Friday, July 22, 2011

Day 52: Vegan Chocolate

     I was so shocked that my boyfriend was able to find me vegan chocolate at See’s Candy last week that I decided to look up more information on what See’s Candy products are vegan for further reference, but I couldn't find anything. So I decided to look into it further and email the company. 


        They unfortunately said that none of their main chocolate is vegan for it contains butter or milk, but I did get a list of some of their other non-chocolate as well as holiday products that are vegan:

  • Citrus Twists (Summer item)
  • Fancy Mixed Nuts
  • Hot Hearts (Valentine's Day item)
  • Jelly Bean Eggs (Easter item)
  • Licorice Medallions
  • Nonpareil Jelly Eggs (Easter item)
  • Orange Twists (Halloween item)
  • Peppermint Twists
  • Sour Bats (Halloween item)
  • Sour Bunnies (Easter item)
  • Sour Hearts (Valentine's Day item)
  • Sour Stars (Christmas item)
  • Sugar Sticks

    I found this information to be a bit of a bummer for I have always loved See's Candy, but I was still determined to find a list of what brands carry vegan chocolate. I then stumbled upon a great article on vegan chocolate that gave a list of brands that carry vegan chocolate as well as went on to talk about what exactly the difference is between vegan and non-vegan chocolate. 

     The aticle said that good quality chocolate has a higher chocolate content, pure ingredients, and no additives which makes the majority of high quality chocolate vegan. The ingredient lists on the back of high quality chocolate should be simple and might include cocoa, cocoa butter, lecithin, sugar, and sometimes vanilla but that's it. Other non-vegan, lower end chocolates, normally have a long list of ingredients with cheap fillers such as food starch, artificial flavoring, and can often contain milk, milk solids, or milk fat.


    There are plenty of chocolate bars that are "accidentally" vegan which means they aren't marked or labeled as vegan, but they contain no animal ingredients.

"Accidentally" Vegan Chocolate Brands:


     Other Vegan Chocolate Brands:

2 comments:

  1. Hi I appreciate you sharing this info with us who seek to be vegan. I am disappointed that Sees doesn't offer at least their dark chocolate candies to be vegan, but maybe they will consider it in the future.

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