Chip off the Old Choc
We have to give vegan bakers props for their resourcefulness--although sometimes their creations fall flat.
But these three vegan confections don't disappoint; they're so good, you won't miss the butter or cream. Chocolate lovers, this is for you.
Sweet: Baking cookies without butter can be a challenge, but New York City-based Jana Keith-Jennings' organic, vegan, gluten-free sandwich cookies ($5 for 3 cookies) are a revelation. They're baked at a low temperature, resulting in a nice, cakey texture. Our preferred combination: almond-oat cookies that encase a not-too-thick layer of cinnamon-scented chocolate.
Missionary Chocolates: Made by a Portland, Oregon-based neuropathic physician, these handcrafted vegan truffles ($15 for a 5-piece sampler) are dense and rich. Founder Melissa Barry uses local ingredients in such flavor combinations as Vanilla Salted Caramel, Spicy Cinnamon Chipotle, and Meyer Lemon Explosion--our favorite, since the citrus flavor really comes through.
Sweet Silk Confections: These beautiful, bite-size vegan truffles ($14 for 9 truffles) are inspired by traditional Indian flavor combinations. We love the pleasantly sticky Mango Chile Coconut, made with organic agave and hand-rolled in coconut flakes, as well as the Date Rose Pistachio, fragrant with rose oil and coated in bright green pistachio powder.
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