Full disclosure: I’m a meat-eater, and I’m a sucker for creamy confections. I’m far from vegan, but I have many vegan friends. If you’re anything like me, you’ve had that feeling of dread when you sit down to dinner with your vegan friends and dig into some sort of protein-based meat substitute and some gluten-free grain. But that doesn’t mean vegans are devoid of taste buds, and not all hope is lost for vegan foodies.
The best chocolates are made of only a few simple ingredients: cocoa, cocoa butter, and maybe a little sugar and vanilla. When you see those labels listing a chocolate bar as “75% cocoa” or even most dark chocolate made by true chocolate artisans, you’re most likely eating something that, for all intents and purposes, qualifies as “vegan.”
You’ll be happy to learn that Sweetessa.com has a wide array of vegan-friendly chocolate. Our crafty vendors have come up with incredibly creative products that taste good and use vegan-friendly ingredients. Our most recently added confectioner, Chocolate Inspirations, has made vegan toffee one of their trademark specialties. Rescue Chocolate even sells vegan chocolate bars that benefit animal shelters and rescue organizations around the country. There’s even vegan bark and vegan truffles.
Read this fantastic review of Chocolate Inspirations’ Vegan English Toffee
“The toffee had the unmistakable buttery crunch – oh my, the buttery crunch! – that I remembered from my pre-vegan days without being cloyingly sweet, and it was surrounded by dark chocolate and dusted with soft, toasted pecans. A total success and it’s made with more wholesome ingredients than one might imagine – coconut milk, for example, and organic coconut oil.” -Marla Rose, Chicago Examiner
There’s no need to be shy about making dinner plans with your vegan friends any more. Just tell them you’ll be bringing dessert. (And if you stop by In-n-Out Burger on the way home, we won’t tell anyone.)
And to the vegans out there: If you want to lure your meat-eater friends to your side of the table, start with chocolate.