After my recent revelation about how good vegan desserts can be (see the Vegan Divas review) I was on the lookout at the show for more exceptional vegan desserts. Luckily, I found a new line to feature. Surprisingly, it was from the veteran Upper East Side trailblazer, Candle Cafe, who is launching a new in-store line of vegan desserts.
Whenever possible, I like to find desserts I can recommend without qualification and I am happy to report that all five items I tasted were quite good. You should feel safe serving any of them to your carnivorous and dairy-consuming friends without fear of feeding into whatever their worst stereotype of “vegan food” is. In other words, none of these five taste materially different from their milk and egg-contianing counterparts.
That said, I did have my favorites. The clear standout was the chocolate peanut butter tart. This tart had plenty of peanut butter and chocolate flavor and also had just the right amount of sweetness. I didn’t feel the urge to reach for my toothbrush after eating it like I might after consuming a Reeses Peanut butter cup.
I also really liked the raspberry Linzer torte which had particularly flavorful raspberries inside and a crust that was just superb, vegan or not. The raspberry taste reminded me of those expensive preserves you get from Switzerland or France-very “high-end”.
Finally, the chocolate mousse tart was also excellent, especially in the sweetness category – not too sweet but with lots of chocolate flavor. I would have liked it to be made with even darker chocolate but I know most people will find the cocoa content just right.
These should be available at Whole Foods shortly.
Candle Cafe (the parent restaurant of these items) is located at 1307 3rd Avenue
Candle Cafe’s web site is here.