March is the best month to expand your chocolate horizons, before Easter, and what better way to start than by exploring the world of vegan chocolate. These chocolates are made with large amounts of cacao, the purest form of chocolate that’s way less processed than the cocoa powder you typically find in non-vegan chocolates. Cacao is also high in antioxidants, so as long as you eat in moderation, you’re basically doing a favour to your body by eating chocolate. But even with the absence of milk, refined sugar, and a mega long list of ingredients you’ve never heard of before, vegan chocolate still holds on to the smooth, silky taste thanks to rich cacao beans and has just as much versatility in flavours like milk chocolate. Here are some of the top vegan chocolate treats, from traditional pure dark chocolate bars to big brands like Koko Black making vegan chocolate, goji berry Easter eggs.
Koko Black released a vegan-friendly range, just in time for Easter. The range includes dark ganache eggs, little and big dark bunnies, bunny egg pops, and a more exciting, goji berry and quinoa 80% dark chocolate egg. Made from all-natural ingredients including Single Origin chocolate from Uganda, dark chocolate lovers will note the higher percentage and stronger earthy flavour of cocoa. Finally, fun treats to give your vegan friend this Easter.
This Melbourne-based chocolate brand is known for its ‘good for you’ products, and vegan chocolate just so happens to be their specialty. They have a range of white, dark, and mylk chocolate bars, packed with flavours including salted caramel, almond, hazelnut, strawberry and pistachio, and fig and wild orange. They also have a selection of easter eggs of their more classic varietals, like macadamia, almond, and salted caramel. Their ingredients are sourced from around the world, with care, and they plant trees each year to give back to the earth.
Birdsnake joined the market in 2018 and quickly became a favourite among the vegan community. They source their cacao from all corners of the world, including Peru, Madagascar, Ecuador, Colombia, and other places. Each bar represents where it comes from, and most are made with Organic Cocoa beans, Organic Sugar and Organic Cocoa Butter. They occasionally produce bars with inclusions, but mostly you will find good quality vegan chocolate bars, that hero the country the cacao came from.
This chocolate company makes vegan-friendly, dairy-free, gluten-free, and nut-free bars, spreads, baking chocolate, and Easter treats. They offer a range of chocolate blocks and bars from white chocolate to dark, and rice crackle chocolate koalas. Their Easter selection includes a large chocolate bunny, mini eggs, and little bunnies. The best part, you can pick up any of their products from, Coles, Woolworths, and IGA.
This sustainable brand sources its cacao from a community living by the Amazon River in Peru, the place where the bean originated. Loving Earth products have a large range of products, with fun variations too. Expect to find lemon cheesecake caramel blocks, cashew mylk solid eggs, a vegan spin on Turkish delight, and many more. You can also buy Camu Camu powder, cacao nibs in a bag, and cacao beans.
Treat Dreams are 100% vegan artisan chocolatiers in Sydney, making tasty treats, that focuses on recreating the flavours of non-vegan chocolates, without putting in any of the ingredients. Scouring their product range, you will find, strawberry cream filled bears, cookies and cream white chocolate bars, cream eggs, hazel bunnies, boozy ganache bars, and so much more. They are certainly one of the more creative vegan chocolate brands in Australia.
The cold weather in most parts of Australia coinciding with EOFY celebrations is the closest thing that we’ll get to snowy Christmas vibes. And if you’re in dire need of some festive cheer after the first six months of 2023, grab your ugly sweater and head to your nearest Red Rooster for Xmas in July deals.
From June 29 – July 31, 2023, Red Rooster is serving up free food items, a chance to win $10,000 or one of 10 merch packs valued at $400 and other fun prizes. All you have to do is sign up as a Red Royalty member and spend $5 on at a location near you or online.
Each week there’ll be new delicious deals and prizes to win. The week one deals have already dropped and they’re looking pretty tasty. You can get access to them via your Red Royalty account. The more you purchase, the more chances you have to win.
Spoiler alert: you can get 10 chicken nuggets for free, right now. Brb running to Red Rooster.