Looking for the best dairy-free and vegan chocolates this Christmas? I’ve been busy tasting a range of plant-based festive chocolates to find the top contenders. Read on to see which ones I am cocoa-nuts about.
It’s a hard life, but someone has to taste test the range of vegan chocolates on offer this Christmas to help find the best ones out there. I know. I know. Talk about hardship. Especially when I’ve just been trying out the best vegan advent calendars. I now know my vegan chocolate inside out!
Whether you are looking for a gift for a plant-based pal, family member or child, I’ve found some fantastic options that are perfect for gifting. The only problem might be giving them away. These seriously tasty chocolates are so good you are going to want to keep them for yourself – vegan or not!
The Best Dairy-Free & Vegan Chocolates This Christmas
Most dark chocolate is suitable for vegans. However, many brands now use dairy-free alternatives, such as oats, almonds or coconut milk, to create their chocolate. This means you can find an array of vegan milk and white chocolates this Christmas catering to every taste and preference.
Here are my favourites – from gift boxes and tins to bars, and small sweet treats suitable for popping in stockings or hampers:
Handcrafted in Dorset, Chococo offers stunning-looking and delicious-tasting palm oil-free and vegan-friendly Christmas chocolates.
From the finest single-origin dark chocolate to tasty oat milk chocolate, there’s something here for every taste and budget.
Find vegan stocking fillers from £4. These include pretty chocolate lollies, tasty chocolate bars, and boxes of chocolates that support ocean conservation charities.
At the £7 – £11 mark are stunning 3D chocolates in a variety of shapes – including penguins, Santas, Christmas trees and baubles. I’m asking Santa for one of these this year!
And from £12.50 you can find beautiful artisanal boxes of chocolate, perfect for gifting. For those with bigger budgets, there are even luxurious vegan chocolate hampers that would be an absolute delight to receive.
Montezuma’s, the ethical chocolatier, has a good-sized range of vegan chocolates that are perfect for gifting this Christmas, starting from £7.49 at Ethical Superstore.
Look out for gift boxes of chocolate snowmen – in dark chocolate or absolute black chocolate (both £6.99). And for a delicious vegan take on the classic after-dinner mint, try a box of the dark chocolate crunchy peppermint half moonies (£3.99). These are my favourites!
For a decadent treat, the All-Star Vegan Christmas Chocolate Gift Box (£35.99) is the one to go for. With enough chocolate to share, this makes a great couple’s gift.
Featuring dark chocolate buttons, dark chocolate hazelnut snowmen, dark peanut butter bites, a dark chocolate bar with cocoa nibs, vegan truffles, and a Like No Udder Butterscotch Bar – this pretty gift box is packed full of tasty treats without the dairy.
Montezuma works with its suppliers to ensure that all its chocolate meets stringent ethical criteria and certifications. This includes Rainforest Alliance, UTZ, Soil Association and Cocoa Horizons.
Happi Chocolate (available at Not On The High Street) says that it has all the ooo without the moo! And I can happily confirm that its Christmas vegan and dairy-free chocolates most certainly do have all the ooo!
If your intended recipient is not a fan of dark chocolate, then worry not. Happi focuses on its speciality – delicious milk chocolate made from oat milk. You’ll find festive flavours, like bars of honeycomb and ginger or peppermint oat milk chocolate.
Happi even has vegan alternatives of Christmas favourites. Its dairy-free selection boxes and hot chocolate spoons are a total joy.
As well as being seriously tasty, Happi is 100% slave free. Happi says that it buys its cacao directly from farmers and growers with a full ‘farm-to-bar’ supply chain. This means that Happi knows who grows the cacao beans and what they get paid.
Happi also donates 1% of its annual net sales revenues to causes, such as mental health organisations.
Moo Free – available at Natural Collection – is my top choice for dairy-free and vegan chocolates for kids this Christmas. With nothing over £4, the combination of tasty chocolate, fun designs and packaging and a low price point make them ideal gifts this festive season.
Moo-Free is a palm oil-free chocolate company. Meanwhile, all of its chocolate is dairy-free, gluten-free and vegetarian and vegan-friendly.
Whilst not Fairtrade Certified, instead Moo-Free purchases UTZ Certified Cocoa for this product to help support farmers and sustainable farming.
Cocoa Libre – available on Etsy from £7.50 – offers an impressive range of festive-themed vegan and dairy chocolate. Whether you are shopping for kids or adults this Christmas, these seriously tasty vegan chocolates are sure to be a hit.
Cocoa Libre guarantees that all of its chocolates are always free from gluten, dairy and nuts. Its milk chocolate is made with rice milk. This plant-based alternative to dairy makes Cocoa Libre’s chocolate incredibly creamy. In fact, it’s difficult to tell you’re not eating dairy!
Don’t just take my word for it. The brand has scooped Gold at the Free From Food Awards for two years running.
Which ones will you be trying this year? For more gift inspiration do also check out my guide to the best vegan hampers this Christmas.