So many chocolate bars and chocolate candies are not vegan. Milk is such a common ingredient in commercially prepared chocolate but if you’re like me and you ever have a hankering for chocolate only to discover that it has milk in it, it can be quite the disappointment. There are several “accidentally” vegan common chocolate treats that I’m providing below. Also, if you’re looking for a vegan chocolate treat that uses less processing or contains minimal ingredients, I’ve listed a few of my (a vegan dietitian) favorites that are allergen friendly and animal product free.
5 Accidentally Vegan Chocolate Treats
1. Trader Joe’s Belgian Dark Chocolate BarsTrader Joe’s has many accidentally vegan products that aren’t always well marked that they are vegan including veggie burgers, vegan marshmellows, cereals, and breads/english muffins. When it comes to chocolate, these dark chocolate bars are vegan and are great to eat on their own, with nuts and dried fruit, or melted over popcorn! Many chocolate bars contain milk but these Trader Joe’s ones do not! Want to check them out? Find them HERE.
2. Duncan Hines Dark Chocolate Fudge Brownie Mix Of course, this option requires that you make the brownies (substitute a vegan egg replacer equivalent for the eggs) but if you’re in a pinch or need to take a dessert to a potluck, the Dark Chocolate Fudge Brownie Mix from Duncan Hines is one accidentally vegan chocolate option! You can always bake in dried cherries or Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips (or other vegan chocolate chips) for a richer chocolate experience! Pick up a box and store in your cupboard for those chocolate emergencies.
The classic iconic American cookie is indeed vegan. It’s a little crazy that the “cream” filling isn’t actually cream at all so while these are not the most nutritionally dense option, they can certainly be comforting and nostalgic and you can rest assured that they are vegan. The chocolate covered oreos and some of the flavor variations are not vegan, but the traditional and double stuff favorites? You bet. Enjoy this iconic cookie dipped in soy or almond milk – find Oreos HERE.
4. Lindt Dark Chocolate You can find more and more vegan dark chocolate bars in the chocolate aisle, but Lindt has been around forever and is pretty easy to find (even at a gas station on a road trip sometimes!). Plus, dark chocolate contains protective antioxidant qualities, right??
Another American classic…Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup is vegan. Instead of buying chocolate soy or almond milk, make your own with this classic chocolately syrup. Yes, it’s a bunch of sugar but hey, if you’re needing a vegan topping for your ice cream bar or you want to drizzle popcorn with chocolate that’s already in liquid form, vegan Hershey’s chocolate syrup can do the trick! Find it HERE.
5 Vegan Chocolate Treats That Aren’t an Accident
These vegan chocolate treats contain cleaner ingredients and are from a lot of movers and shakers in the vegan space and are great options if you are looking for chocolate that’s vegan but without so many processed ingredients.
1. Larabar – Chocolate Chip BrownieLarabars are vegan date and nut based bars that come in a variety of flavors. Most of the flavors are more on the “snack” side of the spectrum but the Chocolate Chip Brownie flavored bars are truly decadent and it’s a flavor that you can eat for dessert any time of the day! Because dates are used, this “chocolate dessert” doesn’t have added sugars like traditional bars and cookies.
Unreal snacks create vegan chocolates that will quickly become your favorite decadent dessert. The vegan dark chocolate coconut bars are reminiscent of Almond Joys but with more joy because there’s no animal products used and the Peanut Butter Cups are a bit like a Reese peanut butter cup but with a richer chocolate and more distinct peanut butter taste.
Unreal Dark Chocolate Coconut Bars only have 3 simple ingredients and 3 grams of sugar but taste refined and decadent! The Peanut Butter Cups only have 5 grams of sugar without any sugar alcohols that can sometimes give chocolate a weird aftertaste.
I honestly didn’t want to have two listings from the same company but since I couldn’t decide on a favorite or one that I should post, I’m telling you about both and you should definitely try out both if you love the chocolate coconut combination and if you like the chocolate peanut butter combination.
3. Nature’s Bakery Whole Wheat Fig Bars – Double Chocolate BrownieYou may be familiar with Nature’s Bakery Whole Wheat Fig Bars, but did you know they have a whole teach designated tfor the growth and expansion of their product line. One of their newest products, Double Chocolate Brownie is phenomenal if you’re looking for a brownie/cookie combination but you don’t want to make a batch of brownies or you want just a taste. It’s in a single serving package that you can bring with you to school, work, or stash in a lunch box for later. Interested in trying Nature’s Valley Double Chocolate Brownie? Check it out HERE.
4. Enjoy Life Chocolate Bars All Enjoy Life Chocolate Bars are free from major allergens including but not limited to: gluten, peanuts, dairy, tree nuts, soy, casein, sulfites, egg, lupin (legumes), and sesame. I love using Enjoy Life products like their chocolate chips and chocolate chunks for baking but I also really enjoy noshing on a piece of dark chocolate from time to time or having a square of vegan chocolate for a vegan s’more. Check out how simple the ingredient list is here! Pick up your Enjoy Life Chocolate Bars today and prepared to be amazed at how quickly you can eat through them!
Not your standard chocolate option, but because of the creamy peanuts and rich chocolate, it’s a flavor combination I I think you’ll be coming back to again and again. Take a spoonful straight from the jar or spread on apples, toast, or graham crackers for a delicious chocolate treat! It’s so good that you should probably go ahead and start out with a 2 pack of the Peanut Butter & Co Dark Chocolatey Dreams. Oh, did I mention that it’s fairly comparable in nutrition to peanut buttter? Meaning that two tablespoons contains 6 grams of protein to help keep you satisfied.
There you have it….5 accidentally vegan chocolate treats plus 5 chocolate vegan treats made with simple ingredients to satisfy that sweet tooth without compromising quality or giving up your vegan ways. There are more vegan chocolates than what I listed but this should help to give you an idea and help get you started with many different forms of chocolate! Always be sure to check the ingredient list for any potential animal product (mostly milk ingredients in chocolates) as products do change periodically. Comment below with your favorite chocolate and check out another post in the “Is it Vegan?” series.