No, you aren’t dreaming. You’ve read right, there’s a whole section of our website dedicated to nothing but vegan chocolates.
From vegan white chocolate and vegan chocolate bars, to vegan chocolate truffles and vegan milk chocolate, you’ll find them all. And they’re all ready and waiting to whisk you away to vegan chocolate heaven.
If you didn’t have a chocolate craving at the start of this article, we can guarantee you will have by the time you reach the end of it…
What is vegan chocolate?
Chocolate that’s made using non-animal-derived ingredients, particularly milk. This is because white and milk chocolate contain milk.
The vast majority of this milk comes from cows; there are also some manufacturers who use goat’s or sheep’s milk to make their chocolate.1
Now you can, theoretically speaking, create a chocolate using milk from any animal but, from a vegan point of view, the specific animal is irrelevant.
Any chocolate’s made from animal products isn’t classed as being vegan-friendly, and the use of milk is one of the main signs chocolate isn’t suitable for vegans to tuck into.
As a result, it’s not possible to make milk or white chocolate that’s suitable for vegans, unless milk alternatives have been used (more on this below).
Is all dark chocolate vegan?
Now that’s a good question! In most cases, dark chocolate isn’t suitable for vegans because it tends to contain one, two or three ingredients that come from animals.
For the reasons mentioned above, it, therefore, isn’t vegan-friendly.2
Most dark chocolate doesn’t tick the vegan box because it contains milk fat, milk, natural flavour and other ingredients.
While we’re on the subject of natural flavourings, they should be vegan, but this isn’t always the case.
If you’re vegan, it’s best to presume that most dark chocolate isn’t vegan at first glance (sorry, but it’s really best to err on the side of caution when it comes to chocolate).
How to identify vegan dark chocolate
Vegan versions of dark chocolate do exist, but they’re quite rare.
Most brands that make vegan dark chocolate use ingredients that are mostly or entirely plant-based. And that’s why virtually all plant-based dark chocolate carries a vegan label.
Spotting vegan dark chocolate is relatively easy, you just need to look out for the vegan label.
But beware, some dark chocolates say that are plant-based or have labels that say something very similar. But this may not mean they’re 100% vegan, they could still contain traces of animal products.
The bottom line is, only buy vegan dark chocolate that states it’s 100% vegan, nothing less, and nothing similar.
Can you get white chocolate that is vegan?
As with dark chocolate, most white chocolate isn’t suitable for vegans because of the reasons we’ve already touched on.
However, that doesn’t mean vegan white chocolate doesn’t exist or that you can’t make it yourself. In fact, vegan white chocolate is relatively easy to make, and you don’t have to have lots of ingredients either.
Can you get milk chocolate that is vegan?
Yes. It. Does. Exist!3
And there are two different categories of it – ‘pure’ dark chocolate and specialist vegan chocolate that’s made using milk substitutes.
In theory, there is no need for dark chocolate to use animal products. Good quality dark chocolate can contain 100% cocoa solids, making it full-on vegan friendly.
In reality, 100% cocoa is far too dark and bitter for most people, but in simple terms, higher cocoa is more likely to be vegan.
It often uses far less sugar than dark and milk chocolate too, so that is less of a worry, although vegans who are concerned about the sugar should still check.
In terms of the specialist vegan chocolate, vegans no longer have to be restricted to just dark chocolate when it comes to getting their chocolate fix.
More and more vegan milk chocolate is coming on to the market as veganism continues to increase in popularity (yay!)
As for how they’re made? Chocolate manufacturers are switching those traditional animal ingredients that have always been used for plant-based alternatives, such as rice-derived products instead of milk (e.g. rice milk).
Coconut milk is also another replacement for dairy milk in milk chocolate manufacturing too.
The bottom line is, the parameters for creating vegan chocolate are getting wider, as more and more brands realise they can make vegan chocolate happen.
What is organic chocolate?
Organic chocolate is more than just a label. It’s a sign organic chocolate has been subject to legal regulations that protect the planet’s soils and ecosystems — and you, too.
Organic farmers create healthy, living soil and manage weeds and pests using natural methods, while organic processors only use natural colours and substances: ensuring your chocolate is of the highest quality and has been made in a way that supports wildlife, soils and the climate.4
Organic certification isn’t given lightly. All organic farms and food companies are thoroughly inspected at least once a year.
What’s more, The Soil Association sets higher standards than the legal minimum for organic production, too. This means chocolate manufacturers that meet its standards must go even further on issues like additives, processing aids, packaging and maintaining organic integrity.
As a result - when you people buy organic chocolate that’s Soil Association-certified, they know its makers have gone that extra mile to produce a tasty treat that can be trusted.
What is Fairtrade chocolate?
Fairtrade chocolate is designed to make a difference to the lives of cocoa farmers and their families around the world.5
Life is tough for cocoa farmers. The price of cocoa beans has slumped in recent years, despite high demand. Disease and age are damaging cocoa trees and few young people are becoming cocoa farmers because of the poor prospects.
Fairtrade products, such as chocolate, help to make cocoa farming in places like the Ivory Coast and Ghana more sustainable by guaranteeing minimum prices and providing a Fairtrade Premium to invest in local communities, so farmers can provide a better future for themselves and their families.
Every time you buy a bar of Fairtrade chocolate, you are supporting farmers and their communities.
What chocolate brands are vegan?
So now you know about the processes behind vegan chocolate, where can you get it? We've got a list of the best vegan chocolates available today.
Best vegan chocolates right now
This chocolate bar ticks a lot of boxes – it’s vegan, organic, Fairtrade, gluten-free and contains no palm oil.
High-quality ingredients, such as fine hazelnut paste, whole hazelnuts and cocoa cream have been blended together in a unique process to create Vego bars.
Cseymour - 5/5 stars - ‘Love the Vego range. It’s the most delicious vegan chocolate.’
At41 - 5/5 stars - ‘Yummy. The best chocolate I’ve tried, so smooth and creamy.’
Made in the UK, NOMO bars are vegan and free from dairy, gluten, egg and nuts.
NOMO’s chefs have spent years crafting their vegan choc recipe. Also available in a Fruit & Crunch flavour.
Galap - 5/5 stars - 'It’s like eating Galaxy Caramel chocolate, simply gorgeous, that gorgeous, I tend to order them in bulk.'
Vegan-friendly and gluten-free, these double chocolate caramel cups are the perfect plant-based indulgence.
Rich, sweet and full of flavour, they have a chocolate and oat base and are topped with caramel, chocolate ganache and a layer of dark chocolate.
Also available in a Double Chocolate Caramel flavour.
KiTK - 5/5 stars - ‘I really like these, particularly as they are vegan in combination with gluten-free, such tasty snacks can be hard to come by. They are perfect for when I have a chocolate craving. The double chocolate ones are also very good, more intense in flavour (and not ‘too’ calorific!).’
Booja Booja’s multi award-winning Almond Salted Caramel Truffles are vegan, organic and dairy, gluten and soya free.
These melt in your mouth vegan chocolate truffles, with their chewy, gooey sea salted caramel and roasted almonds filling, are the perfect on-the-go chocolate fix.
Also available in Hazelnut Truffle flavour.
Megly - 5/5 stars - ‘Booja Booja yumminess! My all-time favourite chocolates and so perfect you can buy them in packs of two so you can treat yourself without feeling too guilty!’
Vegan and sugar-free, Balance’s Belgian Dark Chocolate Bar is made with maltitol and pure cocoa mass and cocoa butter, with a lingering taste of delicate vanilla.
It’s the ideal choice for dark chocolate lovers, who don’t want unnecessary sugar in their snacks.
Gjutley - 5/5 stars - 'I have been buying this product for a long time and I love it. The price is perfect and it is low carb. I just wish there were more varieties of this brand available here in UK'
This chocolate bar is suitable for vegans, as well as being dairy and gluten-free.
Raw Halo’s bars are made with ethically sourced, plant-based ingredients that have been sweetened naturally with coconut sugar and are wrapped in sustainable plastic-free packaging.
Happy Shopper - 5/5 stars - ‘I saw this product on promotion and didn’t realise it was vegan. It tastes great, I’m going back tomorrow for more. Tastes better than some dairy chocolate.’
Suitable for vegans and vegetarians and gluten-free, these chocolate cups are made from single-origin Colombian chocolate and ethical cacao.
They’re also palm oil-free. (Also available in Hazelnut Butter flavour).
Josie52 - 5/5 stars - ‘Delicious dark chocolate in these mini peanut cups! I’m trying to reduce my sugars and carbs and one of these is just enough with a cup of coffee. A healthy way to enjoy chocolate!’
These caramel chocolate almonds, with a decadent dusting of cacao powder, are gluten and soy-free and suitable for vegans.
Perfect for snacking and enjoying on the go, the taste of these plump almonds is award-winning. (Also available in raw chocolate ginger flavour).
Sue Bn - 5/5 stars - 'Delicious chocolate covered almonds very morish and healthy for you.’
iChoc is an exclusively vegan brand that produces plant-based ‘milk’ chocolates that are almost indistinguishable from classic milk chocolates.
It’s the vegan favourite chocolate of people, who want to snack on plants - honestly and consciously.
All of their products are made from everything organic, everything sustainable and consistently plastic-free. All iChoc products are free from palm oil.
These chocolate-covered little squidgy nugglets of heaven are vegan, gluten and dairy-free and made from natural ingredients.
sk13 - 5/5 stars -‘These are the perfect little natural treat when you want a rich, chocolatey hit but one made with simple ingredients.
These have a soft fudge-like gooey centre that is bubbly and chocolate and made with only 5 ingredients and then covered in simple smooth chocolate sweetened with coconut sugar.
I absolutely love these, the pack size and portion is perfect and the texture is so good - really soft and indulgent - they're gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan, but honestly the taste and simple ingredients is the best bit.’
Mother McGoo - 5/5 stars - ‘Being mostly dairy and gluten-free and avoiding refined sugars as much as possible I'm always on the lookout for treats that tick my dietary boxes.
These did not disappoint! Each nugget is a burst of surprising chocolatiness. My only complaint is I felt mildly depressed as I reached the bottom of the packet. There can never be enough nugglets.’
A snack for every occasion, these Misfits Plant-Based Protein Bars are an ideal chocolate bar alternative, packed with 15g protein and less than 1g sugar.
Made with vegan ingredients, this product is 100% natural, gluten and dairy-free.
(Also available in these flavours – chocolate caramel, chocolate hazelnut and dark chocolate raspberry).
JoaoMiguel - 5/5 stars - ‘Ordered this a few days ago alongside some other flavours. I think it’s a close spot between this one and the caramel one! Either way, both taste amazing.’
Peakz Crunchy Hazelnut Chocolate Squares are for those die-hard dark chocolate fans who revel in the nutty buttery flavour of hazelnut. Each square offers a nutritious wholegrain core, which is then dunked in dark Belgian chocolate.
Packed with iron and Vitamin B12, these high in fibre vegan-friendly snacks are palm oil-free, GMO-free, and artificial colours, flavours and preservatives free.
Anonymous - 5/5 stars - ‘These are really tasty little treats. Can’t wait to try some of the other flavours in the range.’
Lizzie12345 - 5/5 stars - ‘I bought these hazelnut squares and salted caramel squares and oh my are they incredibly delicious.
I had one bag with my coffee this morning and it was the perfect treat on a cold day. I'm saving the second bag to have before my gym session this afternoon to keep me going.
I love that it has B12 and iron and are high fibre. It's rare to find a chocolate snack that tastes delicious but also has some health benefits too. Oh, and it's addictive! Thanks Peakz!’
A few final words about vegan chocolate…
If you’re vegan, you don’t have to forego your beloved chocolate because there are more and more vegan chocolate products coming on the market.
The bottom line is if a product’s saying it’s vegan, always double-check the label to make sure there are no traces of animal ingredients.
Ideally, you want to stick with vegan-certified products to make sure the chocolate you buy is 100% vegan.
Alternatively, you could always have a go at making your own, if you fancy it….
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Last updated: 31 August 2021