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Dairy-Free Vegan Chocolate Brands Taste Test & Review

Dairy-Free Vegan Chocolate Brands Review and Taste Test

Dairy-free vegan chocolate brands review presents you the best and popular vegan chocolate brands (dark, milk and white chocolate). We show consumer ratings and discuss taste, texture, consistency, and quality.

Scroll down to read each review and be amazed at the wide range of vegan chocolates to indulge!

Dairy-Free Vegan Dark Chocolate Brands Review and Taste Test

Endangered Species Natural Dark Chocolate 88% Cocoa Review


Endangered Species Panther, Natural Dark Chocolate – 88% Cocoa Review

Rating: 4.4 out of 5 (from 734 consumer ratings)

This we have to say one of the best vegan dark chocolates around. It is smooth, it has flavor, and it is quite thick as well. Loved the thick creamy texture while melting, and we didn’t find any peculiar aftertaste which you may get with certain dark chocolates. All in all, it was a pleasant experience!

Besides the taste, as vegans, we feel this brand is much closer to our heart having shared values. This brand has wildlife conservation at its heart (10% of their net profits are donated) and being fair trade certified (apparently the first American-made chocolate using fully traceable fairtrade beans from West Africa) say a lot about the manufacturer which could take your taste even further. You also learn about an endangered animal with each wrapper with this non-GMO verified, gluten-free chocolate!

With many flavor notes to indulge, and dark chocolate being a superfood packed with antioxidants, you can’t really go wrong with this one!

Green & Black’s Organic Dark Chocolate 85% Cocoa Review


Green & Black’s Organic Dark Chocolate – 85% Cocoa Review

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 (from 892 consumer ratings)

Want an intense hit of cocoa yet balanced with the right amount of sugar and vanilla with pure richness? Then this USDA certified organic dark chocolate is for you which is founded in Britain, and now made in Poland!

Even if you couldn’t handle the intensity initially give it a bit of time. You may just acquire a taste for it. Just like good things come in small packages, with each and every single piece of this deliciousness we believe that’s the case. The rich taste is quite possibly due to the full, dynamic flavor characteristics of Trinitario cocoa beans. As far as sourcing is concerned it is Fair Trade certified.

Dark chocolate being a superfood for the brain (full of antioxidants) and with fiber, protein, zero trans fat, zero cholesterol, you’re doing your health a favor with this dark chocolate.

Lindt Excellence Extra Dark Chocolate 85% Cocoa Review


Lindt Excellence Extra Dark Chocolate 85% Cocoa Review

Rating: 4.2 out of 5 (from 605 consumer ratings)

Founded in 1845 in Switzerland, this is a brand that has its presence all over the world. Today it is made in USA, but it will never lose its influence from the Swiss chocolatier. Because when it comes to premium chocolate they’ve got it all, the taste, the elegance and finesse to produce gratifying chocolates for all your senses.

It has a silky smooth and crisp texture to it which you would expect from a premium chocolate. Our initial taste was somewhat reminiscent of black coffee and with 85% cocoa, it was strong, bold and intense initially. Once you get past that bitterness you can feel the true chocolate flavors while it melts and then leaves you with a strong aftertaste. So what can we say, it can be a love-hate thing depending on the way you enjoy dark chocolate. Not all dark chocolates are made equal and that’s the beauty of it.

High in antioxidants and with a good amount of iron, a bit of dietary fiber, protein, calcium, zero trans fat, zero cholesterol it is a healthy choice as well! With regard to ethical sourcing, the manufacturer claims to have their internal Lindt & Sprüngli Farming Program.

Newman’s Own Organics Premium Dark Chocolate 70% Cocoa Review


Newman’s Own Organics Premium Dark Chocolate 70% Cocoa Review

Rating: 4.3 out of 5 (from 37 consumer ratings)

A company that is built on the values of “100% of Profits to Charity” and “Quality Will Always Trump the Bottom Line” has a story that is certainly worthy of our attention. This USA made chocolate, sources Rainforest Alliance certified cocoa, and it’s USDA certified organic.

The most noteworthy aspect of this dark chocolate is that it doesn’t have an overpowering bitter taste at all. It is smooth in texture and slightly sweeter compared to other dark chocolates but has a good balance in taste with a long aftertaste. So if you’re someone who wants to have dark chocolate for health or any other reason without its inherent bitterness then we suggest you give this a try.

As usual, a great source of antioxidants (typical of dark chocolate) and comes with protein, calcium, iron, dietary fiber, zero trans fat, zero cholesterol and zero sodium which make it a healthy choice.

Equal Exchange Organic Very Dark Chocolate 71% Cocoa Review


Equal Exchange Organic Very Dark Chocolate 71% Cocoa Review

Rating: 4.7 out of 5 (from 148 consumer ratings)

This Swiss chocolate was a delight on its own. It had a pleasant aroma as soon as we opened and smelled it and the smooth, soft texture was pleasing as well. While tasting, we immediately noticed the fruity notes that hit us as soon as it started to melt. There was no sharp bitter taste which is understandable for a 71% cocoa. At the end, the rich, creamy flavors left us with a decadent, balanced taste experience.

So if you’re looking for dark chocolate without the overpowering bitterness then this is an option to consider. It is certified organic, fair-traded (certified) and comes with a lot of antioxidants, along with protein, calcium, iron, dietary fiber, zero trans fat, zero cholesterol and zero sodium. Yes, another good delicious health choice!

Trader Joe’s Belgian Dark Chocolate Bars 72% Cacao Review


Rating: 4 out of 5 (from 142 consumer ratings)

This Belgium dark chocolate is a sweet treat and not too bitter which can be classified as the typical semisweet dark chocolate. It does have a smooth texture, and you still get a considerable taste of dark chocolate where the sweetness has not dominated its dark chocolate flavor. Thus, the whole experience was pleasant and appetizing.

If you’re a lover of semisweet dark chocolate then this is certainly worthy of trying. Good for nutrition as well with antioxidants, protein, calcium, iron, dietary fiber, zero trans fat, and zero cholesterol.

Raaka Bourbon Cask Aged Organic Dark Chocolate Bar 82% Cacao Review


Raaka Bourbon Cask Aged Organic Dark Chocolate Bar 82% Cacao Review

Rating: 4.6 out of 5 (from 241 consumer ratings)

Made with certified organic Maya Mountain cacao from Belize this award-winning dark chocolate is certainly for the chocolate connoisseur. It is on the expensive side and is no surprise for an artisanal chocolate where every bar can present you with a novel sensation. Made with nibs produced out of cacao beans and these nibs are then aged in Bourbon barrels for four weeks.

The rich, creamy chocolate flavor starts with the notes of caramel, vanilla, oak which then leaves you with an aftertaste of subtle alcoholic (Bourbon) bitterness and a bit of dryness. Nothing too intense or overpowering, it is a balanced taste with harmony. What a refreshing experience, which starts with sweetness and then transforms into gradual bitterness at the end with a reminiscent of having a glass of wine.

Though indulgence and health don’t seem to go hand in hand in most cases, this treat is filled with antioxidants giving you a guilt-free pleasure. It is certified organic, kosher, Non-GMO, and free of gluten, nuts, and soy.

Alter Eco Dark Blackout Organic Chocolate Bar 85% Cocoa Review


Alter Eco Dark Blackout Organic Chocolate Bar 85% Cocoa Review

Rating: 4.4 out of 5 (from 331 consumer ratings)

Made in Switzerland with cocoa beans plucked from the trees near the Ecuadorian coast and crafted by artisans, our hopes were high and it didn’t disappoint us! This chocolatier seems to put their heart and soul into everything they do, be it sourcing ethically, or producing and presenting you with a decadent award-winning dark chocolate.

Fine snap and melts really well with deep sweet fruity notes combined with subtle notes of vanilla and other rich chocolate flavors, so a little goes a long way. The bitterness is minimal and not overwhelming at all for an 85% dark chocolate. Again if you’re one of those looking to indulge in dark chocolate without the intense bitterness and looking for a balanced flavor, then this is a great option to consider.

USDA certified organic, Non-GMO Project Verified, Fair Trade certified, carbon neutral product and gluten free. No artificial flavors, sweeteners, emulsifiers or soy.

Comes with a good amount of iron (40%), protein (3g), calcium (2%), dietary fiber (5g), zero trans fat, zero cholesterol and zero sodium, plus the antioxidants!

Plamil – Organic Ginger Chocolate 60% Cocoa Review


Plamil – Organic Ginger Chocolate 60% Cocoa Review

Rating: 4.3 out of 5 (from 57 consumer ratings)

This UK chocolate brand comes with a unique exotic spicy ginger flavor. Not necessarily a dark chocolate but we put it under dark chocolates due to its higher cocoa content. If you’re a lover of strong ginger flavors then this is a must try! It is smooth, melts well, made with quality organic ingredients and gluten-free as well.

Plamil – Organic Dark Chocolate

Dairy-Free Vegan Milk Chocolate Brands Review and Taste Test

Moo Free Original Organic Milk Chocolate Alternative Review


Moo Free Original Organic Milk Chocolate Alternative Review

Rating: 4.7 out of 5 (from 23 consumer ratings)

TheVeganKind  (delivery: UK and international)

Made in UK and going by their cruelty-free brand name (Moo Free) these award-winning milk chocolate bars don’t contain a trace of cow’s milk. That’s because their dairy-free chocolates are made using Hammy’s secret, organic, dairy-free chocolate recipe that ensures these bars really do taste like quality milk chocolate.

Once we opened the wrapper we noticed that it looked just like regular milk chocolate. There was a nice finish with a smooth texture to it. Fine creamy melt and truly tastes like milk chocolate, although a tad sweeter but a pleasant one. It is rather surprising how well they have been able to imitate milk chocolate being made out of rice milk.

Since vegan milk chocolates are not the easiest to find compared to dark chocolates we really cherished this lovely experience! If you’re a seeker of the middle path in the world of chocolates then this is an ideal choice as milk chocolates stand in between the dark and white chocolates.

Given the cartoonish child-friendly wrapper and a taste, even adults can enjoy, we are pretty sure both kids and adults will enjoy having a bite of these bars!

They do not manufacture any dairy products as the name suggests, it’s certified vegan, Non-GMO, gluten-free and free of soy.

Raaka Coconut Milk Chocolate Bar 60% Cocoa Review


Raaka Coconut Milk Chocolate Bar 60% Cocoa Review

Rating: 3.7 out of 5 (from 19 consumer ratings)

We were really excited to taste another product from this artisanal chocolatier having previously tasted their dark chocolate. As soon we opened, we were so eager to smell it and the smell of coconut was quite apparent.

Just like quality milk chocolate, the texture was smooth and we felt how fast it melted on our tongues. So here’s something to be cautious, if it’s the summer or you’re living in an area with high temperature make sure you get it delivered intact. If it melts and even if you resolidify again we believe the flavor would most probably change.

There is a slight semi-sweet dark chocolate flavor due to higher cocoa content for a milk chocolate (60%), but we liked that combination. The cacao butter and sugar combination gives you a hint of white chocolate flavor as well, as an aftertaste leaving you with an overall tropical sensation of coconut milk!

It is certified organic, kosher and Non-GMO, as well as gluten and soy free.

Enjoy Life Boom Choco Boom Ricemilk Chocolate Bar Review


Rating: 4 out of 5 (from 293 consumer ratings)

Here’s another vegan option for milk chocolates. The texture was not that smooth and looked dry for our liking and it was a bit hard to snap and chew as well.

Though the melt was not the best being on the firmer side, as the manufacturer promising to produce smile-good products, it did bring a smile to us with taste, which is the essential feature. The taste had a pleasant sweetness resembling typical milk chocolates really well. We feel both adults and kids will enjoy this one.

Free of dairy, gluten, wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, and soy. It has no trans fat and cholesterol as well!

Dairy-Free Vegan White Chocolate Brands Review and Taste Test


Vivani White Nougat Crisp Chocolate Bar Review

Rating: 4.3 out of 5 (from 27 consumer ratings)

This German organic vegan white chocolate is made of cocoa from Ecuador, Panama and the Dominican Republic and is a rarity in the world of vegan white chocolates. It was rather surprising though that it didn’t appear white in color. The question was “will it taste like white chocolate”

From the memories we’ve had with white chocolate (before we turned vegan), all we can say is, that it does taste like white chocolate. It was smooth, giving a luscious feeling of chocolate melting with a pleasant crunch with hazelnut…scrumptious and divine! Vegan white chocolate being rare, we hope you will admire this one!

The manufacturer claims to fully support the principles of fair trade placing values on fair price, socially acceptable working conditions, ban on child labor, and respectful dealings with trading partners.

Dairy-Free Vegan Truffles Review and Taste Test


Booja Booja Dairy-Free Hazelnut Crunch Chocolate Truffles Review

Booja Booja Dairy Free Hazelnut Crunch Chocolate Truffles Review

Rating: 4.8 out of 5 (from 78 consumer ratings)

TheVeganKind  (delivery: UK and international)

Made in UK, these decadent award-winning (19 awards) truffles are handmade with fine organic chocolate and hazelnuts. Made with the Dominican Republic cocoa beans and sweet roasted Italian hazelnuts.

They say Booja-Booja is the feeling, the sound that flows with the first bite and we couldn’t agree more. Every piece of truffle was a package of heavenly pleasures for all your senses (including the 6th sense if you have one). Not only it melted in our mouths, but it melted our hearts so to speak. Everything was special and super, be it the aroma of hazelnuts, divine dusting of cocoa powder or the creamy melt, the crunchy chew, or the ultimate rich and luxurious indulgence.

So what can we say, felt like we’ve found a gem, giving us a sense of pride being vegan and excited to share this with all! We are quite confident that these little vegan truffles can take on any dairy chocolate truffle and may even put some of the Swiss counterparts to shame. A great choice as a gift or a treat and should a non-vegan get this as a gift may make them think what is there to miss as a vegan!

Though on the expensive side as you would expect with any indulgent treat, it was worth every penny.

Free of dairy, gluten & soy. Registered with the Vegan Society and Soil Association Organic (GB Organic Certification)

Dairy-Free Vegan Chocolate for Valentine’s Day


Chocolove Almonds & Sea Salt in Dark Chocolate Bar 55% Cocoa, Review and Taste Test

Chocolove Almonds & Sea Salt in Dark Chocolate Bar 55% Cocoa, Review

Rating: 4.4 out of 5 (from 5585 consumer ratings)

Made in USA with premium Belgian chocolate, it has a nice flavor combination of dark chocolate, sea salt, and almonds.

We’ve got a mild dark taste, not bitter, somewhat semi-sweet and the salt just adds that extra zing to it. A unique flavor between the sweetness and a hint of saltiness giving varying sensations and stimulating different regions of the tongue. You can feel the creaminess of the rich dark chocolate that melts so smoothly over the tongue, the crunch of almonds and the fascinating subtle distinction that is randomly presented by the crystals of sea salt. It’s a delightful feeling!

Great as a present to your date/spouse which has a nice wrapping with a romantic poem written inside. Not to forget the antioxidants dark chocolate has while providing you iron, protein, calcium, without any trans fat or cholesterol.   

Other Vegan Options With Chocolove:

Chocolove Cherries & Almonds in Dark Chocolate Bar 55% Cocoa

Chocolove Cherries & Almonds in Dark Chocolate Bar 55% Cocoa

Chocolove 77% Extra Strong Dark Chocolate Bar

Chocolove 77% Extra Strong Dark Chocolate Bar

Chocolove Raspberry Dark Chocolate 55% Cocoa

Chocolove Raspberry Dark Chocolate 55% Cocoa

Chocolove Orange Peel in Dark Chocolate 55% Cocoa

 Chocolove Orange Peel in Dark Chocolate 55% Cocoa

Chocolove Chocolate Bar, Ginger Crystallized in Dark Chocolate 65% Cocoa

Chocolove Chocolate Bar, Ginger Crystallized in Dark Chocolate 65% Cocoa

Dairy-Free Vegan Chocolate for Easter & Halloween

Moo Free Easter Bunnycomb Egg with Buttons Review


Moo Free Easter Bunnycomb Egg with Buttons Review 

Rating: 5 out of 5 (from 13 consumer ratings)

As the brand name suggests (Moo Free), these UK organic chocolate eggs have no dairy. Yes, it is not honeycomb but bunnycomb because it is vegan and cruelty-free. To achieve the honeycomb flavor they have filled it with pieces of vegan-friendly toffees into the shell of the Easter eggs.

It is quite a thick chocolate which is always a plus and the taste was creamy and sweet but not too overpowering. The crunch with the infused vegan-friendly toffees was a pleasant surprise. We also enjoyed the little chocolate buttons inside, and they were yummy!

Moo Free brings you the flavor of great tasting milk chocolate Easter eggs without dairy in vegan style. Great as an Easter gift, Moo Free bunnycomb Easter eggs are perfect for kids or adults of any age who can’t have dairy products, vegan or anyone that enjoys quality chocolate Easter eggs. It is made using a combination of natural, organic and ethically sourced ingredients.

They do not manufacture any dairy products, it’s certified vegan, free of gluten, GMOs, and soy.

Other Vegan Easter Chocolate Egg Options with Moo Free

Moo Free Original Organic Easter Egg


Moo Free Original Organic Easter Egg

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 (from 8 consumer ratings)

Endangered Species Bug Bites, Smooth Dark Chocolate 72% Cocoa Review


Endangered Species Bug Bites, Smooth Dark Chocolate 72% Cocoa Review

Rating: 4.4 out of 5 (from 15 consumer ratings)

Should we say, it’s delicious education? That’s what we thought. Learning about all sorts of beneficial insects via educational full-color info trading cards featuring major at-risk insects tucked inside each delicious Bug Bite.

Eating these brought our childhood memories which we hold so dearly and felt like we are still kids at heart. Very fruity, with some apricot and cherry notes to it, and then it was melting with a nice creamy texture. At the end, it had a hint of bitterness that wasn’t too dry.

Good for Easter, Halloween or Christmas, or use it at any event that seems appropriate. This is also a good way to be in control of your dark chocolate intake if you tend to go overboard with chocolate bars.

10% of Endangered Species chocolate’s net profits, donated annually to support wildlife preservation. Made with ethically traded and sustainably-grown cocoa.

Equal Exchange Organic Chocolate 55% Dark Minis Review


Equal Exchange Organic Chocolate 55% Dark Minis Review

Rating: 4.3 out of 5 (from 31 consumer ratings)

It has a nice fruity taste, being good tasting and sweet, but not overwhelmingly sweet or like many dark chocolates not bitter as well. Certainly not an extra dark chocolate, more of a semi-sweet, delicious and rich tasting flavor. We felt the melt to be creamy and velvety and at one point it actually seemed juicy in the mouth to boot!

You can also enjoy the ability to have just one or two pieces rather than tempting to overeat whole chocolate bars, helping you be in control of your chocolate intake.

The fun little size of these mini bars makes it a joyful snack/treat for many occasions. Besides using for Easter, Halloween or Christmas, we can recommend as an event giveaway, at the office for personal use, entertain colleagues and guests or any other special occasion.


We hope this review helped you to know the top quality dairy-free vegan chocolate brands available and see the variety of options you’ve got. Keep trying different brands & types of vegan chocolates according to your taste, mood and as part of a balanced healthy diet (dark chocolates)!

Dairy-Free Vegan Chocolate Brands Review

 

Image credits: Endangered Species, Green & Black’s, Lindt, Newman’s Own Organics, Equal Exchange, Trader Joe, Raaka, Alter Eco, Plamil, Moo Free, Enjoy Life, Vivani, Booja Booja, and Chocolove

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2 thoughts on “Dairy-Free Vegan Chocolate Brands Taste Test & Review

  1. Sweet William Chocolate from Australia is vegan, dairy-free, sugar-free, gluten free, nut free, non-GMO, or no artificial ingredients. They will be arriving soon in both the USA and in Canada in white chocolate, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, rice crackle in retail and institutional packaging. Since 1920 Sweet William is the ultimate premium brand in Australia and available in Europe and Asia.

    1. Thanks Karl for letting us know. We visited the website and delighted to see the great variety of chocolates y’all have. We will try to add your brand to our review in due course. Please let us know when your brand is available on Amazon. For our vegan friends: they got chocolate bars & blocks, baking chocolate, chocolate spread, and Easter & Christmas chocolates. Here’s the link to their website : https://www.sweetwilliam.com.au/

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