[Photograph: Rabi Abonour]

When I see a food advertised as raw and vegan, I get a little worried. It's not that raw, vegan, and raw vegan dishes can't be good—they often are. But it's an all-too-common problem for food marketed that way to short out on flavor in favor of ideology. Fortunately, One Lucky Duck's Chocolate Macaroons ($13.50 for an 11 oz. bag) are a tasty treat, regardless of how they're (not) cooked.

If you don't like the texture or flavor of raw coconut, these probably aren't for you, as it's definitely the dominant flavor here (as with any good macaroon). It's complimented nicely by a lightly bitter cocoa powder while maple syrup and agave nectar bind the cookies and add sweetness. Since it's vegan you won't find any egg whites, so the texture is more crumbly than you might be used to. But I found myself working my way through the bag of rich, dense cookies at an alarming rate.

The bottom line is that One Lucky Duck's Chocolate Macaroons aren't just a good raw vegan dessert, but a dessert worth seeking out regardless of your dietary preferences.

One Lucky Duck

One Lucky Duck

  • Gramercy

125 1/2 E 17th St btwn Irving Place & 3rd Ave. New York NY 10003 212-477-7151

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