Read through this to discover our top vegan dark chocolate brands. All perfectly paired with your favourite book...
Many people decide to switch to a plant-based diet because nature's pantry is so big, and it’s not a case of cutting anything out, but adding to your options.
The same is true when it comes to chocolate. For anyone out there wondering, chocolate can very easily be vegan.
Cacao –, the unroasted beans from the cacao pods
Cocoa –, the cacao bean after it’s been roasted and usually ground
The term cacao has also been extended to refer to raw, and vegan-friendly chocolate, generally free of additives and minimally processed. But purely plant-based forms of chocolate have thrived again in more recent times, with widespread availability and flavours, shapes and sizes!
Fairtrade means the trade between brands in developed countries and farmers in developing countries is always fair in its pricing and payment to the producers.
With the price of cacao pods having dropped dramatically in recent years, paired with the continued increase in demand for chocolate,; cocoa farmers understandably have it tough. By choosing fairtrade, you’re helping make the chocolate industry more sustainable with each and every mouthful. And with that second bite, you helped make the lives of cocoa farmers that much better too.
Here’s some of the best vegan chocolate available in the UK today (thank us later).
Crunchy, rich and oh so slightly bitter. The ultimate grown-up mouthful. Ethical, but not certified fairtrade.
A handy on-the-go bar. Inexpensive and readily available. Again not certified fairtrade, but they use only Rainforest Alliance Certified™ cocoa.
A household name keeping up their reputation. Smooth and irresistible. Extensive fairtrade collection.
Why not go all out and get Hotel Chocolat’s entire vegan range in one handy hamper?! Due to their extensive cacao farms, they’re not eligible for fairtrade status (smallholdings only).
A new favourite to most supermarkets. But did you know that their dark almond sea salt chocolate is fairtrade and vegan? Carries the fairtrade marker.
Let us know your favourite vegan dark chocolate brands in the comments be
Fabian is one of our lovely Content Marketing Interns who loves writing almost as much as he loves coffee, old episodes ofEscape to the Country(no judgement here), and cooking up a storm in his kitchen.