The best vegan chocolate for a dairy-free sweet treat

So good, you won't even notice the difference...

Best vegan chocolate

by Jade Moscrop |

There's nothing quite like biting into a delicious piece of chocolate to help you forget about your worries and improve your mood. It's like a little slice of heaven, always there for you.

Whether you're vegan or dairy-free for moral or health reasons, one of the things you may miss is that satisfying chocolate feeling, but you needn't miss out on all the goodness just because you're living your best dairy-free life.

The days of having to scour the supermarket free-from shelves or order from specialist online sellers are gone - vegan chocolate is here to stay and there are SO many brands to choose from. What's more, they can be easily ordered online and delivered to your door, ready for your next sweet fix.

We've rounded up the best vegan chocolate brands, including bars, truffles, biscuits and more, to help you find your new favourite.

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What is vegan chocolate made from?

Vegan chocolate is chocolate that's made without any animal products, so milk is off the table, obviously. Generally, you'll find ingredients like chocolate liquor, sugar, cocoa butter (don't let the 'butter' fool you, it is vegan), vanilla and coconut in vegan chocolate. Avoid anything that lists whey, casein, milk fat, and milk solids, because, you guessed it, these come from milk.

Sometimes, when dairy-free chocolate is made on the same production lines as dairy products, brands will list a 'may contain milk' warning. This doesn't necessarily mean it does, but brands have to be transparent when it comes to potential dairy contamination. If you have an allergy or an intolerance, it's recommended to steer clear of these just in case.

Most vegan chocolate is also gluten-free and nut-free, but be sure to double check.

Is vegan chocolate healthy?

Vegan chocolate does contain fewer calories than milk chocolate and is a source of antioxidants. However, any and all chocolate is high in sugar and fat, so overindulging in any form of chocolate isn't good for you.

Is dark chocolate vegan?

In many cases, yes. Chocolate that has a high percentage of cocoa (50 per cent or higher) is generally suitable for vegans. Lindt Excellence Dark 70% Chocolate is a great example of this, as are many own-brand supermarket chocolate bars. However, a lot of this chocolate may have been produced using the same machines as milk chocolate, so you should be wary.

If in doubt, always check the label before purchasing.

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