25 Accidentally Vegan Chocolate Bars You Need To Know About
One of the best things about chocolate is that it’s always chocolate season. Whether you are partying, feeling sorry for yourself, or just feeling the pain of a sweet desire, chocolate always helps and is always within reach. Yes, we live in a world with an abundance of vegan chocolatiers, but sometimes you just have to get a bar off the shelf in the supermarket. We’ve put together a list of 25 non-vegan chocolate brands that get vegan right. Let the chocolate tour begin.
It’s not just our cute tooth that lures us to the Compartes display – it’s the beautiful artistic packaging. Reach for a Compartes bar if you’re in the mood for something crazy, as the vegan flavors range from California Love Pretzel to Old Hollywood Smoked Sea Salt. The tropical paradise strewn with coconuts and the pink-dusted Matcha Raspberry Reishi are also breathtaking.
2. Ritter Sport
The German chocolate company has its own vegan category on its website these days, but has been making dairy-free chocolate without the label for years. The dark chocolate; Coco Selection 61%, 74% and 81%; and marzipan are vegan.
Have you ever seen those enticing Lindt commercials with a chocolatier whisking melted chocolate? This company got us hooked. Fortunately, some options are vegan-friendly. Skip the truffles and flavorful dark chocolate bars, but all Cocoa Excellence bars with 70 percent and more dark chocolate are ready to go.
Those who have stepped into the iconic Ghirardelli factory in San Francisco know that this is the real-world equivalent of Willy Wonka’s great company. Yes, most dark chocolates contain dairy products, but Intense 72% Cacao Twilight Delight’s squares and bars are completely dairy-free. The 72% and 100% premium baking chips are just as vegan as the Double Chocolate Premium Hot Cocoa mixture.
Do your chocolate purchase good and promote fair trade. This conscious company strives to source organic ingredients from cocoa farmers with fair wages, and the result is simply sweet. There are 21 vegan varieties, but favorites are Dark Chocolate Sea Salt, Dark Chocolate Mint, and Vanilla Cocoa Nib.
6. Trader Joes
Yes, our favorite tiki-themed grocer makes vegan milk chocolate, but they carried vegan chocolate before launching their chocolate bar with almond drinks in 2020. TJ’s Espresso Beans with Dark Chocolate, Dark Chocolate Lover’s Bar, and Pound Plus Dark Chocolate are plant-based. based. This last option should keep you in suspense for a while.
7. 365 from Whole Foods Market
From mac and cheese to pizza, Whole Foods seems to have a vegan version of everything. The grocery store’s 365 brand offers a simple but delicious dark organic chocolate bar made with 57 percent cocoa. We’ll grab this when we swing past the sandwich bar for a TTLA. Bonus: The 365 raisins with dark chocolate are also vegan!
8. Ibarra chocolate
We don’t recommend eating these outright, but they’re always ready to hand when you’re in the mood for a Mexican hot chocolate or champurrado. Each slice is made from cocoa paste, sugar, and cinnamon to add a calming spice element to any chocolaty drink. Match with your favorite milk or follow this recipe from Dora’s Table to make vegan champurrado.
9. Tony’s Chocoloney
Tony doesn’t sell bars of chocolate – he sells bricks. These bars are massive. Most dark chocolates are vegan-friendly, with the exception of the Dark Milk Pretzel Toffee flavor. Between the dark pecan coconut and the dark almond sea salt you will find a chocolate stone that will call you.
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10. Green & Blacks Bio
This company wants you to feel comfortable about your chocolate purchase. The company sources its cocoa through a third-party sustainability program. Cocoa lifeto ensure workers get a fair wage. Most dark varieties are vegan, with the exception of the salted caramel. It’s hard to choose a favorite between dark chocolate mint, ginger and raspberry hazelnut, but recently the Maya Gold dark chocolate bar won us over with its subtle but pleasant notes of citrus and spice.
Do you remember the days of rehearsals? We walked past this adult candy store to see if the staff tried one of the few vegan options here. It was always a good day when they broke this out Cold Brew Cordials. Think cherry liqueurs, but instead of having fruit in the middle, you get a dash of cold brew. Coffee and chocolate are the perfect couple.
12. Dylan’s chocolate bar
We’ll be honest – it was a bit of a disappointment to realize that this high quality but quirky candy store is seriously lacking in vegan goodies. Sure, it’s fun to just walk into the store and pretend you’re Charlie Bucket with a gold ticket in hand, but it’s a bit of a disappointment to know that most of these edible wonders contain animal products. Curb that disappointment with a simple one dark chocolate bar in the black sleeve (and maybe write a polite email to Dylan requesting additional vegan options).
13. Lake Champlain chocolate
This Burlington, VT chocolate factory is based on neighboring Ben & Jerry’s dessert company. While Lake Champlain carries a variety of vegan-friendly dark chocolates, it amplifies its vegan game. The company recently released its first box of vegan-friendly truffles for Valentine’s Day, which will also be available for Easter. Online, the company makes it easy for plant-based customers by offering a special menu for vegan chocolate.
Take a bar of Chocolove if you fancy an interesting chocolate pairing. The latest vegan-friendly aroma – Chile Molé in strong dark chocolate – delights our taste buds. If you have never experienced chocolate and chilli before you have to give it a try. Here’s the rule for finding a vegan chocolove bar: opt for dark chocolate, but avoid those that have nut butter fillings, caramel, or toffee. Dark chocolate bars made with whole nuts, sea salt, and whole fruits are okay.
Reach for a Lily’s bar or baking chips if you’re looking for a lower sugar option. Each product is “botanically sweetened”, meaning there is no refined or processed sugar. Most bars contain stevia to balance out the strong cocoa taste. All bars with extra dark chocolate (cocoa content 70 percent and more) are vegan. Yes, that includes the extra dark salted caramel!
16. Age Eco
This conscious company used to sell vegan dark chocolate truffles, but unfortunately they had very limited runs. Vegans can still find something sweet in the candy bar category, however. Most dark chocolate bars are vegan, with the exception of the caramel, malt, and toffee varieties. We recommend the Raspberry Blackout and Quinoa Crunch (it tastes like a Nestlé Crunch Bar!).
17. John Kelley chocolate
You won’t find these chocolates in any grocery store, but after trying the vegan dark chocolate rind we had to mention this candy boutique. The dairy-free selection includes a selection of chocolate-coated candied fruit boxes as well as small batch bars. The Dark Chocolate Espresso and Dark Chocolate Habanero & Jalapeño bars are two flavors that keep bringing us to learn more. Visit the shopping online or one of its locations in Los Angeles.
When top pastry chefs refer to a brand as the chocolate of their choice, they know it’s worth indulging in. Valrhona products can often be found in the back aisle, but the company also makes “tasting bars”. Most of his dark chocolate bars are a surefire thing – from the pleasantly sweet Manjari Orange to the super dark Abinao 85%. The bars with a cocoa content of 64 percent and more do not contain any animal products.
19. Beyond good
This company’s signature lemur mascot sets these bars apart. All bars are made from cocoa from Madagascar or Uganda and are all surprisingly vegan (even the salted caramel). It’s hard to choose between the nine flavors, but the roasted coconut, sea salt and feathers always seem to find their way into our shopping basket.
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20. Endangered species
Feel better and do better by eating a candy bar. This company donates 10 percent of its annual net profit to protecting wildlife. In line with this mission, the company has developed creamy oat milk-based chocolates to offer a wider vegan choice. With the exception of the hazelnut toffee and the caramel sea salt, the dark chocolate bars are also vegan approved. From bars strewn with blueberries to crispy espresso beans, there’s a taste for everything you crave.
Break free of the traditional chocolate mold and grab a square piece of candy. The fair trade and USDA organic certified company offers a variety of vegan options, from solid dark chocolate to fruity banana nuts. The latter tastes like a chocolate-covered banana coated with crushed almonds. It’s awesome.
22. Dandelion Chocolate
This San Francisco chocolatier isn’t trying to be vegan, but when you make chocolate the way it should be – plain and simple – the result is simply animal-free. Each bar consists of cocoa beans and sugar – done. As with coffee, the differences in taste are due to the origin of the beans. Some taste fruity, others earthy and others smoky. Buy this for a fun tasting at home Three-bar pack and try to identify the flavor notes without looking at the label.
23. Simple Truth Organic / Private Selections
Kroger’s allergen-friendly and organic branded products spawned a number of vegan options in 2020, and we are thrilled that chocolate was included in this rollout. The 85% Cacao Dark Chocolate Bar Simple Truth is velvety and intense. The other product range from Kroger, Private Selection, also offers vegan-friendly dark chocolate bars in flavors such as almond blueberry and sea salt almond.
24. L. A. Burdick
Originally from New York, the chocolate boutique has its roots in Boston and has become increasingly popular for its adorable mouse-shaped candies. It hasn’t made a vegan-friendly alternative to this bestseller yet, but its plant-based options are definitely worth your while. The large selection includes bars with a single origin, a chocolate-coated marzipan range and flavored dark chocolates such as hazelnut, raisin, flaxseed and blueberry, goji berry and cocoa nib. All can be found in Burdick shops or on-line.
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25. Hotel Chocolat
After a spate of orders from the US, the London-based Hotel Chocolat opened stores in the US. The vegan line is extensive and clearly labeled, and the luxury chocolates are great for holidays or gifts for special occasions. Check out the dark chocolate bunnies for Easter, the penguins for Christmas and the incredibly vegan Sleekster truffle range for birthdays and other celebrations. assignment on-line or visit a US store in New York, NY; Washington, D.C; and Paramus, NJ.
Tanya Flink is a digital editor at VegNews as well as a writer and fitness enthusiast who lives in Orange County, CA.