Dark chocolate used to be the only option available for vegans with a sweet tooth. Luckily, times have very much changed and there are now plenty of dairy-free treats out there which recreate the creamy taste of milk chocolate, and wait 'til you try the white chocolate alternatives too! Yummy.
To help you decide which vegan chocolate option to go for, we've put together a list of our top 8 picks to buy from Amazon, eBay, Tesco, Asda, and Waitrose. Whether you're craving cocoa-dusted truffles, chunky hazelnut-filled bars, or healthy(ish) caramel cups — you can easily add our recommendations to your online shopping basket and have them delivered straight to your door. It's a truly exciting time to be vegan.
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When perusing vegan chocolate, there's a few things to consider: flavour, nutritional info, additional dietary requirements, and ethical credentials. We'll run through each of these factors here!
Before thinking about anything else, you'll need to decide which type of chocolate you prefer, whether white, milk or dark. Each has a different flavour and level of sweetness, so it's a big decision if you're satisfying a particular craving!
As we mentioned earlier, dark chocolate is a staple for vegan chocoholics. It has a rich, intense flavour that's not too sickly sweet. Not only is it a tasty choice, but it's nutritious too — this kind of chocolate is full of antioxidants like flavanols, which can improve blood flow and neutralise free radicals.
If you want something creamier though, you should try a milk-style bar made with creamed coconut or a white chocolate bar containing vanilla extract. Both of these are much sweeter than dark chocolate though, so they're pretty indulgent!
Vegan doesn't automatically equal healthy, and even dairy-free treats can be downright decadent! So it's important to check nutritional info like how much cocoa and sugar your chosen chocolate contains if you're trying to be healthy. If you're being indulgent it's still a good idea to choose something with organic ingredients for better quality chocolate.
The higher the cocoa content in a bar of chocolate, the more nutritious it is! A 100g bar with 70-85% cocoa contains more than half the recommended daily allowance (RDI) of iron and magnesium, plus almost the entire RDI of copper and manganese. Bars containing this much cocoa are also high in fibre and fatty acids.
However, a bar with a high cocoa content can taste bitter, so finding the right balance of cocoa and sugar is key. Bear in mind that the RDI for sugar is 30g a day — so choose chocolate with 25g or less per 100g for a healthier choice. Many vegan chocolates use coconut sugar or date syrup for added sweetness, which have a lower glycemic index but can still be high in calories.
Did you know that out of all the crops on the planet, conventionally-grown cocoa uses the most pesticide in its production? Studies have shown that consuming products that have been treated with even low doses of pesticides can cause a number of health issues.
So if you'd prefer a bar of chocolate without synthetic nasties or GMOs, opt for one that contains organic ingredients. We firmly believe that it tastes better and generally has a higher quality — but we'll let you test that out for yourself!
When it comes to living and eating ethically, we're really spoilt for choice with vegan chocolate options. Fairtrade products, which pay cocoa producers a fair wage, are easy to find online — even on supermarket sites! Rainforest Alliance-certified chocolate is also a sustainable choice, ensuring the safety of cocoa farmers, and conserving local wildlife.
Some of the very best chocolate makers out there have taken their ethical credibility even further and have set up their own schemes which guarantee a higher price than Fairtrade for farmers and producers. The companies that do this usually have strong, visible relationships with producers, which they often proudly detail on their websites.
There are lots of artisanal vegan chocolates made in the UK these days too, which minimises transportation (i.e. pollution) and scores mega eco points! We think it's always a great idea to support small UK businesses and taste local British ingredients in your chocolate too!
Yet another great thing about vegan chocolate is that it tends to be reliably labelled when it comes to allergens. Since vegan brands are often designed to cater to other special dietary requirements, many bars will be suitable for those with coeliac disease or nut allergies too.
To help you out, we'll mention in the specification table below each review whether a product is gluten-free, nut-free, or both so you can concentrate on which treat tickles your fancy!
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Organic Whole Hazelnut Chocolate Bar ｜Pack of 4
Indulgent, Ethically Produced, and Deliciously Nutty
Coco Mylk ｜Pack of 10
An Incredibly Creamy, Coconut-Based Treat
Mylk & Pink Himalayan Salt
Angelic and Full of Flavour
White Almond Bliss ｜Pack of 3
The Ultimate Vegan White Chocolate
Cocoa Nib Nights
Decadent, Moreish Cocoa Truffles
Free From Chocolate Bar
Ethically Sound and Suitable For a Range of Diets
Extra Special Dark Chocolate Mint Indulgence Bar
Crisp, Cool Peppermint Perfection
Double Chocolate Caramel Cups
Gluten-Free and Made With Natural Ingredients
Made from fine Italian hazelnut paste, hazelnut cocoa cream, and of course whole hazelnuts — this indulgent bar by Vego tastes just like Nutella! Not only is it organic, fairtrade, and gluten-free but it's also king-sized. Perfect for sharing or to nibbling on slowly.
It's often tricky to find vegan milk chocolate bars that taste like the real thing, but this one really hits the mark. For this reason, along with its ethical credentials, we just had to make it our number 1 product!
Ombar are well-known within vegan chocolate lover circles, and not many can match up to their perfection! Coco Mylk is a delightful mix of creamed coconut and rich, unroasted Ecuadorian cocoa. Made at a low temperature and enriched with a nourishing dose of live cultures, this bar is a great source of manganese.
Although it's super healthy (as chocolate options go), this organic bar still tastes fabulously indulgent. Best of all, Ombar pays their producers a higher amount than Fairtrade making this an ethical treat. It is also free from all the major allergens, so everyone can enjoy it!
Just what we've been waiting for — a heavenly bar of raw vegan chocolate that is also reasonably healthy! Organic, gluten-free, and soy-free, this product is packed with antioxidants. It's also naturally sweetened with coconut sugar.
There are many flavour options in Raw Halo's range of bars, but this one really caught our eye. The blend of creamy, single-origin cacao and pink Himalayan salt is just sensational. Being ethically made in the UK gives it a big thumbs up for the environment too!
It can be hard to find a bar of vegan white chocolate, especially one that's organic, so when you do it feels really special! Flecked with shards of almond, this blissful bar has a gorgeous crunch and just the right amount of sweetness.
It's so yummy that it makes us wonder why good vegan white chocolate is so scarce. Perhaps it's because no-one wants to compete with Vego and their colourful, fun products with good ethical credentials!
Monty Bojangles truffles have been a boutique classic for a few years, so it's very exciting for vegans to finally be able to enjoy them too! These decadent delights have understandably won several Great Taste Awards over the past few years and they're certified by the Vegan Society too.
Rich and luxurious, you may only need a bite or two to satisfy a sugar craving — so it's a good job they're individually wrapped! You really can't go wrong with these cocoa dusted treats.
The concept at NOMO is that no one should have to miss out on chocolate, regardless of their diet or lifestyle choices. So, not only is this deliciously creamy bar vegan, but it's also free from gluten and nuts.
Made in the UK with Rainforest Alliance certified cocoa, we can't fault the ethical credentials here. A deliciously simple vegan bar that is sure to satisfy your milk chocolate cravings.
This dark chocolate bar by ASDA isn't part of the Extra Special range for nothing! It's one of the best mint options out there, and the low price makes it even more appealing. Plus, 52% cocoa solids create a great balance with the sweetness from the vanilla extract.
Of course, we understand that mint isn't for everyone, and you may prefer to choose something less fresh-tasting and more decadent. But those who like peppermint chocolate are sure to love it!
Vegans will likely be familiar with the Deliciously Ella brand, which offers invaluable healthy recipes and plant-based prepared snacks. Although this offering combines natural ingredients like oats and maple syrup, it's high in sugar so should be seen as an indulgence.
These double chocolate cups are delectable but rather sweet, so you might not want to peck at them too often. Luckily though, the serving is smaller than some of our other recommendations — so everything in moderation, right?
Whether you're a flexitarian, a newly-fledged veggie, or a veteran vegan — we say you can never have too much food inspo! Check out some of our other plant-based articles at the links below for even more delicious ideas.
Now we've shown you the goods, we're sure you're feeling sweet and ready to nibble some vegan treats. All that's left for you to do is decide which dairy-free delight you're going to try first. Life really is like a box of chocolates!
Author: Melanie McPhail
No. 1: Vego｜Organic Whole Hazelnut Chocolate Bar ｜Pack of 4
No. 2: Ombar ｜Coco Mylk ｜Pack of 10
No. 3: Raw Halo ｜Mylk & Pink Himalayan Salt
No. 4: Vego｜White Almond Bliss ｜Pack of 3
No. 5: Monty Bojangles｜Cocoa Nib Nights
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