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How Chocolastic! The 10 Best Vegan Dark Chocolate Bars

How Chocolastic! The 10 Best Vegan Dark Chocolate Bars

Chocolate can be, should be, and often is vegan!

Adopting a plant-based lifestyle may mean “giving up” a few things, but chocolate certainly isn’t one of them.

Unfortunately, it seems that chocolate has become synonymous with milk chocolate. But in reality, pure dark chocolate (you know, the heart-healthy kind), is totally plant-based! Here’s a quick primer on how most commercially available chocolate is made:

  1. Cacao pods are harvested from cacao trees growing throughout the tropics.
  2. The beans from inside those pods are then placed in earthen pits or wooden bins, covered with banana leaves, and left to ferment.
  3. After fermentation, the beans are dried in the sun for about a week.
  4. Dried beans are shipped to a factory, where they are first sifted and roasted.
  5. The beans are then cracked and winnowed, leaving the bitter but edible cacao nibs.
  6. The nibs are crushed and ground into a thick paste called chocolate liquor. Chocolate liquor has a strong, bitter taste, and a grainy texture.
  7. To make what we know as chocolate, manufacturers then add sugar, cocoa butter and vanilla, yielding a sweet but still grainy mixture.
  8. Finally, manufacturers run the mixture through a series of steel rollers to refine the texture, and may add more cocoa butter and soy lecithin.

Step #7 is where you would add milk if you were making milk chocolate. But of course this is totally unnecessary, and research has even shown that milk decreases absorption of the heart-healthy flavonoids found in chocolate.

Our Picks:

So let’s get to the chocolate! Here’s a list of 10 of our favorite commercially available, vegan dark chocolate bars. Let us know if we missed one, or share your favorite in the comments section below!

  1. Alter Eco Dark Chocolate Varieties
  2. Chocolove Dark Chocolate Varieties
  3. Crispy Cat Chocolate Bars
  4. Divine Dark Chocolate Varieties
  5. Endangered Species Organic Dark Chocolate
  6. Equal Exchange Dark Chocolate Varieties
  7. Kallari Chocolates
  8. Lake Champlain Dark Chocolate Varieties
  9. Newman’s Own Dark Chocolate Varieties
  10. Theo Dark Chocolate Varieties

Image Credit: Chocolate Reviews/Flickr

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17 comments on “How Chocolastic! The 10 Best Vegan Dark Chocolate Bars”

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8 Months Ago

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Hermes Birkin 30CM cheap
9 Months Ago

Hermes Birkin 30CM cheap Great reference, dtlange, thank you.

11 Months Ago

Would love for you to try Live A Lot chocolate! We make our vegan superfood chocolate bars with organic, fair-trade unraosted cacao from Ecuador. Our bars don\'t include dairy or soy, and they\'re filled with goodness like goji, matcha green tea, mucuna, and medicinal mushrooms. We\'re a sister owned company infusing so much passion and love into the delicious and nourishing products we make. Let us know what you think! (livealot.org)

Andy @ dairyfreeandy.com
1 Years Ago

I\'m so surprised that no single brand has conquered the global market for vegan chocolate yet. I came to your page looking for new brands to try, but I believe Divine is the only one available in Europe.

You inspired me to write a new post of the top 10 best vegan chocolate bars (in Europe!) Hopefully our readers can share tips from both when they\'re traveling the world. Check out the link for more! http://dairyfreeandy.com/best-vegan-chocolate-bars/

Lisa Reinhardt
1 Years Ago

Would love to have you review Wei of Chocolate - everything we make is organic, vegan, fair trade - plus gluten-free, soy-free, no GMOs and Paleo-friendly - and really delicious! We chose not to make it in bars so we could avoid that \'just one more square ...\' guilty feeling. Instead, let the whole round piece melt in your mouth and enjoy it - the empowering chocolate ;-) Check out 9 amazing flavors at http://weiofchocolate.com

4 Years Ago

try the delicious vegan chocolate bar line from Sugar Plum Chocolates, theyre dark chocolate infused with natural fruit bits. surprised they arent listed here http://www.sugar-plum.com/Gourmet-Vegan-Chocolate-Bars-s/367.htm

5 Years Ago

I have tried a lot of those but my favourite by far is http://www.giddyyoyo.com/ The company is based out of Ontario, Canada. Thankfully a local store sells their delicious treats here and hopefully as the company gains recognition, others will be able to give their goods a whirl. Their chocolate spirulina, Mint and vanilla salt are my current three faves.

char eats greens
5 Years Ago

My favourite local chocolate that makes the best raw and vegan chocolate is Giddy Yoyo! They make some stellar flavours like: sea salt vanilla and extra dark (are my personal faves!!) :)

5 Years Ago

The best ones are those that are fair-trade. See a good ref list: http://www.foodispower.org/chocolatelist.php Seems most vegan chocolate bars are plain. Had a delish Theo chocolate bar with almonds & cherries.

Susannah Armstrong
5 Years Ago

Try Rescue Chocolate! Great chocolate, lots of flavors and best of all proceeds help homeless pets!


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