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Who doesn’t like getting chocolate for Christmas? Vegans are no different!
If you want to gift chocolate to the vegans in your life this Christmas, than look no further than this guide! Registered Dietitian Christine will share what makes chocolate vegan friendly, and give you a list that’s sure to please many tastes.
Lets get started!
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How Do I Spot Vegan Chocolate?
Vegan chocolate will not contain any animal products. This means that you shouldn’t see the following ingredients that are common in chocolate:
- Milk By-Products(Examples include: “whey,” “lactose,” “butter,” etc.)
Looking at the label and noticing a vegan symbol? That means it’s probably vegan. Still, your vegan friends will appreciate that you double checked the ingredients.
Now you got the basics down, but still may be asking…
Anything Else I Should Check?
Maybe! Many vegans also make sure that other things are absent from their food. Before you go out and by chocolate, try to find out their opinions on these subjects:
- Slave and Child Labor: Most of the worlds cacao beans (beans made to make chocolate) are sourced from West Africa. Unfortunately, the industry has been accused of slave and child labor, so many vegans may avoid chocolate sourced from there.
Luckily, the Food Empowerment Project has a list of chocolate that is and is not ethically sourced. Check it out here when shopping for those concerned about this issue.
- Palm Oil: While technically a vegan ingredient, the palm oil industry has been accused of issues such as deforestation and human rights violations. Some ethical vegans may avoid it for these issues. If that’s the case, make sure your Christmas gift is free of it too!
- Lead and Cadmium: Some health conscious vegans may be aware that cocoa products can contain significant amounts of certain heavy metals.
While these heavy metals naturally occur in cocoa and a variety of foods, a study of cocoa powder and chocolate products in US market showed a correlation between cadmium and lead with the percent of cocoa. It also showed that cadmium was higher in products from Latin America as opposed to Africa.
Learn more about these issues in our article The Ultimate Guide to Vegan Chocolate.
Alright, now we know how to find vegan chocolate, but you may be asking, can shopping be simpler? I am so glad you asked, keep reading to find a list!
Vegan Chocolate: Christmas 2021 List
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Disclaimer: The opinions below are the opinions of the writer, Christine Milmine, RDN and are not to be taken as dietary advice.
You are in luck, because we researched several companies and compiled a list of all the chocolate companies that are vegan, palm oil free, and *ethically sourced!
*Note: Ethically sourced as listed by Food Empowerment Project’s Chocolate List.
Just make sure you take this list with you the next time you are shopping chocolate for vegans.
For The Dark Chocolate Enthusiast (Really Dark)
Do you have a vegan friend who is all about that really really dark chocolate? Then you have to check out Total Eclipse by Equal Exchange!
Personally, I like my chocolate extra dark, but not so dark that its… unenjoyable. This chocolate is velvety with a touch of bitterness that extra dark chocolate fans love.
Check it out here (affiliate link*):
For The Orange Chocolate Lovers (Common “Christmas Flavor”)
Beyond Good uses single origin chocolate and is both organic and vegan.
Their Orange Zest flavor features pieces of organic candied orange peel, that gives it classic fruity notes. Don’t give vegans store bought chocolate oranges balls (most store-bought ones aren’t vegan), try this one!
Find it here (affiliate link*):
For The Peppermint Fans (Common “Christmas” Flavor)
Askinosie is an award winning chocolate brand that makes beautifully molded chocolates. Their Peppermint dark chocolate is sure to win over vegans who are looking for a Peppermint Patty substitute!
This lightly dark chocolate is creamy, with a minty flavor that lingers. You can find them here.
For the Caramel Fanatics
This one may very well be my favorite! Beyond Good makes a caramel chocolate bar that’s dark – but not too dark, with hints (not globs) of caramel, which makes for less mess.
It’s hard to find a vegan caramel flavored chocolate, as caramel often has milk in it. But this one is completely vegan friendly!
Gift this caramel goodness here (affiliate link*):
For Those Who Like Some Crunch
Did I say that Beyond Good’s Caramel Dark chocolate was my favorite? Well, I am actually going to say – its a tie (in my opinion)! Beyond Good does it once again with their Crispy Rice chocolate bar.
Remember Nestle’s Crunch bars? Think of Beyond Good’s Crispy Rice chocolate as the vegan alternative! This smooth, yet crunchy, and almost milk chocolate tasting bar is so good (even my non vegan husband likes it)!
Give it to a vegan who wants to reminisce here (affiliate link*):
If you made it through this far, you now know what to look for when shopping vegan chocolate. Vegan chocolate shopping for Christmas is now that much easier (you are welcome)!
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May the fork be with you…