13 of the Best Vegan Chocolate Fixes (and Where to Buy Them)

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Find delicious dairy-free chocolate

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.

Here are some of our top picks:

 1. Green & Black’s Organic Cocoa Powder
Green and Blacks Cocoa

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

2. Moo Free Organic Rice Milk Chocolate Bar

Moo Free Chocolate

If it’s milk chocolate you’re craving, this dairy-free rice-milk bar will definitely hit the spot.

Find it: Waitrose, Holland & Barrett, Whole Foods and many independent retailers

3. Cadbury Bournville

Vegan dark chocolate in the UK

This iconic dark chocolate was launched over 100 years ago – and is now made using a milk-free recipe!

Find it: Most supermarkets and cornershops

4. Divine Dark Chocolate After Dinner Ginger Thins

Vegan chocolate UK

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

5. Coyo Raw Chocolate Ice Cream Alternative

Coyo vegan chocolate ice cream

Don’t be fooled by the fact that this ‘ice cream’ is made from coconut milk and is actually kind of healthy. It still delivers an intense chocolate hit that you won’t forget in a hurry!

Find it: Ocado, Waitrose, Tesco and independent health food stores.

6. Booja Booja Fin de Champagne Truffles

Booja Booja Fine-De-Champagne-Collection-Overview1

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

7. Ritter Sport Dark Chocolate With Marzipan

Ritter Sport Marzipan

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

8. Hotel Chocolat Fruit and Nut Frenzy Giant Slab

Hotel chocolat slab

This is just a piece of massive, delicious dark chocolate abundantly filled with raisins, cranberries, almonds and hazelnuts. Yes, we love it so much we even gave it an award.

Find it: branches of Hotel Chocolat across the country or online

9. Plamil Organic Orange Chocolate Spread

Plamil chocolate spread

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.

10. Humdinger Dairy Free White Chocolate Buttons

Vegan white chocolate

Cheap, nostalgic, child-friendly – and cruelty-free, of course! (Many supermarkets also sell own-brand chocolate buttons that are vegan; look in the free-from section).

Find it: Tesco

11. Artisan du Chocolat Orchid & Orange Blossom Dark Bar

Luxury vegan chocolate

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

12. Lazy Days Belgian Dark Chocolate Tiffin

Vegan chocolate treat

Rich chocolate combined with crunchy biscuit. This little box makes a great gift to take round to someone’s house – that is, if you can bring yourself to share.

Find it: Holland & Barrett, Waitrose, Morrisons, the Co-Operative and online.

13. Vivani White Nougat Crisp

Vegan white chocolate UK

Quite simply some of the yummiest white chocolate we’ve ever tasted.

Find it: Track it down at Wholefoods, online or at one of these independent retailers (trust us, it’s worth it).


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!

Here are two easy ways to get started on going vegan:

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Comments

  • Samantha commented on February 5, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    I am looking at going vegan, never been a meat eater. I live in South Africa and find it kind of difficult to find out what basic or staple foods I need for a vegan diet. I see you have a vegan starter kit, but is it for the USA only? I would love some guidance/assistance.

    • Anne commented on February 5, 2014 at 1:37 pm

      Hi Samantha, it’s great to hear you’re considering going vegan! You can download an electronic version of our starter kit here (http://action.peta.org.uk/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=5&ea.campaign.id=10010 ), which includes recipes, useful info about nutrition etc. For South Africa-specific info about what and where to shop, these people should be able to point you in the right direction http://www.vegansociety.org.za/ . Hope that helps!

    • James Heilbronn commented on October 17, 2014 at 11:08 am

      Hi Samantha,

      Great news you’re considering a vegan lifestyle. My only advice would be to research as much as possible the nutritional content of food and what your body needs. It can be a trial and error process but it 100% worth adapting. I train and lift and have found a vegan diet is quite beneficial, as it makes you consider what you eat rather than always opting for the easy option.

      Good luck

  • John Bullock commented on February 5, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    Do you really think you should be promoting Swedish Glace made by unilever an animal testing company??

  • Samantha commented on February 5, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    Thanks much appreciated!

  • tomala commented on February 5, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    radek’s chcocolate the best :-).

  • rebecca commented on February 5, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    John I am assuming you do not shop in ANY supermarkets that also sell meat and dairy or go to any restaurants that sell non-vegan food. If you do that makes you a hypocrite. Also if you drink alpro soya or use any of their products or vitalite u are supporting a dairy company. It is no worse buying from an animal testing company to buying from a dairy company you either boycott them all or not at all. Stop being so preachy I am grateful I can buy vegan ice cream that does not cost the earth! We are vegans in a non vegan world doing the best we can!

    • John Bullock commented on October 17, 2014 at 11:30 am

      In answer to your question, no I don’t shop in supermarkets, and I don’t use any of the products you mention. And I wasn’t preaching to other vegans its their choice to make whether they support an animal testing company. But I was asking the question to the PEOPLE FOR ETHICAL TREATMENT OF ANIMALS whether they should be advertising a product made by a company who test on animals.

      • Arlene Duff commented on March 29, 2015 at 1:04 pm

        Good for you, John! Rebecca’s comment was ludicrous and ignorant. I too believe we should have nothing to do with Uniliver and I check labels carefully in order to avoid their products. It’s not that hard to do. Cheers!

      • Debbie commented on January 8, 2016 at 6:37 pm

        Also gamble and proctor should be boycotted.and while we’re on the subject I read that the head of the company that makes marmite owns 80 percent of tobacco companies which test othe effects of smoking on dogs its people’s choice to smoke so why inflict torture on animals,it makes me so sick and angry

      • Vicky C commented on February 6, 2016 at 5:07 pm

        Thank you for letting me know about this, it is the actual company we are supporting if we buy it, I would much rather support a totally Vegan company whether buy in a supermarket or not, Booja Booja instead of Tesco or Sainsburys who are cruel in other respects selling foie gras in some Tescos abroad or factory farmed foods in Sainsburys

  • Jennifer commented on February 5, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    The Booja Booja Chocolate Icecream, though not mentioned here (made from filtered water, agave, cacao, cashew nust) IS THE BEST THING EVER if you love chocolate or desserts period. Its more expensive than normal tubs of icecream but it tastes a whole lot better and is better for you. I have a few spoonfuls after dinner everyday, keeps my husband very happy indeed too 🙂

    • Janice commented on January 19, 2015 at 11:15 pm

      I agree, I love the Booja Booja Chocolate ice cream soo much better than Swedish Glaze 🙂

  • Sandie Stone commented on February 6, 2014 at 8:11 am

    Thanks! Have bookmarked this page. Can these products be used to make Easter eggs?

  • Toni commented on February 22, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    Green and blacks coco no does not say vegan on the outside of the packaging, please can you help

  • Louise Retallick commented on October 17, 2014 at 10:34 am

    In May 2005, Cadbury Schweppes (latterly Cadbury plc) bought Green & Black’s for an undisclosed sum, estimated to be around £20m. Cadbury pledged to run the company as a separate business.

    On January 19, 2010, Cadbury was taken over by Kraft Foods. Cadbury was valued at £11.5 billion ($19.5 billion US).

    • Melanie commented on March 4, 2016 at 12:38 pm

      It is very difficult to make good choices when it comes to the exploitation of animals. Cadbury’s have a terrible reputation for using palm oil which is having a terrible affect on the rainforests and the animals that inhabit them.
      Palm oil is in lots of products.

      • Kim Cunningham commented on September 14, 2016 at 4:52 pm

        I find many vegan and vegetarian products contain palm oil. I don’t buy them. I also don’t eat soya and I avoid gluten. This isn’t easy! However, it’s making me make my own treats. I’m not sure if I will succeed at being vegan, it’s my first month. I’ll do my best.

  • James Heilbronn commented on October 17, 2014 at 10:46 am

    Had to add this
    http://www.ombar.co.uk

  • Shigh commented on October 17, 2014 at 11:08 am

    Re: green and blacks
    A few years ago the company decided to remove it because on their allergy information they were required to put ‘may contain milk’ as it is made in the same factory as their milk chocolate. However the recipe itself does not contain milk and is vegan. Same goes for many of it’s dark chocolate bars.

    • Janice commented on January 19, 2015 at 11:20 pm

      I prefer to use raw organic cacao powder and sweeten it with some rice milk or a little raw organic agave syrup. But yes Green and Blacks only put ‘may contain milk’ as it is made on the same production line, so yes i eat there chocolate…well I used to…that’s before I discovered Panna, raw organic chocolate, especially the sour cherry flavoured one http://www.panachocolate.com/

  • C Edwards commented on October 17, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    Anybody know if there’s an ‘accidentally vegan’ list for UK supermarkets? I’ve seen these for the US, where anything which is vegan but not necessarily marketed as such is listed. Handy for when you need something quick/unhealthy!

    • Tamsyn commented on January 19, 2015 at 7:39 pm

      Most supermarkets have their own vegan lists, if you do a search for example ‘Tesco vegan list’ you should find them through google :).
      I know that Tesco, Sainsburys and Co-Op definitely have them :).

      • Janet Jewell commented on March 23, 2016 at 8:36 pm

        Tesco were really helpful and sent me a full 2016 pdf of vegan products when requested and a courtesy call to let me know they had done so. Good to know they also stock quite a lot of vegan products which makes shopping easier

    • Lewis commented on June 9, 2016 at 10:26 am
  • graham commented on October 17, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    VEGO is amazing ! the end!

    • Emma commented on November 4, 2014 at 7:58 pm

      Agreed! Vego is gorgeous. Nutty, chocolatey, if Nutella made a choc bar this is how it would taste like ( I would say BETTER than Nutella ). And it’s huge!

      • Vicky C commented on February 6, 2016 at 5:09 pm

        Good, Nutella uses palm oil and think its owned by an animal testing company ?

  • Jasemin lydia love commented on January 19, 2015 at 5:47 pm

    Hi all just an FYI there’s an amazing company in Cornwall called the Raw Chocolate Pie company and their stuff is absolutely gorgeous . Any choccie feind will love it

  • Flora commented on January 20, 2015 at 1:51 pm

    Prets chocolate is not vegan . I work in Pret And I’ve checked the allergy guides. Contains dairy

    • Anne commented on January 23, 2015 at 4:22 pm

      Oops, it looks like the recipe may have changed since we originally posted the blog. Thanks for spotting, we have removed it from the list.

  • Yousha commented on January 20, 2015 at 7:21 pm

    The Sea Salted Dark Chocolate bar from Pret A Manger contains milk according to the web page from the link provided.

    • Anne commented on January 23, 2015 at 4:22 pm

      Oops, it looks like the recipe may have changed since we originally posted the blog. Thanks for spotting, we have removed it from the list.

    • anneliese commented on December 20, 2015 at 11:47 am

      oh my god, i’ve eaten that two or three times 🙁 why didn’t i check this??

  • Joanna commented on May 18, 2015 at 10:11 pm

    hi there
    I get very upset when PETA and others promote/claim that companies such as Green and Black are cruelty-free,this is so sad. Not everybody is involved in such issues in everyday life and most people would like to rely on PETA and others but if u say that G&B is ethical????they are bought by Cadbury, others are bought by Unilever etc- huge animal testing companies-by buying any of their products- we say Yes- we want u dear Unilever and dear Cadbury to carry on with what u are doing!!!
    Please be sensitive- investigate before buying.

  • Vegan Chocolate Critic commented on August 28, 2015 at 5:54 pm

    I discovered Raw Halo recently – very tasty indeed. They are certified vegan and fully organic, all handmade in the UK.

  • Lueese Veecheese commented on September 7, 2015 at 8:08 am

    Unfortunately for me buying ‘swedish glace’ products contribute to animal abuse as the are made by ‘unilever’. So I don’t.

  • Malc commented on September 14, 2015 at 3:58 pm

    Green & Black’s doesn’t say “may contain” – it says it does contain milk! It’s on their website. Here are the ingredients for their dark hot chocolate:

    Our Ingredients Include:
    ORGANIC RAW CANE SUGAR, ORGANIC FAT-REDUCED COCOA POWDER, ORGANIC BITTERSWEET CHOCOLATE POWDER (ORGANIC CHOCOLATE LIQUOR, ORGANIC RAW CANE SUGAR, ORGANIC COCOA BUTTER, SOY LECITHIN (EMULSIFIER), ORGANIC VANILLA EXTRACT, ORGANIC WHOLE MILK POWDER). CONTAINS: MILK AND SOY INGREDIENTS. MAY CONTAIN HAZELNUT, ALMOND, BRAZIL NUT, CASHEW, PISTACHIO, PECAN AND WHEAT.
    – See more at: http://us.greenandblacks.com/our-products/hot-drinks/hot-chocolate?p=0865610025#first

    • Dan commented on September 14, 2015 at 4:48 pm

      Hi Malc,

      Those ingredients you list and link to seem to be for their US hot chocolate product and not the product we feature.

      The product featured here is their Cocoa Powder, which contains just Organic Cocoa Powder and Potassium Carbonate (Source: http://www.tesco.com/groceries/product/details/?id=250610609).

      I hope that helps.

  • John commented on October 12, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    try these guys out http://www.therawchocolatecompany.com everything they do is vegan, mostly organic and Fairtrade too

  • bob commented on November 19, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    This vegan owned business make chocolate thats the business! all vegan, loved everything i have tasted. Cant argue with quality and craftmanship, best of all, it’s ethically sourced, using ethical ingredients..

  • Vivienne Wynter commented on March 21, 2016 at 7:27 am

    There’s so many better vegan chocolates out there…

  • Carly commented on June 20, 2016 at 10:36 am

    Is the Ritter sport actually vegan I bought one and it says may contain traces of milk and egg. Only just became vegan so really new to it all thanks x

    • Ruby commented on June 21, 2016 at 12:13 pm

      Hi Carly, many products say ‘may contain’ when there is a risk of cross contamination, as animal products are used in the same factory. This is mainly intended for people with severe allergies and doesn’t mean that the ingredients are used in that product. Hope that helps!

  • Penelope commented on July 11, 2016 at 3:10 pm

    https://www.cadbury.co.uk/products/Bournville?c2=1459&p=2400

    CONTAINS MILK DUE TO THE UNAVOIDABLE CROSS CONTAMINATION FROM MILK CHOCOLATE MADE ON THE SAME MANUFACTURING LINE. NOT SUITABLE FOR SOMEONE WITH A MILK ALLERGY.

  • Danica commented on August 24, 2016 at 4:55 pm

    Does anybody know of a vegan ice cream without nuts as i have an allergy 🙂 Thanks!

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