One of the toughest parts of going vegan used to be missing out on sweet goodies. But not anymore!
There is a flourishing market for vegan chocolate and vegan chocolate coated snacks, which is great news for those on dairy-free diets!
Vegan chocolate bites make a great cinema treat or tasty work-break morsel.
Most chocolate is still not vegan. This is because the traditional method of chocolate making uses dairy milk, mixed with cacao (cocoa) and sugar in varying ratios to get milk or white chocolate.
It is often thought that dark chocolate is automatically vegan, but this is not always the case.
Even if it advertises itself as having a high percentage of cacao that does not mean there is no dairy involved in its production.
As well as milk, other non-vegan ingredients to look out for include:
The ingredient “lecithin” is usually vegan. Lecithin is simply a type of emulsifier.
Lecithin usually comes from soy, rapeseed or sunflower seed oils.
It is important to point out that cacao butter is vegan: it is simply the creamy substance produced by the cacao beans.
For more information, check out “Your guide to vegan chocolate” on the Health Hub.
One of the most classic chocolate covered treats has to be chocolate covered raisins.
The Fabulous Freefrom Factory is an endeavour by a husband-and-wife team who wanted to make high-quality (and more importantly, delicious) chocolate for lactose intolerants, vegan and vegetarians.
Another product we cannot get enough of is Nugglets!
They are just so moreish and flavourful that it is hard to believe there is no dairy involved.
A vegan chocolate product that has been around for a few years is Kallo Organic Dark Chocolate Rice Cakes Thins.
There is something so yummy about a deeply savoury rice cake smothered in dark chocolate.
A certain brand of nut butter cup has been around for decades in the USA, but in the UK we have only caught on to these veritable delicacies in recent years.
The combination of nut butter, caramel and chocolate is so rich and luxurious that we are thrilled to be able to offer vegan versions!
There are various vegan butter cups on the market, such as almond butter cups, peanut butter cups and hazelnut butter cups.
But we can wholeheartedly recommend Doisy & Dam Hazelnut Butter Cups.
Fancy a whole bar, rather than a snack?
Our pick of “7 of the best vegan chocolates” is on the Health Hub for more inspiration.