Enjoy Life Semi-Sweet Mega Chunks are free of 14 allergens, including wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, eggs, dairy, shellfish (thank goodness there’s none of those in our chocolate chips, huh? ), and more. That’s because they’re made in a dedicated nut- and gluten-free facility, making them absolutely safe for school and available to a wider audience. It’s clearly mentioned in the noticeably short ingredient list: cane sugar, unsweetened chocolate, and cocoa butter. We chose the “Mega Chunks” because the only others available were mini chips, and since these chunks are semi-sweet, we thought the difference was minimal. For the greatest clarity in testing, we cut a chunk down to normal chip size before admitting it was an unnecessary step. Integrity remains. A minor dispute has started, however, between the merits of a chocolate chip cookie versus a chocolate chip cookiebut we had to focus on this serious work, so we made our peace and moved on.
We were happy that a vegan chip meant very little sacrifice on taste. If you need allergen-free chips in your school bake sale contribution, fear not. These aren’t perfect as they weren’t the most decadent or complex in their cocoa flavor, so we could still taste the missing bits compared to something like Ghirardelli. But overall, you’re not losing anything major while gaining food security. However, slight differences in depth of flavor became more apparent when tasted straight from the bag, so keep that in mind.