By now, everyone and their mother has heard about vegan chocolate - and we would know, our mums were the star of one of our last posts! Vegan chocolate isn’t just for vegans, and it’s definitely not a fad - it’s here to stay, and it’s here to be enjoyed by everyone. But while many people know the answer to the question “what is vegan chocolate?”, not everyone knows the answer to “how is vegan chocolate made” or even “what UK chocolate is vegan?”.
As the creators of mouth-watering vegan chocolate that is changing the sweet treat game, we consider it our duty to make sure that you know everything there is to know about vegan chocolate. So grab a cuppa, and your snack of choice (we would recommend a cheeky White Choc Cre$m Wafer Bar), and dive right in.
What Is Vegan Chocolate?
Vegan chocolate is a fantastic sweet treat, for vegans and non-vegans alike. It’s a serotonin boost, a caffeine high and a mouth-watering, taste-bud-tingling snack that’s good for you and for the planet. The main thing that you need to know about vegan chocolate is that it doesn’t contain dairy - see below!
What Is The Difference Between Vegan Chocolate And Regular Chocolate?
The main difference between vegan chocolate and regular chocolate is the presence of animal products. Most chocolate bars contain milk, or milk byproducts, and so they aren’t vegan. The funny thing about this, is that it means that some brands are accidentally vegan - which we’ll get to in a minute.
What Makes A Chocolate Vegan?
For the most part, you can tell whether a product is vegan because of a small green or white symbol on the packaging (see the above image!). If it’s an accidentally vegan chocolate, you may have to look a bit closer, and cast your eyes over the ingredients. Whether you’re vegan, lactose intolerant or simply environmentally conscious, we’ve collected a list of things to look out for on product packaging so you don’t slip up.
What to avoid:
- Confectioners Glaze
- White Sugar
Vegan chocolate typically has very few ingredients. A quick way to check if what you’re about to eat is vegan, is by looking for the allergen warning “contains milk”. If it says “contains”, the product is not vegan. If it says “may contain traces of milk”, it is likely that the chocolate in front of you is vegan! This is because it is a precautionary warning, advising that there could be a risk of cross-contamination. But you can rest assured, all certified vegan products (like our own) contain no animal products and are tested for traces of them regularly.
So to summarise, what makes a chocolate vegan is the absence of dairy. And if you’re ever unsure, a quick google will answer your question in seconds.
What Is Vegan Chocolate Made From?
If it isn’t made from dairy, what is it made from? As self-confessed chocolate connoisseurs, this is one question we can definitely answer. Some common ingredients that you’ll find on a vegan wrapper include:
- Cacao butter
- Natural sweeteners such as dates, bananas and maple syrup
- Plant based flavours, from fruit and vegetables
While it varies from product to product, these are the staple ingredients that you can expect to find - especially cacao! Cacao is chocolate in its purest form, and so the higher the concentration, the more likely that it is vegan. This is why, unless animal-based ingredients have been added, most dark chocolates are vegan.
You can find some great examples of what vegan chocolate is made from by taking a look at our packaging - although we promise we’re not biased. Just look at our Peanut Butter Cup Starter Pack: each packet contains peanuts, fairtrade dark chocolate, cacao butter, organic agave syrup and sea salt. Are you drooling? We are, just a bit. But most importantly, all of these ingredients are natural and vegan!
How Is Vegan Chocolate Made?
Ever wondered how to make vegan chocolate? While it may seem like a difficult task, because there are so many ingredients that you have to avoid, it’s actually quite simple! In fact, you can even make it at home!
You only need three ingredients: cacao, cacao butter and agave. Simply melt your ingredients and mix it all together, until you are left with a silky smooth texture. If there are any lumps, beat or whisk them out. Plate it however you would like, and then pop it into the fridge or freezer until it is set. And then hey presto! You’ve just made vegan chocolate.
Of course, there are things that you can add to mix it up and make it interesting. Salt, vanilla and cinnamon are all great flavourings that can take your masterpiece to the next level. You can also incorporate grated fruit, nuts and other exciting toppings that will have your friends celebrating your skills in the kitchen in no time at all.
Believe it or not, LoveRaw started in a tiny kitchen. While we’ve grown a lot since then, and we’ve changed our creation process to make sure that we can fulfil all of our orders, that’s pretty much how we started out - back when it was just Manav, Rini and a food processor!
Benefits Of Vegan Chocolate
There’s a reason that vegan chocolate is for more than just vegans! It has so many benefits, both health-related and otherwise, that not trying it would be utter madness. Many of the benefits of vegan chocolate were previously restricted to dark chocolate; not to toot our own horn, but this is part of the reason why it’s so cool that dark chocolate is no longer your only option. Our chocolate comes in so many flavours, but can still benefit your health and the environment, because all of the ingredients are natural!
- Antioxidants: What is vegan chocolate, other than a great way to get your daily dose of antioxidants? It typically contains more than red wine or green tea, which means it’s perfectly acceptable to have multiple bars a day (right?).
- Serotonin Boost: If the health benefits weren’t enough of a reason to eat vegan chocolate, the serotonin boost definitely is. It has been proven that compounds found in it actually make you happier!
- Caffeine Fix: Chocolate contains caffeine, and this is doubly true of vegan chocolate! Forget your morning cup of joe, all you need is a wafer bar or three and you’re sorted.
- Environmentally Conscious: This is a big one for many people. Since vegan chocolate doesn’t contain animals or animal byproducts, it is much better for the environment. No milk means no methane, which means a happier, healthier planet!
What UK Chocolate Is Vegan?
Finally, the accidentally vegan section you’ve been waiting for! The chocolate industry is a funny place, because there are so many vegan chocolate bars on the market - and some of them are there by complete coincidence! Some major chocolate brands produce vegan chocolate, either accidentally or on purpose, and so you need to check the label! Being vegan no longer has to be restrictive - with so many options to choose from, the days of searching for vegan chocolate are in the distant past.
Vegan Chocolate Versus Real Chocolate
We’ve already told you the difference between vegan chocolate and real chocolate, but you may be wondering what this means for taste and texture. As you might have guessed by the many accidentally vegan options on the market, it actually doesn’t mean a lot. In fact, in most cases, you can’t tell that chocolate is vegan! And if you can, that’s the mark of a bad vegan chocolate - or at least that’s what we think.
The taste and texture of chocolate is really important - it’s why we say that our chocolate is for unvegan vegans: people that aren’t necessarily vegan, but are interested in a delicious, stomach-rumbling snack. All of our chocolates are created with this in mind. While we love the benefits that accompany veganism, we aren’t willing to sacrifice great taste, which is why LoveRaw was created in the first place.
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If you’ve gotten this far, then congratulations! You now know everything there is to know about vegan chocolate. Hopefully you’ve enjoyed this blog post - we definitely enjoyed taste testing all of the products mentioned!
Still looking for your vegan chocolate fix? At LoveRaw, our delicious vegan chocolate is incorporated into all of our tasty treats. Whether you’re in the mood for the satisfying snap of a M:lk Choc and Cre&m Wafer Bar, or the sumptuous melt-in-the-mouth sensation of a Salted Caramel M:lk Choc Bar, we do it all and more.
If you have any questions about our chocolate, or our story, then don’t hesitate to get in touch. The only thing we enjoy more than satisfying our sweet tooth is talking to our customers and fellow chocolate fanatics.
Contact us today by completing an online form, and we’ll be in touch! And if you’re interested in reading more about our brand, and our love for vegan chocolate, then be sure to check out our other blog posts, and our Instagram!