As you all know, I have a ridiculous sweet tooth, and there’s nothing I love more in this world than chocolate. This week I’ve been in for a treat as vegan chocolate company Kennard’s Artisan Chocolates got in touch so I could review a sample of their vegan, hand-crafted chocolates.
The award-winning company (@kennardschocolates on Facebook) are based in Essex and make chocolate with loads of amazing flavours, including peanut butter, caramel, espresso coffee, raspberry, strawberry and more.
They sent me a sample packet of four: Spiced Fruit Cup, Smooth Caramel, Peanut Butter Truffle and Triple Espresso.
They came in a sweet ribbon-wrapped package and looked good enough to give as a gift. I tried them all with a big cup of tea and loved how smooth and indulgent-tasting they were.
They’re all quite dark chocolate and not sickly sweet, and complement the fillings well; I loved the caramel and peanut butter flavours, but for me the Spiced Fruit Cup was a little too strong and marzipan-like. The espresso was a strange one for me; I dislike coffee but actually really liked this chocolate. It tasted strong and a very good quality, matching the dark chocolate shell well. My favourite was definitely the caramel one, I could eat a hundred caramel chocolates!
The one thing I would have loved with these would be a little more of a mixture of light and dark chocolates – I love milk chocolate so I did miss it a little here. If you like dark chocolate though, these will be just your taste.
I’ve tried a LOT of vegan chocolate, and sometimes it can taste a little strange compared to regular milk chocolate – especially if you’re used to scoffing Dairy Milk – but these chocolates were really rich and didn’t taste too dark and carob-y like a lot of vegan chocolate can taste.
I would definitely try these again for after dinner or as a nice gift for a veggie friend, so if you’d like to treat yourself to a big box of dairy-free chocolates these are a good place to start!
If you want to get your hands on some delicious vegan chocolate, you can buy Kennard’s chocolate here!