With Valentine’s Day around the corner, what could be a better excuse for indulging in a little chocolate therapy with a beloved friend? (Or alone, for that matter – there’s less chocolate competition that way.)
Nowadays, the range of vegan chocolate treats is so extensive it’s enough to make a person wish she could just find a way to live on chocolate alone…
For those of us who love the idea of supporting vegan businesses with our purchases, here’s a selection of companies that sell only vegan products, with all fair-trade chocolate, so that you can indulge your sweet tooth with a clear conscience.
“We seek out and use only the finest organic, fair-trade, vegan ingredients. We use minimally processed ingredients, avoiding any that require a chemistry degree to understand. We use post-consumer recycled paper and packaging whenever possible. We value optimal health as priceless. Delicious, high-quality food costs more, and is completely worth it!”
“Each chocolate is made with whole food ingredients. For example the pumpkin trufle is made with whole pumpkin seeds that are ground into a pumpkin seed butter and our walnut truffle has more walnuts than it does dark chocolate. Our truffles are half the calories and half the sugar compared to traditional truffles.”
“Delicious & Nutritious Hand-Made Chocolates. Organic, Raw, Vegan & Gluten-free. Jam-Packed with Nutritious Superfoods… For example: SuperFood Almond Butter Chocolate Chunk™ *All Ingredients Organic, Vegan, Gluten-Free and Raw. Cacao Powder, Paste, and Nibs, Coconut Oil & Nectar, Almond Butter, Maca, Ground Golden Flax Seeds, Chia Seeds, Camu Camu Berry Powder, Vanilla Beans & Himalayan Crystal Salt”
“We exhaustively research every source of supply to ensure that our ingredients are 100% vegan. We obsess – so you don’t have to. OCD kinder, gentler confections are made with organic coconut milk, coconut butter, cocoa butter, locally grown seasonal produce, and all other manner of the highest possible quality ingredients within reach. We are mindful of the seasons, as well as local sustainability, so the fresh fruit purees used in our confections are predominantly sourced within a few miles from our kitchen. Our sweets are humbly packaged & proudly presented. We use recycled & compostable materials to wrap up our candy proper.”
“Founded in 2003 by a passionate vegan chef, Lagusta’s Luscious artisanal chocolates combine a deep commitment to social justice, environmentalism and animal rights with the love of bold flavor of a true foodie and the obsessive commitment to artisan techniques of a chocolatier. We work closely with small farmers and producers in our beloved town of New Paltz, New York and across the country to source everything from our Maui vanilla beans (from a tiny two-acre vanilla farm) to the candy-striped beets (our beet-coriander truffle will win you over, we promise!) grown by Farmer Jessica less than a mile away.”
“Sweets from the Earth products are:
All Natural, 100% Vegan, Peanut & Nut free*, Sesame free*, Gluten & Wheat free*, Cholesterol free, Lactose free, Trans fat free, Non-hydrogenated, Low in saturated fat, GMO free, Free from artificial colours and flavours, Preservative free, Free from refined sugars, Certified Kosher Pareve”
* If you have a food allergy, please read the fine print to determine which products are produced in their allergen-free facility.
However you decide to celebrate Valentine’s Day (or not), hopefully we have provided you with a whole new selection of ways to deepen your love affair with chocolate…
~ Special thanks to M Butterflies Katz for collecting profiles of 140 vegan businesses.
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