Salted Galapagos Turtles
Chocolate caramel turtles – the unbeatable combination of roasted nuts combined with creamy caramel enrobed in chocolate) were one of three foods (the other two being a slice of cheese on my toasted bagel with lettuce, tomato, and red onion; and bread pudding) that made me think twice about changing my diet from vegetarian to completely plant-based.
I could certainly enjoy nuts and dark chocolate on a vegan diet but caramel which is typically made with milk and butter was out of the question. After much soul searching, I made the leap anyway and went through a brief period of mourning until I discovered Lagusta’s Luscious Salted Galapagos Turtles – which turned out to be better than the chocolate turtles I gave up!Made with organic coconut milk (coconut milk, guar gum [a natural emulsifier]), organic coconut butter, organic and fair trade dark chocolate (cocoa paste, cocoa butter, vegan brown sugar, soy lecithin, vanilla), organic vegan fair trade evaporated cane juice sugar, organic pecans, organic lemon, organic homemade vanilla, and fleur de sel sea salt, Salted Galapagos Turtles are everything a chocolate caramel turtle should be: toasted pecans pressed into creamy puddles of caramel and covered in dark chocolate sprinkled with a sprinkle of “super fancy flour de sel sea salt.” Sweet, salty, crunchy, chewy, chocolatey, and decadent.
Lagusta’s Luscious Salted Galapagos Turtles are available at the company’s two locations (in New Paltz, New York and the East Village in New York City) and at fine stores nationwide (click here for a list of retailers). The chocolates can also be purchased on-line at www.lagustaslucious.com. Eight (8) large Salted Galapagos Turtles in a gift box are $32 plus postage.