Chocolate is one thing vegans definitely do not need to worry about missing out on. There is a wealth of dairy-free chocolate out there to suit all tastes. All the major supermarkets now have their own free-from chocolates available as button bags, bars and ice creams to name just a few. There are the old staples as well like Bourneville, and most of the dark chocolate ranges from brands such as Green & Black’s and Divine are suitable for vegans. If you see on the label “may contain milk”, this just means it’s made in a factory that handles it – it’s not in the actual product, so it’s safe to eat if you are vegan. The list of chocolate options is gloriously long but for a box of extra special, beautifully presented chocolates full of incredible flavour pairings such as Blackcurrant & Anise and Cucumber & Juniper, the Troffle’s vegan selection is incredible.
They are a small business – my favourite kind – that started off at a South London market but have now moved online. They have an easy-to-use vegan tab on their website that includes seasonal specials such as a vegan chocolate advent calendar. Yes, I really want one of these – someone please get me one!
We tried the Vegan Box at £10 (plus P&P). The double comes in at £17 – and both include the following flavours: Orange Blossom, Rosewater, Orange & Sumac, Lime & Basil, Blackcurrant & Anise, Preserved Lemon, Lavender, and Cucumber & Juniper. The dark chocolate is Single Origin 70% minimum cocoa solids, fairly sourced from Tanzania. The various fillings are all natural and will get your tastebuds dancing with joy trying to distinguish each botanical delight. Try not to look at the flavour card and just pop them in your mouth and taste each one – enjoy the moment as these are not to be rushed. My favourite is the Cucumber & Juniper, enjoyed between sips of gin and tonic – Little Bird to be precise, another gem born in South London.
The box is so pretty that my daughter who caught me trying to eat these in peace proceeded to dress up for the occasion in her best party frock! She may only be six but she has a mature palate and so I was more than happy to let her have a little bite from each one as we made our way through the box. It definitely gets the thumbs up from both little and big v.
Available to order online in handy, postbox-friendly sizes, these make an amazing gift for all chocolate lovers, not just vegans.
The only thing I don’t quite understand is why they use dairy in the other boxes – it’s clearly not needed as the quality of the chocolate and delicate flavours speak for themselves. To learn why vegans do not support the dairy industry, please click this link – https://www.whitelies.org.uk
For those who want their chocs from 100% vegan companies, here is a little list of goodies we’ve gladly tried, tested and gone back for more: