pieces that they divide the bars up so that it's easy for you to break it at certain points. She loves dark chocolate so I knew she would be the perfect person who would give it to me honest and she said it truly was awesome so I am glad that worked out pretty good in the end! Just had to use come creative thinking.
Now, here again was one of Mike's and my favorites, Chocolate Covered Pretzels in White Chocolate and Milk Chocolate. It has that sweet but salty taste because the pretzels have salt on them and they did not use the Salt Free Pretzels. I got to try the White Chocolate and left the Milk Chocolate mostly for Mike.
Because of the stomach issue but more for the fact that he isn't that crazy about White but he will eat it if there is nothing else left but that. So, I saved the Milk Chocolate ones for him and besides, by this time, I was getting what they use to call "Water Logged" but instead I was getting "Chocolate Logged"! I can only eat so much then I have to take a break. I get heartburn from too much candy and had to back off for a little while. But I can tell you that Mike really enjoyed his chocolate pretzels!
That man sure can eat and I mean seriously eat. Within 2 hours he is ready for a snack after eating a good sized meal. I just shake my head and don't say much because I have already talked til I am blue in the face about eating so much sweet or what I consider dessert foods. He has a tendency to go from sweet to hot or sour like if he ate something chocolate then he wants chips & salsa! He's one strange puppy!
I am on my own with granola bars as Mike won't touch them with a 10 foot pole! I told him these Tanabar's are actually quite good and have alot of protein and other nutrients in them that he would benefit from like they have rolled oats in them, which is something he won't touch.
I did get him to taste a small pinch of the Sweet Raisin because just recently I have gotten him to try some Oatmeal Cookies and he has grown to love them so I told him that the Sweet Raisin was similar to that and he did take a small bite and said it was okay but he would still stick to chocolate. I thought the Sweet Raisin was awesome and if you like Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, then you will be thrilled with these!
The Chocolate Chip was even better. I really love the taste of chocolate mixed in with the rolled oats and whatever else that is in there. I tried reading the ingredients but it looks like they give you the general ingredients for all three bars so it's just guesswork at this point. But, they taste so good, who really cares?  I can tell you that they are loaded with protein and fiber along with being low in Cholesterol, which makes them a pretty good snack to keep around.
This is what they look like without the wrappers on them. The last bar was the Triple Berry bar and it has elderberry and blueberry juices in it along with grape juice and citric acids. Because of all of these juice like ingredients that have acids in them, I let my friend have this one but the last thing I need right now is a flare up of the Gastritis and the Chronic Bladder Pain (which is brought on by drinking or eating products with acids in them). I really do have a bland eating diet and at times I just want to scream.
I was talking to my Aunt last night because we were suppose to drive up to West Virginia for the Russian Orthodox Easter (they have different dates for all the holidays pretty much) which is May 5th but with my back hurting and several other things going on I told her I just didn't think I could take the 13 to 14 hour drive. She knows about most of my eating restrictions but when I told her the new ones because of the Gastritis, she was very concerned.
She said what can you eat?  I told her basically I eat crackers and Cheerios most days and that way when I do get something yummy in the mail, I can splurge.  She told me something I didn't know, and that was that my Grandma, her mother, could only eat crackers for a long time. She said they would buy cases of crackers for her.  I thought, how odd? I wonder if my Grandmother had some of the issues that I am having because the doctor's say that most of this is hereditary and no one can figure out which side it came from.
Anyway, back to Vermont Nut Free Chocolates, they have alot more products than just the few I got to review, so go over and see all the wonderful things that they have to offer.  I found two items that I know we would love to get sometime and that is the Toffee Crunch Bark (toffee is my #1 favorite chocolate item) and the Peppermint Bark which is one of Mike's favorites. I know one that Mike would have a fit over and that is the Caramels and the Crispy Cups that come in the boxed assortments. Those are the Crispy Cups below. Don't they look scrumptious?
Here's a little history on Vermont Nut Free Chocolates:
Vermont Nut Free Chocolate Company was founded by the mother of a little boy with a peanut allergy. Our entire selection is completely safe for those with any tree nut or peanut allergy but can also be enjoyed by anyone who loves fine chocolates. We are committed to providing you with quality chocolates that are safe for those with any nut or peanut allergy.  
Our gourmet chocolate truffles, fruit creams, mint creams, caramels, raisin clusters, chocolate bars and novelty items are made in small batches the old fashioned way from the finest nut free ingredients.

All of our centers are hand made from scratch in our own nut free facility and then individually dipped into premium chocolate before being hand packed and shipped fresh to you.

For the convenience of those who are concerned about other food allergies, we would be pleased to provide a complete list of ingredients used in production upon request. Please note that we do make some products that contain eggs and/or dairy products in our facility on shared production equipment. 
Vermont Nut Free Chocolates has complete wholesale programs available for retailers. We also offer wedding, Christening and other special events favor packages with or without personalized packaging. Please contact us regarding your special event and let us help you to make it even more special.
Connect with Vermont Nut Free Candy several ways:

Mailing Address:
10 Island Circle
Grand Isle, VT 05458
Phone:     1-888-468-8373 or 802-372-4654

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Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours.


ann said...

I do like the fact that they are nut free for those that maybe allergic to them. They sound like they take special care with each chocolate piece being hand dipped and packed by them.
thanks for the info on them. Also the info about how chocolate gives you heart burn .I never knew it would do that .

Sandy VanHoey said...

Oh my....chocolate I am addicted to. Truffles are my, these look and sound amazing!