Illinois Nut & Candy: Chocolate Tasting & Discount!

You know a day is going to be a good day when it involves taste-testing chocolate truffles and chocolate covered marshmallows.

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A gift from the Kosher/Vegan/Gluten-free chocolate elves.

I previously mentioned Illinois Nut & Candy as one of the vendors I met at the International Chocolate Show last week – they specialize in Kosher, gluten-free, sugar-free, lactose-free chocolates and more. Normally, I think that anything gluten-free or sugar-free is terrible, but after trying their chocolate truffles and chocolate golfballs (yes, golfballs), I am convinced that Illinois Nut & Candy has a few winning recipes.

I tried a couple of the truffles first; they were decorated so nicely and smelled so rich even before I opened the box. The box held an assortment of 16 truffles, some were gluten-free, some were lactose-free, and some were vegan. I could have looked it up on their website to see which one was which, but I figured it would be best to taste without knowing first. I went for the pink and white one (bottom right) and the one with the swirly "S" on top. No idea what I was trying, but they looked the nicest. They were both really good; with a rich chocolate shell and moist chocolate filling. I knew that the pink one had some kind of fruit flavor in it, and the other one I thought was an espresso truffle. I was close: the pink and white was a Strawberry truffle, and the "S" truffle was Hazelnut. Ok so I'm not ready to be a professional truffle-taster, but I'm willing to train. The best part? I looked up the truffles on their site and it turns out the Strawberry truffle is gluten-free, lactose-free, and Vegan. VEGAN! Unreal. I seriously would have never known. And the Hazelnut was lactose-free and Vegan too. 

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A treasure trove of truffles.

Onto the chocolate golf balls and marshmallows. The golf balls are made of lactose-free dark chocolate, and I thought they were hollow like the chocolate bunnies on Easter. Well this was no hollow shell, my friends. These were golf balls you could probably play golf with: rich, solid, dark chocolate. Minus the dairy. I tried to bite straight into it, but since I'm not a mountain lion, that was a little difficult. I found the seam and broke it in half with a big knife. I eat chocolate every day (seriously), and I would never know that this chocolate golf ball-wonder had no dairy in it. I actually shaved a bit of it on top of my frozen yogurt later that day. Kind of contradictory to the non-dairy chocolate, but I like to live on the edge.  

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Hole in one!

The marshmallows were also tasty; simple, but tasty. There were two kinds: one was regular chocolate made with dairy and the other was lactose-free. Both had a nice, thick chocolate shell and chewy marshmallow inside. Again, myself nor my boyfriend could tell the difference between the two. I actually would have liked a graham cracker crust inside these marshmallow pops. Boyfriend says it's because I am biased towards Mallomars. But come on, a high-end version of a Mallomar on a stick? How GOOD would that be?! He's just jealous because he didn't think of it first.

Illinois Nut & Candy Marshmallow 
Dairy-free chocolate marshmallow pop

I must say I am very impressed with Illinois Nut & Candy's confections. Normally, just the thought of gluten-free or lactose-free chocolate is unsettling, but there was nothing unsettling about this chocolate. It was great; dairy or no dairy, sugar or no sugar. They also have tons of novelty chocolates that make great gifts for the golf-lover, the cell phone-lover, and even the dreidel-lover (I'm going to assume those are Kosher).

Click here to place an order and use Promo Code "theskinnypignyc" to receive 15% off of your first online order.


  1. My favorite easter candy (and favorite candy, period) are called
    hummingbird eggs. They are tiny little chewy bits of corn syrup and
    come in a bunch of different colors.

  2. Wow! I love it so much and I wanted to eat chocolate on the post where can i buy those chocolate?

  3. I thought it was enjoyable at best.*

  4. ##They’re just about the only frozen meals that don’t need a sandwich to accompany them. ;’;

  5. I strictly recommend not to hold off until you get enough amount of money to order all you need! You can take the credit loans or just term loan and feel comfortable

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