Chocolate doesn’t naturally contain dairy. Dark chocolate is WAY better than milk chocolate! You have to look at the label though. The crappy grocery store dark chocolate (like Nestle, etc) usual contains milk. If you get it from a natural food store, or it says more than 60% cacao, then you are probably safe. Vegan chocolate is not hard to find these days. What is nearly impossible to find is chocolate that doesn’t contain white, refined sugar or cane sugar. Below are my favorite chocolates that are vegan and sweetened with unrefined sugar. All of them are raw, which you can feel less guilty while getting a rich, pleasurable chocolate fix. And check out the Valentine’s Giveaway at the end of the post!
I had the pleasure of sampling Sacred Chocolates and it is divine! Sacred Chocolate is the brain-child of David Wolfe, well known raw food chef and author. All their chocolates are organic, vegan, kosher, halal certified, and use low glycemic sugars. Sacred also does something I have not seen with other vegan chocolate companies, they use 2 types of ZERO glycemic sweeteners. The “Still Pointe Mint” uses Erythritol and their “Sun Sweet” uses Organic Inulin from the Jerusalem Artichoke as a sweetener. These are perfect for diabetics! I tried both these flavors. They did have an unusual flavor to them that is hard to describe, but still deliciously chocolaty and rich.
Sacred Chocolate has won many awards, including Best Organic Chocolate at the 2008 LOS ANGELES LUXURY CHOCOLATE SALON, ‘Best Organic or Fair Trade Chocolate’ at the 2008 International San Francisco Chocolate Salon, Bronze Medal winner at the 2007 International San Francisco Chocolate Salon.
From their Facebook Fan Page: “What makes Sacred Chocolate so Sacred you may ask? Steve Adler, AKA “Sacred Steve”, an ordained Minister of Spiritis Church, prays over every batch of Sacred Chocolate! Sacred Chocolate is certified ORGANIC (by CCOF), VEGAN (by Vegan Action), KOSHER (by Earth Kosher), and HALAL (by IFANCA). Sacred Chocolate is purchased above FAIR TRADE STANDARDS. Sacred Chocolate is also PASS4KIDS approved! All of our chocolate is dairy/gluten/soy FREE!”
My favorite thing I tried was the Goji Berry Love Brittle, which is sweetened with coconut palm sugar. With 22 flavors of raw chocolate hearts, the only problem you will have is choosing, but you can’t go wrong with any flavor!
NibMor raw chocolate is all organic, vegan, and made with no refined sugar. It is sweetened with agave. I have tried a lot of chocolate in my day, both vegan and just raw, and I can honestly say that this is the best chocolate I have ever tasted. Often raw chocolate can be a little too dark and bitter, not sweet enough, or hard and brittle. After nibbling on NibMor I couldn’t even tell it was vegan much less raw. It is rich, creamy, and just the right amount of chocolaty sweet flavor. I’m floored by this product and I think you will be too!
Righteously Raw chocolate bars have a rich truffle like filling surrounded by decadent raw chocolate. They come in 4 flavors: Caramel, Goji, Acai, and Maca. I really don’t have a favorite because they are all amazing. This bar is sweetened with agave nectar making it low on the glycemic index. The different flavors are full of superfoods like Himalayan pink salt, goji berries, acai, mesquite, coconut oil, and maca, which all have phytochemicals touted to have many health benefits.
Hopefully this post has shown you vegans, health conscious, and diabetic readers that there is an alternative to sugar-filled chocolate. Raw chocolate is like having a dessert that you don’t have to feel guilty about! Now enter the giveaway!
Follow the rules below and get a gift basket full of vegan raw chocolate courtesy of Sacred Chocolates and NibMor. This delectable Valentine’s package is worth over $50!
Please enter by February 5th to ensure you get your treats by V-Day. The winner that has the best answers and follows the rules will be chosen on that date.
To enter the giveaway here are the rules:
1. Must live in the United States, no PO boxes please
2. Subscribe to my blog with your email address so I can contact you if you win.
3. What is the most romantic thing you have done (or would like to do) for your sweetie on V-Day? (or what is the most romantic thing you can imagine doing)
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