Cocoa V Chocolat in NYC

Cocoa V in Chelsea recently reopened. I was thrilled since I never got a chance to check it out before. Several people had shared its praises and I really wanted to try it for myself. So hubby and I hopped on a train and made our way there. We were not disappointed!

The shop is adorable.

A small window bar and a couple tables fill a space dedicated to chocolate. There are pastries, take home chocolate dipped goodies, and a case of truffles and chocolates.

Hubby picked out a piece of vanilla cake and I decided I had to try a coconut tartlet with fresh berries. We each adored our own selected, but I was less keen on his cake.

I also picked out chocolate covered graham crackers and marshmallows, a s’mores type treat, that was just okay. Of course I could not leave without truffles and chocolates since that’s the entire point of the store. Those were wonderful. So yummy. If you like chocolate as I do, definitely check out Cocoa V.

 

Update: Cocoa V closed again 😦

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Unreal Dark Chocolate Peanut Gems

I have seen pictures of these gems for a little while and decided to finally try them. I used to love Peanut M&Ms and wondered if these would be similar.

As a dark chocolate, they don’t taste like the M&Ms, which is good since I don’t want the non-vegan ick in those candies. But they are tasty. Even hubby likes them and he is fairly picky.

If interested in a chocolate and peanut combination, check these out. They won’t last long in my home.

Eat Chic Chocolates

This chocoholic is in love with Eat Chic Chocolates. Mmm… A box of personally selected, handmade, decadent yummies. I always get some with the intention of sharing with hubby, and then eat most, if not all, myself.

I have found them at some of the Vegan Shop Ups, where I have gotten to meet the very sweet owner, and at Orchard, the new vegan grocer on Lower East Side/Chinatown on Manhattan. She also has a website. If you love chocolate and have a chance to try these, do so. Yummers!

I plan to stop by the Grand Opening of Orchard tomorrow, so check out some fun photos to come on Instagram @aneverdayveg

Blanxart Chocolate

Holy kitties this is some good chocolate. The chocoholic alive and well in me was thrilled when hubby was given vegan chocolate as a thank you gift from his staff.

Then I got to taste it.

So yummers! Creamy and chocolatey. The thin slices are perfect for eating half at a time and letting melt in your mouth. Assuming you have that kind of patience, which hubby did not.

No idea where Blanxart comes from, but if some can be found, it’s totally worth trying. Yummers!

Little Secrets


I went to this adorable all vegan bodega in Brooklyn today. I wish it was closer to my neighborhood because they carry my dog food (V Dog)! I had never seen my dog food in a store before.

Another treasure I found were these Little Secrets. These were small enough to bring home and I am so glad I did. I have missed candy covered chocolates. If you can find some, these are super yummy.

Hail Merry Chocolate Chile Pecan Tarts


I have yet to try a Hail Merry treat I dislike. Excited was an understatement when finding these pecan tarts. Hubby loves pecan tarts!

Unfortunately, he didn’t like these. Too much coconut for him. I really like them, but I don’t taste any pecan. If you like coconut and don’t need the promised pecans, these are worth a try. The chile is tasty, so make sure you like that flavor too.

Naturade Vegan Smart Protein


If you are on the lookout for a vegan protein powder that doesn’t taste like feet, look no further. I was given lots of this as a participant at an event, a regular vegan, not a blogger, to try. It means my review is truly honest.

This is the best vegan protein powder I have ever tried. I mix it with almond milk and wheat grass to get more veggies and the taste is still great. Twenty grams of protein and only five grams of sugar per serving!

I have tried the berry, chai, and chocolate flavors. There is also a vanilla, but not yet tasted by me. I think the berry is my favorite.

Several brands of vegan protein powders have landed on my tastebuds that are terrible. Put the stuff in a smoothie with other tasty stuff and some are tolerable. But I don’t always have time to make an entire smoothie and clean up. This is good enough to dump in my blender bottle and head out. Yummers!

Chocolate Warning

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Ugh. The last thing I want to think about is chocolate making me sick. Apparently over 50% of supposedly vegan chocolate could contain a large enough amount of dairy to actually cause a reaction.

http://www.foodnavigator-usa.com/Suppliers2/FDA-finds-some-dark-chocolate-includes-undeclared-milk/?utm_source=newsletter_daily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=12-Feb-2015&c=ifTHnLnYlytl%2BJh0%2FX2AxbKUAd5WHaVU

One more reason to stick with the vegan chocolates that have a mission of kindness, like Endangered Species or Two Moms In The Raw.