Chocolate is usually an easy win on Valentine’s Day. But if your better half is vegan, most of the traditional options are off limits. Luckily, there are now a breadth of vegan-friendly chocolate products on the market. Here are some of our top picks:
Hotel Chocolat have just launched a brand NEW vegan milk chocolate – Nutmilk – which replaces the milk element with ground hazelnuts. We were blown away by how creamy these bite-size batons tasted and loved the subtly nutty flavour. Really good vegan milk chocolate is a difficult to come by, but you’d never know that these are dairy-free – they’re that good.
MADE FOR SHARING
Doisy & Dam’s Bailer’s Crunchy Dark Chocolate Balls, £2.50/80g at Holland and Barrett
Fun and funky vegan chocolate brand Doisy & Dam have recently launched this bright and ballsy (get it?) sharing bag, suitably named Ballers. With a crunchy malt filling and a dark chocolate coating, they’ve got all the good bits of a Malteser – but are totally vegan!
Made from 72% cocoa solids and coated in a flaky crumble coating, these chocolate truffles from Love Cocoa make the perfect post-pudding bite. We love their funky geometric packaging too – an extra-special gift with plenty of pizazz!
Ombar Raspberry and Coconut Centres, £1.99/35g,
Most vegan chocolate tends to be of the dark variety, which makes this soft-centred bar by Ombar all the more refreshing. It’s filled with a creamy coconut and raspberry filling, is fabulously fruity and, like all their bars, is totally raw too.
RAW IS MORE
Pana White Chocolate in Macadamia, £3.20/45g
Pana chocolate is our go-to when we fancy something super rich, fudgy and indulgent. Their bars are all raw and have a smooth, butter-like texture which differs to other brands. Behold: their brand NEW macadamia white chocolate bar. There’s no getting away from the fact that it’s super sweet so a little goes a long way with this one. Made from coconut milk powder, roasted macadamias, sea salt and vanilla seeds, it’s totally dairy-free (*does a little cheer) so vegans can enjoy it too. The fact that each square is imprinted with a tiny love heart means we’ve fallen head over heels for this gorgeous bar even more.
THE PROOF IS IN THE PUDDING
Gü’s Chocolate and Vanilla Vegan Cheesecakes, £3.50 for two
Ok, it may not technically be a chocolate bar but these tempting cheesecakes by the pudding guru’s at Gü are both vegan and chocolatey, so they had to make the cut. The gluten-free biscuit base is topped with a vanilla and coconut cheesecake and, to finish, a layer of chocolatey cream. YUM.
We’ve long been fans of Booja’s Booja’s range of dairy-free products and their almond salted caramel truffles take the top choc spot. They’ve never failed to make anyone who’s tried them exclaim, ”I can’t believe these are vegan”, before reaching immediately for another. Crunchy, salty and made with five organic ingredients, these melt-in-the-mouth beauties won’t let you down.
Seed and Bean’s Organic Coffee Espresso Bar, £2.95/85g
For the coffee-lover in your life, treat them to this super dark, super intense chocolate bar by Seed and Bean. Warning: do not eat before bed if you want to get any sleep.
THE PERSONAL TOUCH
Montezuma’s Personalised Dark Chocolate Bar, £4.99/100g
You can now personalise a wide range of Montezuma’s bars (if you’re going vegan then opt for one of their dark offerings). It might be a little rogue, but we love their 100% absolute black dark chocolate, but if you prefer a milder flavour, then their dark black forest gateau is another winner.