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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Cocomel Candies

Cocomel Candies

Welcome to JJ’s Sweets. We are a candy company dedicated to offering blissful, innovative and mindfully crafted treats. We draw from the past but are influenced by our desire to see candy evolve into tasty indulgences that inspire the spirit, support our bodies, and are sustainable for the environment.

The idea for this company came to the founder JJ in a dream he had one night in 2009. In the dream, JJ witnessed a kooky Willy Wonka-ish candy man creating innovative new candies that were not only delicious but also healthier for our bodies and contained some functional benefits. They were also unique in their flavors, drawing on old recipes but infused with a modern sense of global adventurousness.

Inspired by the dream, JJ began experimenting with making delicious, natural sweets made from sustainably sourced, organic, healthier ingredients. Having been a scientist, musician and long time foodie, he soon found that the art of candy making was a perfect combination of his passions: science + art + food = candy making! JJ’s Sweets was born.

What started as a candy stand at Boulder’s local farmer’s market has since grown into a thriving natural candy brand, with Cocomels occupying shelf space in more than 1,200 retailers around the country. In 2014, JJ’s Sweets further expanded our reach in the natural candy market with a line of Chocolate Covered Cocomels.

Despite our growth, the cornerstone of JJ’s Sweets remains rooted in JJ’s original dream to develop delicious, innovative treats without sacrificing the health of his customers or the planet. This drives everything from the ingredients we source to the material we use to package our products.

Every JJ’s Sweets concoction is a mix of divine inspiration, creativity, love, attention to detail and hard work. We feel lucky to find ourselves in the admirable position of offering to the world little bits of edible joy. We take pride in our products and stand behind what we do. Please contact us with any feedback you might have. We love to hear from you.

Please enjoy, and remember, “Life is Sweet!”
I love caramel. Granted, with my ongoing oral issues, it's a bit tough for me to eat, but I still love them.

I was very intrigued by caramels made with Coconut milk in the place of dairy milk, and was excited when JJ's Sweets agreed to send me some for review.

Mama Melissa took a chance of trying these with me… even though she has an aversion to coconut products.


Dark Chocolate covered Vanilla caramels

The caramel itself was good, but the dark chocolate ruined it for me, actually with all three of the chocolate covered candies. I ate this without Mama Melissa, since I figured she could not try/have them.
TASTE: 5/10

Dark Chocolate covered Sea Salt and Espresso caramels

The sea salt actually covered the taste of the dark chocolate for me, until it dissolved. Then I could taste the dark chocolate. Mama Melissa did NOT like these. She promptly spit her bite out.
TASTE: 7/10

This was the WORST one of the dark chocolate ones. I actually thought I broke a tooth on the coffee bean that was on top. I pretty much swallowed these whole to get rid of them.
TASTE: 2/10


Naked Espresso

From the back: Roasted. Rich. Delicious.
Experience this soft, sweet meld of roasted espresso beans and caramelized coconut milk. Mindfully crafted using simple ingredients, this treat is a pure, primal indulgence. Made without dairy, gluten and soy; non-GMO.

Reminded me of the Nips Coffee flavored candies I ate as a teenager. Mama Melissa said it was good at first, but then she likened it to the way her mom makes a pot of coffee, which is VERY VERY strong. Her coffee nauseates us most of the time.
TASTE: 8/10

Naked Vanilla

From the back: Luscious. Smooth. Warming.
Delight in this rich, aromatic coconut milk caramel infused with premium vanilla extract. Mindfully crafted using simple ingredients, this treat is a pure, primal indulgence. Made without dairy, gluten and soy; non-GMO.

Tastes just like the Vanilla caramel in the Dark Chocolate covered ones, but better, since there was no dark chocolate to deal with. Very creamy and smooth. Not an overdose of vanilla, but not undetectable either. Mama Melissa said these were okay.
TASTE: 8.5/10

Naked Sea Salt

From the back: Sweet. Salty… Sublime.
Savor this mouth-watering mix of luscious coconut milk, natural sweetness and crystalline sea salt. Mindfully crafted using simple ingredients, this treat is a pure, primal indulgence. Made without dairy, gluten and soy; non-GMO.

Really couldn’t taste too much of the actual sea salt in this. It actually reminded me a little bit of an Almond Joy, in the sense of the saltiness of the almond with the sweetness of the coconut. Mama Melissa said these tasted a little like saltwater taffy… and then called me insane, because I have never had saltwater taffy in my life.
TASTE: 8/10

Naked Original

From the back: Smooth. Rich. Divine.
Nourish your spirit and let go with this mouth-watering coconut milk caramel. Mindfully crafted using simple ingredients, this treat is a pure, primal indulgence. Made without dairy, gluten and soy; non-GMO.

Tastes very similar to the Vanilla Cocomels. If I were to do a blind taste test, I don’t think I would be able to tell the Vanilla and the Original flavors. Mama Melissa thought these were okay.
TASTE: 8/10

What I love about these caramels the most is that people who either are allergic to dairy products or have an intolerance to milk/lactose can enjoy caramels again. Luckily, I don't have either problem, but being dairy free is a HUGE plus for those who have to avoid dairy for health reasons.

The two major problems I see disabled people having with these are opening the bags and unwrapping the 'Naked' flavors. The 'Naked' flavors come in ziptop bags and individually wrapped in a wax paper of sorts. This paper likes to tear when being removed from the candies. If you can chew caramels, you will have no problem chewing these.

These are available from JJ's Sweets starting at $4.99.

Very yummy candies that EVERYONE can enjoy!

**As per FTC guidelines, I received this product in exchange for an honest review. Only compensation I received is the product(s) mentioned above. All opinions are my own and your usage/results may vary.**

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