Sunday, July 17, 2011

"Made With Love" Event: DesiderioChocolates Review and Giveaway Ends 7/24 (US)

~This post is part of the handmade "Made With Love" event. All giveaways run from July 18th-24th. View all 29 sponsors on my blog and visit additional co-hosts for this event HERE~

About the Designer... 
Vanessa is originally from Rome, Italy and now resides in Longmont, Colorado. Here's a bit more about her and her shop...
 What do you make? European with a twist Chocolates and Confections, and I produce a vegan line as well. 
How did you get started? I always loved to bake. My parents also opened a restaurant and there I practiced my skills and techniques.
What inspires your creativity?
I get inspired by many things, mostly smells, aromas textures in different foods. Walking down the aisle of a spice shop or health store. Deconstruct other desserts to create a chocolate. Sometimes my dreams :-)
How long have you been doing this?
I have been making chocolates and confections for the market since 2005. 
Anything else? My background is in Industrial Design. My confections are my way to express my creativity.

Review...
Vegan treats with simple ingredients and an incredible taste. That's what I've found at DesiderioChocolates. I'm so thrilled to share this shop with you. My mouth is just watering over these yummy treats!
The Vegan Sea Salt Caramels are the most DELICIOUS dark chocolate-covered caramels I've EVER tasted. I'm quite fond of See's Candy, but THESE are WAY BETTER than anything they have there! Who knew vegan could taste so good? These have a very rich, unique caramel flavor. There is coconut milk and coconut oil in these caramels, but I actually don't taste the coconut. I think that's what gives them their rich flavor and tiny hints of a tropical or fruity undertone. The sprinkles of sea salt on the top bring the whole flavor of caramel and dark chocolate together for a wonderfully tasty treat. The caramel is chewy, but as Vanessa says on her Etsy description, they aren't sticky. They're PERFECT! There are 8 caramels per box and are also packaged in a 100% recyclable kraft box.
The Nougatissimo is a wonderful signature Vegan nougat. It's chewy and almost has the texture of taffy. They're filled with almonds, pistachios, organic vanilla beans, and organic orange zest. I can taste a hint of the orange in the nougat but the vanilla is the main flavor besides the nuts. The nougat is then dipped in dark chocolate (which is amazing of course!). These were delicious! If you enjoy nuts, you will love this nougat. Each small batch of 2 lbs has over 1 lb of nuts in it! The 100% recycled kraft bag I received had 1/4 lb of nougats, individually wrapped in biodegradable cellophane.

My friend and I sampled both of these together. It was so much fun! We came to the conclusion that we couldn't decide which one we liked best. We actually think they'd be great together as a candy bar! We're thinking a Nougat bottom, layer of caramel, dipped in dark chocolate, and sprinkled with sea salt! PERFECT! I'll be the first to order if Vanessa ever makes a candy bar like that! :)

Vanessa also has a "Milk" Chocolate Vegan Sea Salt Caramel, Vegan Rocky Road, Vegan Gourmellows and more! She even has a Vegan Sample Pack with a little of everything for you to try. I'm SO very impressed with DesiderioChocolates. These Vegan goodies belong in Whole Foods!!


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One winner will receive Vegan Sea Salt caramels and Three Nut Vegan Nougat! (You're going to fall over in your chair when you taste these!)



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47 comments:

Brea said...

DEFINITELY the sea salt caramels! YUMMY!!

tammy said...

Oh, the vegan sea salt caramels would be my fav. Since I had to give up dairy, I had given up on yummy caramel!!

Andi B said...

mmm. it all looks so good. I'd love to try the vegan rocky road.
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Nikki said...

The vegan masala turtles, because they're cute AND tasty looking!

Joy N. said...

Vegan Masala Turtles adorable!
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17sirens said...

I want to try the vegan sample pack!

Judy said...

the sea salt caramels.


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Anonymous said...

sea salt caramels

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hedgerhousehold said...

The Vegan Sea Salt Caramel "Milk" chocolate
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jill24295 said...

I'd LOVE to taste their Vegan Sea Salt Caramel "Milk" - Can you say YUMMY!!!
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Megan said...

The 5 pc. Colorado Spirit Chocolates look delicious!

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Becky said...

I think the dark chocolate sea salt caramels would be my favorite! I love the combo of sweet and salty. Though the turtles are so cute!

Brittney said...

I would love to try the milk vegan sea salt caramels
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Ola said...

Without a doubt, I would love to try the Vegan Rocky Road.

Thanks so much for the chance to win!!

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Anonymous said...

the Vegan Gourmellows sound sooooo good!!

Kristen said...

I'd love to try the Rocky Road!

Kristen said...

GAWD I *hate* Rafflecopter!!
About two thirds of the time it won't load at all.....and today it's giving me this stupid message "oh noes I messed up" over and over.

Alisha L. said...

Vegan Sea Salt Caramel *Milk* yumm yumm

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Rain said...

I would probably have to try the sample pack. What better way to find out what's best? ^_^

Angie said...

The Sea salt Caramel sounds yumi-lish!! Made my mouth water just looking at them!

Jus and Kat said...

I'd love to try the Vegan Sea Salt Caramel "Milk".

Melody said...

The Sea Salt Caramel - Dark

Mandy said...

Vegan Sea Salt Caramel "Dark"

eclairre said...

I like the sample pack

Amber said...

I would most love to try the 5 pc Colorado Spirit Chocolates because they look so pretty and are such neat flavors!
Thank you for the giveaway :)
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Mrs. Martinet said...

You had me at Sea Salt Caramels. I want them! carriethegood(At)gmail(dotcom)

Dionna @ Code Name: Mama said...

Sea salt caramels = one word: nomnomnom!

kate s. said...

my fave item has to be the vegan masala turtles http://www.etsy.com/listing/75445556/vegan-masala-turtles

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Natalie said...

The Sea Salt Caramels look delicious

Kerrific said...

the turtles are adorable!

Jennifer Nicole said...

Sea salt caramels. Pretty much for life. My mouth is watering!

Marija said...

The vegan rocky road looks especially yummy!

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Vicki S said...

The Vegan Gianduja Towers look good

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polly said...

ohhhh the vegan masala turtles look divine!
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PurpleLarkspur said...

The Vegan Sea Salt Caramel "Milk" looks so good!!

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LaVonne @ Long Wait said...

Dark Sea Salt Caramel for sure!

Holly said...

If I were to try a product, it would probably be the dark chocolate sea salt truffles! :)

Sherry said...

I would love to try Chocolate covered Mediterraneo Vegan Nougat.

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Karen K said...

I would love to try the the vegan sea salt caramels.

Amanda T. said...

My favorite treat is Vegan Sea Salt Caramel "Dark."
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Erica said...

Vegan Sea Salt Caramels! Yummy!
Thanks!

Anonymous said...

I would love Vegan Masala Turtles
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MANDY83 said...

the vegan gourmellows

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LindaHnub said...

Vegan Rocky Road

Raven In A Blue Room said...

I love the Three nut Vegan Nougat

Thank you for hosting this giveaway

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Elena said...

I would like to try the Vegan Gianduja Towers.
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Lisa said...

Everything looks so good, it's hard to decide!! I guess I would have to go with the 5 pc. Colorado Spirit Chocolates as they seem to be the most unique item in the shop.
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