I was recently contacted by Xan Confections, who wanted to know if I'd like to try their vegan chocolates. I took a quick look at their website and liked what I saw. They make "all-natural chocolates that are non-dairy, gluten-free, vegan, low-glycemic and low calorie." So I told them to send me some samples and I gave them a try.
The Jewel Collection is composed of caramels that are vegan and gluten-free. The first thing that struck me was how pretty they are — nicely tempered, molded and dusted with a pearly powder. They come in a wide variety of flavors — from the spicy ancho chili to the mild and sweet chocolate caramel. I enjoyed these quite a bit and found them sweet and satisfying despite the lack of dairy. While you don't get that rich, burnt sugar flavor here, they stand on their own and were very flavorful.
I also tried the Saintly Sins collection — "Three 29 calorie chocolates, Raspberry Sin, Strawberry Sin, and Pineapple Sin. Low glycemic, diabetic friendly, gluten free and vegan." These were delicious and didn't strike me as a "low cal" chocolate at all. The chocolate was rich and dark which complimented the sweet and fruity centers.
If you are looking for top quality vegan chocolates, you can't go wrong with these. I was pleasantly surprised and feel very comfortable recommending Xan Confections.