Two tasters, Dave and Grace, consider the chocolate they just ate.
I invited a handful of friends over to my apartment to sample chocolate offerings from some local vegan-friendly companies and settle, once and for all, which ones should be filling your pantry.
It was nice to see so many different flavors and textures and styles represented–there’s definitely something for everyone. I also appreciate that a number of these companies are dedicated to producing candy that harms no one, including both animals and people–because no one is free when others are oppressed. And no one is happy without dessert.
My five tasters were asked to rank each bite of chocolate they took on its appearance, taste, and texture using a scale of 1 (worst) to 10 (best). No one knew the brand names or what ingredients were in each piece, save for those that are potential allergens. While opinions varied widely on which chocolates were “the best,” I’m hopeful that the comments below will guide you in your quest for the perfect vegan chocolate to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Sweet and Sara is based out of Queens and produces their 100% vegan candies out of a dedicated vegan facility. The cocoa Sara uses is rainforest-alliance certified from Ecuador, and the chocolate (i.e. the dipping chocolate used in her s’mores) is certified organic from the Dominican Republic.
Rescue Chocolate is a Brooklyn-based, completely vegan chocolate company that donates 100% of its profits to animal rescue organizations. RC’s products are all certified Kosher. The chocolate is sourced from a number of different countries.
Divvies is an allergy-friendly bakery in South Salem, NY that uses no eggs or dairy in any of its products but does not specifically seek out vegan sources for sugar.
Fine and Raw is based out of Brooklyn and aims to turn chocolate into “a form of therapy,” Fine and Raw is a 100% vegan, 100% raw, 100% organic and certified fair-trade chocolatier.
Cocoa V is a Manhattan-based chocolatier run by the team who also brings you Blossom and V-Note. They are the very first 100% vegan, 100% organic, 100% fair-trade certified chocolate shop. Their products are also certified Kosher.