We got our hands on a box of seasonal, Whole Foods Organic Chocolate Truffles! Let's talk about it their vegan truffles.
Whole Foods Organic Chocolate Truffles aren't a new product, but they are seasonal. They come out around the winter holidays every year. This year, I snagged a box for me and Dave to try.
Whole Foods Organic Chocolate Truffles review
The short version of this review is: I love these! They are some of my favorite truffles around. Read on for more, though!
The first thing that hits you when you bite into these truffles is the bitter, cocoa powder coating. Then, you immediately get to experience the richest, creamiest chocolate of your life.
Inside, the truffle is sweet, rich, and creamy with a light chocolate flavor. This is a nice contrast to the bitter coating and works really well.
These truffles melt in your mouth (and in your hand). You definitely want to serve yourself a few on a plate or napkin. If you tip a few into your hand, they will melt pretty quickly.
The one I'm holding in the photo above kept slipping, because it was melting as I held it for the picture!
If you like your chocolate on the more bitter side, these might not be the truffles for you. Dave wasn't as into these as I was. He said that they were too sweet for him.
More for me!
Are they vegan?
Whole Foods Organic Chocolate Truffles are vegan!
They do have a "may contain" warning for milk and eggs on the label, but that is an allergy warning that means they share equipment with products that do contain eggs/dairy or are produced in a factory that also processes egg/dairy products.
Neither is an actual ingredient in the truffles -- there's just a chance of small amounts of cross-contamination.
As long are you're not allergic to milk or eggs, you're good to go.
There are other flavors of Whole Foods Organic Truffles that are not vegan. At first, I'd grabbed a box of their Hazelnut Truffles, and those unfortunately contained dairy (boo!).
The plain chocolate truffles contain:
- cocoa mass
- coconut oil
- cane sugar
- cocoa butter
- cocoa powder
- soy lecithin
All of the ingredients above are listed as organic on the label.
What is a truffle?
The name "truffle" actually refers to the shape of the candy, which resembles a truffle mushroom.
Traditional truffles are filled with chocolate ganache, which is easy to make without using any dairy. You normally make a ganache from chocolate and heavy cream, but any rich dairy substitute will work in place of the cream.
In the truffles from Whole Foods, it looks like coconut oil is taking the place of the heavy cream. That explains how they got such a rich, creamy texture.
Truffles are usually coated in more chocolate, cocoa powder, nuts, etc. The Whole Foods Organic Chocolate Truffles have a light, cocoa powder coating.
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