If you love chocolate and also love animals – don’t worry. There’s absolutely no need to choose between your compassion and your cravings! Delicious, affordable vegan chocolate is easy to come by – and we’ve done the hard work – cough – of reviewing and tasting some of the best options around, so you don’t have to.
The following are some of our top picks:
- Organic Cocoa Powder (Green & Black’s)
Mix with warm soya or almond milk for an intense hot chocolate. Top with vegan whipped cream and vegan marshmallows (yes, they do exist!), or for a more grown-up version, add a cheeky splash of rum.
Find it: Waitrose, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, Co-operative Food and Holland & Barrett
– Rich Chocolate Ice Cream (Swedish Glace)
Creamy, chocolaty, dairy-free ice cream from a brand famous for provoking “I can’t believe it’s vegan” reactions.
Find it: Tesco, Sainsbury, Morrisons, Co-operative Food, Waitrose and Booths
– Fin de Champagne Truffles (Booja Booja)
Dairy-free, gluten-free and organic, these truly tasty truffles are a go-to gift for any vegan gourmets in your life.
Find it: Waitrose, Debenhams and many delicatessens
– Pistachio Crunches (Hotel Chocolat)
These delicate pistachios from this artisan chocolatier are embedded in top-notch dark chocolate.
Find it: branches of Hotel Chocolat across the country or online
Vegan and fair trade? Chocolate doesn’t get much more virtuous than this. Luckily, these thins still taste suitably wicked.
Find it: Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, Oxfam and independent shops
– Dark Chocolate With Marzipan (Ritter Sport)
WARNING: For anyone with a serious sweet tooth, restraining yourself from eating the whole bar in one sitting can be tricky.
Find it: newsagents and supermarkets nationwide
– Organic Orange Chocolate Spread (Plamil)
Forget Nutella! This scrumptious vegan version will satisfy all your toast-based chocolate needs.
Find it: Holland & Barrett, Waitrose, online and in independent health-food stores.
– Organic Rice Milk Chocolate Bar (Moo Free)
If it’s milk chocolate you’re craving, this dairy-free rice-milk bar will definitely hit the spot.
Find it: Waitrose, Whole Foods and many independent retailers
– Dairy Free White Chocolate Buttons (Humdinger)
Cheap, nostalgic, child-friendly – and cruelty-free, of course!
Find it: Tesco
– Orchid & Orange Blossom Dark Bar (Artisan du Chocolat)
Coming in at the luxury end of the market, this delectable bar is perfect for chocolate lovers who are looking to experience exciting new flavours.
Find it: online or at London branches of Artisan du Chocolat
– Sea Salted Dark Chocolate Bar (Pret A Manger)
If you’ve never tried chocolate with sea salt before, prepare to be pleasantly surprised! Unusual and sophisticated.
Find it: at any of Pret A Manger’s 240-plus UK branches
Enjoy (in moderation)! Chocolate is also an excellent way to bribe persuade your friends to sample a cruelty-free lifestyle, so get out there and spread the vegan love!