Their marketplace is loaded with goodness (kale chips, vegan designer handbags, gluten-free cake mixes, shoes, and jewelry), all offered at discounted prices. And one of the very special items offered right now is something I've been dying to try since I first read about it in VegNews a few months ago — Choc & Nut Spread:
A high school French teacher introduced me (and the rest of my French class) to Nutella years ago. She brought a loaf of good bread and a jar of Nutella to class. As we all sampled the chocolatey-hazelnutty goodness, she told us that Nutella and bread was what French kids ate for breakfast. I fell in love with Nutella.
Fast forward to 2004. I went vegan, and not long after giving up dairy, I made an alarming realization: I could no longer eat Nutella because, to my surprise, it contained dairy. My life was officially over. But over the years, a few brands have introduced vegan versions of the chocolate hazelnut spread, and plenty of recipes for a homemade version are available online. That sustained me. But none were quite like Nutella.
That is, until Choc & Nut came along. This stuff is much more like the real thing, probably because it's made in France. And the French know how to do chocolate and hazelnuts right. Also, unlike some other vegan versions, Choc & Nut has that milky taste. It contains soya protein, and I think that might be the answer to achieving the milky creaminess that Nutella has. It also contains cashews, and maybe that makes it kind of creamy too.
When my review jar arrived at work, my co-worker Hannah wanted to try it. So we cracked it open. She spread some on a banana, and being the classy person that I am, I stuck my finger straight into the jar. We both oohed and aahed, but Hannah, who has eaten Nutella more recently than me, said the Choc & Nut could use more sugar. I didn't think so at all. It seemed plenty sweet to me. In fact, cane sugar is the first ingredient in this stuff.
This morning, I spread some Choc & Nut on whole wheat toast and downed it with a glass of coconut-almond milk:
Mmmmmm ... breakfast of champions.
Anyway, you can order 3 jars of Choc & Nut on Vegan Cuts for $19. That's a bargain considering 3 jars would normally run you about $27.
And, because you're a Crunk reader, if you order between now and October 31st, you get a 10 percent off discount using the promo code BLOGFRIEND.
On a less chocolatey note, I was a little late in picking a winner in the Juice Here Now e-cookbook giveaway. Oops! But the lucky random winner is ... Gluten-Free Happy Tummy!