The best vegan chocolate, is it really Vego or Tony’s Chocolonely’s? I don’t think so! I’m not really a fan of those and as a real chocolate addict I decided to buy all my favourite bars just so I can share them with you: creamy (very important!), tastes like milk chocolate (might be just what you need at some time), dark chocolate in specialty flavours and bars that can go in your handbag (oh well, they all perfectly fitted into mine!). It was so difficult having all this chocolate in my home and not being able to eat them because we had to take the pictures for the post. Torture!
Do you see anything new here that you might want to try? Let us know what you think. Do you need someone to test your chocolate for you? Ask me, ask me, ask me! Do you know a bar I might like? Please let me know in the comments. Thanks!
One of the reasons I did not like adopting a more plantbased diet was the lack of really good chocolate. I thought I was doomed to only eating really boring dark chocolate, in the best case scenario with a boring flavour. I had tried vegan white rice milk chocolate but to be honest I wasn´t really impressed. I did not like dark chocolate at all untill 2 years ago and I´m not really a fan of the dark chocolate Tony´s Chocolonely´s that are vegan. It might be that it´s the thickness of the bars (as you can see above, I like my chocolate thinner) and the Vego bar was kind of okay but too expensive. After a while I discovered you have to leave your local supermarket behind and go into the field. After about 2 years I have this great list of flavours that are easy to find around here. Large Albert Heijn´s now also sell Björnsted, a nice bar with orange flavour and Jumbo just introduced 3 new vegan La Place bars that are vegan. I haven’t tried those yet as the flavours and thickness don’t appeal to me but you might like them!
The categories for this blogpost with the best vegan chocolate are: (1) creamy ‘it tastes like milk’-chocolate, (2) Specialty flavour and extra dark, (3) rice milk chocolate and (4) candy bars to take with you in your handbag.
Creamy ‘it tastes like milk’ chocolate
– Vivani Dunkle Nougat. Price €2,29 for 100 grams. Where to buy? Nature food stores like De Nieuwe Weg and both Ekoplazas. Organic and in an organic wrapper. The taste is almost like pure milk chocolate and with a creamy melt at the tongue texture. When I discovered this one I was immediately taken away. If you ever try one…be amazed by what plantbased chocolate can taste like.
– Rapunzel Nirvana Vegan Chocolate Praline (the vegan version is orange, the other praline one from Rapunzel has milk in it). In the Netherlands €3,29 per bar of 100 grams. Available at Jumbo Foodmarkt Euroborg in Groningen. Organic and fair trade. Super creamy and not recognizable as vegan milk chocolate. Really amazing but kind of expensive over here. Buy this when you are in Germany at health food and / or vegan stores where you can save a euro per bar. Then you can buy two 😉
Specialty flavour and actual dark chocolate
– Divine Smooth Dark with Mint Crisp. Price €2,25 for 90 grams. Available at the Wereldwinkel. This one competes with Seed & Bean Organic Extra Dark Chocolate with Mint for best dark chocolate with mint flavour. Both are really good. Both are also really dark chocolate, respectively 70 and 72% cocoa. You don’t have to feel guilty with this chocolate: hardly any sugar, fair trade, no palm oil and Seed & Bean is also organic. You can buy the latter at Holland & Barrett for €3,29 for 85 grams. If you just look at the price, Divine is the winner!
– Divine Smooth Dark with Raspberries. Price €2,25 for 90 grams. Just like the former Divine bar for sale at the Wereldwinkel, 70% cocoa, fair trade and organic and with a really good dark chocolate taste.
– Seed & Bean Extra Dark Chocolate Coconut & Raspberry. Price €3,29 for 85 grams. Available at Holland & Barrett. Cocoa percentage is 66%. Organic and winner of an Ethical Award.
Note: Until not so long ago you could also buy Seed & Bean Espresso in the Netherlands. This one is soooo good! Unfortunately Holland & Barrett doesn’t sell this one anymore. You can still buy it across the Pond. It has a very good coffee taste.
Note 2: Are these not your kind of flavours? Both brands have a few other dark chocolate vegan tastes like with raisins and nuts (Divine), ginger (Divine), Hemp (Seed & Bean) and Lavender (Sead & Bean).
Rice milk chocolate
– I alrealdy mentioned one rice milk chocolate candy bar (the Rapunzel one with praline) so I’m not going to talk about that one again. This category is for iChoc and another Rapunzel bar that’s not in the pics. You probably know iChoc from Ekoplaza, De Nieuwe Weg nature foods or maybe you’ve seen them at Sostrene Grene, were they are actually quite expensive. They have a few basic flavours like white and milk and also a few special ones. My two favourites are iChoc Choco Cookie (kind of like there are Oreo’s in your chocolate) and iChoc White Nougat Crisp (with hazelnut crunch). These bars sell for €1,99 each and they weigh 80 grams. The main ingredient is sugar and not chocolate. A nice ‘guilty pleasure’ for every once in a while. But when I start, I can’t stop. You might as well eat it if it’s open, right?
– Not in the pictures because eaten already: Rapunzel Chocolat Noir Cocos. So so so good… Available at Jumbo Foodmarkt Euroborg for €3,29 per 100 gram (in Germany it’s €1 cheaper).
Vegan chocolate for in your handbag
– One of the first vegan candy bars I got to know a few years ago was the Bonvita Coconut Bonnbar in Dark Chocolate with Coconut. My local Jumbo sold it in the isle with the products for gluten allergy and sugarfree products. It has since been replaced by other bars. You can still buy it at Ekoplaza and most other health food stores. It’s a bit more responsible version of a Bounty bar as it is organic and has less sugar. Of course you can make your own Bounty bars, there are plenty of good recipes online and I’m all for homemade, but sometimes you just lack time or don’t feel like the work. You can drop this one in your bag. It’s 40 grams and it costs 89 cents.
– Vivani also has a few really good ‘in your handbag’ bars of which several are vegan. The bars are 35 grams each and my favourite is Vivani Black Cherry. It has 62% cocoa. The Vivani Dark Nougat (a bit similar to the larger Vivani bar mentioned before) has 36% cocoa. You can buy these at most Ekoplaza’s and De Nieuwe Weg.
Bonus: The Wereldwinkel sells small and large bars of German organic brand Gepa. There’s a really good small vegan coconut bar kind of like the one from Bonvita but breakable in 4 pieces. Try it!
Do you really feel like a piece of chocolate right now, just like me?
Hmmm, I wonder which one I’m going to take a bite off…
Love, your chocolate girl 😉