Does vegan chocolate exist? YES! If you know where to look.
Types of vegan chocolate:
- Dark, or semi-sweet chocolate
- Milk chocolate
- White chocolate
VEGAN DARK CHOCOLATE
The trick is to keep an eye on cocoa content. Generally, chocolate over 60% will be free from milk products, though percentages in some vegan chocolate brands can be as low as 52%. You’ll be pleasantly surprised to know that Lindt, Cadbury, Green & Blacks, and Divine all produce vegan dark chocolate.
Lindt and Green & Black’s both make dark chocolate bars with a high cocoa content that’s great for baking:
Green & Black’s also produce:
- Maya Gold
- Hazelnut & Raisin varieties
VEGAN MILK CHOCOLATE
Milk chocolate is the most widely consumed form of dairy chocolate, and is created through processing cacao products with milk products (among others). However, many milk alternatives are now used to make chocolate, and it tastes just as good!
Milk chocolate alternatives are becoming abundant and there are now many brands available. Most of these are based on rice milk, the sweetest of the milk alternatives. Moo Free are rapidly becoming the world-leading manufacturer of dairy-free, gluten-free, organic and vegan chocolates, making snack-size and sharing size dairy-free chocolate bars, as well as dairy-free selection boxes. Their range includes milk chocolate alternatives in varieties including plain, orange, honeycomb, hazelnut, mint and more. They even do dairy-free advent calendars!
One of my favourite UK vegan chocolate brands is Cocoa Libre, a new brand from Bristol that makes chocolate for all the family, even in the shape of owls and frogs!
VEGAN WHITE CHOCOLATE
Dairy-free & vegan white chocolate alternatives are a much newer development. They’re more difficult to find, but I personally find they taste so close to my memory of the real thing that you just won’t believe they’re different!
Tesco and other major stores have begun mass producing white chocolate buttons which make great additions to cookies, cupcakes, or even to hot chocolate. They’re also a favourite for kids’ parties.
Vegan white chocolate bars are currently less widely available, however white chocolate Easter eggs do appear each year thanks to, so it’s only a matter of time until white chocolate alternatives catch up. Here are some of the tastiest examples online:
HOW DO YOU LIKE YOURS?
Do you have a favourite brand of vegan chocolate? Let me know in the comments below!