Winter is still lingering upon us and never has the time been better for a big satisfying bite of rich vegan chocolate – all the satisfaction with none of that dairy-induced bloat. It is often said among vegans that non-dairy chocolate is not as addictive, so even if you’re watching your weight as a New Year resolution, you can still enjoy a sneaky chocolatey snack; so, let’s enter these Top 5 Vegan Chocolates!
This German chocolate bar with whole hazelnuts, cocoa cream and “finest Italian hazelnut paste” has taken the UK by storm, with many vegans calling it the best vegan chocolate in the world! It can be found in health food shops and also online at Vegan Tuck Box, Vegan Town, Veggie Stuff, Ethical Superstore and even Amazon. Vego likes to boast its giant size – 150g, much bigger than a Boost but there is a pocket-sized version as well. Vego is organic, fairtrade and gluten free.
If there was a vegan chocolate wonderland, it wouldn’t be complete without Booja-Booja. These truffles are rather upscale, so lend themselves to the luxury gift market.The most decadent flavours include: champagne, raspberry, ginger, olive, rhubarb & vanilla, cherry & cognac, almond & salted caramel, and rum-soaked sultana. Some of these have won about a dozen awards. Booja-Booja also do a range of dairy-free ice creams.
This is dark chocolate, for those who like it rich. One advantage of Montezuma’s is that they do an incredible range, from sharing bars, truffles to celebratory chocolates for special occasions. Their attractive range of flavours include orange & geranium, chilli, sea salt & lime, and spiced peanuts. Not everything is in the Montezuma’s range is vegan, but its dark chocolate is – unlike many other brands of dark chocolate. You can search “dairy free” on their online store filter, too.
4) Moo Free
In stark contrast to the above, Moo Free is for people whose palate prefers mild chocolate. No, Moo is not dark or enriched with nuts, but rather made with rice milk. It is multi-award winning, organic, ethically sourced, soya free and gluten free. Their best flavours are orange, hazelnut nibs, cranberry and hazelnut, honeycomb (no actual honey), dried banana and mint. The company also produce quality seasonal treats and gifts, such as Easter eggs and advent calendars.
Vegan white chocolate is in amazingly short supply, considering it’s just regular chocolate without the cocoa solids. iChoc White Vanilla is one of the few good examples of vegan white chocolate, for those who like it extra light. The iChoc range also includes Choco Cookie, containing chunks of chocolate cookie and Supernut, containing roasted hazelnuts.This German company also uses rice milk, and unlike Moo Free, boasts veganism loud and proud.
Whether you like chocolate dark as winter night or white as falling snow, with these quality brands and their dizzying array of options, there’s no reason why your Veg-ruary (March…April etc) should go awry this year!