Best vegan dairy-free chocolates

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Don’t miss out on cocoa delights.

Thanks to a variety of dairy-free chocolate brands, a vegan lifestyle doesn't have to involve cutting out the popular sweet treat.

We've rounded up our favourite chocolate bars and truffles made without the white stuff.

Rebel Chocolate – Dairy-free Peanut Power Chocolate

No praise is too high for this delicious, peanut-packed chocolate bar from Glasgow-based Rebel Chocolate.

Made with single origin fino de aroma Colombian chocolate, a strong initial hit of cocoa is followed by a delicious toasty peanut flavour. The balance between sweet, nutty and rich is just right — thanks in part to a 72-hour stone-grinding process used to combine the product's all-plant ingredients.

This smooth, sweet-smelling and outstandingly tasty chocolate bar is dairy-free, 100 percent plant-based, and packs 18g of protein into a 90g bar.

£3.95 | Rebel Chocolate

Cornish Sea Salt Extra Dark Chocolate

Handmade in England with cocoa, vanilla and smoked sea salt from Cornwall's own waters, Seed and Bean make some downright delicious chocolate. It’s also free from palm oil and packaged in fully compostable material.

Try it with a strong cup of black coffee or small bowl of fruit to really bring out the flavours.

£2.99 | Planet Organic

Divine Dark Chocolate Ginger Thins

Fair trade, vegan and entirely worthy of eating the box in one sitting. Divine chocolate is grown in Ghana by Kuapa Kokoo farmers who receive 44 per cent of the profits. This delightful soft-centre chocolate is made with sugar from Kasinthula and vanilla from Madagascar.

£4 | Divine Chocolates

Booja Booja Hazelnut Crunch Truffles

A multi award-winner and scrumptious after-dinner treat, these creamy truffles are crafted from organic dark chocolate and roasted hazelnuts. Each is dusted in rich cocoa powder and filled with a melt-in-the-mouth praline centre. Also free from gluten, soya and refined sugar. A must have.

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(Booja Booja)

£5.49 | Waitrose

Pana Raw Chocolate Mint

Chocolate for breakfast, anyone? Perfect for an energy hit at any time of the day, Pana chocolate is a deliciously raw treat created using organic ingredients and with no refined sugar. This moreish mint flavour contains 60 per cent cacao and is great for a midday boost.

£2.99 | Planet Organic

Moo Free Caramelised Hazelnut Nibs Bar

A blend of organic cocoa, sugar and rice, this delightful alternative to milk chocolate is the sweetest on our list – and oh-so good. The generously-sized bar is sprinkled with tasty caramelised hazelnut nibs and is suitable for both vegans and vegetarians.

£32.94 for a pack of six | Amazon

Doisy and Dam Vegan Chocolate and Almond Butter Nuttercups

Quirky superfood chocolate makers, Doisy and Dam, have shaken up the vegan confectionary market with their scrummy bars made with ethically sourced and organic ingredients. This addition is one of their best creations yet and is perfect for nut lovers.

The Nuttercups are available with almond butter or hazelnut butter with the brand’s single-origin chocolate – each bite tastes better than the last!

The brand is free from palm oil and dairy. Honourable mention also goes to the brand’s Dark Chocolate Drops too.

 (Doisy and Dam)
(Doisy and Dam)

£1.59 | Holland & Barrett

Willie's Cacao Luscious Orange Baracoa

This desirably dark chocolate square, made with only natural ingredients, is inspired by Willie’s trip to Cuba. Perfect for those with a sweet tooth, the chocolate is perfectly balanced ‘Luscious Orange’ flavour that combines zesty orange essence with notes of delicate honey from Baracoan beans.

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(Willie's)

£1.80 | Ocado

Montezuma's Crème de Cacao truffles

These little balls of deliciousness are piped with a smooth fondant centre and finished with a dusting of cocoa. Each bag contains approximately 8 truffles. Share them with your favourite chocoholic or keep them hidden away for a sweet pick-me-up.

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(Montezumas)

£7.99 | Montezuma's

Melt vegan chocolate gift box of ten​

An impressive box from the dedicated chocolatiers in Holland Park behind the minds of Melt. There are many variety boxes to choose from but our favourites include the dark chocolate truffle loaded with ganache and decadent praline cups are offered up in this lovely box.

From £7.99 | Amazon

Verdict

Born in Colombia and crafted to perfection in Glasgow, Rebel Chocolate’s Peanut Power Chocolate is our ES Best Top Pick. Plant-based, dairy-free and packed with protein, it defies the received wisdom that healthiness comes at a cost to chocoholic pleasure.

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