It’s raining today, and my husband is back at work after the holidays. This means I am back in sole charge of our daughter. We miss him, and I am (already) having a very chocolate-y day indeed. I’m thinking of it as ‘festive tidying up’.
Being vegan means you have to give up chocolate, right?! WRONG. You might just have to try a few to find some vegan chocolates that you like, and read some labels. This is much easier now that allergens are often listed in bold in ingredients lists. The key non-vegan components you are scanning for are milk, milk sugar, whey, shellac, honey, lactose, and butterfat. Cocoa butter is fine, despite the name! I personally consider anything without dairy ingredients to be vegan, even if it says ‘may contain traces of milk’ on the label.
We’ve got a cupboard full of vegan chocolate. These are five beauties rocking my socks just now.
1. Moo Free Bunnycomb Mini Bar 20G, approx 60p from most major supermarkets. This vegan chocolate bar is snack sized, and is similar to milk chocolate with Crunchie pieces in it.
2.Cadbury Bournville Baking Cocoa Powder 250G, approx £2.99 from most major supermarkets. I use this cocoa powder as an ingredient in vegan chocolate cooking and baking. It can also be used to make hot chocolate.
3. Willie’s Cacao Hot Chocolate 250g, approx £3.99 from Holland & Barrett. We mix this cacao with oat or soya milk. It’s amazing vegan hot chocolate in a flask when out and about, and has a real depth of flavour due to being single estate cocoa.
4. Lindt EXCELLENCE Dark 85% Bar 100g, approx £2 from most major supermarkets. This one is super dark and bitter, a vegan chocolate for when you’re feeling fancy.
5. Buttermilk Plant Powered Chocolate Orange Buttons 42G, approx £1.50 from most major supermarkets. I firmly believe you can’t go wrong with orange chocolate. These vegan chocolate buttons are just one of the best things I’ve ever eaten, and sold in a handy snack pouch.
I’d love to hear about you – what’s your favourite vegan chocolate?