Viva!’s Top 20 Vegan Chocolate Treats

 

Yes, vegans love chocolate and other related goodies and going vegan doesn’t mean you have to do without, far from it. Here is our Top 20. If you can’t find what you want in a shop, go online – the choice is overwhelming!

Browse the Viva! shop www.vivashop.org.uk/food-wine/chocolates for a range of gorgeous items that you won’t find in supermarkets!

VEGAN CHOCOLATE

1. ALDI

  • Choceur Mint Chocolate Thins
  • Choceur Mint Chocolate Waves
  • Dairyfine Dark Chocolate and Mint Chocolate bars  (vegan, despite the name!)

Cheap, cheerful and surprisingly good. The Mint Thins are way nicer than their more famous counterpart (which are no longer vegan)

2. Booja Booja

Independent shops or online, eg Viva!Shop – some of the best chocolate around whether you’re vegan or not.  Not cheap but worth it!

 

buy Booja Booja

3. Hotel Chocolat

Mini Hazelnut& Pistachio Bûche Dark & Nutty – a little chocky log of gorgeousness! But they also do pralines and much more…

check out their vegan list here

4. i-Choc

Several delicious flavours suitable for vegans including a lovely white choc and an almond milk flavour. See Viva!Shop and other independents.

Viva!Shop

5. Jokerz, Buccaneer, Twilight and Mahlo Bars

Vegan equivalents of Snickers, Mars, Milky Way and Bounty! Viva!Shop and other independents

Viva!Shop

6. Ombar Coconut Mylk

A raw vegan milk chocolate made from creamy coconut milk. Independents and Viva!Shop

Viva!Shop

7. Vego Whole Hazelnut Chocolate Bar.

It’s a bit like that famous truck driver bar… but way better. One of Viva!Shop’s best sellers

Viva!Shop’s

8. Vivani mini bars

Small bars of loveliness including white and orange almond. Viva!Shop and elsewhere

Viva!Shop

9. Vivani Dunkle Nougat Bar

100g of creamy rich dark chocolate filled with a thin layer of hazelnut paste ie like praline. Delicious. Find it from good health food shops or other independents.

10. Zotter Hazelnut Nougat

It’s a big praline bar, basically. Utterly delicious. Viva!Shop and other independents.

Viva!Shop

Alpro Fresh Coconut Cream

Alpro Fresh Coconut Cream

OTHER VEGAN CHOCOLATE-RELATED ITEMS

11. Alpro Chocolate Milk: soya, almond or coconut based

12. Booja Booja Hunky Punky Chocolate Ice Cream

13. CoYo Chocolate Coconut Milk Yoghurt

14. Lazy Days Belgian Chocolate Tiffin

Millionaire’s Shortbread and other items. (Free-from shelves in larger supermarkets eg Co-op, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose)

15. Chocolate Spread

While many contain added milk, these don’t and are great. Plamil Alternative to Milk Chocolate Spread (health food shops and independents ); Nature's Store Hazelnut & Chocolate Spread (Sainsbury’s and elsewhere); Biona Organic Cocobella Chocolate Coconut Butter (health food shops, Ocado)

16. Swedish Glace Chocolate Frozen Dessert (and other flavours)

Find it in Waitrose, Tesco and health food shops etc

17. Chocolate Dessert

Alpro, Provamel and Tesco each sell nice little choc pots!

18. Bourbons. The classic

Yes, they’re vegan.

19. Hobnob Choc Chip

These are vegan but the chocolate- covered variety are not. Go figure… ( regular Hobnobs and other generic  oat biscuits are invariably vegan)

20. Hot chocolate and cocoa

Aldi, Sainsbury's Fairtrade Drinking Chocolate, Tesco Traditional Drinking Chocolate are all vegan, as are Santo Domingo Drinking Chocolate. Or try a good quality cocoa such as Equal Exchange Fairtrade and just add sugar or agave syrup plus plant milk of your choice.  Note – many hot chocolate brands contain milk powder, especially the sachets.

NOTE: ALLERGENS VS VEGAN?

If an item contains no animal ingredients but the packaging states may contain traces of milk/egg… this means the item is essentially vegan. Companies who make a variety of foods have to clean the production lines thoroughly between different batches, eg foods containing nuts, soya, dairy etc.

Any traces would be microscopic and are not actually added to the product you buy – and they don’t contribute to animal suffering.

The UK’s Food Standards Agency states: we would not be against a food that is labelled as vegan carrying a warning on the label that it is produced in a factory or on a line where certain dairy products or allergenic foods are also handled and used.

From an ethical point of view, most vegan groups agree that this is an acceptable compromise. While it is undoubtedly better to support dedicated vegan companies, it isn’t always practical. Being able to buy items from mainstream companies widens the choice of products available and makes a change of diet less daunting to new vegans.

However, this compromise may not be suitable for those with severe allergies. As ever, when in doubt, check with the manufacturer.