Product: Klara’s Gourmet Chocolate Macaroons – $6.00+
You know…there is a lot of things I love about being a subscriber to Cuisine Cube. Lots. For one thing, I get to discover products and new brands that I never would have known about before. Seriously. Because Cuisine Cube makes it their job to find lesser-known, but equally tasty (if not better) products to be shipped off each month to their subscribers. This is, honestly, one of the best things I have ever signed up for. One thing that is always guaranteed with that each little box will contain an item that is a breakfast, a lunch, a snack, a dinner, and a dessert. Sometimes…you get a bonus product. I always am curious to see what the people at Cuisine Cube put in each month’s box. And one thing, I admit, I really look forward to, is their choice for a dessert.
It’s no secret…I have a sweet tooth. I am a chocoholic who loves desserts and will never turn down a gluten-free goodie if one is offered. Trust me. I love being active and fit and that seems to allow me to maintain my love of all things sugar and spice and totally bad for me. HA!
In the October Cuisine Cube, the dessert option just happened to be a brand of cookie I was unfamiliar with. Klara’s Gourmet, which boasts that it is “a taste of tradition.” Interesting. Even more interesting was that these were not just cookies, but CHOCOLATE Macaroons. Now, for as long as I have been a diagnosed Celiac (and gluten-free for that matter) I have yet to actually sit down and eat a macaroon. I’ll tell you why. Coconut scares me. It really, really scares me. Because I’m so subjective when it comes to coconut. Sometimes I like it…and sometimes I don’t. It’s a texture thing, I know…but I enjoy the taste and everything else…but it’s the texture that throws me off. And macaroons, for some reason, just seem to scream “COCONUT TEXTURE!”
But, alas, I never let that hinder me from trying something new. Because, I will at least try something once. And tonight, after dinner, this was the dessert I reached for. Deep breath. Do not fear the unknown or the dessert. Because dessert is awesome and wonderful and should not be feared.
With that, I grabbed the Klara’s Gourmet Chocolate Macaroons out of my pantry and opened them up. I snagged four of the cookies, two for me and two for my roommate, who was probably as apprehensive as I was, as she really does despise coconut. But, she is also branching out in her food choices and will always try it. So, with the cookies now out and ready for consumption…we both took deep breaths and dove in.
These weren’t as scary as I was making them out to be in my mind. Yes…they are coconut and yes…they do have that “eating bugs” coconut texture, but oddly enough…the chocolate and sweetness of the cookie sort of distracted from all of that. I thought these tasted like a rich chocolate cake, with shavings of coconut bringing in a bit of flavor and texture. These were sweet, and definitely a great way to round up dinner because it was maybe six bites of chocolate goodness. I was actually really impressed. The macaroons themselves were soft and perfect. I mean…perfect. I think if I were a bigger fan of coconut these would be my go-to cookie. But as someone who doesn’t hate, but doesn’t love coconut…these were really good. They exceeded my expectations for sure.
Klara’s Gourmet was founded by Klara Sotonova, who emigrated from the Czeck Republic at the age of 19…all on her own. She came to the United States with a dream of owning her own business. This became a reality in 2006 when she founded Klara’s Gourmet Cookies. When she lived in the former Czechoslovak communist regime, Klara and her family did not have easy access to mass produced baked goods. The baking traditions that Klara now brings to each of us were handed down from her grandmother, as it had been done for generations in her family.
Let’s take a peek into the ingredients of Klara’s Gourmet Chocolate Macaroons, shall we? These cookies are made from unsweetened/unsulphured coconut, pure cane sugar, water, organic honey, cocoa processed with alkali, cage free non-GMO verified egg whites, rice flour, pure vanilla extract, and salt. They are all-natural, gluten-free, and cholesterol free.
As far as nutrition goes, Klara’s Gourmet Chocolate Macaroons, a serving is 2 macaroons. This serving will provide you with 120 calories and 7 grams of fat. These two cookie will also give you 40 mg sodium and 12 grams of sugar. A little high in sugar…but they are cookies, after all. These macaroons also give you 2 grams of fiber and 2 grams of protein.
This is yet again a great example of how Cuisine Cube brings fantastic products I never would have known existed to my very own home. I was actually very surprised with how much I ended up enjoying the Klara’s Gourmet Chocolate Macaroons. I had never before heard of this brand, but now I am eager to try a few other of her cookies…like the Lemon Poppy Shortbread, for sure!!
If you haven’t pulled the trigger yet and ordered at least one month of Cuisine Cube…do it now. Or you will be missing out for sure!