Struggling to find dairy-free chocolate that's as good as the real deal? We feel your pain. Whether you’ve given up dairy for Lent, your vegan pledge has extended into the summer months, or you're just trying to cut down on animal-produce, there's no need to miss out on the food you love - especially with all the delicious vegan chocolate out there to try.
A record 500,000 people pledged to eat strictly plant-based during Veganuary this year - and many were probably surprised at just how easy it is. Luckily for us, increased demand means an ever-growing supply of dairy-free options in the supermarkets and beyond, not just during the first month of the year. From vegan easter eggs to advent calendars, many brands are delivering dairy-free alternatives that make a plant-based diet easy as pie.
Still, it can be difficult to separate the good from the bad all year round- and there’s nothing worse than looking forward to a chocolate bar or buttons only to be disappointed by the result. Plus, if you're not ready to go cold-turkey and are making a slower transition to a vegan diet, knowing which products to buy can help you along the way. So, from alternatives to your favourite classics to some new kids on the block, we’ve searched high and low for the best dairy-free chocolates to satisfy your sweet tooth.
The Best Dairy-Free Vegan Chocolate
It’s pretty easy to find dairy-free dark chocolate, but its milky counterpart? Not so much. Made with Ecuadorian cacao and coconut, the Ombar coco mylk is the solution we were looking for. Both dairy-free yet deliciously milky, it’s a great starting point for those easing themselves into vegan chocolate. Win, win.
If you head straight for the Galaxy in a box of Celebrations, then this one’s for you. With little pieces of crunchy caramel scattered throughout and that same creamy Galaxy texture we know and love, you won’t be disappointed by this dairy-free alternative.
You might not have heard about Pure Heavenly dairy-free chocolate yet, but that’s about to change. With a similar taste to ‘After Eight’ mints, this bar is made with rice cream and less than 2% sugar. It’s a cool and sophisticated option, so it is perfect for enjoying with your morning coffee or after a dinner party (when they’re finally allowed again).
The creme de la creme of luxury chocolate just got even better. Granted, the chocolate batons are a slightly higher price tag than other vegan chocolates on the list, but they are definitely worth it. The team took five years to nail the recipe and make sure they are loved by vegans and non-vegans alike - and they haven’t let anyone down.
You don’t actually have to share if it’s a share bag, right? Hopefully not, as you won’t want to let anyone else near these dark chocolate buttons. Keeping it plain and simple, the buttons are made with rich and dark Colombian dairy-free chocolate, with no added funny business. Sometimes, less is more.
Perhaps better known for its ice cream (side note: try if you haven’t already), Booja Booja’s chocolate is also worth shouting about. Available in little packs of two, the almond & salted caramel chocolate truffles are an ideal lunchtime pick me up - or any time of day, for that matter.
No missing out - both the motto of NOMO chocolate and an excellent mantra to live by. This vegan chocolate bar is a budget-friendly option and is filled with gooey caramel and coated in creamy chocolate - without the actual cream, of course.
Wish you could eat cream eggs all year round? We’re not judging. Mummy Meagz’z chuckie vegan cream egg (quite the mouthful) is the go-to when you don’t want to miss out on your favourite childhood Easter treat. There’s no animal products or palm oil, just pure chocolatey heaven.
If you like to live life on the edge, we think we’ve just found your perfect chocolate. A wonderfully wild creation, this chocolate bar is made from medium-strength chillies and Mexican limes. Perhaps not one to snack on every day, but a great option when you want to switch things up.
Pump Street says most of its bars are naturally vegan simply because it is the best chocolate they make. Now that we can get behind. Sourdough in a chocolate bar might sound strange, but it’s a best seller for a reason. The sourdough crumbs combined with sea salt add crunch to the smooth Ecuadorian chocolate. Yum.
There are not many people that don’t love vanilla and toffee, right? The Vanoffee Bar from The Raw Chocolate Co combines the two much-loved ingredients in one, creating a naturally sweet and silky smooth bar. It’s sweetened with coconut blossom sugar and Lucuma, with absolutely no hidden nasties.
Orange chocolate lovers, we haven’t forgotten about you. You’ll fall in love with Raw Halo’s fun and colourful branding before you’ve even opened the packet. As with all its chocolate, the dark & orange bar is made with ethically sourced single-origin cacao, sweetened with coconut sugar and is dairy and gluten-free. A true all-rounder.
Fortnum & Mason’s very first vegan-friendly milk chocolate bar might feel a little extra, but we all deserve to treat ourselves from time to time. We also think it makes for a nice present to add to your wish list, or if you want to score some serious friendship points. It’s currently on sale, so what are you waiting for?
For all the times you just fancy a square rather than a whole bar of chocolate, these vegan mini bars are your new go-to. Freshly created in Made’s Notting Hill and Holland Park kitchens, the bars use fresh, natural ingredients and little sugar, artificial flavours or chemical preservatives. We love to see it.
It’s a vegan classic for a reason. One for all the nut lovers, Vego’s hazelnut bar blends Italian hazelnut paste, hazelnut cacao cream and whole hazelnuts. The result? A crunchy and delicious chocolate bar. Oh, and did we mention- it’s also organic and fairtrade certified.
If you’re partial to baking a batch of avocado brownies at the weekend, then you’re sure to love this avocado dark chocolate bar from Love Cacao. Complete with the same vitamins, minerals, taste and texture of the fruit, the chocolate is an added bonus. Plus, for each chocolate bar sold, Love Cacoa plants one tree.
Sometimes you just can’t decide between dark and milk chocolate - and with Solkiki’s dark milk collection, you don’t have to. It’s a small team of just two people behind the brand, but that doesn’t mean it’s not some of the best chocolate on the market. The four bars in the dark milk collection range from 60-65 per cent cacao and the addition of coconut milk makes them extra creamy.
You get the option to add vegan prosecco to the basket when you buy these milk chocolate vegan truffles, so you're already off to a great start. Spotting a gap in the market for a lack of premium vegan chocolate, Kakoa launched in 2019. We think you'll love the truffles with a soft centre and rolled in sugar as much as we do.
Hold tight; we’re not done yet. We couldn’t make a list of the best dairy-free chocolate without including a honeycomb alternative. The vegan ‘crunchie’ style chocolate is a new addition to Guppy’s range, and we’re not complaining. Toffee pieces are covered in a layer of Belgian chocolate and taste as good as they look. You might want to hide the tub.