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!
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.