Your Definitive Guide to Vegan Chocolate
It’s no surprise that the Latin name for the cacao tree, Theobroma cacao, means “food of the gods.” Smithsonian Magazine explains that chocolate may be more than 2,000 years old, and throughout history, it has been used in a variety of ways, from brewing it for a bitter tea to fermenting it for an alcoholic beverage.
Studies suggest that dark chocolate is rich in flavonoids, which have antioxidant properties and can increase cardiovascular function. Adding milk to this wondrous food just seems silly, doesn’t it?
To stay on chocolate’s “good side,” always look for a high percentage of cacao, between 55 and 85 percent—the higher the percentage, the purer the bar. Also, be sure to check the ingredients, as some brands’ dark-chocolate bars still contain dairy products. Avoid chocolate that has a long list of ingredients, because chances are that some of them are fillers. And make sure you avoid ingredients that are derived from milk, such as whey, casein, milk, milk fat, and milk solids.
Our Favorite Vegan Dark Chocolate
- Sweetriot’s 70% Dark Chocolate Pure Mini Bites
- Green & Black’s Organic Dark Chocolate
- Now Cow Original
- Whole Foods’ Organic Dark Chocolate and Dark Chocolate With Almonds
- Chocolove Orange Peel in Dark Chocolate
- Chocolate Inspirations’ Artisan Vegan Espresso Bar
- Newman’s Own Super Dark Chocolate Bar
- Endangered Species’ Natural Dark Chocolate Squares
- No Whey! Foods’ Milkless Chocolate Bars
Accidentally Vegan Chocolate Products
- Trader Joe’s Pound Plus Bars (Dark Chocolate, 72% Dark Chocolate, and Bittersweet With Almonds)
- Trader Joe’s Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
- These five alternatives to Nutella
- Sweetriot’s 70% Dark Chocolate Covered Cacao Nibs
- Ghirardelli Chocolate Baking Mini Chips, Semi-Sweet
- Whole Foods’ 365 Everyday Value Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
- SunSpire’s Organic Semi-Sweet Baking Chips
- Dream Dairy-Free Chocolate Dream Semi-Sweet Baking Chips
- Lindt Excellence Dark Chocolate
(70%, 85%, 90%, and 99% cacao varieties)
- Ghirardelli Chocolate Intense Dark Chocolate Bar, 72%
- Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup, 680g Container
- Ghirardelli Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix
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