Monday, April 6, 2009

Review- Choco-A-Go-Go

This review was written by Melissa of Bright and Libellule.

Ahh, Easter time. For some a religious time, for many a celebration of the emergence of spring - and candy! Chock full of jellybeans, foil wrapped eggs and bunny rabbits, marshmallow peeps - in short, "treats" full of animal products! What's a vegan with a sweet tooth (like me) to do?

Lucky for me, I happened to stumble upon Choco-a-go-go's Big Peanut Butter Bun Bun. It was gorgeous, it was chocolate, it was bunny shaped, and best of all it was full of peanut butter! Could something so marvelously beautiful, so perfect, so vegan, have presented itself? I couldn't believe my eyes, but then on Etsy anything is possible. Naturally, I ordered two. (One for me and one for my partner Jonathan, of course.)

Well, my bunnies came less than a week after ordering - and long before the holiday for which they had been intended. My plan was to save these delectable hoppers for the big Sunday. That plan, I am sad to say, did not come to fruition. How could it, with those beautiful, delicious looking confections just begging to be sampled? And me, the queen of no willpower? The battle was lost before it was even begun.

I ate one. The chocolate was deep and rich, very dark - a decidedly mature taste, contrary to bunny-like form. The peanut butter? Sweet but not too sweet, ever so slightly crumbly - basically, perfect. Eureka! All the fun of Easters past, civilized for the ethical adult palette!

When Jonathan asked for his bunny, I had to theorize that it had hopped away all on its own.

I've ordered Choco-a-go-go's Springtime 'n Easter box for the big weekend - and I've instructed the shop's sweet owner not to ship until the last possible minute! That way it has a chance of survival. Waiting for it, I feel like a kid who knows she'll find an Easter basket brimming with plastic grass and joy. Now if I could just get my hands on some vegan jelly beans...


mvegan said...

Ohmy.... I want some of the bunnies... how yummy and animal friendly, very very cute too! ;0)

keNi said...

tell etsy to stop allowing fur!

here's what i had to say:

I am a merchant on Etsy, and it saddens me to see fur being sold on the site I so love.

I am shocked that Etsy allows products from merchants that sell real fur. Animals on fur farms spend their entire lives confined to cramped, filthy wire cages. Fur farmers use the cheapest and cruelest killing methods available, including suffocation, electrocution, gassing, and poisoning. In the wild, animals suffer immensely when caught in steel traps and when trappers return to beat them to death.

By allowing merchants to sell real fur - new or "vintage" - Etsy is promoting cruelty to animals. I hope to hear from PETA that Etsy will stop selling fur and adopt a permanent fur-free policy, as so many other companies have done.

Society is only as good as the morals by which it follows. Please lead by example and do what you know to be right.

Thank you for you time and consideration!

Keni Leigh Norton


now go sign the petition!

melissa bastian. said...

Keni: maybe you could write up something for the blog about it, so that it's actually on the page? Not many people ready the comments. And while it's an issue that concerns us all, it's kind of a non-sequitur attached to a post about chocolate bunnies. Although, there is the rabbit fur connection... poor bunnies!

Vegan Crafts: items created without the use of animal ingredients, animal testing and animal processes said...

i agree the rabbit chocolates are DELICIOUS, i havnt left my feedback yet for the big box of chocolates that i ordered, but it was DELICIOUS!

Alicia said...

I know it is too late for your Easter basket (as today is Easter) but, if you have an EarthFare nearby, they have "jolly beans" in the bulk bins at the store near us in Georgia.

My DS was SO EXCITED when we found those. I make marshmallows, so we were covered there, but I had no idea HOW I was going to reconstruct jelly beans - another of his favorite "not too often" sweet treats. He missed them since we went veg a year ago. (Although I think that JellyBelly jelly beans might not use gelatin...but not sure).

Jade said...

Wow, pretty and yummy!!