Are you confused about cacao and wondering is chocolate vegan? The good news is there are plenty of dairy-free chocolate products readily available. Let's explore the delicious world of vegan chocolates with our ultimate guide to vegan chocolate.
Chocolate, even the word makes us happy.
Whether it’s a chocolatey dessert, a cheeky chocolate biscuit, or even a quick vegan chocolate bar on the go, we simply can’t get enough of vegan chocolate.
But many people ask the same question, ‘is chocolate vegan?’
In short, yes! Chocolate is vegan because it is a natural product derived from cocoa beans.
However, many chocolate products in supermarkets contain milk powder. This is added during the production process to give the chocolate a creamier taste.
In this guide, we will take you through a world of delicious cruelty-free chocolate products and recipes that will convince anyone to ditch dairy.
Ready to step into a dairy-free chocolate dream? Let’s go!
What is vegan chocolate?
Although commercial chocolate products contain milk powder, chocolate is in fact a raw, natural, vegan product.
Chocolate is made from cocoa beans which have been removed by hand from inside cocoa pods (which were cut off their trees by hand).
These beans are then fermented, dried, roasted, shelled, chopped and pressed.
The shell of the cocoa bean is removed to produce cacao nibs. Next, the nibs are then ground to produce cocoa mass.
When placed under extremely high pressure, cocoa mass separates into cocoa powder (gives a chocolate flavour and colour) and cocoa butter (the melting property of chocolate).
Pure chocolate is then created by combining cocoa solids and cocoa butter via processes called conching, tempering, and finally moulding.
Furthermore, the rise of veganism has increased the demand for a greater choice of plant-based chocolate products.
Is dark chocolate vegan?
Dark chocolate is vegan! Dark chocolate contains 50-90% cocoa solids, with just cocoa butter, and sugar.
Additionally, dark chocolate is a rich source of antioxidants and minerals. Some studies suggest dark chocolate can lower the risk of heart disease and improve brain function.
Most dark chocolate bars in the supermarket are suitable for vegans, but make sure to check the ingredients.
Dairy-free milk chocolate is created using a lower level of cocoa solids, cocoa butter, sugar, and plant-based milk.
Is white chocolate vegan?
Although white chocolate has a different production method to dark chocolate, it can be made vegan.
Instead of using cocoa solids, dairy-free white chocolate is made from cocoa butter, sugar, and a plant-based milk product.
Vegan-friendly white chocolate is readily available in most supermarkets, as well as a range of independent chocolatiers.
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Take a look at some of the best dairy-free chocolates available now!
Galaxy vegan chocolate bars
Although Galaxy’s vegan range has been on the supermarket shelves since 2019, its novelty certainly hasn’t worn off!
These dairy-free milk chocolate bars have become a cupboard staple for many vegans and are available in a range of flavours.
Not only has the confectionary brand launch delicious dairy-free chocolate, but also an irresistible vegan hot chocolate, perfect for winter! We’ll take the lot!
You can find Galaxy Vegan chocolates in most larger UK supermarkets in the free-from aisle.
Booja-Booja Chocolate Truffles
We know how important it is to treat ourselves from time to time, and Booja-Booja’s chocolate truffles are the ultimate treat.
The vegan truffles from the multi-award-winning confectionery makers are available in four luxurious flavours.
Choose from Deeply Chocolate, Honeycomb Caramel, Chocolate Orange, or Chocolate Salted Caramel. Good luck choosing one!
LoveRaw Cream Wafer Bars
When we first heard that a company was creating vegan alternatives of the Kinder Beuno, our eyes (and stomachs) lit up.
What’s even better, LoveRaw is a family-run business which a passion for dairy-free confectionary.
LoveRaw has released a variety of delicious vegan sweet treats, but a highlight for us is the hazelnut Cream Wafer Bars.
Tony’s Almond & Sea Salt Dark Chocolate
As we know, there is nothing accidentally vegan about dark chocolate, but Tony’s Chocolonely really does feel like a gift from the vegan gods.
Tony’s Almond and Sea Salt Dark Chocolate bar is the ultimate treat and perfect for sharing – if you’re feeling generous!
The sea salt flakes balance out the richness of the dark chocolate creating a taste sensation.
You can find Tony’s Chocoloney in Sainsbury’s and Waitrose, or order directly from their website.
NOMO chocolate is renowned for its luxurious free-from chocolate selection that is cruelty and allergen-free.
The UK based confectionary company has strived to create irresistible chocolate that everyone can enjoy.
You can find NOMO chocolate bars in most UK supermarkets, or order direct from its website.
Fry’s chocolate cream
Fry’s chocolate cream has been an accidental vegan staple for decades.
These cream-filled bars coated in dairy-free dark chocolate have been our go-to whenever we are in need of a chocolate fix!
Fry’s chocolate cream bars are available in a range of flavours, including Orange, Mint, Strawberry and Original.
Moreover, they are just £1 for a pack of 3!
You can find Fry’s Chocolate Cream bars in most supermarkets and corner shops.
Fun, organic, and vegan? Kyoot chocolate ticks all of those boxes!
Kyoot is not your typical tasting dark chocolate, finding a soft balance between creamy and bittersweet.
Additionally, Kyoot recognises the health benefits of cacao, using only organically harvested ingredients to create its dreamy chocolate.
Prices start at £3.50 per bar and can be bought from various independent retailers nationwide, or directly from eatkyoot.com.
Irresistible vegan chocolate recipes
This citrus spiked dairy-free chocolate tart is pure heaven. The flaky pastry tart combined with a rich chocolate orange filling creates a melt-in-the-mouth moment, finished off with fresh orange peel for a dessert like no other.
Who doesn’t love a chocolate truffle, we can’t get enough of them! These vegan-friendly chocolate truffles can be made at home in less than 20 minutes, get creative with the flavours to create the ultimate chocolate dream.
Cannellini beans in a blondie? Take our word for it! These dairy-free white chocolate & macadamia nut blondies are a not so naughty, but certainly nice, treat that we all deserve.
Is there anything aquafaba can’t do? Transform this timeless dessert into a vegan dessert you’ll make over and over again.
Many people are sceptic of gluten-free and vegan baking, but fear not! This super moist chocolate cake will make you question why anyone uses eggs, dairy, or gluten to bake!
Who can resist a delicious hot chocolate during the colder months? We definitely can’t! Get cosy this winter and fill up a mug of this luxurious oat milk hot chocolate, topped with vegan whipped cream for good measure.
Ever find yourself craving Pret vegan treats after-hours? Fear not! Recreate Pret’s iconic dark chocolate & almond butter vegan cookies at home with this simple recipe!
Now that you’ve got your chocolate fix sorted, delve into our guide to the best vegan sweets in the UK