Six months ago I was standing in line at the grocery store (I won't say which, but let's just say it rhymes with mole moods), and right there in the impulse buy section were these chocolate covered salted caramels. Outside of a few awkward Thanksgiving dinners, my veganism has never felt like a bummer. But in that moment, I wanted those caramels more than anything. They were beautiful and perfect and had the prettiest little sprinkle of sea salt on top, and I was crushed that they weren't vegan. I vowed to get better at candy making, paid my $80 for six things, and forgot about the caramels after a few days.
And then last month, we were on a Vegan Coloradical reconnaissance mission to Sun Deli in Boulder (somebody's got to take pictures of all the vegan pizza in this state), and there were these cute little wrapped caramels right by the register. They looked like this:
I assumed they weren't vegan, so we left the pizza joint and wandered down Pearl Street in search of dessert. We stopped in at the Laughing Goat hoping for cookies, and they had the same little caramels on top of the pastry case. Plus, they had these:
And they had VEGAN! in big friendly letters right on the package. They are called Cocomels, and they are awesome. The caramels come in original, fleur de sel, vanilla, and java, and the chocolate covered caramels come in original, fleur de sel (!!!), chai, and java. If you can't find Cocomels where you live, they are absolutely worth ordering, and you can get them directly from JJ's Sweets in Boulder. They are made with coconut milk, fairy dust, and unicorn snot, and are buttery and chewy and pretty much perfect in every way.
JJ himself was nice enough to donate a 12 pack sampler of chocolate covered Cocomels, and we want to give it to YOU. To enter, leave a comment telling us your favorite vegan candy OR the most ridiculous food item you've ever purchased on an impulse, and don't forget to leave us your email address. We will annouce a random winner on Friday. Commenting will be open until midnight (mountain time) on Thursday.
P.S. Here is what 12 chocolate covered Cocomels look like (You can even tell which one's which without having to poke a fingernail in the bottom!):
P.P.S. Here they are, all bundled up and ready to travel:
Quick! Comment before I eat them all.