After I wrote an article earlier this month about the astounding amount of chocolate that Americans buy for Halloween, I was contacted by the Vermont Nut Free Chocolate company about doing a review of their nut (including tree nuts!) free chocolate candy. It's chocolate, so of course I wasn't going to say no. I have to tell you, at first, I was skeptical because I don't eat a lot of plain chocolate and my favorite chocolate is chocolate covered peanuts. However, since my area is nut free in schools due to high nut allergens, I figured this is an awesome opportunity to see what exactly there is out there for those kids that are still interested in trick-or-treating for candy this Halloween but can't have nut products. This chocolate is amazing. Not just amazing, but velvety, melt-in-your-mouth, creamy milk chocolate that you can't just eat one piece and walk away.
The package that was sent to me came in a super cute Halloween design full of cute pumpkin, witch, and bat shaped candies. All the little ribbons were black and orange, and the overall cuteness of it all definitely increased my liking to the package. What I received was a mix of solid milk and dark chocolate candies, chocolate suckers, and one huge crispy chocolate pumpkin that was to die for. As far as chocolate goes, this specialty chocolate is reasonably priced for something that you know will be 100% safe for kids and adults with severe nut allergies.
There are no nut products (including coconut or sesame) in any of the products created by Vermont Nut Free Chocolates. While there is the potential of dairy being used, all the chocolate is real and must be tempered for the best possible use. Soy is a base product used in most every chocolate creation. While there are currently no products that are being offered yet, the Vermont Nut Free Chocolate company has just been certified as a kosher seller that will be making kosher products soon.
This chocolate is delicious. If you are looking for a safe alternative to chocolate that contains or may have been in contact with nut products, this is it. I couldn't just eat one piece, and you won't be able to either.