Vegan friendly chocolate.
There seems to be a misconception that when you turn vegan you suddenly stop eating chocolate; this is not the case. There are many brands of chocolate offering dairy free options which don’t have to come from the “free from” section. If you like dark chocolate then you will find the transition easy. If you don’t enjoy dark chocolate it could take a while to make the transition however over time you will get used to the taste and start to love it.
It is possible to get milk and white vegan chocolate however it does have to come from the “free from” section because it isn’t naturally made dairy free. As a result the cost will be a bit higher than your regular chocolate bars.
Things to note:
- not all dark chocolate is vegan so always double check the label.
- dairy products are mostly always in bold however “butterfat” is sometimes not highlighted; so again double check the label.
Some facts about chocolate:
Chocolate is made from the cacao plant which in its most natural state is actually a health food. Not to be confused with cocoa, cacao is naturally high in antioxidants and has numerous health benefits. Alongside a healthy diet, cacao has the ability to balance blood pressure, lower cholesterol, reduce arterial plaque and ultimately reverse heart disease.
Other health benefits:
- Its high in magnesium which increases energy levels and protects against osteoporosis.
- Cacao boosts serotonin levels and endorphins which improve mood and balance mood swings.
- It contains healthy fats which create chemical reactions for growth, immune function and metabolic function.
I have accumulated a section of photos on my trip around Tesco, finding all the vegan chocolate I could. Other supermarkets and health shops have more choice so you’re never short of options. These are mainstream brands, where as health shops have great raw chocolate varieties (and more!) but at a higher cost.
Other alternatives include raw cacao powder (to create your own great vegan desserts/ treats) and cacao nibs (to add to snacks, smoothies and oats).
Find some of your mainstream varieties below.
Green & Black’s
Green & Blacks Thins
Ritter Sport (not their mint variety)
To find out more about how chocolate is made, go view my post on how I made chocolate in the Amazon!